Popular Local Attractions

Sarasota is simply bursting with things to do and see! Take a hike in Myakka River State Park, shop your heart out on St. Armand’s Circle, enjoy the sunset on an ocean cruise, or sit back and relax on one of our beautiful beaches. These are some of the mots popular attractions Sarasota has to offer.

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On Land

Myakka River State Park

In a scene reminiscent of what early Native Americans and Spanish explorers witnessed, arching palm trees and live oaks reflect on a winding tea-colored stream. The cries of limpkins and osprey pierce the air while alligators and turtles sun lazily on logs and riverbanks. This is the Myakka River, Florida’s first state-designated wild and scenic river, and it flows through a vast expanse of unspoiled wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands that make up Myakka River State Park. Boating, fishing, canoeing and kayaking are popular activities on the water while hikers and bicyclists explore miles of trails and backroads.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

A tropical, urban oasis featuring unparalleled horticulture displays and a Sarasota bay-front setting, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a living museum and world-class center for education, research and conservation. They are also conveniently located just an 8-minute walk from our property! They are open daily, 10am-5pm. Check their website for fee information.

St. Armands Circle & Lido Key Beach

Once home to the Lido Beach Casino, Lido Key is home to some of our most beautiful beaches, with white sand and pristine waters. Within a short radius lies St. Armands Circle, an outdoor dining and shopping area with distinct European flair and iconic examples of mid-century modern architecture. Lido Key is just a 10 minute car-ride from our property. Alternativly, you can take the No. 4 bus from the stop on Pineapple Avenue, just outside the building. The bus-ride takes about 12 minutes.

Siesta Key Beach

Enjoying its reputation as one of America’s Best Beaches, Siesta Beach is made famous by its sugar-fine, quartz-white sand. A short jaunt from the public beach is a village of outdoor dining, coffee shops and shopping. Turtle Beach sits beyond the sea grapes on the Key’s southern end and is a popular site for launching kayaks.

Ringling Museum & Gardens

The Ringling is home to the State Art Museum of Florida, the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, the Art Library, two Circus Museums, and the Historic Asolo Theater. The grounds and gardens are free to visit (no pets), and the Museum of Art offers free admission on Mondays.

Mote Marine Laboratory Aquarium

Explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.

By Sea

There are many ways to enjoy the pristine waters in Sarasota! All the experiences below leave from the Marina in Downtown Sarasota. If you’re headed to the beaches, or to the park, there are other businesses more convenient to those locations.

Bayfront Excursions

Bayfront Excursions rents out boats, wave runners, paddleboards and kayaks. Find them in Bayfront Park in downtown Sarastoa.

LeBarge Tropical Cruises

LeBarge offers a full menu of cruises, each totally different: the morning Dolphin & Manatee Watch Cruise, afternoon Sightseeing & Nature Cruise, and the world-renowned Tropical Sunset Cruise with live entertainment. All cruises feature a full bar and light food menu.

Marina Jack’s Cruise

Escape aboard the Marina Jack II! Indulge in a relaxing narrated sightseeing lunch tour or sunset dinner cruise through the inter-coastal waters and the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy delicious dining, outstanding views, and exceptional service.

Charter Boat Shark

Charter Boat Shark provides anglers with a genuine fishing experience they won’t soon forget! Let them take you out on one of their twin 41-foot charter boats, so you can reel in the catch of a lifetime. They have more than 35 years of experience in the local waters and employ Coast Guard-licensed captains.

Kathleen D Sailing Catamarans

This is a sailing charter providing 2 hour, 3 hour, and 1/2 day Adventure sails at family friendly pricing. Their new, modern, comfortable, roomy, all weather, exceptionally clean & safe vessels sail flat - so no getting cold & wet, and no hanging on! Their convertible all weather enclosure, two bathroom, full galley, table seating, bow seats & trampolines make their sailing cats the choice from grandparents to grandkids.

In the Air

Heli Aviation

Explore the beauty of the Gulf Coast from a bird’s eye view! Heli Aviation Sightseeing Tours offer scenic flights with a new perspective. This view gives you the experience to see the coast line in a short amount of time. You will see the landscapes along with animal and marine life from the air. If you want a closer look, they can descend and view from many different angles. Departs from the Sarasota Airport.

Sarasota Helicopter Rides

Florida Suncoast Helicopters is a family owned and operated helicopter company. Helicopter scenic tours are conducted daily from SRQ airport. Each of the helicopter tours has been carefully designed to highlight the most beautiful landmarks. Explore the many oceanfront properties of the rich and famous and fly over some of our world renowned beaches all from the comforts of your seat.

Sarasota BiPlane Adventures

Founded in 2015, Sarasota Biplane Adventures is the result of a dream and a passion for biplane flying. You and up to one other passenger are given the opportunity to see the beautiful city of Sarasota from the unique experience of a 1989 Waco Classic YMF-5C, our open cockpit biplane. Pilots lead passengers on a safe, smooth flight over one of the most stunning coastlines in the United States where it’s not unusual to see ocean wildlife.

With your Furbabies

Sarasota is a very dog-friendly town. Many of our restaurants and cafés allow well-behaved pets in their outdoor dining areas. See below for some special places to take Fido on your adventures with you! Please note that dogs are not permitted on public beaches.

Bayfront Park

This is a beautiful waterfront park with a promenade, playground, tiki bar & dramatic views of the bay & city. Dogs must be leashed at all times. The tiki bar has outdoor seating on the beach, and accommodate well-behaved pups. It is within easy walking distance of our building.

Payne Park

Once a ballpark, this area features a fitness trail, skateboard park, tennis courts & picnic space. Tends to be quiet in the morning and is a great place for a relaxing dog walk. Dogs must be leashed at all times, but long and retractable leashes are permitted. Just keep and eye out for runners and bikers!

Bird Key Park

Located on Bird Key at the end of the Ringling Bridge, Bird Key park is a popular location to fish, exercise and enjoy the scenic views of the city of Sarasota. There are so many things to do here. You can fish, launch a canoe or kayak, walk your dogs, look for shells, ride a bike, tie up a hammock, have a picnic, or just sit, relax, and enjoy the view. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Myakka River State Park

Set along one of the states designated Wild and Scenic Rivers, naturalists and recreationalists will find a variety of interesting activities at this park. It is one of the state's most diverse areas; it also has 2 lakes, a canopy walkway, and miles of trails. Quiet, well mannered dogs are allowed for no additional fee. Dogs must be leashed and remain on the trails at all times for their own protection (alligators and rattlesnakes abound) and the protection of the surrounding wildlife.

17th Street Paw Park

This is a large off-leash dog park with separate, fenced, areas for large and small dogs. Plenty of shade, water, room to throw a ball, and some equipment to climb on. It’s doggie heaven! Dogs must be well-behaved, vaccinated, and under voice-control.