Things To Do 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.

Please visit any of our Visitors Centers; locations, opening hours and contact information can be found here or view a selection of brochures online here.

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.

You can visit our event calendar, pick up the weekly Sarasota Herald-Tribune Ticket at our downtown Sarasota Visitor Center or read it online here.

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

Many of our parks in Sarasota County are great options for hiking and biking enthusiasts. The Legacy Trail and Myakka River State Park are only two of many. We can provide County maps that focus on these activities at our Visitor Centers

Venice is a city in the Southern part of Sarasota County and is called the Shark Tooth Capital of the World. Its surrounding Venice and Casperson Beaches are the best places to find shark’s teeth.

Sarasota County offers a variety of dining options and many of its restaurants are Zagat-rated, making it a favorite stop for foodies from around the world. Search restaurants on our website here. If you have the name of a restaurant, you can add it in the search tab on our website . The Visitor Centers carry a dining and culinary guide which you can also download here. Do not forget to check out local restaurants that participate in the Savor Sarasota which takes place June 1-14 every year since 2006!

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.

We have several vendors offering different trolley tours, including historical, culinary and architectural tours.