Key is a barrier island, eight miles
long, just offshore of Sarasota,
directly on the Gulf of Mexico. It
has some of the world’s finest white
sand beaches, with unique
restaurants, resorts, shopping and
Sail aboard a 41-ft sailing vessel past celebrities' homes, the new Ringling Causeway bridge and view the Sarasota skyline. Choose from fishing charters, boat or jet-ski rentals. Hire a bike, a surrey, a motor-scooter, or take a kayak eco-tour. Go para-sailing. Or just keep fit in a gym with daily, weekly or monthly rates. Take in a glorious sunset and dine out in a wide choice of bars and restaurants.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in
Sarasota, Florida is perhaps best
known for its living collection of
more than 6,000 orchids.
The 9.5-acre bay front property is an open-air and under-glass museum of more than 20,000 colourful plants. Throughout the grounds of the historic Selby estate are many distinct garden areas, including the Tropical Display House with its lush rain forest atmosphere, the towering Bamboo Pavilion, Banyan Grove, Cactus and Succulent Garden and Cycad Collection. Also on the grounds is the former Christy Payne Mansion, a unique example of eclectic Southern Colonial architecture. The Mansion, on the National Register of Historic Places, is the home to ever-changing botanical art and photography exhibits.
Children will delight in our indoor “rainforest,” brilliant dart frog collection, and our gardens abundant with tropical flora and fauna.
its humble beginnings in tiny shed
in a small Florida town, Mote Marine
Laboratory has expanded to include a
10.5-acre campus in Sarasota.
From the original focus on sharks, Mote research has expanded to include seven major areas of concentration, organized into seven research centres, and operates a public aquarium that serves nearly 400,000 visitors a year.
Spanish Point. Discover a
fascinating 30-acre museum
overlooking beautiful Little
Sarasota Bay in Osprey, Florida.
Experience prehistory by stepping
inside 'A Window to the Past', an
archaeology exhibition about the
gulf coast region’s earliest people.
Be surrounded by a 15 foot high
prehistoric shell mound called a
Explore Florida’s pioneer life by touring a home built in 1901, a citrus packing house to learn about the produce of the Webb homestead, and the charming Mary’s Chapel where many couples have been married in the past and today.
Reflect on the early 1900s as you stroll through formal gardens created by Mrs. Potter Palmer as part of her winter estate. Interact with a working maritime heritage boatyard and take seasonal excursions on Magic, a reproduction of a 1906 motor launch.
Enjoy shaded nature trails through native plant communities and stunning views of Little Sarasota Bay from large boardwalks. Relax in a dazzling Butterfly Garden which boasts blooms year-round. Bring a picnic lunch and dine under the graceful branches of a large majestic Southern Magnolia.
on a 66-acre estate on Sarasota Bay,
The John and Mable Ringling Museum
of Art was established in 1927 and
is now recognised as the official
State Art Museum of Florida,
offering 21 galleries of European
paintings as well as Cypriot
antiquities, Asian Art, American
paintings, and contemporary art.
The estate features the spectacular Cà d'Zan ("House of John"), a waterfront mansion that was restored in 2002. The Circus Museums, including the Tibbals Learning Centre, display the world's largest miniature circus, costumes, wagons, performance equipment, and other artefacts chronicling the history of the Circus. The estate also features Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden, completed in 1913, and beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay.
The Museum offers numerous cultural and educational programs, including courtyard concerts, "Third Thursday" socials on Cà d’Zan's terrace, lectures, workshops, children’s programs, teacher training sessions, and public tours. The Museum also houses an art conservation laboratory, a 65,000 volume art library, and archives.
Included on the estate are the Treviso Restaurant, Banyan Café, two gift shops, and acres of parkland and gardens with banyan and palm trees among the wide variety of native and exotic plants.
Jungle Gardens is one of the oldest
continuously operating attractions
in the State of Florida. Opened to
the public in 1940, the “Gardens”
has retained its old Florida charm
and very little has changed over the
past sixty-eight years.
The Gardens feature 10 acres of lush tropical vegetation, winding jungle trails and entertaining, educational bird and reptile shows twice daily. The “Kiddie Jungle” features a tree house, haunted tree, tiger swings, slide and a custom wooden train for the children to play on. The Flamingo Café serves delicious sandwiches, ice cream and snacks, or you can bring your own picnic lunch and dine alfresco on one of the many picnic tables that are available! Your visit isn’t complete without feeding our “free roaming” American Flamingos!
Sarasota Classic Car Museum opened
its doors to the public in February
of 1953. Although the museum has
changed ownership over the years it
has operated continuously and now
enjoys the recognition of being one
of the oldest car museums in the
world. It features a “living”
collection of over 100 automobiles,
spanning over a century of
manufacturing. We have John Lennon’s
Mercedes Roadster, Paul McCartney's
Mini Cooper and a dragster belonging
to Don Garlits among our favourite
In addition to our extensive auto display, the Museum also has an Antique Game Arcade we invite everyone to enjoy. The games are operational and cost just a few cents to play. Smaller exhibits can be found throughout the Museum and Gift shop, also, such as the Antique Camera and Photograph Display.
Saltwater Outfitters has been a
Sarasota institution since 1959.
Located on beautiful Siesta Key,
C.B.’s offers exciting opportunities
for fishing anglers of all levels.
From Charters fishing to boat
rentals for touring our beautiful
Sarasota bays and miles of
C.B.’s features a full line of ORVIS endorsed outfitters clothing, and guide service. A wide variety of fishing equipment, outdoor clothing, tackle, live and frozen bait, boat rentals, Florida fishing licenses, beach gear, soda, beer, snacks, and ice.
Bay Explorers Eco-Tours
Looking for an exciting, hands-on, educational and FUN experience on the water? We've got it!
We are located in beautiful Sarasota, and work in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory to provide interactive marine science boat trips for both public and private use. We offer several types of eco-tours including our renowned Sea Life Encounter Cruise, Guided Kayak Tours, Nature Safari and private charters aboard the Miss Explorer.
aboard the Marina Jack II!
Sarasota’s newest and most luxurious
dinner boat. Join us for a relaxing
cruise through the inter-coastal
waters and the Gulf of Mexico and
enjoy delicious dining, outstanding
views, and world class service. Our
air conditioned salons and open air
outside deck will provide you with
the best way to enjoy the waters of
the Gulf of Mexico. On the Marina
Jack II every seat is a window seat!
What better way to enjoy water-front dining than to be on the water! Each day you can choose from a lunch buffet featuring Grilled Chicken Alfredo and Catch of the Day or our Captain Jack’s Prime Rib & Special Entree dinner buffet. While dining, enjoy playful dolphins, warm sunshine, and relaxing breezes.
Myakka Safari Tours: Sarasota's Largest Attraction!
Come aboard the "Gator Gal", the world's largest enclosed airboat, and explore the 29,000 acre Myakka River State Park.
Open 7 days a week. 14 miles east of US-41 on State Road 72.
For information call: 941-365-0100