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Sarasota

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Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. The area is renowned for its cultural and environmental amenities, beaches, resorts, and the Sarasota School of Architecture. The city is at the southern end of the Tampa Bay Area, north of Fort Myers and Punta Gorda. Its official limits include Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2013 Sarasota had a population of 53,326. In 1986 it became designated as a certified local government. Sarasota is a principal city of the Sarasota metropolitan area, and is the seat of Sarasota County.The islands separating Sarasota Bay from the gulf near the city, known as keys, include Lido Key and Siesta Key, which are famous worldwide for the quality of their sandy beaches. The keys that are included in the boundary of Sarasota are Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Otter Key, Coon Key, Bird Key, and portions of Siesta Key. Previously, Siesta Key was named Sarasota Key. At one time, it and all of Longboat Key were considered part of Sarasota and confusing contemporaneous references may be found discussing them.
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The Ringling ©
Art Museum
The Ringling
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
St. Armands Circle
Shopping Mall
St. Armands Circle
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium ©
Aquarium
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Sarasota

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ©
Theme Park
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Tampa
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Duration: 8 hours
Siesta Beach ©
Beach
Siesta Beach Siesta Key
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Duration: 2 hours
Legoland Florida Resort ©
Water Park
Legoland Florida Resort Winter Haven
3.5
Duration: 8 hours
Clearwater Beach ©
Beach
Clearwater Beach Clearwater
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Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Sarasota

Sarasota National Cemetery ©
Cemetery
Sarasota National Cemetery
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Siesta Key Rum ©
Distillery
Siesta Key Rum
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Wildlife in Sarasota

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Myakka River State Park ©
Wildlife Area
Myakka River State Park
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Sarasota Saltwater Adventures ©
Scuba / Snorkeling
Sarasota Saltwater Adventures
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Duration: 2 hours
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
Island Pearl Excursions ©
Dolphin / Whale Watching
Island Pearl Excursions
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Sarasota

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Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy ©
Art Museum
Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
The Artful Giraffe ©
Art Gallery
The Artful Giraffe
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Art Center Sarasota ©
Art Gallery
Art Center Sarasota
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Duration: 2 hours
Nontando ©
Art Gallery
Nontando
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Sarasota

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As Good As It Gets ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
As Good As It Gets
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Circus City Architectural Salvage ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Circus City Architectural Salvage
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Sarasota Farmers Market ©
Flea Market
Sarasota Farmers Market
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Detwiler's Farm Market ©
Farmers Market
Detwiler's Farm Market
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

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