900 University Pkwy.
Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone: (941) 359-8558
Fax: (941) 359-8749
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is Florida's official art museum and combines fine art, architecture and performing arts under one roof. It is named after John Nicholas Ringling, a legendary man who pioneered the concept of the modern circus along with his six brothers. Sprawled over the banks of the Sarasota Bay, it is a huge complex comprising the main Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, the historic Asolo Theater, the Ca’ d’Zan house and the magnificent Bayfront Gardens. This museum houses more than 10,000 works of notable artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Eugène Boudin, Marcel Duchamp, Gianlorenzo Bernini and Benjamin West. Visit the circus-themed museum to view the largest circus miniature on earth, then explore the Venetian Gothic Ca’ d’Zan home. Walk along the picturesque Millennium Tree Trail and Bayfront Promenade to enjoy views of the bay and gardens. The estate is also home to the Mable’s Rose Garden and the Dwarf Garden. Given the sheer breadth of the museum, it is best to embark on a guided tour.
Previously a private college, which was established in 1960, the New College of Florida has evolved into an independent honors college offering courses in the field of Liberal Arts and Science. A part of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, it has close to 900 students enrolled in various undergraduate programs and a staff close to 100. Set in front of the bay, the 140-acre (57-hectare) campus is spread across the city's historic district with a number of landmarks like College Hall, Cook Hall and Caples Hall forming an integral part of the college. Equipped with the latest infrastructure facilities for education as well as arts and culture, the college is one of the leading liberal arts college in the country. Visit their website to know more.
The Overtown Historic District is a historic area spread across 160 acres (64.74 hectares). There are 25 building in the district that contribute to its historic nature. It was added to National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens is a 10-acre (four-hectare) garden that was established in 1936. It is replete with regional and exotic species of flora and botanical plantings like pine, palms, maple, oaks and cactus. Throughout the year they organize special shows on plant and animal life that are a big draw among locals and tourists alike.
The distinguished Rosemary Cemetery is a highly regarded cemetery in the Sarasota vicinity of Florida. The cemetery was built in 1886, and this ancient site occupies great historic importance. It is also incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places. This cemetery is the final resting place of many individuals that are prominent in the history of Sarasota.
The Laurel Park Historic District roughly spans over 50 acres (20 hectares) over nine city blocks and is located in downtown Sarasota. It hosts several cultural events that have triggered the development of the vicinity. It largely comprises of 270 contributing structures. Masonry Vernacular, Frame Vernacular, Colonial Revival, Mission Revival are some of the most frequent architectural styles predominant in the district. The district is inclusive of residences as well as businesses. Having gained historic significance over the years, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 11, 2008.
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is a fabulous facility, often considered one of the best in the fields of marine research and wildlife conservation. The associated aquarium is also an excellent educational facility that provides a unique experience with touch-pools and other interactive means of learning and connecting with the ocean world. It includes a phenomenal shark habitat, reef animals exhibit, manatee habitat and dolphin pools, to name a few. They have a number of other exhibits which sheds light on various aspects of marine life and creatures there in. The facility also arranges for interactive sessions like Breakfast at Mote or even Birthdays at Mote. Do check the website for details.
The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota are located along the South Palm Avenue. Cascades of color sprawl across approximately 10 acres of land. As you enter the gardens, you will be intrigued and impressed with the collection of flowers and plants flourishing here. Especially famous for their collection of orchids, the garden has at-least 20,000 different types of plants. Many of them being found in the wild. The gardens are divided by theme and so there are distinct sections of different kinds of collections; Banyan Grove, Cactus and Succulent Garden, Tropical Display House and Bamboo Pavilion. The gardens also have a lovely koi pond and a butterfly garden as well. Apart from the five greenhouses that are used for research and study, the gardens also have an old mansion on its grounds called the Christy Payne Mansion, where they display photography exhibits and other interesting things.
The Harding Circle Historic District is a historic district located at St. Armand's Key in Florida. It was constructed around the 1920s from land reclaimed from the sea. The isle was built in the shape of an oval and all major streets are named after former presidents. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
Lido Beach is located at a walking distance from the shopping area of St. Armands Circle. Powdery white sand on this clean and picturesque beach remains warm and soft, offering a beautiful stretch for a long walk. Children can have a great time collecting the numerous shells that line the shore and build sand castles with the sand. Well maintained shower facilities are available for use along with foot showers to clean your feet from sand after a dip in the water.
The Edison Keith Estate is a monumental site in the Sarasota region of Florida. Precisely located at 5500 South Tamiami Trail, it is also famously referred as the Phillippi Estate Park or the Phillippi Plantation. The park can be toured from 6 a to 12 p all 365 days round the year. Entry can be availed free of charge and the site offers nature trails, fisher piers, playground, gazebo picnic tables, restrooms, rose garden,parking and much more. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1991.
Manatee County Courthouse that was built in 1912 features in the National Register of Historic Places. The courthouse premises houses memorials to commemorate the county’s martyr. This historic courthouse is still functional and houses the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court.