Things to do in Sarasota
Culture by the coast
Florida fun at its finest is on offer in Sarasota, a city on the Gulf Coast that's known for white-sand beaches, outdoor adventures, and artistic attractions. Located south of Tampa, Sarasota was once the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Circus and is today home to cultural landmarks such as the Ringling Museum of Art. Many of the other things to do in Sarasota are connected to the sand and surf, though, including kayaking excursions, fishing charters, parasailing adventures, and dolphin-spotting tours. However, cycling along Siesta Key at sunset is a Sarasota must.
Top 3 attractions in Sarasota
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
Itineraries for your Sarasota trip
Top activities in Sarasota
Sarasota Guided Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Tour
Kayak Tour through Mangrove Tunnels
City Sightseeing Trolley Tour of Sarasota
Siesta Key Electric Bike Sunset Tour
Downtown Walking Food Tour in Sarasota
Jumpin Fun Inflata Park
Circus Secrets of Sarasota
TreeUmph Adventure Course
Twilight Sip and Dine Tour
2 Hour Guided Segway Tour
Public Art Tour
Sarasota Inshore Fishing Charters
Private Transfer from Anna Maria to Port Canaveral
Love Songs of Sarasota
Private Transfer from Anna Maria to Orlando-Sanford (SFB) Airport
Explore our promoted experiences
75 Minute Parasailing Adventure above Bradenton Beach & Anna Maria Island
- 1 hour 15 minutes
- Free Cancellation
All about Sarasota
When to visit
Late autumn is a wonderful time to visit Sarasota, as the period between mid-October and mid-November offers the right balance of sunshine and pleasant temperatures for beach days. The Ringling International Arts Festival and Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition (both held during these months) really capture the spirit of Sarasota. Late spring is also a great time to visit, as there are fewer snowbirds and vacationing tourists. The Sarasota Film Festival is another favorite local event that takes place every April.
In Sarasota, SCAT isn’t a dirty word. The Sarasota County Area Transit has two bus systems connecting the north and south area of the county. There’s also the Siesta Key Breeze Trolley which runs north and south on the island. The county is very bike-friendly with the Legacy Trail’s 20 miles of terrain running through the city. Cabs and rideshares are available, but nothing beats the freedom and flexibility of renting your own car.
Sarasota may be the major city in its county, but don’t assume it’s the only place to have a good time. The highway US 41 will take you to a number of great beach towns in Sarasota County within minutes. The secret’s out on Nokomis Beach and the amazing sunset dining at Pop’s Sunset Grill. A visit to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Osprey is also worth a quick trip just outside of the city proper.