Springtime Activities in Sarasota

There are absolutely dozens of Sarasota attractions perfect for a springtime visit. With so many to choose from, we thought we’d cover the top three that anyone vacationing should make sure not to miss. There are so many fun things to do in Sarasota for families, teens, and even college kids taking a break from school. Read on to see what to put on your wish list for your next visit to Sarasota.


Sarasota Attractions - Option #1

You can’t visit Sarasota without going to The Ringling, honoring the legacy of Mable and John Ringling. Besides two Circus Museums featuring interactive attractions like walking the wire or squeezing into a clown car, there are plenty of props to snap some memorable pictures. History buffs will appreciate the complete manuscripts, records, and papers chronicling the vibrant American circus throughout the years. With a consistently beautiful Sarasota climate, this family-friendly Sarasota attraction is one of the popular destinations. It includes:


  • The Museum of Art - Currently, visitors can view cultural collections and art. The history starts almost 100 years ago with John and Mable Ringling’s love of art, Italy, and beautiful Sarasota.
  • Original Circus Museum - You’ll be amazed and entertained by the incredible 44,000-piece circus model. From historical posters, parade wagons, glittering circus costumes, and actual cannons that catapulted performers into the air and hearts of attendees across the country. You’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time to the age of the traveling circus.
  • Ca’ d’Zan - Stands for the “House of John,” and it is an opulent example of the Roaring Twenties. Venice inspires the architecture with its Gothic Venetian style and over the top splendor. You’ll be able to tour the home both upstairs and downstairs and see how some of the wealthiest people of the century lived. From detailed terra cotta tiles to elaborate wall hangings, art, and majestic furnishings, you’ve never seen anything like this incredible estate.


Sarasota Attractions - Option #2

If you love to shop, your first stop should be St. Armands Circle. With over 130 shops, boutiques, and dining establishments, you can spend an entire day here and still not see everything. Close to the sparkling waters of the beautiful bay, you can start out shopping in the late morning and stroll along the Circus Ring of Fame, honoring famous circus stars. There are dozens of sidewalk cafes and restaurants to choose from for both lunch and dinner. After dinner, there’s a vibrant nightlife. Throughout the year and especially in the springtime, there are art festivals, and special events, including exotic car shows like the Classic Corvettes on the Circle in May. 


  • Some of the stores you’ll find are Brighton, Chico’s, Cotton Club, Fresh Produce, Ivory Coast, Modern Soul, St. Armands Antiques & Gifts, and Tommy Bahama’s. 
  • If you’d like a sweet snack, check out Big Olf Creamery Company, Settimi’s Gelato, or Le Macaron French Pastries.
  • For adult refreshments, you can’t go wrong with Lynches Pub and Grub, Lido Key Tiki Bar, or Daiquiri Deck St. Armands Circle.


Two of the most popular restaurants are The Columbia Restaurant featuring Spanish cuisine, including Sopas, Pollo, and Paella. Cha Cha Coconuts offers a more casual dining experience loved by the locals and serves some of the best fresh fish in the area.


Sarasota Attractions - Option #3

Spring break in Sarasota is a key destination for college students wanting a break from hours of hard studying. One of the favorite locations for fun in the sun is Siesta Key Beach. Although this is a hot spot for Spring Break, it’s still a family-friendly beach that you can feel comfortable bringing your kids too. This part of Sarasota gets booked up quickly, so make sure you get your reservations early if you’re planning a vacation.


Although you'll see many groups of kids of all different ages, there are also accompanying chaperones, which keeps everyone well-behaved. It's not unusual for families to return year after year to this beautiful area. During the day the beach is bustling. You can catch a game of volleyball if you'd like or go parasailing, rent a kayak, go snorkeling or take a leisurely bike ride. At night, the beach traffic does die down at night, and it's pretty quiet.


Three top places to stay that are only 59 miles from the Tampa airport are:

1.  Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach has 177 guest rooms, 600 feet of private beaches, heated pools, live entertainment, and dining.

2.  Lido Beach Resort has 223 guest rooms and is only three blocks from shopping at beautiful St. Armands Circle.

3.  The Westin Sarasota has 255 rooms and towers 18 stories tall, giving an incredible ocean view with the best sunsets in all of Sarasota.


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Contributed to Your Home blog by Carol Youmans

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Published 3.5.2020

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