Attractions FAQ

We have several great attractions that feature animals as well as tours and parks that offer wildlife viewing.

The Baltimore Orioles spring train in Sarasota at Ed Smith Stadium and the Atlanta Braves spring train in North Port at CoolToday Park. Don’t forget to read The Spring Training Guide to Sarasota County. We also have our own soccer team, Sarasota Metropolis FC. Sarasota is also home to other unexpected sports.

Sarasota is home to The Ringling which is the state art museum of Florida as well as the new Sarasota Art Museum. We also have an array of other art, history and wildlife museums.

Sarasota County has a variety of attractions for everyone's enjoyment, from art museums to natural science aquariums and other local must-sees. Learn more on our website here, or view our digital brochure here.

There are lots of great options. For a full listing of things to do with children, view our digital brochure here.

There are drum circles throughout the week at Siesta Key Beach, Englewood Beach, Nokomis Beach and Venice Beach. Learn more here.

Any of our beaches offer the best sunsets. For a full list of sunset cruises check here and add “sunset cruise” in the keyword search bar. Area restaurants are another great option.

This area is within walking distance to Lido Key Beach and the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Featuring distinct European flair and an eclectic variety of elegant dining and shopping options. You can explore the Circle with a self-guided history tour of its statutes or simply shop, eat and enjoy a drink in a beautiful setting. 

Please visit our website for a detailed list of our beaches. Beach wheelchairs are available at Lido, Manasota, Nokomis, Siesta and Venice Beaches courtesy of Sarasota County Government. Call 941-861-5000 for more information or visit their website here.

Yes, we carry the Golf Coast Magazine in our Sarasota and Venice Visitor Centers which lists all local public golf courses. Learn more about the history, and search courses on our website here.

Sarasota has a big Amish and Mennonite community called Pinecraft with a variety of restaurants offering hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner options as well as a variety of homemade baked goods (pies, ice cream etc.). Olaf’s Ice Cream, Yoder’s Restaurant and Amish Village and Der Dutchman Restaurant & Bakery are some! Der Dutchman and Yoder’s each have a gift shop (Carlisle Gifts and Yoder’s Gift Shop) featuring handmade items from clothes and jewelry to toys and home goods. The Carlisle Inn & Conference Center opened in 2018 and is located next to Der Dutchman.