Sarasota Florida

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  • Sarasota is city that is located on the southwest corner of Florida. It faces the Gulf of Mexico on the west side giving it nice warm sunsets. The city is known for its cultural and environmental destinations including several intimate restaurants, beautiful gardens, alluring museums and other difference destination choices making it a perfect destination for friends, families, and couples.

    Beyond the city are beautiful Keys that are popular around the world for its beautiful soft sand beaches including the Lido Key and Siesta Key. The name Sarasota is believed to have been originated from American Indians who used to live in the area. Both Bradenton and Sarasota are known as Zara Zota. Over the many years that followed Sarasota grew into a community that has a rich history. Today, tourists are treated to several facets of the city including history, nature, and culture.

    Attractions in Sarasota

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is an enormous botanical garden located on South Palm Avenue. The garden spreads on a seven-acre land which served as the former home of William and Marie Selby. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is home to the most diverse collection of bromeliads in the United States.

    Ca d’Zan Mansion – The Ca d’Zan Mansion was built between 1924 and 1926, it served as the house for the winter of John Ringling and his family. The Ca d’Zan Mansion gives out a Mediterranean Revival style and an influence of the Doge’s Palace in Venice. Visitors can go on a guided tour of the mansion.

    Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium – This aquarium located on Ken Thompson Parkway on City Island. The place is home to over 100 local and non-local marine animals. They over educational programs for summer camps, field, and school visits.

    Siesta Key Village – The Siesta Key Village is not too far away from downtown Sarasota. It offers one of the best beaches that you can visit in the United States as it not only boasts its beautiful beach, but it also offers a number of bars, ice cream parlors, spas, restaurants and a lot more.

    Outdoor Activities – There are plenty of nature parks and preserves that you can go and visit when in Sarasota. Your options include:

    Myakka River State Park
    Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
    Sarasota Jungle Gardens
    Myakka River State Park
    Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary
    Sarasota Jungle Gardens

    Parks – The city is dotted with parks where traveling families will love to rest and relax with kids.
    Bayfront Park
    The Celery Fields
    South Lido Park
    Nathan Benderson Park
    Payne Park
    Urfer Family Park
    Rothenbach Park
    The Children’s Garden
    Red Bug Slough Preserve
    Ken Thompson Park
    Sarasota Garden Club

    How to get there

    The Sarasota International Airport serves the city with daily domestic and international flights. If you are driving into the city, take Interstate 75 and Exit 210. Drive west on Fruitville Road which will lead you right to downtown Sarasota.

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