10 Things for Locals to Do in Sarasota

It’s sunny and sophisticated, beachy and beautiful. There’s so much to love about living in Sarasota, one of south Florida’s most desirable cities. With a combination of laid-back vibes and upscale elegance, you’ll find all the big-city amenities you’re looking for along with unparalleled opportunities for outdoor living. These are a few of the reasons why we love being a premier home builder in Sarasota. Find out how the locals live when they’re out and about in Sarasota.


Things to Do in Sarasota

You could say that Sarasota is the town that the circus built; it’s the former home of the Ringling family and the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Circus. You’ll see reminders of this area’s storied past alongside ultra-contemporary beauty and modern style.


1. Sarasota Beaches

You’ll have a lot to choose from when thinking about heading to the beach in Sarasota. The city is bordered by six islands comprising the keys of Sarasota — Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Venice, Manasota Key, and Casey Key. Each has multiple beaches with a variety of activities, including nature preserves, picnic areas, entertainment districts, parks, and luxury resorts.


Sarasota beaches are recognized as among the top-rated beaches in the country for both beauty and environmental preservation. You’ll experience powdery sand and picturesque palms and foliage, along with exceptionally diverse and robust wildlife.


2. Sarasota Aquarium

Sarasota is a center of marine life education and research where you can see Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium providing world-class facilities and focus for this vital research. With high-tech interactive exhibits, viewable labs, and exceptional educational opportunities, this is a great place for spending a day or getting involved — volunteers are welcome!


3. Sarasota Art Galleries

Sarasota is also a center for arts and culture in South Florida, providing a variety of art galleries with exhibitions focused on everything from indoor visual arts to outdoor sculpture to film and performance. You’ll be dazzled by the sheer variety and sophistication of the arts scene here, as well as the opportunities to experience world-class traveling exhibitions.


4. Sarasota Shopping

Whether you’re looking for exclusive boutique shopping, hip and trendy chains, or upscale designer options, you’ll find a variety of fabulous venues in Sarasota. Check out the posh Westfield South Gate or elegant St. Armand’s Circle for some of the most exclusive shopping in the region.


5. Sarasota Dining

Of course, given its location on the Gulf Coast, Sarasota offers a plethora of dining options featuring the abundant local seafood caught just off its shores. But this is no one-note restaurant scene. You’ll find a truly global vision of cuisine, with sophisticated international options sure to delight every palate. In addition, the many luxury resorts here offer world-class dining options in picture-perfect settings.


6. New College of Florida

Located just off the Ringling Museum campus, you’ll find charming New College of Florida, a liberal arts college housed, in part, in the mansion of Charles Ringling. This bayfront college is a quiet enclave with a focus on marine and environmental science, the arts, and culture. Its Mildred Sainer Fine Arts complex offers year-round opportunities to enjoy performances by students and visiting artists.


7. Ringling Museum

Nestled alongside New College you’ll find the massive Ringling Museum campus, encompassing a fine arts gallery, circus museum, performance theater, and more. This is a mecca for art and architecture lovers centered around the incredible 56-room Ca’ d’Zan Gilded-Age mansion. Tour the buildings or stroll the grounds — there’s always something new to explore.


8. Sarasota Boating

Whether renting a yacht and exploring the coastline or participating in an ecotourism kayak excursion on the Myakka or Manatee River, you’ll love boating in Sarasota. With an emphasis on environmental responsibility, you’ll find an outstanding number of opportunities to enjoy the beauties of Sarasota wildlife and waterways. You can even enjoy architectural tours from the coastal waters in and around Sarasota — Bird Key, Siesta Key, and Casey Key are especially noted for their beautiful waterfront homes.


9. Sarasota Conservation

Sarasota has a strong commitment to conservation and land, marsh, and waterways preservation. For many locals, conservation efforts are personal and volunteering with a favorite local organization is a common commitment. With volunteer efforts for children to adults and jobs including fieldwork, administration, and research assistance, you’re sure to find a way to get involved in keeping Sarasota wild.


10. Sarasota Historical Sights

The Sarasota Historical Society provides a variety of ways to get in touch with Sarasota’s storied past, including meetings and events at local historical sites, historic trolley tours, and even bay cruise tours with an emphasis on historical events. Nearby, the Ringling complex provides a glimpse into a bygone era and the glamour and intrigue of the Roaring ‘20s.


If the beauty, elegance, and natural wonders of living in Sarasota are for you, you’ll find even more to love in a Pulte community. Visit one of our new homes for sale in Sarasota and find out how easy it is to create your own ideal Sarasota lifestyle.



Contributed to Your Home blog by Christy Murdock Edgar

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Published 9.24.19

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