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Sarasota County's Visitor Centers

Welcome to Sarasota County!

When you're here, get insider information on where to go and what to do while in the area by visiting one of Sarasota County’s Official Visitor Information Centers. We can help you find a great place to stay, eat, watch the sunset, see a performance and pretty much anything else you want to do while visiting. Make the visitor center your first stop for the perfect vacation.

VSC offers several no-contact processes to communicate and ask questions during this time:

  1. Call us at 941-706-1253 to speak with a representative or leave a message to be returned ASAP (Monday-Friday)
  2. Email your questions to [email protected]
  3. Scan the QR code visible on entrance to the the Downtown Sarasota Visitor Center and Visitor Information Vehicle (VIV) for instant digital resources
  4. We are also available via social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram
  5. To view our print collateral at home, view our digital guide or our other guides, maps and brochures

 COVID-19 Procedures

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following procedures have been implemented for VSC to continue providing visitors information responsibly at the Downtown Sarasota Visitor Center:

  1. Only one guest will be allowed inside the visitor center at a time
  2. Staff and volunteers will be available to distribute collateral like brochures and maps upon request in addition to answering questions
  3. Guests must wear a mask inside the visitor center at all times

Visitor Information Centers

Note: Visit Sarasota County Visitor Centers will be closed on Nov. 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Downtown Sarasota (inside the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce)
Address: 1945 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-706-1253
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Venice Center (inside the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce):
Address: 597 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285 
Phone: 941-706-1253
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport Welcome Center (Located at Baggage Claim):
Address: 6000 Airport Circle, Sarasota, FL 34243
Hours: Accessible 24/7

Have questions? Check out the answers to our Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Here

The closest airport to the heart of the city of Sarasota and the beaches of Lido Key and Siesta Key is the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Other nearby airports include St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, Tampa International Airport, and Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers .

The easiest route to drive into Sarasota County is along Interstate 75, which connects visitors to Sarasota, Venice and North Port while remaining far enough away from the heart of those cities to avoid significant traffic. Other options include US Highway 41. 

Planning your Stay

To make the most of your stay, plan your accommodations early. Peak season starts in January and ends in April. During these months arts and culture offerings are in full swing, multiple festivals and events are occuring and the beaches are buzzing with activity. Great value months, however, are after the Fourth of July through the end of September. Many hotels during this period may offer additional incentives, traffic is less congested and the beaches are less crowded. 

Whenever you stay, be sure to check out the deals and events going on around town!

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