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It is an area of Southwest Coast Florida that roughly 52,000 people reside in.
Tallahassee, the state capital, is roughly 240 miles northwest of Sarasota, and Myakka City is 25 miles to the east.
Rediscover the joys of childhood and throw yourself into a world of magic at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex and Fish Hole Adventure Golf. For more family fun, head on to Canopy Walkway and Boylston Nature Trail and Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary.
A motley crew of fascinating sea creatures and plants can be discovered at Mote Marine Aquarium and Mote Marine Laboratory.
The Sarasota Jungle Gardens is an amazing place to take the kids for an entertaining afternoon among local and exotic critters. If you can't spare too much time, collect a map so you don't miss out on any of the zoo's many highlights.
Sit back with a drink, roll the dice or just take in the sights and sounds at arcadeland.
If you'd like to learn more about the local flora, a visit to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Palma Sola Botanical Park is a great idea.
For fresh air and relaxation, grab a bite to eat and make your way over to one of the area's picturesque urban parks, such as Myakka River State Park and Payne Park. South Lido Park and Lake Manatee State Park are two more nice places to while away a lazy day over a good book.
Some time spent at Sarasota County Visitor Information Center and History Museum is a practical way of finding some interesting information about the area.
Would you like to spend a bit of time along a scenic coastline? Load up some supplies and make your way to Venice Beach or Siesta Key Public Beach for a pleasant day by the sea. You could also test the water temperature out at Nokomis Beach and Cortez Beach.
Need a break from the stress of the city? Head out on an adventure to Bean Point Beach and Oscar Scherer State Park. Lovers of nature will also enjoy Robinson Preserve and Point of Rocks.
Junior marine biologists always love Jim Neville Marine Preserve, a carefully protected marine reserve full of ocean dwellers.
Broaden your perspectives with some time at one of the area's wonderfully curated cultural spaces. Enjoy the contemplative atmosphere as you check out the collections at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the South Florida Museum. Another two worth considering are the Sarasota Classic Car Museum and the Florida Railroad Museum.
Admire ship models and seafaring artifacts as you voyage through the collection halls at the Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez.
Sarasota is a hub of artistic activity, with galleries all over. Pop in to the Solomon's Castle and the Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy and see the best of what this creative enclave has to offer. If you have time afterwards, the Art Center Sarasota and the Island Gallery West are also well worth your time.
View the interesting artifacts of the Anna Maria Island Museum and Historical Park or study the exhibits at the Manatee Village Historical Park. Both are great if you're interested in history.
Gamble Plantation and the De Soto National Memorial are certainly worth taking a look at, even if history isn't your forte. More stories from the days of yore are waiting for you at Ca’ d’Zan and Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site.
Religious sites are often very moving. If you're interested in Sarasota's spiritual side, visit St. Boniface Episcopal Church Labyrinth.
After seeing the major points of interest around Sarasota, be sure to visit some of its lesser-known gems. The University Park Country Club and Marina Jack might catch your eye. If you've got more time to spare, also check out Cannons Marina or the Circus Sarasota.
Sarasota is an excellent destination, with no less than 76 Sarasota hotels to choose from on Expedia.
Two upscale Sarasota options in which you can find the nicest guest amenities in town, are The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, at 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr, and The Resort at Longboat Key Club, at 220 Sands Point Road. Should you find that those two don't quite match your requirements, the Captiva Beach Resort or the Siesta Beach Resorts And Suites are two cheaper options that might tick all the right boxes.
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Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Venice Train Depot and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Venice Beach. Centennial Park and Venice Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This hotel is located in Sarasota (Pinecraft), close to Sarasota Commons Shopping Center, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and Bobby Jones Golf Complex. Local attractions also include Evie's Golf Center and Colonial Village Shopping Center.
Nestled on the beach, this Bradenton Beach condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Brandenton Beach and Manatee Public Beach. Bradenton Beach Marina and Historic Bridge Street Pier are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Tropical Beach Resorts is located on Florida's Siesta Key barrier island. Just across the road is Crescent Village with its restaurants and shops, while hiking, biking trails, and a golf course are within easy reach. For culture buffs, the Ringling Museum of Art is in Sarasota, 25 minutes by car.
Located in Central Sarasota, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Florida Studio Theatre and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Sarasota Jungle Gardens and St. Armands Circle are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Central Sarasota, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy and Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Main Street at Lakewood Ranch and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mall at University Town Center and Legacy Golf Club. The River Club and University Park Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This villa is located in Siesta Key (Siesta Key Village), close to the beach, Siesta Key Public Beach, St. Armands Circle, and South Lido Park. Local attractions also include Lido Beach and Crescent Beach.