|Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium:|
350,000 gallon Shark Tank, Remarkable Rays Touch Pool, Shark Attack! Theatre, Resident Manatees Hugh & Buffett, Sea Turtles, Jellyfish and More! Gift Shop & Cafe
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy. (City Island), Sarasota 34236 388-2451 1-800-691-MOTE
|The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art:|
Recognized as the Art Museum of the State Of Florida, its campus encompasses an internationally recognized museum of Western European and American art; a Museum of the Circus; Cŕ d'Zan, the Ringlings' thirty-room mansion; the historic Asolo theater from Venice, and over 60 acres of landscaped grounds and statuary.
5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, Florida 34243, 941-359-5700 941-359-5745 (Fax)
|Sarasota Ballet of Florida:|
The Ballet has the unique distinction of being voted Sarasota's Best Performing Arts Group for eight consecutive years and offers 8 performances from September through April.
FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. To order tickets by telephone: 941-351-8000 or 1-800-361-8388
|Marie Selby Botanical Gardens:|
11 bay-front acres - an open-air and under-glass museum of more than 20,000 colorful plants, many collected in the wild on nearly 100 scientific expeditions to tropical rainforests.
811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, Florida, 34236, 941-366-5731 Fax: 941-366-9807 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary:|
Florida's Largest Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Center. See Fabulous Wild Birds-Pelicans, Gulls, Egrets, Herons, Owls, Hawks, etc.
1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236, 941-388-4444 Fax: 941-388-3258
|Asolo Theatre Festival:|
The Asolo Theatre Company performs in rotating repertory, producing up to five plays at one time with one resident company. In fact, the Asolo is North America's only winter destination theatre festival, enabling patrons to see up to five different plays in one weekend.
FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL, 34243, 941-351-8000, 1-800-361-8388
|Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium:|
Planetarium starshows are educational, multimedia programs that feature in-depth looks at a variety of astronomical subjects. These presentations can place visitors in a simulated thunderstorm or propel them through the universe on a photon of light. A visit with Snooty, the manatee, is a must!
201 10th Street W., Bradenton, FL, 34205, 941-746-4131
|G.WIZ Interactive Science Center:|
State-of-the-art science and technology center downtown on Sarasota's beautiful bayfront. However, it is not simply a museum! It offers an array of interactive, hands-on exhibits, as well as educational programs for the community.
1001 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236, 941-906-1851
|Sarasota Jungle Gardens:|
Stroll along a trail that wanders through an ever-changing landscape of cool, under-story jungle growth and around open pond shorelines. Meander through Sarasota Jungle Gardens, a magnificent and wildy overgrown paradise.
3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34234, 941-355-5305
Sarasota Opera's 43rd season, features four masterpieces of opera: Verdi's "Le Trouvčre", Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor", Mozart's "Cosě fan tutte", and R. Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos", plus ten addirional performances.
61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236, 941-366-8460 or 1-888-673-7212
|Florida West Coast Symphony:|
Providing a range of orchestral and chamber music concerts, September through June: experience The Miracle of Music! Also home to June's Sarasota Music Festival.
709 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236, 941-953-4252, 1-800-287-9634
|The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall:|
Hosting over 120 world-class performances each year, including Broadway musicals, top national and international performers, world-class symphony orchestras and a compelling mix of classical, modern and ethnic dance.
777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236, 941-953-3368, 1-800-826-9303
|Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum:|
Excursion trains (you actually ride the exhibits) consisting of its own rolling stock each weekend, year round. The trains are diesel powered and include open window coaches, air conditioned coach and lounge cars and cabooses.
Located in Manatee County at the town of Parrish on US 301 - call for directions - 941-776-0906, 1-877-869-0800
With Sarasota being known as the "Circus Capitol of the World", Circus Sarasota presents exciting professional family entertainment in summer theatre shows, winter performances under the big-top and special events and classes throughout the year.
Bahia Vista near US 41, Sarasota, Florida 34239, 941-355-9335
|Siesta Village||Stores, shops, restaurants and more line this island shopping district.|
Ocean Blvd. on Siesta Key
|Southgate Mall||Sarasota's premier upscale shopping destination featuring Saks Fifth Avenue, Burdines and Dillard's.|
Route 41 at Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239, 941-955-0900
|Sarasota Pavillion||Sarasota's Newest shopping plaza, featuring Marshall's, Ross, SteinMart and Books-A-Million.|
US 41, between Stickney Point Rd. & Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota, FL
|Sarasota Square Mall||Burdines, Dillard's, JC Penney, Sears, AMC movie theaters, food court and 140 stores, including The Disney Store.|
8201 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238, 941-922-9600
|St Armands Circle||World-class shopping on Lido Key, with over 130 stores, shops, restaurants & boutiques.|
St Armands Circle Association, 300 Madison Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236, 941-388-1554
|Venice Main Street||Shopping in Historic Venice is a visit to the days when "Main Street" was the center of town and the best place to shop.|
Venice Avenue, Venice Florida 34285, 941-484-6722
|Sarasota Outlet Center||I-75 & University Parkway (Exit #40), Bradenton, Florida 34201, 941-359-2050|
|Prime Outlets - Ellenton||Southwest Florida's largest outlet center with over 135 brand name outlets, food court & playground|
I-75 & Exit 43, Ellenton, FL 34222, 941-729-8615
|Ed Smith Stadium||Cincinnati Reds spring training camp and home of the Sarasota Red Sox (Boston's farm team).|
Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota, FL 34237, 941-954-4101 x200
|McKechine Field||Pittsburgh Pirates spring training camp and home of the Bradenton Pirates (Pittsburgh's farm team).|
1701 27th St. East, Bradenton, FL, 34208, 941-747-3031
|Leadbetter Golf Academy||This famous academy offers a wide variety of specially designed golf programs geared to players of all ages and abilities.|
1414 69th Ave. W., Bradenton, FL, 34207, 941-739-2483
|Bollettieri Tennis Academy||Producing many of the world's top players, including Jim Courier, Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, Tommy Hass and Anna Kournikova, the goal is to help every student reach his or her full potential.|
5500 34th St., W., Bradenton, FL 34210, 941-755-1000, 1-800-872-6425
|J.P.Igloo Ice Rink||Florida's premiere skating facility offering hockey (ice & roller blade), figure skating, fitness center and restaurant.|
I 75 at Exit 43 in Ellenton, FL 34222, 941-723-3663
|Golf Courses||With over 60 golf courses in the area, this is a golfers' paradise - Champion courses, executive courses and home to some of the best professional golf instructors in the country.|