St. Armands Circle

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St. Armands Circle

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Consider this area as a circular outdoor mall. Like any mall, you can shop, dine, browse or just people-watch. Unlike most malls, this one never closes to walkers.

St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, Florida, is interesting and delightful to walk around practically any time of day or night. Side-by-side stores, restaurants and art galleries line the 360-degree attraction so you’ll find plenty of retail experiences and dining opportunities to fill part of a day. Stop and listen to sidewalk musicians who often entertain in parts of the circle. Go to its center where abundant lush vegetation and benches welcome you to take time out for yourself.

Although typically not an area to look for souvenirs, St. Armands Circle provides an assortment of quality stores and upscale eating establishments. Ice-cream outlets are popular for their inventive flavors. Bars open out onto the sidewalk, letting patrons watch the constant motion outside. Identify license plates of vehicles parked or driving by. Chances are excellent, especially during the winter months, of seeing representation from most states and many Canadian provinces.

Park wherever you find a legal space. The circle is regularly patrolled for infractions, which can lead to challenges for motorists. If you’re determined to find a parking space on the circle you may need to drive around a few times; otherwise it’s usually easier to find a place elsewhere and walk to the area. Generally, the busiest times are from mid morning to late at night.

Strolling on hot pavement can take a toll on family pets, but retailers and restaurateurs often put water bowls and even treats outside their doors for the canine population. Although the number of people dwindles in the later hours, that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of entertainment. Visit establishments that remain open for live music and investigate rooftop bars with fire pits or gardens.

Get to St. Armand Circle from downtown Sarasota by traveling over the John Ringling Bridge. This area has greatly changed since the late 1800s when it was farmland owned by homesteader Charles St. Armand. Circus owner John Ringling later acquired the property and envisioned the current-day setting of a circle of shops.

Top Hotels Close to St. Armands Circle

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
3 out of 5
1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL, 34236
The price is $153 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Sarasota. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
3.3/5 (1,268 reviews)
"The property was vintage but clean. The staff was incredibly nice and so helpful. Resort was spacious and plenty to do. Will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
Holiday Inn Lido Beach, Sarasota, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Lido Beach, Sarasota, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
233 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL, 34236
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $209 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Sarasota. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (982 reviews)
"Great location within walking distance of St Armand's shops and dining. Quiet and secluded beach location. Have stayed here many times and will continue to do so."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Holiday Inn Lido Beach, Sarasota, an IHG Hotel
Lido Beach Resort
Lido Beach Resort
4 out of 5
700 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL, 34236
The price is $409 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Sarasota. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and a private beach. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (992 reviews)
"The building and facilities were fabulous. The beach was amazing wiith quick access and the restaurant in teh hotel was teh absolute best!!!"

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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
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3 out of 5
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4 out of 5
700 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL, 34236
The price is $409 per night from May 30 to May 31
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King Bed ❤ Walk to St. Armand's Circle and Lido Beach in Minutes!
King Bed ❤ Walk to St. Armand's Circle and Lido Beach in Minutes!
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Best Location!  Right next to St Armands Circle and Lido Key!
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3.5 out of 5
800 Benjamin Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL, 34236
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A Prime Location..St Armand's circle, Lido Beach, Shopping, Dinning and Fun
A Prime Location..St Armand's circle, Lido Beach, Shopping, Dinning and Fun
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Kingston Arms 1st Floor
Kingston Arms 1st Floor
3.5 out of 5
500 S Washington Dr, Sarasota, FL, 34236
Kingston Arms 1st Floor
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