Welcome to the Beautiful Gulf Coast - Sarasota, Florida
In Sarasota you can truly have the best of both worlds - from fine dining to theater performances, dance and fine art, as well as a great family lifestyle close to world famous beaches.
Below is just a small handful of activities for you and your family to enjoy.
NATURE AND SCIENCE
|Mote Marine Science Aquarium |
Located at the Mote Marine Laboratory, it includes a 135,000 gallon outdoor tank for sharks and other marine species. Touch
stingrays, learn about sea turtles, see the interactive multimedia, "Shark Attack," and take Eco boat tours. Call 941.388.4441 for more information.
|Sarasota's Jungle Gardens |
With acres of beautiful gardens and nature trails, this is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll. Showcasing exotic plants and animals from around the world, Jungle Gardens features daily bird and reptile shows and a petting zoo. Call 941.355.5305 for more information.
|Marie Selby Botanical Gardens |
Explore the world's most spectacular display of rare orchids and bromeliads in this 8.5 acre tropical oasis on the shores of Sarasota Bay. See a living collection of more than 20,000 colorful plants, collected mostly in the wild, on more than 150 scientific expeditions to tropical rainforests. Call 941.366.5731 for more information.
|Myakka River State Park |
A 28,000 acre park with wildlife and nature tours by canoe, boat, air boat, train, or alog the treetops in a walkway that reaches as high as 74' high. For campsight reservations call 800.326.3521 for more information.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
|Asolo Theater Company|
A professional theater company that performs at the Asolo and in the 500-seat Mertz Theater. Call 800.361.8388 for more
|Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall|
A purple, seashell-shaped building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This unique performing arts hall presents Broadway musicals, national and international performers, world renowned symphony orchestras and classical, modern and ethnic dance. Some of the entertainers have included Luciano Pavarotti, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Dylan, The Boston Pops, The Chicago Symphony, Willie Nelson, and The Temptations. Call 941.953.3368 for more information.
A 70-year-old community theater featuring musical theater, concerts, and other programs. Call 941.365.2494 for more information.
|Sarasota Opera House|
Over 40 years of grand performances of Strauss, Verdi, Bizet, and many others. Call 941.366.8450 for more information.
|Sarasota Public Library|
The Sarasota County Library System offers equal access to information, fosters lifelong learning and inspires community engagement. Call 941.861.1180 for more information.
|G. Wiz (The Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone)|
G.WIZ strives to make science relevant, technology understandable, and learning an interactive adventure for people of all ages. Call 941.365.6404 for more information.
||Florida Studio Theatre|
Sarasota's contemporary theatre since 1973, located in the heart of downtown. A village of theatres, the historic Keating and Gompertz Theatres, and the Parisian-Style Goldstein Cabaret. Each theatre is small in size and large in impact- providing an intimate and engaging setting for high-quality professional performances. For box office call 941.366.9000.