There are many landmarks in Sarasota Fl, but there are four points of interest which stand out for new residents to the area.
Siesta Key Beach – Also known as Turtle Beach, this is an ideal place to watch sunrise or sunsets. The beach is the most highly rated of all Florida beaches according to various tourism sites. Siesta Key also offers excellent opportunities for bird watching; canoeing; kayaking and snorkeling in the nearby waterway.
Sarasota Bay – The Sarasota Bay area has over 12 miles of waterfront access that includes some of the best fishing around, boating, scenic tours and even scallop harvesting in season. New residents rave about how great it is to go out on a charter boat where they can wet their lines and take home dinner! If you prefer some land based fun there are many marinas offering rentals or outings on everything from pontoon boats to fishing charters.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens – This is a 55 acre botanical garden that has been in operation since 1933. There are many trails for walking and the foliage is so thick that you might think you are far from civilization! Orchids, bromeliads, palms and ferns make up just some of the endemics growing here. The gardens have evolved into an educational center as well with tours designed for kids and adults alike.
Renaissance Festival – If it’s good old fashioned fun you’re looking for then look no further than the Renaissance Festival where there is something going on every weekend in January through March. This outdoor theater has everything from jousting matches to puppet shows; fortune tellers; crafts of all kinds and even a feast where you can enjoy roasted turkey legs.
Sarasota is most famous for the Ringling Museum of Art (where John and Mable Ringling used to live) which now houses much of their personal art collection as well as other donations from people like Henry Ford II. The museum has over 600 paintings, sculptures and items of interest in its permanent collection alone!
The Sarasota area also offers many boat tours including the very popular Turtle Tour where participants get to see first hand how sea turtles nest on one special section of beach every year. You can take part in an organized tour or drive down to Siesta Key Beach on your own if you prefer. Either way you’ll be able to see these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.
There are also many professional sporting events that take place here including the famous IMG Golf Academy, IMG Baseball and even an IMG Soccer team which plays major league soccer! The Sarasota area is home to over 30 sports complexes so there’s always something going on for all age groups and interest levels.
The region features a large number of marinas where you can rent or buy anything from a canoe or kayak to a 42 foot sailboat! Most of the marina operate during peak season only but offer rentals at reasonable rates if you’re just looking for a day on the water.