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Art Center Sarasota, 941-365-2032

707 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota
Art Center Sarasota is the hub of our Gulf Coast regions contemporary art scene The goal of the Art Center Sarasota is to present a broad spectrum of workshops, classes and exhibitions that emphasize the work of living artists.

Asolo Theatre Company, 941-351-8000

5555 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

A superb destination theatre. 

Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, 941-366-5454

25 North Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota

Candlelit prime rib dinner and Broadway musical entertainment with shows such as Guys and Dolls and My Fair Lady.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 941-366-5731

811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota

More than 20,000 tropical plants, including orchids and bromelaiads, museum, hands on learning center and greenhouse.

Mote Marine Laboratory, 941-388-4441
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota
Mote Marine Laboratory (MML) is an independent, nonprofit research organization dedicated to excellence in marine science and education. The Laboratory was founded in 1955 as a place where people could "learn about the sea." Although internationally recognized through the scientific staff's research and publications, much of the Laboratory's efforts are directed toward the Southwest Florida coastal region. Through this research, the laboratory provides the exchange of scientific information, hosts visiting investigators, student interns, seminars and conferences. Public outreach is accomplished through Mote Aquarium showcasing Mote's scientific research and displaying marine life found in Southwest Florida. 

Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary, 941-388-4444

1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy. Sarasota
Come & Visit Florida's Largest Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Center. See Fabulous Wild Birds-Pelicans, Gulls, Egrets, Herons, Owls, Hawks, etc.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, 941-359-5744

5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota

Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 877-861-6547

3701 Bayshore Road, Sarasota

Sarasota's Favorite Family Attraction - Open Daily, except Christmas Day. Tropical Jungle Trails, Flamingos, Alligators, Bird & Reptile Shows & more! Snack Bar, Gift Shop

Sarasota Trolley, 941-861-5000
The Sarasota Trolley travels around downtown Sarasota and a scenic route out to attractions such as St. Armands Circle, Lido Beach, Mote Marine and the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary on City Island. The Trolley runs Monday - Saturday with both a Main Street route and the scenic route.

> Area Golf Courses    


Bobby Jones Golf Complex

      American Course, 1000 Circus Blvd, Sarasota 

      941-955-8097, public, 18 hole, 6039 yds, Par 71, CR-68.4, S-117

      British Course, 1000 Circus Blvd, Sarasota

      941-955-8097, public, 18 hole, 6467 yds, Par 72, CR-70.0, S-111

      Executive Course, 1000 Circus Blvd, Sarasota

      941-955-8097, public, 9 hole, 1687 yds, Par 30, CR-N/A, S-N/A


Forest Lakes Golf Club, 2401 Beneva Rd, Sarasota

941-922-1312, public, 18 hole, 6450 yds, Par 71, CR-70.8, S-124


Foxfire Golf Club

      Oak / Pine Course,  7200 Proctor Rd, Sarasota

      941-921-7757, public, 18 hole, 6029 yds, Par 71, CR-69.7, S-125

      Palm / Oak Course, 7200 Proctor Rd, Sarasota, FL 34241

      941-921-7757, public, 18 hole, 6206 yds, Par 72, CR-69.7, S-121

      Pine / Palm Course, 7200 Proctor Rd, Sarasota

      941-921-7757, public, 18 hole, 6528 yds, Par 72, CR-69.6, S-117


Rolling Green Golf Club, 4501 N Tuttle Ave, Sarasota

941-355-6620, semi-private, 18 hole, 6343 yds, Par 72, CR-69.7, S-119


Sarasota Golf Club, 7280 N Lee Wynn Dr, Sarasota

941-371-2431, public, 18 hole, 7066 yds, Par 72, CR-73.0, S-120


Longboat Key Club & Resort

      Harborside Blue / Red Course, 301 Gulf Of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key 

      941-387-1631, resort, 18 hole, 6709 yds, Par 72, CR-72.6, S-130

      Harborside Red / White Course, 301 Gulf Of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key 

      941-387-1631, resort, 18 hole, 6749 yds, Par 72, CR-72.7, S-131

      Harborside White / Blue Course, 301 Gulf Of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key 

      941-387-1631, resort, 18 hole, 6812 yds, Par 72, CR-73.1, S-132

      Island Side Course, 301 Gulf Of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key

      941-387-1631, resort, 18 hole, 6792 yds, Par 72, CR-73.8, S-138

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> Area Shopping   


Palm Avenue, 941-951-2314

64 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota

Upscale dining and shopping in the Arts and Theatre district in downtown Sarasota.

Prime Outlets, Ellenton, 888-260-7608

5461 Factory Shops Blvd., Ellenton
Florida's largest manufacturer's outlet on the west coast. Over 135 designer and name brand outlets with savings 25%-70% off retail prices. Monday thru Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 11am-6pm.

Red Barn Flea Market & Plaza, 941-747-3794

1707 First Street East, Bradenton

One of Florida's finest Markets, featuring over 600 retail and vendor booths. Free admission, parking and directory map.
Sarasota Square Mall, 941-941-9609
8201 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota  

Burdines, Dillard's, JC Penney, Sears, AMC movie theaters, food court and 140 stores, including The Disney Store.


Splash Sun & Fun, 941-362-0207
231 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Find all your beach needs here including swimsuits, T-shirts, towels and souvenirs.

St. Armands Circle, 941-388-1554

Downtown, Sarasota

Let our epicurean delights tantalize your taste buds with award-winning cuisine. Lounge in the atmosphere, savor the delicacies created by master chefs, indulge in the vintage wines and libations. Enjoy casual fare from the many specialty food shops or dine leisurely on superb cuisine from around the world. Experience the ambiance of exotic lands and far away places. Fulfill your shopping passions with fashion elegance, fine collectables, antiques, crystal, china and precious gems. Whatever your heart desires. You don't have to travel far to find the world's treasures, they're all here... on St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, Florida.

> Dining / Nightlife 


American Cuisine

The Broken Egg, 941-346-2750

210 Avenida Madera, Siesta Key
Restaurant, Catering, Art Gallery & Gift Shop. Serving breakfast and lunch. Voted Sarasota's Best Breakfast - 8 years.


Nosh A Rye, 941-387-9300

23 Avenue of the Flowers, Longboat Key

New York, Kosher-Style Deli Restaurant. Casual dining amid beautiful surroundings. Daily dinner specials, Pizza, Beer & Wine.


JP’s Big Easy, 941-486-0026

385 US 41 By-pass, N., Venice

Steaks & Fresh Florida Seafood with a New Orleans Style.


Patria, 941-927-8587

8383 South Tamiami Trail, South Sarasota

New American Cuisine - International Style Eclectic Atmosphere, White glove service. Sarasota's Most Creative Menu.


Amish Cooking


Troyer’s Dutch Heritage, 941-955-8007

3713 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota

 Located in the Amish Settlement of Sarasota. Awarded 1st Place - Best Amish Restaurant "Sarasota Herald Tribune, Readers Choice Award".


Bistro/International Cuisine


Maureen’s Palm Grille, 941-383-7774

5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

Influences of Regional Italian, Pan Asian, Bistro, French and Contemporary American Seafood.  


Classic Gulfcoast Cuisine


Sassy Snapper, 941-475-8975
70 Indiana Ave., North Englewood
Specializing in Fresh Seafood & Choice Steaks. Live entertainment Wednesday thru Saturday.


Continental Cuisine


Chef Caldwell’s, 941-388-5400

20 S. Adams Dr., St. Armands Circle
Specializing in Fresh Florida Fish


Roessler’s, 941-966-5688

2033 Vamo Way, South Sarasota
Sarasota's Finest Cuisine, featuring seafood, duck, beef, veal, lamb, flambe desserts. Award - Winning Wine List.


Christopher’s, 941-388-2161

700 Ben Franklin Dr., Lido Beach

Fine Dining atop the Radisson Resort overlooking Lido Beach, the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay and the Sarasota Skyline.


Eclectic Cuisine


Euphemia Haye, 941-383-3633

5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

Global Eclectic Cuisine.


Alley Cat Café, 941-954-1228

1558 Fourth St., Downtown Sarasota

"In The Alley" between Fruitville & 4th Lunch, Dinner and Unique Shopping in an unexpected Walled Garden Oasis.


Ozzie, 941-921-4389

6559 Gateway Ave., Sarasota

Sarasota's Boutique Restaurant where “Dining is a Matter of Taste”.


Jonathan’s, 941-761-1177

6777 Manatee Ave., W., Bradenton

Eclectic Cuisine    


European Cuisine


Café L’Europe, 941-388-4415

431 St Armands Circle, St Armands Circle
New European Cuisine with 29 years of Tradition and Innovation. "Sarasota's Special Occasion Destination".

Italian Cuisine


DA Giorgio Ristorante, 941-779-0220  

5702 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach
Northern Italian/Cont. Cuisine. "Giorgio Oldano's culinary work is absolutely exquisite, the very best!"-Bon Appetite Magazine. Live entertainment, gift certificates available.


Cosimo’s Brick Oven, 941-363-0211

201 Southgate Plaza, Sarasota


Wood-Fired Pizza, Specialty Salads, Signature Pasta, Extensive Wine List, New World Italian with a Multicultural Twist.


Pino’s Primi Piatti, 941-955-3739

1301 Main Street, Downtown Sarasota

Italian/Mediterranean Cuisine. New York Style Italian Bistro. Where the Mediterranean meets the Gulf of Mexico, serving Fresh Veal, Chicken, Seafood & Steak.


Mediterraneo, 941-365-4122

1970 Main Street, Downtown Sarasota

Northern Italian Cuisine 


Ophelia’s Pasta House, 941-486-4131

1097-A North Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, FL

Classic Italian Pasta Specialties, Daily Specials, Take-out Service, Full Bar and Outside Seating.


Oriental Cuisine


Siam Orchid, 941-923-7447

4141 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Award Winning Thai Restaurant


Le Change of Boston, 941-373-9233

55 Palm Avenue, Downtown Sarasota

Critics' Favorite Choice in Chinese Cuisine. Emphasizing quality & wonderful service.


Waterfront Dining


Moore’s Stone Crab, 941-383-1748

800 Broadway St., Longboat Key

Casual Seafood. Family owned & operated since 1967. Specializing in Fresh Seafood & Stone Crabs. By Land or Sea • Great Children's Menu


Lock and Key, 941-474-1517 

2045 Beach Road North, Manasota Key

"Best Overall Restaurant" - Last 4 Years. Seafood & Beef Specialists, Full Cocktail Service.


Rotten Ralph’s, 941-778-3953

902 Bay Blvd., Santa Maria Island

Casual, relaxed atmosphere overlooking the Marina at Bimini Bay. Celebrating 13 years of business.


Linger Lodge Restaurant, 941-755-2757

7205 Linger Lodge Rd., Bradenton

Florida's Most Unusual Restaurant. Screened Deck Overlooking Braden River. Serving nightly dinner specials, fried gator and River Bottom pie.


Extremis , 941-954-2008

204 Sarasota Quay, Sarasota

In Extremis is a large techno style dance club aimed at the 18 - 24 crowd. Occasional live acts, but mostly a DJ cranking out the dance and hip hop music.


Le Barge, 941-366-6116
Marina Jack Basin, Island Park
Le Barge is like a giant houseboat with a bar and dance floor on the top deck and cocktail tables inside. Entertainment is usually a solo guitar player singer performing island style music and Jimmy Buffet hits. Le Barge sails several times a day around Sarasota Bay and offers a great view of the waterfront homes and spectacular sunsets. Be sure to bring the camera. Call for schedule.

Five O'clock Club, 941-366 5555
1930 Hillview Street, Sarasota
Five O'clock Club just south of downtown Sarasota near Sarasota Memorial Hospital is a small club offering some great blues music. Most headline acts begin at 10PM.

Marina Jack, 941-365-4232
2 Marina Plaza,
Marina Jack is a waterfront institution in Sarasota. There's a downstairs outside large patio bar area adjacent to the marina. Inside is a bar and restaurant and upstairs is fine dining overlooking Island Park and the beautiful dolphin fountain.


Munroe's Upstairs, 941-316-0609
1296 First St., Sarasota
Munroe's Upstairs is the eclectic smoky bar of the popular downtown restaurant. Live jazz piano is frequently the popular choice of entertainment. Munroe's is a popular gathering after theater/opera gathering spot.


Margarita Maggie's, 941-951-0335

1927 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

Margarita Maggie's offers a tri-level dance floor, 4 bars, 5 beer tubs, balcony level seating and game room. Entertainment varies but mostly DJ and dancing.


Ovo Café, 9419954-6029

35 S. Lemon Ave., Sarasota
Upscale dining and martini bar.

> Area Museums / Sightseeing    


Circus Sarasota, 941-355-9335
Circus Sarasota represents the circus arts at the highest level and provides a circus that is linked to the community through performance, education and integrated arts programming.

Historic Spanish Point, 941- 966-5214
500 North Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41), Osprey

Explore & Experience Florida's Past. Guided tours daily - call for schedule.

Gamble Plantation State Historic Site, 941-723-4536
West of I-75 Exit 43 near U.S. 301 East, Ellenton
Once the site of a sugar plantation of 3,500 acres owned by Maj. Robert Gamble, who built an antebellum manor house in the 1840's. Today, the restored and refurbished Gamble Mansion is the only surviving plantation house in South Florida and the oldest home in Manatee County.


Madira Bickel Mound, 941722-1017-
U.S. 19 north from Bradenton, Exit at Terra Ceia Island
Three periods of Florida Indian culture dating back two-thousand years at this archaeological site, which covers 10 aacres on Terra Ceia Island in Manatee County.

Sarasota Classic Car Museum, 941-355-6228

5500 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota
The Museum features a “living” collection of over 100 automobiles, constantly being updated through acquisitions, exchanges with other car museums, and through donations of vehicles from collectors.  The collection spans over 100 manufacturing years.  Almost every letter of the alphabet is covered: Auburn, Bentley, Cadillac station wagon (one of only 5 ever made), DeLorean, Edsel, Ferrari, etc.  Vintage, classic, muscle, exotic cars….they’re all here.  We have John Lennon’s Mercedes Roadster, Paul McCartney's Mini Cooper and a dragster belonging to Don Garlits among our favorite treasures.  

Sarasota Visual Art center, 941-365-2032

707 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Year round regional and touring exhibitions, including Shapiro sculpture garden.

The Gulfcoast Wonder and Imagination Zone, 941-906-1851
1001 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota
The Gulfcoast Wonder and Imagination Zone, is a hands-on science center located in the Blivas Science and Technology Center, the former Selby Library building.  G.WIZ is a state-of-the-art science and technology center downtown on Sarasota’s beautiful bayfront.  However, it is not simply a museum! It offers an array of interactive, hands-on exhibits, as well as educational programs for the community.


The Lieberman Gallery, 941-388-1530

1991 Main Street, Suite 244, Sarasota
The Lieberman Gallery is a non-profit art "viewing" center dedicated to exhibiting contemporary and challenging works by artists living and working in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Don't miss the monthly artists' receptions, which are known to be fun and informative. Lieberman Gallery hours: 9AM to 9PM daily. Free.


The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 941-359-5700
5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which is affiliated with Florida State University, is the largest museum/university complex in the nation. The 66-acre estate is the legacy of John Ringling (1866-1936), one of the great business tycoons of his day. The Museum of Art, recognized as the state art museum of Florida, includes 21 galleries of internationally recognized European and American art with paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Poussin and other baroque masters. In addition, the estate encompasses Cà d'Zan, the recently restored 32-room Ringling mansion; the Circus Museum; the Original Asolo theater; the Rose Garden and beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay.

> Snorkeling / Diving  


Dolphin Dive Center, 941-924-2785
6018 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota  

Snorkeling equipment to rent to purchase, Scuba charters, Dive instructions and Kayak instructions and rentals.

> Fishing Charters / Excursions  


Bay Walker Charters

4718 Harris Ave., Sarasota


Captain Action Charter Service

Marina Plaza, Sarasota


Captain Jims Charter

4554 Galway Dr, Sarasota


Charter Boat Shark Sport Fishing

2 Marina PLZ, Sarasota



Charter Boats Midnite Sun

1 Marina PLZ, Sarasota



Custom Charters

2520 Constitution Blvd, Sarasota



Enterprise Chartered, Inc.

2 Marina PLZ, Sarasota



Excel Marine

1651 Whitfield Ave, Sarasota



Fish'n Addiction Charters

4131 Nelson Ave, Sarasota



Florida Fishing Adventures

3414 Key Ave, Sarasota



Flying Fish Fleet Deep Sea Fishing

627 Avenida del Norte, Sarasota

Deep sea fishing in the Gulf. Fun for the whole family.


Game Fish-Her Guide Service

1912 29th Ave W, Bradenton



Jerryrig II Charters Gulf and Bay Fishing

4212 Longhorn Dr, Sarasota



Jonnie Walkers Fishing Place

4718 Harris Ave, Sarasota



Le Barge Tropical Cruises

2 Marina PLZ, Sarasota



Neva Miss Deep Sea Charter Boat

4513 102nd St W, Bradenton



Palma Sola Boat Rental

9915 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton



Reef Reacher Charter Boat

P O Box 594, Bradenton Beach




3925 Warren St, Sarasota


> Boating / Cruises  


Key Sailing, 941-346-SAIL

1989 Morgan 41' Classic Sailing Vessel. Sunset, 2 hr., 3 hr., 4 hr., Full-Day or Private Charters. Delicious Meals & Beverage Combinations Included.

The Enterprise, 888-232-7768 

Tall Masted Sailing Cruises - Food & Beverages included. Triple Sail Vessel with Dolphin, Sightseeing around 3 Islands. Sunset, 2 hr., 3 hr., 4 hr. or Custom Sails.  In business for over 20 years. 

Longboat Limousine, 941-383-1235 
5145 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key

Luxury sedan and stretch Limousine service based on Longboat Key, serving all of Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Just added "Liquid Limousine" new luxury cabin cruiser available for sightseeing, dinner cruises, sunset parties and more. Self director tours by land or sea.


Mahina La Sailing, 941-713-8000

The Best Sailing Available - All Trips go into the Gulf. Choose between 36' Sleek & Stable Catamaran & 50' Traditional Schooner. 2 hr. Dolphin or Sunset, 4 hr. Round the Island.  

Peace River Nature Boat Tours, 800-308-7506 

These Narrated Eco-Tours are Great for Watching Gators, Manatee, Nesting Birds & More - always Calm River Cruising / includes Lunch at Nav-A-Gator Grill

Sarasota Bay Explorers, 941-388-4200 

Located at Mote Marine Aquarium 
Sea Life Excursions / Kayak Adventures. Enjoy a Wildlife/Marine Life Adventure Cruise aboard our 40' Pontoon boat with On-Board Marine Biologist. Kayak Trips into Florida back water for "up close" Fun!

> Water Sports / Misc. Activities 


Siesta Sports Rentals, 941-346-1797

6551 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota

Located on beautiful Siesta Key provides you with hours of fun, whether vacationing or living in Florida, we offer you the opportunity to see Sarasota and Siesta Key, the way it was meant to be seen. Just steps from Crescent Beach, we provide friendly, quality service at affordable prices. We rent bikes, motor scooters, Surrey's, strollers, Kayaks, children's equipment, beach stuff and accessories.

Siesta Parasail, 877-591-0925  

Siesta Key Marina
It's Easy! Anyone Can Fly! Beautiful Aerial View! Dry Take Offs and Landings from Boat Deck. Dolphin Tours, Jet Skis & Parasailing.

Walk on the Wild Side, 941-351-6500

629-41st Street, Sarasota

Small group, guided nature tours throughout Florida. Canoeing, kayaking, hiking and camping.



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