Sarasota / Bradenton
Welcome to Sarasota/Bradenton! It's true—being here means never being bored. The options for fun are endless.
If you're an art lover, you're in luck: Sarasota is home to more than a dozen theaters and theater companies, from the Asolo Rep and Florida Studio Theatre to the Players and Venice Theatre. The Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Ballet are all internationally known, and each spring, the Sarasota Film Festival brings Hollywood style—and Hollywood celebrities—to Southwest Florida. There's also the Ringling Museum campus, with its Baroque art collection, circus exhibitions and Venetian mansion, and don't forget about Selby Gardens, with its thousands of orchids and plant life, on display year-round.
If you prefer to be a little more adventurous, why not take a helicopter tour of Sarasota—or, if you prefer to stay closer to earth, a kayak, scooter or Segway tour? There are also multiple opportunities for water sports—surfing, parasailing and jet-skiing, to name a few. And if you're a golfer, say hello to acres of green grass, picturesque waterscapes and natural Florida beauty on one of many challenging, world-class golf courses.
Shopping is practically a sport here, as well, with shopping districts like St. Armands Circle, Siesta Key Village, downtown Venice, Sarasota's Main Street, Southside Village and Main Street at Lakewood Ranch. There are also artists' havens—Towles Court and Village of the Arts, to name two—where you can view and purchase art from our talented local artisans.
All of this activity is bound to make you hungry, so pop in to one of the area's many vibrant, original restaurants offering everything from pizza and French fries to lobster and steak (there's even authentic Amish and Mennonite food to be found). And at the end of the day, crawl into bed in one of Sarasota's lovely hotels—then step out onto your balcony and watch the sun rise over the Gulf or bay the next morning.
When you visit Sarasota/Bradenton, you'll find all of this and more at your fingertips. Enjoy taking advantage of our wonderful amenities!