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The 2017 Sarasota County Visitors Guide.

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Administrative Offices
1777 Main St., Suite 302
Sarasota, FL 34236
T: 941.955.0991
F: 941.955.1929
Sarasota County Visitor
Information Centers
Downtown Sarasota
1710 Main St.
Sarasota, FL 34236
The Mall at University Town Center
140 University Town Center Dr.
Sarasota, FL 34243
941.70 6.1253
844.382.6980
info@visitsarasota.org
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Virginia J. Haley, CDME
President
7 Welcome to Sarasota County
8 We Have History
10 Quick Facts
12 Seven Must-dos
14 Cities of Arts and Artists
22 Its a Beautiful Day in the Districts and Neighborhoods
34 An Eventful Year
38 Explore or Relax: Our Pristine Beaches and Parks
42 Fun for Less
45 Getting Here and Getting Around
52 Day-tripping, Yeah
57 Group On: Business Meetings and Group Travel
62 Game On!
66 Eat It Up: Delicious Dining Options in Southwest Florida
78 Your Big Day: Destination Weddings
LOCAL LISTINGS
58 Things to Do
64 Golf
74 Dining
80 Weddings
82 Accommodations
88 Vacation Rentals
89 Shopping
92 Services
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Rapidly growing, Sarasota is the perfect location for a beach
vacation. Just ask Houstonia Magazine, which has already
designated the city of Sarasota as the new “it” city of the
Sunshine State. Or ask Dr. Beach, who has once again named
Siesta Beach on his top-ten beaches in America list. Other
accolades include best food city (Sarasota), best place to retire
and best fall vacation destination (Venice).
Sarasota County is known for its great beaches, as well as its
amazing performing arts and galleries. Year round it continues
to impress those who visit. We hope this guide will give you
the tools to enjoy a vacation in Sarasota your way. Looking
for peaceful and calmer places to enjoy the beach? We have
some recommendations. Wondering about what kind of eco-
recreational activities the area offers? Look no further. Want to
know what arts to explore? We’ve got that too.
We hope you enjoy this guide as much as we enjoyed putting
it together. While on your Sarasota County vacation, share
photos with us on Instagram using the hashtag #MySarasota!
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Prehistoric
Sarasota County was home to some of the earliest humans to
inhabit Florida’s Gulf Coast. Prior to the arrival of European
explorers, native tribes, including the Calusa, Tocobaga and
Timucua lived, shed and traveled throughout the region.
Historic Spanish Point, located in Osprey, houses one of the
largest preserved archaeological sites on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
The father of Sarasota
Sarasota’s rst real estate developer, J.H. Gillespie, arrived
in Sarasota in 1886 to assist the failing “Ormiston Colony”—
a colony of approximately 60 Scottish families sent to settle
50,000 acres of land acquired by the Florida Mortgage and
Investment Company, which was partially owned by Gilles-
pie’s father. Gillespie was a visionary founder of the tour-
ism and leisure industry that still thrives today. His legacy
can be found at the modern core of downtown Sarasota,
known as “Five Points,” where he constructed Sarasota’s
rst hotel, the DeSoto Hotel, in 1887.
The circus comes to town
Charles and John Ringling, two of the brothers behind the
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, began purchas-
ing land in Sarasota in 1911. Beginning in 1912, John and his
wife, Mable, made Sarasota their winter home. The family
were members of the wealthy elite in an era when “American
royalty” thrived on turn-of-the-century investments in oil, rail-
roads and real estate. It was John’s dream to transform Sara-
sota into a luxury resort town to rival the fashionable winter
holiday destinations of Florida’s more established east coast.
Historic Spanish Point
J.H. Gillespie
Sailor Circus 1955
Photos courtesy of Sarasota County Historical Resources.
History
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Learn More
Interested in knowing more about Sarasota’s history?
The Historical Society of Sarasota County is one of the
best resources for all things related to the region’s past.
The Historical Society celebrates local history with trolley
tours, community events and its popular lecture series,
Conversations at the Crocker,” which invites local
historians to lead conversations on a variety of topics at
the historic Crocker Memorial Church.
Historical Society
Rediscover
St. Armands
For a complete calendar of events and more, visit
our Web site, www.starmandscircleassoc.com or
call (941) 388-1554
You don’t have to travel far to
nd the world’s shopping and
dining treasures—they are all
here...on St Armands Circle
in Sarasota, Florida.
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Unfamiliar with Sarasota County?
Get up to speed with these fast facts.
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CITIES AND TOWNSHIPS
(SOURCE: Census 2014 population estimates)
Sarasota County is home to:
City of North Port Population: 60,380 | Land area: 99.58 sq. miles
City of Sarasota Population: 54,214 | Land area: 14.66 sq. miles
City of Venice Population: 21,730 | Land area: 15.27 sq. miles
Town of Longboat Key Population: 7,143 | Land area: 4.13 sq. miles
120+ parks in Sarasota County
State parks and forests:
Oscar Scherer State Park, Myakka State Forest,
Myakka River State Park
Lido Key
North Lido Beach, Lido Beach,
South Lido Beach
Manasota Key
Manasota Beach,
Blind Pass Beach
Siesta Key
Siesta Beach, Turtle Beach
Venice area
Nokomis Beach, North Jetty Park,
Venice Beach, Maxine Barritt Park,
Brohard Beach and Paw Park, Caspersen Beach
OTHER COMMUNITIES AND VILLAGES
Lakewood Ranch, Siesta Key, Englewood & Manasota Key,
Nokomis, Osprey & Casey Key
BEACHES
Sarasota County has 35 miles of beaches
Main Sarasota County beaches:
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THE ARTS
Professional and amateur theaters:
Florida Studio Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe,
Urbanite Theatre, Players Centre for Performing Arts, Venice Theatre and Lemon Bay Playhouse
Professional opera
Sarasota Opera
Professional ballet
Sarasota Ballet
Professional orchestras
Sarasota Orchestra, Venice
Symphony Orchestra
Performing arts halls
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Venice Performing
Arts Center, Lemon Bay Performing Arts Center,
North Port Performing Arts Center
Contemporary dance
Sarasota Contemporary Dance,
Cuban Ballet School and
Moving Ethos
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Wave your ipper to a manatee
One of the most well-known and beloved Florida residents is the manatee.
Today, there are about 6,300 manatees in Florida, and during warmer months,
these gentle “sea cows” can be found grazing on sea grass in Sarasota Bay,
often near the mangrove tunnels off Ted Sperling Park on the southern tip of
Lido Key. You can also say hello to Hugh and Buffett—Mote Aquarium’s resident
manatees born in captivity—or take a trip to the South Florida Museum in
Bradenton and befriend Snooty, the world’s oldest living manatee in captivity.
Spot avian visitors
Sarasota, Venice, Englewood and North Port all have bird watching
destinations along the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail. A few of
the most popular locations include the Celery Fields on the outskirts of
Sarasota, Myakka River State Park southeast of town, Shamrock Park and
Nature Center in Venice, Lemon Bay Park in Englewood and Jelks Preserve
also in Venice. Hundreds of species have been spotted at these hotspots,
including roseate spoonbill, wood stork, bald eagle and fregatidae.
Relax on Siesta Beach
There are few sensations better than sinking your toes into the cool, pure
quartz sand of Siesta Key. This beach was named No. 1 in America by Dr.
Beach in 2011, and again No. 1 by TripAdvisor reviewers in 2015. Last year,
Siesta Public Beach completed a $21 million makeover to expand amenities,
including additional concessions, a playground, extra parking and much more.
Shop till you drop in Venice, Florida
More than 100 eateries, boutiques and shops line the avenues of the downtown
historic district of Venice, Florida. Concerts, craft festivals, art shows and many
more weekly activities keep the fun coming at this coastal community.
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Eat fresh with the Englewood Farmers Market
From October through the end of May, visit the Old Englewood Village
on West Dearborn Street on Thursday for the Englewood Farmers
Market. Peruse tents of fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and
handmade crafts. Can’t make it in time? There are also farmers markets
in Venice (Saturdays, year round), Sarasota (downtown: Saturdays, year
round); Phillippi Estate Park (Wednesdays, October through April), and
Siesta Key (Sundays, year round).
Explore a park in North Port
The city of North Port has 26 parks to explore by foot, horseback
or kayak. Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park is a 163-acre
park that should be on every outdoor enthusiast’s list to check out.
Enjoy wooded trails under a mossy oak canopy and take in a piece of
undisturbed natural Florida splendor. For mountain bike enthusiasts,
North Port’s trail along Myakkahatchee Creek, carved by riders, offers
winding twists and turns.
Embrace the culture and arts
Whether your stay is in the summer, winter, fall or spring, there are live
performances by one of the area’s organizations, such as the Sarasota
Opera, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet, Florida Studio Theatre, Asolo
Repertory Theatre, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, or a Broadway
show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Go beyond performing
arts and check out new art exhibitions at The Ringling and the Ringling
College of Art and Design, or explore artful neighborhoods such as
Towles Court Artist Colony, Historic Downtown Village in Gillespie Park
or the Rosemary District.
Say hello to a manatee, relax on the beach,
explore a farmers market—these are all
must-do activities if you want to make the most
out of your trip to Sarasota County. Check out
our complete list of seven must-do activities.
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PERFORMING ARTS
Plays and musicals
Great theater has great roots in Sarasota. The Asolo Repertory Theatre has a
stellar reputation for innovative and moving productions. This theater is one of
the largest not-for-prots of its kind in the country and has been a springboard
for many actors and shows to go onto Broadway fame. Established in 1960, the
Asolo Repertory Theatre is located next to The Ringling, just west of SRQ Airport.
In the heart of downtown, Florida Studio Theatre operates as Sarasota’s
contemporary theater. Enjoy cutting-edge plays, improvisational comedy and
terric musicals. This theater isn’t the only theater venue in downtown the
Urbanite Theatre, an intimate black box theater, is downtown’s newest and right
next to Whole Foods Market.
Just a few blocks from downtown Sarasota is the Westcoast Black Theatre
Troupe, one of only two professional black theater companies in Florida. Many
actors and actresses have gotten their start here before earning roles in Broadway
productions, at the Apollo Theatre and on television.
Discover your artistic side with a trip to one of Sarasota’s many performing arts venues
or art galleries. Known as Florida’s Cultural Coast
®
, there is something new to see every
week in the arts and culture world of this Gulf Coast destination.
and
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Just past the Rosemary District north of downtown is The Players Centre for
Performing Arts. Dating back to 1936, this award-winning community theater has
had Hollywood greats Bette Davis and Charlton Heston pass through its doors.
Further south is the Venice Theatre. Known as the third largest community
theater in the United States and the largest per capita, the Venice Theatre has a
reputation for being much more than the average community venue. In 2016, Tony
Award-winner Ben Vereen reimagined and directed “Hair” at this venue.
Last but not least, Lemon Bay Playhouse in Englewood is another community
theater that has recently risen to local acclaim. Demand for shows has increased in
the past few years, leading to consistent sell-out performances.
Dance like never before
Highly-praised by The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street
Journal, the Sarasota Ballet is the only professional ballet company on the Gulf
Coast. Director Iain Webb revolutionized the company’s repertoire, featuring
works of the greatest choreographers in the dance world, such as Sir Frederick
Ashton and Antony Tudor. The company regularly performs at the FSU Center for
the Performing Arts, the Sarasota Opera House and the Van Wezel Performing
Arts Hall.
For a very different experience, Sarasota Contemporary Dance brings cutting-
edge, thought-provoking performances to Sarasota, collaborating with artists of
different genres at local venues.
Strings, opera and all that jazz (and blues)
Both the cities of Venice and Sarasota have had longtime professional orchestras.
Originally debuting as the Florida West Coast Symphony, the Sarasota Orchestra is
the oldest continuing orchestra in the state and performs more than 100 classical,
pop and family concerts every year. The orchestra is led by one of the most
intriguing young conductors in the world: Anu Tali. In Venice, the Venice Symphony
has provided cultural enrichment for more than 40 years.
One of the most historic venues in Sarasota is the Sarasota Opera House. It
serves as home to the Sarasota Opera, which completed a historic run of the
and
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complete works of Giuseppe Verdi during
the course of 28 years, which is a feat no
other opera company in the world has
accomplished. It is also a host venue for a
broad range of music performances.
Looking for contemporary music options?
Check out the Van Wezel Performing Arts
Hall’s upcoming schedule of performances,
including the popular summer “Friday Fest
concerts, featuring popular local acts such as
Jah Movement. National acts, such as ZZ Top,
Broadway musicals and one-of-a-kind shows,
such as Riverdance, come through this venue
near downtown Sarasota each year.
If an intimate music setting is what you
are looking for, then check out the Jazz Club
of Sarasota’s performance schedule, or pop
into venues such as the Blue Rooster for the
latest traveling bluesman in town.
VISUAL ARTS
The Ringling
We can’t begin talking about visual arts
without immediately bringing up The
Ringling: a 66-acre bayfront oasis that was
once the estate of John Ringling and his wife,
Mable. The Ringling, just a few miles west of
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport,
includes a museum of art, a circus museum, a
rose garden, a historic mansion and an Asian
art center. From the classic collections of art
procured by John and Mable on European
visits to the modern exhibitions by artists at
the forefront of contemporary movements,
there is something for every type of art
enthusiast at The Ringling.
Ringling College of Art + Design
South of The Ringling, the Ringling College
of Art and Design has been a place for tal-
ented students to develop into creative art-
ists for 85 years. Campus galleries feature
the work of professional artists from around
the world and are free of charge and open to
the public.
Towles Court Artist Colony and
the Historic Downtown Village
Quite a few artist sanctuaries are sprinkled
throughout downtown Sarasota, but the
most popular might be the Towles Court
Artist Colony. Established in the ’90s as
an experiment to bring artists together
in a studio-driven neighborhood, the
community has evolved into a collective of
artist studios and galleries. The colony hosts
monthly art walks every third Friday of the
month. North of Towles Court is the Historic
Downtown Village in Gillespie Park. This
area is a colorful collection of bungalows-
turned-boutique shops and eateries. The
village features a monthly art walk on the
fourth Friday of each month, where shops
and galleries stay open late.
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Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy
Museum and Sculpture Gardens
November 2016-May 2017
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday 1 PM to 4 PM
You’ll see paintings, sculptures, photography,
clay works and a wonderful garden!
2121 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234 | 941-364-3399 | whimsymuseum.org
Art centers for artists of all ages
Art is truly celebrated by all in Sarasota
County, and there is no better example of
this than at the art centers throughout the
area. Art Center Sarasota on Tamiami Trail
is the most visible center, but community
centers in Longboat Key, Venice and North
Port strive to promote art education, cul-
tural programs and exhibitions, as well,
year round, for all ages.
Clyde Butcher Art Gallery
World-renowned nature photographer and
preservationist Clyde Butcher houses his
2,000-square-foot darkroom in Venice,
processing large-scale black-and-white
photographs of untouched Florida wilder-
ness. Visitors can view these photos at the
Clyde Butcher Venice Gallery and Studio.
Butcher’s work highlights the natural eco-
systems of primitive Florida.
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SARA SOTA.
WHERE ARTISTIC EXPRESSI ON AND INSPIRATION MEET.
PIANO VOCAL INSTRUMENTAL POPS
2016-2017
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Unique, live musical events that
Entertain, Engage and Inspire
More than thirty performances annually.
For our schedule, details and tickets visit
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and online 24/7 – Group discounts available
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ASOLO REP
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MADE IN SARASOTA
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Michael Callahan, Amos Wolff, Daniel Russel and Sean Rollofson in West Side Story. Photo by Cliff Roles.
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“miraculous
The Washington Post
“impressive”
The Wall Street Journal
excellent and endearing
The New York Times
“intensity and beauty”
The Boston Globe
2016 - 2017 Season
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Anu Tali,
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Circus SarasotaWorld class
professional performances
Sailor CircusAmerica’s longest
running youth circus with
holiday & spring performances
Year-round Circus Arts Classes
Summer Camp for kids ages 6–15
CircusArts.org | 941.355.9335
The Circus Arts Conservatory is a
501(c)3 non-profit performing arts
educational organization.
Richard Hopkins, Producing Artistic Director
1241 N. Palm Avenue, Downtown Sarasota
Jordan Bellow. Photo by Matthew Holler.
�orida studio theatre
SARASOTA’S CONTEMPORARY THEATRE
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ARTS AD SPREAD
Sarasota Concert Association
2016-17 Great Performers Series
Bringing Carnegie Hall to Sarasota!
Emerson String Quartet
Minnesota Orchestra
National Symphony of Ukraine
Apollo’s Fire
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Daniil Trifonov & Sergei Babayan
For dates and locations:
941-225-6500
www.scasarasota.org
Daniil Trifonov
Sarasota Ballet Box Office / 941.359.0099
SarasotaContemporaryDance.org
Artistic Director
Leymis Bolaños Wilmott
2016–2017 SEASON
jazz + SCD
October 1316, 2016
VoiCeS of SaraSota Contemporary DanCe
December 1–4, 2016
DanCe makerS – 11th annual ConCert
February 912, 2017
eVolVing/reVolVing
May 1114, 2017
NOWHERE WILL YOU FIND ART AND CULTURE MORE COLORFUL
THAN IN SARASOTA AND SURROUNDING AREAS.
DISCOVER WHY WERE KNOWN AS FLORIDAS CULTURAL COAST
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Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax revenues.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of
Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
Lights, Music, ACTION!
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Fall Opera Season
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Donizetti’s Don
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Winter Opera Festival
Feb/Mar 2017
Puccini’s Madama
Buttery
Rossini’s The Italian
Girl in Algiers
Poulenc’s Dialogues of
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Montemezzi’s The Love of
Three Kings
NOWHERE WILL YOU FIND ART AND CULTURE MORE COLORFUL
THAN IN SARASOTA AND SURROUNDING AREAS.
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Neighborhoods
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE
City of Sarasota and surrounding districts
The city of Sarasota, in the northern part of
Sarasota County, is a scene of eateries, theaters,
shopping boutiques and artist enclaves. Running
through the heart of downtown is Main Street,
and branching off this main drag are colorfully
named streets such as Pineapple, Orange, Lemon
and Palm. Perhaps it is poetic that these streets
hold the “fruits” of central downtown, such as the
Sarasota Opera House on Pineapple Avenue, the
Saturday farmers market on Lemon Avenue, or the
Florida Studio Theatre on Cocoanut Avenue.
Shops and colorful bungalows turned into
bakeries, galleries, salons and yoga/tness studios
surround central downtown and are divided
into ve districts: Burns Court, Towles Court,
Rosemary District, Historic Palm Avenue District
and Gillespie Park.
Though all are within walking distance, the eas-
iest district to venture to by foot is Burns Court,
home to Burns Court Cinema, Owen’s Fish Camp,
Nancy’s Bar-B-Q and a collection of antique, jew-
elry and worldly shops. Get some lunch and then
get lost searching the aisles of the Women’s
Exchange for one-of-a-kind nds.
North of downtown, from Tamiami Trail to
Orange Avenue is the Rosemary District. One of
Downtown Sarasota
Towles Court
Burns Court
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Neighborhoods
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE
Each neighborhood of Sarasota County offers its own distinctive experience.
While many visitors ock to Siesta Key to sink their toes in the famed white
sand, others choose Nokomis and Casey Key for a quieter beach escape.
Learn a little bit about all the unique sides of this Gulf Coast destination.
the most rapidly developing areas of Sarasota,
this district holds a rich heritage dating back
to the 1890s when African Americans settled
in the area. Today, restaurants such as Lolita
Tartine, Blue Rooster and The Rosemary,
nearby galleries such as State of the Arts and
antique stores, such as Architectural Salvage,
keep the area thriving.
Learn more about Towles Court and the
Historic Downtown Village in Gillespie Park in
our arts section on page 16.
Lido Key and St. Armands Circle
Travel from the city, over the Ringling
Causeway and west to St. Armands Circle
and Lido Key.
You’ll nd one of the most popular and
iconic shopping districts of Sarasota County:
St. Armands Circle. This district boasts high-
end retail, boutique shops and al fresco
dining along a gorgeous pathway of palm
trees and statues. Original mid-century
contemporary architecture homes lie on
the outskirts of the shopping epicenter—a
design style that has notably inuenced
much of the areaand mere yards west
of St. Armands Circle is Lido Beach, which
spans more than a mile to the south.
North from St. Armands Circle is Ken
Thompson Parkway. Every family should
take a trip at least once to this area to visit
Mote Aquarium, Save Our Seabirds, The Old
Salty Dog and New Pass Grill.
Siesta Key
Recognized as the No. 1 beach in America by
Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka “Dr. Beach,” in
2011 and by TripAdvisor users in 2015 and
again as the No. 2 beach by Dr. Beach in 2016
(it is rare that a former No. 1 beach makes it
back on the list), Siesta Beach on Siesta Key
is an experience for everyone to enjoy.
Looking to get away from the crowds?
Try a beach access on the southern end of
the key near Crescent Beach or go farther
St. Armands Circle
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Venice Pier
Venice
Englewood
Manasota Key
south to Turtle Beach. These beaches don’t quite
have the same powdery sand as the larger Siesta
Beach up the road, but they offer a quieter and
more intimate beach experience.
A trip to Siesta Key wouldn’t be complete without
stopping by Siesta Key Village. A cheerful vista of bars,
beach shops and restaurants, Siesta Key Village also
doubles as one of the area’s top nightlife locations.
Venice
Beautiful beaches, lots of parks and a calendar
stuffed with events; it’s no wonder why Coastal
Living Magazine named Venice the second happiest
seaside town in America in 2015.
Once a shing and farming community, this city
in the heart of Sarasota County has blossomed into
a vacation destination, where families play in the
surf, hunt for prehistoric shark teeth, shop through
downtown, bike around the Venetian Waterway Trail
and “catch the big one” at the Venice Pier.
Venice has small-town charm, but there’s much to
keep vacationers occupied if they choose. Grab a
gelato and stroll around the shop-lined avenues of
downtown Venice. While in that area, enjoy a live
performance at the Venice Theatre, then come back
on Saturday morning for the Venice Farmers Market
or Friday night for a concert at Centennial Park on
the second and fourth Fridays of the month.
Did you bring your canine companion with you
on vacation? Let them enjoy the beach at Brohard
Paw Park—the area’s only pet-approved beach
access. Non-pet beaches in the area include Venice
Beach and Caspersen Beach.
Englewood and Manasota Key
At the southern end of Sarasota County, some decide
to visit Englewood and Manasota Key and end up
never leaving. Maybe it’s the friendly small-town
hospitality visitors receive, or maybe it’s the allure of
the natural Florida coastal habitat, an inspiration for
the artists who take up residence in the area.
Stop by the Englewood Farmers Market from
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday from October
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through May. The market takes place on
Dearborn Street, which is a historic street
lled with coffee shops, eateries and art
galleries. A local favorite is the Lemon
Bay Playhouse, and outdoor enthusiasts
can get their ll birding, trail walking and
kayaking around Lemon Bay Park and
Environmental Center.
North Port
Horses, springs and trails: If you enjoy
the outdoors, then there is much for
you to enjoy in North Port, Sarasota
County’s fastest growing city just north
of Charlotte Harbor.
Warm Mineral Springs is one of the
city’s most popular attractions. The area
is known for its constant 87 degree
temperature, and visitors from all around
the globe seek these waters, which are
10,000 years old and considered by some
to have healing properties. A day can
easily be spent lounging in a lawn chair
and soaking in the mystical water.
More adventures await on the trails
and canals of this 105-square-mile city.
Grab a paddle and a kayak (or a stand-
up paddleboard) and weave through
more than 80 miles of canals. Horseback
riders can enjoy Myakkahatchee Creek
Environmental Park and ride miles of trails.
Go biking off road through the thicket of
forest on a trail made by bikers for bikers.
Its no wonder this city has been named a
“Playful City USA” community by Playful
City USA for seven consecutive years!
Osprey, Nokomis and Casey Key
In between the cities of Sarasota and
Venice lie a handful of communities and
enclaves worth exploring. On the mainland
are Osprey and Nokomis, home to Oscar
Scherer State Park, Historic Spanish Point,
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Tucked beneath a thick tree canopy rich with archeological
history and beautiful natural springs, the City of North Port
offers a unique environment and youthful vibrancy as Sarasota
County’s southern-most city. Visitors can canoe and kayak,
mountain bike, ride horses, golf, play at parks, and enjoy
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a popular 10-mile paved biking pathway called the
Legacy Trail, several casual dining restaurants and a
few boutique-style accommodations.
Venture off the mainland to Casey Key. While the
north side of Casey Key is one of the most secluded
and private residential areas of Sarasota County, the
south is a collection of beach condos and seaside
nooks beside the bustling Nokomis Beach, Sarasota
County’s oldest beach.
Longboat Key
Longboat Key has been a perfect “get-away-from-it-
all” destination for thousands of years. The Timucua
and Calusa People left behind shellmounds, show-
ing picnics and sh fries were commonplace.
Today, Longboat Key spans almost 11 miles and
is a perfect place to bike or enjoy the beach. Home
to ne dining, quiet beaches and relaxing resorts,
Longboat Key is close to St. Armands Circle
and the city of Sarasota, but maintains a private,
exclusive allure.
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There are 12 beach access points, eight
of which have parking on site, and there
are six parks on Longboat Key, including a
public tennis center. There are some shops
to enjoy at The Centre Shops, Shoppes of
Bay Isles and Whitney Beach Plaza.
Lakewood Ranch
If you are visiting the area for a sporting event,
there’s a good chance you are headed out
east toward Lakewood Ranch. An upscale,
family-centered community, Lakewood
Ranch is home to the Sarasota Polo Club and
Premier Sports Campus, which host soccer,
lacrosse, eld hockey, polo, ultimate Frisbee
and many more sports. Nearby, on the other
side of Interstate 75, is Nathan Benderson
Park, a premier rowing facility hosting the
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The community, built on what was
previously land for cattle grazing, mining and
a timber ranch, offers stylish boutiques and
restaurants. Families can play miniature golf,
stroll Main Street and attend many festivals
throughout the year. Music on Main, held the
rst Friday of the month, is a free outdoor
concert with local bands and proceeds
beneting local nonprot organizations.
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Year
AN EVENTFUL
The Circus Arts Conservatory launches its
winter performance, featuring acrobatic feats
and trapeze thrills. Visit circusarts.org
The Sarasota Opera Winter Festival
hits a high note February through March
with concerts and special events.
Visit sarasotaopera.org
The Sarasota Music Half Marathon
features 20 bands, lawn parties and more!
Visit sarasotahalf.com
March
Baltimore Orioles Spring Training
returns as part of the Grapefruit League
season. Visit orioles.com
Sarasota Agricultural Fair features rides,
entertainment, horticulture and livestock.
Visit sarasotafair.com
The First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon
& Relay is a perfect spring break race,
annually drawing in thousands of runners.
Visit sarasotahalfmarathon.com
January
Thunder by the Bay will rock and roll Lake-
wood Ranch and Sarasota with live shows,
Harley-Davidson motorcycle showcases and
more. Visit thunderbythebay.org
Smell the flowers at Sarasota Orchid
Society’s Annual Expo and Salea cel-
ebration of award winning orchid displays.
Visit sarasotaorchidsociety.org
Forks and Corks is a major culinary extrav-
aganza featuring the greatest food and
wine in the area.
Visit dineoriginal.com/forksandcorks
Celebrate Sarasota County’s circus heri-
tage as the Circus Ring of Fame inducts
this year’s hall of fame members.
Visit circusringoffame.org
February
The Second Nature Environmental Festival
in North Port is an educational adventure into
Florida’s history. Go fossil hunting with local
archaeologists. Visit cityofnorthport.com
Venice Italian Feast & Carnival, sponsored
by the Italian American Club of Venice, fea-
tures rides, fun and food, making you say gra-
zie! Visit italianamericanclubofvenice.com
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April
Sarasota Film Festival regularly screens more
than 150 lms, shorts and documentaries
every year. Visit sarasotalmfestival.com
Florida Winefest & Auction plates an epi-
curean adventure for food and wine lovers.
Visit oridawinefest.com
Fiesta on Siesta Key is a collegiate
beach volleyball tournament on the
white sands of Siesta Beach.
Visit estaonsiestakey.com
The Venice Sharks Tooth Festival
celebrates the “Shark’s Tooth Capital of the
World.” Visit sharkstoothfest.com
A nger-lickin’, hot-pickin’ good time to
be had at the Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass
Bash. Visit suncoastbbqbash.com
May
Classic Corvettes on the Circle is the
state’s third largest classic Corvette show.
Visit starmandscircleassoc.com
Harvey Milk Festival showcases local
music, performances and visual artists.
Visit harveymilkfestival.org
The Venice Brew Bash features more
than 60 craft and import beers from
local and regional breweries.
Visit venicebrewbash.com
June
Savor the spice of Sarasota County during
Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week with
local restaurants offering special prix xe
menus. Visit savorsarasota.com
The best up-and-coming young musi-
cians from around the world perform at the
annual Sarasota Music Festival.
Visit sarasotaorchestra.org
Mote Aquarium celebrates the worlds
greatest natural resource with World
Oceans Day Family Festival.
Visit mote.org/worldoceansday
Dakin Dairy Day festival celebrates National
Dairy Month and is the conclusion of the dairy
season. Visit dakindairyfarms.com
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Summer Cabaret Festival features local
talent performing music, comedy and the-
atre. Visit venicestage.com
“Let’s Eat, Englewood” is a culinary
adventure with local restaurants serving
multi-course meals.
Visit englewoodchamber.com
Sarasota-Bradenton hosts the 2017 World
Rowing Championships. This marks the rst
time in almost 25 years that the event will
be held in the USA. Visit w rch2017.com
October
The Ringling International Arts Festival
features performers from around the world.
Visit ringling.org
Morton’s Firehouse Chili Cook-Off will
fill even the biggest of appetites, while
supporting the Sarasota Fire Fighters
Benevolent Fund. Visit sffbf.org
July/Aug/Sept
Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival
surrounds the week of the Fourth of July
and features 15 racing events, a festival
and more.
Visit sarasotapowerboatgrandprix.org
Sarasota Improv Festival invites come-
dic troupes from around the country for
two days of comedy.
Visit oridastudiotheatre.org
Englewood Firecracker Festival is a July
Fourth event with one of the largest re-
works displays in the area.
Visit lemonbaysunriserotary.info
The Fabulous Independent Film Festival
features multiple LGBT lms.
Visit fabulousiff.com
Englewood Pioneer Days offers a festival and
parade. Visit englewoodpioneerdays.com
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The Sarasota Pumpkin Festival features
trick-or-treating and a pumpkin maze.
Visit sarasotapumpkinfestival.com
November
The SarasotaMOD Weekend celebrates
classic midcentury modern architecture.
Visit sarasotamod.com
Celebrating street and performance art,
the Chalk Festival features world famous
chalk artists. Visit chalkfestival.org
The Siesta Key Crystal Classic, a master
sand sculpting competition, comes to the
shores of Siesta Beach.
Visit siestakeycrystalclassic.com
The Englewood Beach WaterFest is a
multi-event festival with boat races, pad-
dleboard races and an ecofest.
Visit englewoodbeachwaterfest.com
December
Holly Days + Mangrove Lights puts
Historic Spanish Point on festive display.
Visit historicspanishpoint.org
Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on
Sarasota Bay shines on the Sarasota Bayfront.
Visit sarasotachristmasboatparade.com
Venice Christmas Boat Parade rides along
the Intracoastal Waterway.
Visit venicechristmasboatparade.com
The Sarasota Polo season begins and
continues through early April.
Visit sarasotapolo.com
The Sarasota Jungle Gardens light up for
the holidays. Travel through the gardens for
a magical experience at night.
Visit sarasotajunglegardens.com
Lights In Bloom showcases exotic plants
and trees with lights at Marie Selby
Botanical Gardens. Visit selby.org
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Let sun-drenched fun ll your vacation
with a trip to Sarasota Countys parks
and beaches. Whether you want to
dip in the water at one of the best
beaches in the world or hike canopy
trails in one of Floridas largest and
oldest state parks, you will walk away
with an experience to remember!
Explore or Relax
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Explore or Relax
OUR PRISTINE BEACHES AND PARKS
The most popular beaches
Much has been written and said about Siesta Beach on Siesta
Key (see pages 12 and 23). Renovations completed in 2016
expanded the parking lot, added an elevated concession area,
restored a historic pavilion and created a sleek pedestrian
esplanade and a new beach-themed playground.
Siesta Beach isn’t the only popular beach to write about in
Sarasota County. To the north, Lido Beach holds its own and is
the preferred beach for many people. Not far from St. Armands
Circle, Lido Beach has white sand similar to Siesta Key’s, con-
cessions, a swimming pool and more. On the southern end
is South Lido Beach. Families drop in by car and by boat to
this beach to barbecue and enjoy the picturesque views of the
Florida Gulf Coast.
South of the Siesta Key and Lido Key beaches is Venice. It is
known as the “Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World,” and some
spend the day hunting for megalodon shark teeth, while others
spend it on the Venice Fishing Pier near Maxine Barritt and
Brohard Park. The sunsets at this location are stunning and can
be enjoyed with a daiquiri in hand from Sharky’s on the Pier.
Stunning state parks
Sarasota County has two state parks: Myakka River State
Park and Oscar Scherer State Park, as well as Myakka State
Forest. All three of these locations are notable wildlife and
birding hotspots for rare birds found only in Florida, such as
the roseate spoonbill. All three also allow some form of camp-
ing and hiking, but each has its differences in environment,
size and geographical features.
Siesta Public Beach
Lido Key Beach
Spoonbills at Myakka State Forest
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Nine miles east of Sarasota on State Road 72
is Myakka River State Park. The park spans
more than 17,000 acres, visitors can bike
around the park, hike canopy trails, take boat
tours, go shing and camp in log cabins. The
park was purchased from the Palmer estate
in the 1930s as part of President Franklin D.
Roosevelts New Deal. It is one of eight Flor-
ida state parks developed by the Civilian
Conservation Corps, which built many of the
park structures still utilized today.
Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey is right
off U.S. 41, and the Legacy Trail, a biking
trail from Sarasota to Venice, is accessible in
the park. The scrubby atwoods of the park
mean it is one of the best locations in Florida
to spot Florida scrub jays. Guests can canoe,
sh, swim, hike, camp and picnic at this park,
which lies along a tidal black water stream
that opens up to freshwater Lake Osprey.
Myakka State Forest in North Port is split
by Myakka River, which opens up to Char-
lotte Harbor. The park has camping, bird
watching, equestrian use, shing, hiking and
hunting. The mesic atwoods and numer-
ous depression marshes provide many great
wildlife-viewing opportunities.
MORE PLACES TO VISIT
Enjoy the beach and the wildlife at Ted
Sperling Park at South Lido Beach. A pop-
ular location for kayaking, paddleboarding
and shing—spot wildlife such as dolphins
and manatees while paddling through man-
grove tunnels and seagrass beds, then relax
on the beach afterwards!
Speaking of parks, a trip to the Venice
Jetties, in particular the North Jetty
Oscar Scherer State Park
Myakka River State Park
Myakka State Forest
Ted Sperling Park
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Beach, is another excellent park-and-beach
location. Watch boats pass through the
popular channel to the Gulf Coast and sh
on the changing tides.
Manasota Beach and Blind Pass Beach
on Manasota Key are ideal locations for
swimming, shing, shelling and walking.
Blind Pass Beach in particular offers great
gulf-to-bay access and is near the Hermitage
Artist Retreat.
For biking enthusiasts, the Venetian Water-
way Trail and Legacy Trail feature a com-
bined 20 miles of biking one way, cutting
through several wildlife habitats. This trail is
the regional backbone of a recreational and
nature system through Sarasota County.
Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota Key
Legacy Trail
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Stop by Ringling Museum of Art on Mondays. The $25 admission cost is waived.
Stroll through downtown Sarasota’s Towles Court Artist Colony every third
Friday of the month for Third Friday Towles Court Art Walk.
Visit the Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy on Tamiami Trail from 1 to 4
p.m. Thursday through Sunday for free. Closed in Summer.
The Childrens Garden near downtown features an art playground, a pirate ship,
a garden maze and more! Free for children under 2 and $5 for children 3 to 12.
Explore Myakka River State Park and Oscar Scherer State Park. Entrance
fees are just $6 per vehicle for Myakka River State Park and $5 per vehicle for
Oscar Scherer State Park.
Hunt down a bargain at the famous Dome Flea & Farmer’s Market in Venice.
Pick up fresh produce and food at the Saturday Sarasota Farmers Market in
downtown Sarasota, or any of the area’s other farmer’s markets.
If visiting in March, pick up some tickets for Spring Training at Ed Smith Stadium.
Standing-room tickets are as low as $8.
Pick up free souvenirsshark teethin Venice. This destination is known as the
“Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World.”
Enjoy America’s beloved Siesta Beach and its white quartz sand!
Want to experience the best things in Sarasota but have
a limited budget? We’ve got you covered. Check out our
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Here
GETTING
AND GETTING
Sarasota-Bradenton
International Airport
(SRQ) is one of the best
commercial airports in
Florida. The award-
winning staff at the
airport makes it their job
to ensure your trip has
an enjoyable and easy
start. Rental car services
and shuttles to take you to your hotel
are available near baggage claim.
Other nearby airports include the
St. Pete-Clearwater International
Airport and the Tampa International
Airport. Both are about
40 to 45 miles from the
heart of the city. To
the south, Southwest
Florida International
Airport in Fort Myers is
just over 70 miles away.
Sarasota County Area
Transit (SCAT) is the
public transportation that runs all the
way from the south of the county to
the north. SCAT’s route 10 runs from
the Westeld Southgate Mall to Siesta
Public Beach and is a great way to
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shuffleboard and BBQ’s. Come play in our piece of Paradise!
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Argus has just the right spot for your VACATION!
One, two and three-bedroom condominiums
Offering Beachfront, Gulf and Bay views.
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SARASOTA’S OFFICIAL VISITOR CENTER
1710 Main Street, Sarasota
SARASOTA’S OFFICIAL VISITOR CENTER
The Mall at University Town Center
140 University Town Center Drive
( Southwest corner of I-75 and
University Parkway in Sarasota)
LEGACY TRAIL
MAJOR ROADS
I-75 EXITS
SARASOTA-BRADENTON
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
STATE PARKS
Ed Smith Stadium
Ed Smith Stadium
Nathan Benderson Park
Nathan Benderson Park
VisitSarasota.org
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From magnificent views of the Gulf of Mexico to
the serene views of Sarasota Bay, The Palm Bay Club
offers a unique variety of one-, two- and three-
bedroom condominiums. All available at a daily
rate with a 3 night minimum stay required.
Swim in one of our two pools, bike to our white
sandy beach, have an outdoor BBQ, or just take
a swim. We also boast lighted tennis courts, boat
docks and a fishing pier. And dont forget to relax in
our outdoor spa. All suites include a fully equipped
kitchen and all linens and beach towels. We also
provide free wireless Internet and flat panel TVs
in both the living rooms and each bedroom.
5960 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, 34242
941-349-1911 • 1-800-PALMBAY or 1-800-725-6229
www.PalmBayClub.com
Magnicent Views
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#2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, Florida 34236
RESERVATIONS: 941-365-4232
www.marinajacks.com
Featuring Daily Narrated Sightseeing,
Lunch & Sunset Dinner Cruises.
Escape
Aboard The
TAMIAMI TRAIL: ARTS AND JUNGLES
Stop 1: The Ringling
The Ringling is several museums rolled into one
bayfront property. Circus legend John Ringling
built his home on this site in the 1920s and built
the Ringling Museum of Art, which showcases
old masterworks. The newest extension to this
museum is the Center for Asian Art, which
features Asian history and society. Beyond the
museum on the stunning bayfront gardens is
the Circus Museum featuring a 44,000-piece
Howard Bros. Circus Model, and the Ca’ d’Zan,
the 41-room mansion overlooking postcard
views of Sarasota Bay.
4 IDEAS FOR A SHORT STAY IN SARASOTA
Looking for multiple activities to fit
into a day? Check out these four day
trip ideas:
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4 IDEAS FOR A SHORT STAY IN SARASOTA
Stop 2: Sarasota Jungle Gardens
The Sarasota Jungle Gardens is one of the most
historic attractions in Florida. Home to more than
200 native and exotic animals, the gardens is a zoo
featuring birds of prey, parrots, macaws, amingos,
primates, lizards, alligators and many more. Chil-
dren will enjoy the playground, feeding amingos
and koi sh, and petting goats and other animals
in the petting zoo. There are daily shows educating
the public about all sorts of wildlife.
Stop 3: Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy
This pastel-hued Sarasota museum is free to the
public and features a display of eclectic paintings,
sculptures and mixed media that celebrates and
inspires creativity. An outdoor sculpture garden
exhibits a mix of playful elements, such as a giant
amingo wearing a top hat.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
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FAMILY-FUN: MAINLAND SARASOTA
Stop 1: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Selby Gardens is a 15-acre site that blooms with all kinds of
plant life. The gardens are a tropical conservatory lled with
orchids, bromeliads, banyan trees, ferns, epiphytes and much
more. The Children’s Rainforest Garden simulates a tropical
rainforest and has all sorts of different activities for children,
such as the amphitheater and village shelter, research station,
and canopy walk and rope bridge.
Stop 2: Children’s Garden
Children love the Children’s Garden. Take part in story time
plays, dress up in costumes, participate in art projects, navi-
gate a garden maze and sail the seas on a pirate shiplet your
little ones’ imaginations run wild and free. The gardens were
made in 2003, specically as a place for children to leave the
electronic world and discover new adventures!
Stop 3: Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf
Smuggler’s Cove is an adventure-style mini-golf course featur-
ing pirate ships and waterfalls. Play a full 18 holes and enjoy the
Selby Gardens
Children’s Garden
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live alligators that inhabit the location, which you can
feed using cane shing poles.
FAMILY-FUN: ON THE KEYS
Stop 1: Mote Aquarium
Mote Aquarium is a working aquarium, home to
more than 100 species of marine life. Children
and adults alike can enjoy the “Shark Zone,” a
135,000-gallon shark habitat, and the touch tanks,
which allow visitors to feel stingrays, sea cucum-
bers and other sea life. Then, walk over to say
hello to Mote’s resident manatees, Hugh and Buf-
fett, as well as river otters Huck, Pippi and Jane.
Stop 2: Save Our Seabirds
Save Our Seabirds is a rescue and rehabilitation
facility for sick and injured birds and is a vital
resource to the area. Home to more than 150
birds unable to return to the wild, this facility edu-
cates residents and visitors about Florida’s wild-
life and what to do and not do to protect these
beloved species.
Stop 3: Sarasota Bay Explorers
Sarasota Bay Explorers, located right outside
Mote Aquarium, is an eco-tour company that
offers a sea-life encounter cruise, guided kayak
tours and nature safaris. Technically working in
conjunction with Mote, this is the opportunity to
experience rsthand the tremendous diversity of
Sarasota’s waterways!
NATURALLY VENICE
AND NORTH PORT
Stop 1: Warm Mineral Springs
Florida’s only naturally formed warm water mineral
spring, Warm Mineral Springs is a historic attraction,
and the waters have been a source of discovery of
ancient relics. It has also been a place of rejuve-
nation and relaxation for generations, discharging
nine million gallons of water each day and relling
every two hours.
Save Our Seabirds
Mote Aquarium
Sarasota Bay Explorers
Warm Mineral Springs
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Stop 2: Snook Haven
Snook Haven is a park and waterfront
restaurant that is a popular place for its
pulled pork tacos and live entertainment.
Rent kayaks and canoes and launch down
the Myakka River to work up an appetite
before lunch!
Stop 3: Venice Pier
The Venice Fishing Pier at Brohard Beach
stretches 700 feet into the Gulf of Mexico.
It sports a live bait and tackle shop, and sh-
ermen can sh without a license. There are
plenty of picnic shelters nearby, sand volley-
ball courts and a two-story restaurant with
great sunset views to enjoy into the evening.
Expansive park over 10
football fields in size
650-foot-long ZIP line
Hanging nets, wobbly
bridges, Tarzan ropes
14 acres & 100 obstacles
for climbing
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Centrally located between Tampa and Fort
Myers, Sarasota County can accommodate
many different meeting groups and has
much to offer professionals looking to work
and play.
There are more than 30 traditional hotels
and resorts in the area and more than 5,300
rooms. More than one-
quarter of these hotels are
full-service and include
meeting space.
Beachfront properties
on pristine Lido Key and
Longboat Key offer the
perfect type of environment for a business
retreat. Hotels on these islands offer a
wide range of meeting space and after-
work amenities, including a golf course,
tennis garden and spa. Downtown Sarasota
is minutes from the Sarasota Bradenton
International Airport. Hotels in this area can
accommodate more meeting
groups and have much larger
meeting spaces. Offsite
venues nearby provide
even more opportunities to
have the meeting that fits
your tastes.
We Can Help: In addition to providing referrals for vendors and other local pro-
fessionals, the Visit Sarasota County (VSC) Sales Team can create and distribute
RFPs to hotels on behalf of the planner, personalize and mail or email save-the-
date postcards or e-blasts, and assist with planning and logistics of site visits. This
year, VSC rolled out the New Meeting Incentive Program, which offers a nancial
incentive from $625-$3,750 for programs that are new to Sarasota within the last
ve years. Contact us today at 941-955-0991.
NEW MEETING INCENTIVE PROGRAM
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THINGS TO DO
ARTS & CULTURE
ART CENTER SARASOTA
artsarasota.org | A community visual art center with exhibitions by area artists
in four galleries plus an extensive art education program for adults and youth.
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
707 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-365-2032
ARTIST SERIES CONCERTS OF SARASOTA
artistseriesconcerts.org | Presenting a series of concerts annually,
featuring world-class classical and popular musicians at Historic Asolo
Theatre and other one-of-a-kind venues. Check website for dates and times.
1226 N. Tamiami Trl., Ste. 300, Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-306-1200
ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE
asolorep.org | From Nov.-July, Asolo Rep is Florida’s leading professional
theater and one of the top resident acting companies in the country. Call or see
website for hours.
5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34243 | 941-351-8000, 800-361-8388
THE CIRCUS ARTS CONSERVATORY
circusarts.org | Circus arts classes year round. Seasonal professional
performances by Circus Sarasota and Sailor Circus, America’s longest running
youth circus. Circus summer camp. Check website for dates and times.
2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34239 | 941-355-9335
FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE
oridastudiotheatre.org | FST produces world premieres and
contemporary works that have been produced on and off-Broadway within the
last ve years. Box Ofce: Tues-Sat 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Mon 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-366-9000
JAZZ CLUB OF SARASOTA
jazzclubsarasota.org
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Concerts most Fridays at 2 p.m., Oct-Apr. 37th
Annual Jazz Festival March 5-11, 2017. Ofce: Wed-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
330 S. Pineapple Ave., Ste. 111, Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-366-1552
KEY CHORALE
keychorale.org | Key Chorale, Sarasota’s symphonic chorus, is a producer
of collaborative musical events, and is dedicated to performing choral music of
the highest quality. Check website for performance dates and times.
Sarasota, FL | 941-921-4845
LA MUSICA DI ASOLO
lamusicafestival.org | Annual international chamber music festival with
concerts at the Sarasota Opera House, open rehearsals at New College and
free community events. The 2017 festival concerts are scheduled for April 3, 6,
9 and 12. Please check the website for times and additional information.
Sarasota, FL | 941-346-2601
PERLMAN MUSIC PROGRAM/SUNCOAST
PMPSuncoast.org | PMP/Suncoast hosts PMP Sarasota Winter Residency
featuring international string students led by Toby Perlman and violinist Itzhak
Perlman. Alumni return for concerts and school visits. Visit PMPSuncoast.
org for up-to-date information, dates, times and locations for all performances,
events and initiatives.
PO Box 3407, Sarasota, FL 34230 | 941-955-4942
THE PLAYERS CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS
theplayers.org | Year-round programming includes Broadway Theatre Series,
SNAP! (something new at Players), concerts, Summer Sizzler Series, Backstage
Theatre Series. Open Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 1 hour before performances.
838 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-365-2494
SARASOTA BALLET OF FLORIDA
sarasotaballet.org | Celebrating our 26th season with an exciting
repertoire, including works by some of the great masters of ballet. Under
the leadership of Iain Webb, the Sarasota Ballet has grown to national and
international recognition. Oct-May performances, 2 and 7:30 p.m.
5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34243 | 941-359-0099
SARASOTA CONCERT ASSOCIATION
scasarasota.org | Great Performers Series brings world-class artists and
orchestras to the Van Wezel and other venues. SCA Music Matinees feature free
concerts with outstanding regional artists. Call 941-225-6500 and leave message.
Box ofce hours vary. Ticket sales available 24/7 at www.scasarasota.org.
Concerts at Van Wezel and Holley Hall | 941-225-6500
SARASOTA CONTEMPORARY DANCE
sarasotacontemporarydance.org | Sarasota Contemporary Dance, in
its 11th season, is excited to continue bringing innovative dance to Sarasota
through energetic performances, educational programs, and community
outreach. Mon & Wed 10 a.m.-1:30 pm; Tues & Thur 10-11 a.m.; Fri 5:30-8 p.m.
8437 Tuttle Ave. #160, Sarasota, FL 34243 | 941-345-5755
SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL
sarasotalmfestival.com | The 19th Annual Sarasota Film Festival
runs March 31st through April 9th, 2017, emphasizing the best in new and
independent lm alongside exciting programs and events.
332 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-364-9514
SARASOTA OPERA
sarasotaopera.org | Known as the jewel of the Florida Gulf Coast, music
lovers travel from all over to experience world-class opera in the setting of the
beautiful historic Sarasota Opera House. Box Ofce: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-366-8450, 888-OPERA12
SARASOTA ORCHESTRA
sarasotaorchestra.org | Performs Classical and Pops concerts from
Sept.-May. The orchestra schedule spans traditional masterworks to innova-
tive multi-media formats. Box ofce opens 1 hour prior to concerts at event
venue. Ofce: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
709 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-953-3434, 866-508-0611
VAN WEZEL PERFORMING ARTS HALL
vanwezel.org | The best of Broadway, internationally renowned concert
artists, dancers, musical stars, comedians and orchestras. Summer hours:
Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; open Sat & Sun and later on show days. Regular hours:
Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; open Sundays & later on show days.
777 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-953-3368, 800-826-9303
WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE
westcoastblacktheatre.org | Since 1999, WBTT produces high energy,
high quality shows that bring diversity to the area’s cultural landscape. Hottest
shows in town. Box ofce: Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
1343 Main St., #402, Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-366-1505
ATTRACTIONS
BIG CAT HABITAT & GULF COAST SANCTUARY
bigcathabitat.org | Educational, fun-lled entertainment featuring live
lions, tigers, chimpanzees, bears and more, plus petting zoo. Check website
or call for hours to visit the animals.
7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34240 | 941-371-6377
BOUNCE DOWN UNDER
bouncedownunder.com | Indoor inatable party and play center for kids up
to 13 years of age. Clean, safe and air-conditioned. Open for walk-in play any time.
Parties. Mon-Thur 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri & Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
935 N. Beneva Rd., Suite 802, Sarasota, FL 34232 | 941-366-0123
THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN
sarasotachildrensgarden.com | Enchanted place designed for kids.
Pirate ship, monster garden, fairyland, maze, tree fort/slide, three little pigs’
house and dress-up room. Where magic begins. Nature, art and garden
classes weekly. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
1670 10th Way, Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-330-1711
Sarasota
FISHING/MARINAS
CANNONS MARINA
cannons.com | Full- and half-day boat rentals, Grady-White, Scout and
Southwind deck boats available. Full ship’s store, bait, tackle, ice. Multi-day
discounts available. Open daily 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
6040 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 | 941-383-1311
Longboat Key
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SMUGGLERS COVE ADVENTURE GOLF
smugglersgolf.com | Play adventure miniature golf in caves, by a
shipwreck and near rushing waterfalls. Feed live alligators, too. Second
location in Bradenton. Open daily 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
3815 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34234 | 941-351-6620
THE RINGLING
ringling.org | The Ringling includes Cà d’Zan mansion, the Circus Museum,
Historic Asolo Theater and the Museum of Art, and beautiful grounds and
gardens. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; open Thur until 8 p.m.
5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243 | 941-359-5700
CRUISES/TOURS
EXPEDITION TRAILS
adventurestorex4.com | Custom Tour Packages: Historical, Cultural and
Nature Excursions, Camping, Kayaking, Sailing, Horseback Riding, Sunset
Cruises. Rentals: Jeeps, Kayaks, Bikes, Boats, Jet Skis, Camping Gear. 9
a.m.-5:30 p.m., check Facebook.
2227 University Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34243 | 941-552-6718
KATHLEEN D SAILING CATAMARAN
kathleend.net | Day sails, sunset sails, dolphin watches, private and
corporate charters, vacations, weddings.
2 Marina Plaza, E Dock/Slip 20, Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-896-6400
KEY CULINARY TOURS
keyculinarytours.com | Sarasota premier tour company. Walking tours;
motorized tours - something for everyone with knowledgeable guides.
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
301 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-893-4664
KEY SAILING
siestakeysailing.com | International Business of the Year, Siesta Key
Business Person of the Year. Affordable, personalized, dolphins, sunsets,
weddings, sailing lessons, lm site. Call 24/7.
2 Marina Plz. Slip E-19, Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-346-7245
LEBARGE TROPICAL CRUISES
lebargetropicalcruises.com | Enjoy a narrated sightseeing cruise
combining Sarasota’s abundant wildlife, a bit of history, spectacular shoreline
homes, or enjoy a dolphin watch cruise. Sunset cruises. Open daily.
2 Marina Plz., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-366-6116
MARINA JACK II CRUISES
marinajacks.com | Join us for a relaxing sightseeing lunch or sunset dinner
cruise through the intracoastal and the Gulf of Mexico. Sightseeing only cruise
tickets also available featuring your favorite tropical beverage. Cruising 7 days.
2 Marina Plz., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-365-4232
MYAKKA WILDLIFE TOURS
myakkawildlife.com | One-hour narrated airboat tour to see alligators
in the wild. One hour land tram tour through Myakka State Park. Learn about
ora and fauna. Seasonal hours. Call for info.
13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241 | 941-365-0100
SARASOTA BAY EXPLORERS
sarasotabayexplorers.com | Our Sea Life Encounter Tour is a
wonderful extension to a visit at Mote Aquarium. Hands-on, fun and
informative for all ages. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-388-4200
FLORIDA WINEFEST & AUCTION
oridawinefest.org | Food and wine fundraising events that assist
programs involving disadvantaged children, youth and families in Sarasota and
Manatee counties. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
1991 Main St., Ste. 117, Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-952-1109
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SARASOTA COUNTY
hsosc.com | A gateway to explore Sarasota’s history, traditions and culture.
Docent tours in Sarasota’s oldest building. Historical church available for
weddings. Open Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and available for rentals.
1260 12th St., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-364-9076
MARIE SELBY BOTANICAL GARDENS
selby.org | Explore the world’s most spectacular display of epiphytes and
their canopy habitats. Visitors see beautiful horticultural displays and learn from
educational programs. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-366-5731
MARIETTA MUSEUM OF ART & WHIMSY
whimsymuseum.org | Enjoy an upbeat, whimsical afternoon with a variety
of artwork and sculptures in a beautiful garden setting. Nov-May, Thurs- Sat 1-4
p.m. Please check our website for details and artist receptions.
2121 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34234 | 941-364-3399
RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN
ringling.edu | The Galleries of Ringling College of Art + Design present
over 50 exhibitions each year. All are free and open to the public. Regular
hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tues 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Summer hours:
Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234 | 941-351-5100, 800-255-7695
SARASOTA CLASSIC CAR MUSEUM
sarasotacarmuseum.org | Located across from Ringling Museum.
Operating 63 yrs. Spanning 100+ years of auto history, 90+ vintage classic cars.
Exotics, Rock-n-Roll and Beatles cars. 75 car showroom next door. Open daily
9 a.m.- 6 p.m. except Christmas day.
5500 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243 | 941-355-6228
SARASOTA KENNEL CLUB
sarasotakennelclub.com | Live Greyhound Racing Dec.-May. One Eyed Jacks
Card Room open year-round. Simulcast dog and horse racing, restaurant, lounge,
café, conference and banquet room. Sun-Thur 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-3 a.m.
5400 Old Bradenton Rd., Sarasota, FL 34234 | 941-355-7744
SARASOTA LANES
sarasotalanes.com | Sarasota Lanes is a family owned and operated
bowling center. Stop in and let our professional staff help you have the best
bowling experience in town! Please visit our website or call for hours, availability,
specials and pricing.
2250 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34237 | 941-955-7629
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SARASOTA MEDIEVAL FAIR
sarasotamedievalfair.com | An annual
festival held for 3 weekends in November
at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Get Medieval
with shows, feasts and family fun!
3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota 888-303-3247
SIESTA KEY RUM
siestakeyrum.com | Our Gift Shop and Tasting Room are a great way to
spend an afternoon. We have tours most days that the tasting room is open
(pre-register for tours, please).
2212 Industrial Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34234 | 941-702-8143
SARASOTA JUNGLE GARDENS
SarasotaJungleGardens.com | Sarasota’s
favorite family attraction. Experience the jungle up close.
Feed the amingos, enjoy our interactive wildlife shows
featuring parrots, reptiles and other wildlife. Open daily
10 a.m.5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day.
3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota | 941-355-5305, 877-681-6547
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ENTERTAINMENT
ARMALIDO
A collection of multi-faceted communication components, linking people and
organizations west of the John Ringling bridge, providing a curator service for
information and a calendar of events most relevant to the community.
775 John Ringling Blvd., Unit G-1, Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-388-1018
MCCURDY’S COMEDY THEATRE & HUMOR INSTITUTE
mccurdyscomedy.com | World-class showroom for Nationally touring Stand-
up Comics. Open every Wed. thru Sun. 2 item minimum 18+. Great food and
drinks. The Green Room Bar.
1923 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-925-3869
FISHING/MARINAS
HART’S LANDING
hartslanding.net | Bait and tackle for 75+ years, serving our friends and
tourists, showing customers how to sh in Sarasota Bay. Best shing guides
available for Bay and Gulf. Daily 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
920 John Ringling Causeway, Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-955-0011
WOLFMOUTH CHARTERS
wolfmouthcharters.com | Offering custom light tackle sportshing for
families and individuals on the calm and beautiful waters of Sarasota Bay and
the Gulf of Mexico. Daily trips to t your schedule.
Serving all the Islands | 941-720-4418
OUTDOOR
ALMOST HEAVEN KAYAK ADVENTURES
KayakFL.com | Provides a wide variety of guided kayak eco-tours that will
allow you to get closer to nature while experiencing an adventure of a lifetime.
Open 7 days a week, including holidays.
Serving Sarasota, Siesta Key & Anna Maria Island | 941-504-6296
AROUND THE BEND NATURE TOURS
aroundbend.com | Discover Sarasota’s natural and cultural history with our
naturalist guides. Take a walk in a seagrass bed or play with ancient Indian tools.
Daylight through sunset.
Serving Sarasota Area | 941-794-8773
BALTIMORE ORIOLES
orioles.com/sarasota | Sarasota’s hometown team for spring training at Ed Smith
Stadium. Team arrives mid-Feb. Games in March. Call for schedule. Year-round sports
complex with additional elds and meeting room. Details and tickets: orioles.com.
2700 12th St., Sarasota, FL 34237 | 941-893-6300
BAY AND GULF ADVENTURES
sarasotakayaking.com | Guided kayak nature/eco tours and kayak
rentals. Dolphin, manatee, eagles, pelicans and marine life sightings. 20+ years
experience. Free delivery. Open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Serving the Sarasota Area | 941-893-7221
DOLPHIN PADDLESPORTS
oridakayak.com | Stand up paddleboards, shing, kayaking, swim gear
and accessories for sale and rent. Kayak and SUP rentals and lessons. Open
Mon-Sat 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
6018 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 | 941-922-9671
Lido Key/St. Armands Circle
FISHING/MARINAS
CB’S SALTWATER OUTFITTERS
CBsOuttters.com | Boat rentals for sightseeing or shing, half- or full-day.
Fishing charters for light tackle and y. Bait, tackle, sportswear and T-shirts.
Open daily 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
1249 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242 | 941-349-4400
OUTDOOR
SIESTA KEY WATERSPORTS
siestakeywatersports.com | Parasailing, Jet Ski rentals and now custom
cruises, dolphin-watching and sunset tours. USCG-certied with over 20 years
in business and spotless safety record. Open 9 a.m.-sunset.
1536 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231 | 941-921-3030
ATTRACTIONS
MOTE MARINE LABORATORY & AQUARIUM
mote.org | Sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, sea horses, otters, touch
pools and interactive theaters showcasing Mote Marine Laboratory’s renowned
research. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Open Thanksgiving and Christmas.
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-388-4441, 800-691-MOTE
SAVE OUR SEABIRDS
saveourseabirds.org | Save Our Seabirds rescues, rehabilitates and
releases injured birds. Tour our Wild Bird Learning Center and encounter over
60 avian species. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-388-3010
SARASOTA SKI-A-REES WATER-SKI SHOW TEAM
skiarees.com | For almost 60 years, the Sarasota Ski-A-Rees has
brought excitement and fun to Sarasota Bay. We have free shows scheduled
throughout the year. Check our event calendar for details.
1602 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-388-1666
Siesta Key
FRIENDS OF MYAKKA RIVER
myakkariver.org/friends | A not-for-prot community organization
formed to protect, preserve and support Myakka River State Park and the
Florida Wild and Scenic Myakka River. Main entrance on SR 72, 9 miles east of
I-75. Open daily 8 a.m.-sunset.
Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota 34241 | 941-361-6511
MIRACLE SWIMMING FOR ADULTS, INC.
miracleswimming.com | Learn to be safe in deep water. Comfort comes
rst! Warm pool, unparalleled teaching system. 5-day classes or DIY book,
DVD, podcasts. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
582 McIntosh Rd. (south of Fruitville), Sarasota, FL 34232 | 941-921-6420
SARASOTA FAMILY YMCA WATER PARK &
ALPINE CLIMBING TOWER
TheSarasotaY.org | Sarasota Family YMCA’s Water Park and Alpine Tower
with waterslides, cannons, concessions and pools, 50’ tower with more than
60 paths to the top. Check website for hours.
8301 Potter Park Rd., Sarasota, FL 34238 | 941-922-9622
SUNCOAST AQUATIC NATURE CENTER ASSOCIATION
nathanbendersonpark.org | Nathan Benderson Park (NBP), is operated
by the 501c3 Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates Inc. (SANCA).
SANCA was created to manage NBP as a community/public asset and world
class multiuse sports venue. Business hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Park: Apr-Oct
6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Nov-Mar 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL 34235 | 941-358-7275
YOU NAME IT TOURS
ynitours.com | You name your travel needs and our expert coordinators
create it. We specialize in customized tours, itineraries, design and
transportation plans for groups. 7 days a week, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
3956 Town Center Blvd., #371, Orlando, FL 32837 | 888-257-4099
SARASOTA BIKE TOURS
sarasotabiketours.com
|
SBT is
Sarasota’s rst and only bicycle tour company. We
provide everything you need to enjoy a care free
day of biking in Sarasota. Daily dawn to dusk.
Serving Sarasota and surrounding areas.
|
941-313-0613
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ARTS & CULTURE
THE VENICE SYMPHONY
thevenicesymphony.org | Enjoy pops and classical concerts Nov-Apr with
the region’s nest musicians and world-class soloists. Venice is a small town with
big culture. Box ofce at 230 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice 34285, open noon-4 p.m.
The Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice, FL 34292 | 941-207-8822
VENICE THEATRE
venicestage.com | Nationally acclaimed community theater year ‘round.
Broadway musicals, classic/contemporary dramas, comedies, cabarets,
concerts and family theater. Box Ofce hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Sat 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (in season) and 1 hour before performance.
140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice, FL 34285 | 941-488-1115
ATTRACTIONS
FOX LEA FARM
foxleafarm.com | Fox Lea Farm is a family owned, top quality equestrian
facility, located in the beautiful area of Venice Florida. Check website for hours.
800 N. Auburn Rd., Venice, FL 34292 | 941-809-6361
Venice
Osprey
Surrounding Areas
ATTRACTIONS
ATTRACTIONS
BUSCH GARDENS
®
TAMPA BAY
buschgardenstampabay.com | Busch Gardens
®
Tampa Bay is the
ultimate family adventure providing unrivaled excitement for guests of every age
with a unique blend of world-class thrill rides, live shows and more than 12,000
animals. Check website for hours and schedule.
10165 N McKinley Dr., Tampa, FL 33612 | 888-800-5447
DAKIN DAIRY FARMS
DakinDairyFarms.com | Producing and bottling milk right on the farm. Tours,
feed baby calves, hayrides, 7-acre maze, farm, cafe/picnics. Visit this sustainable
farm for a memorable day. See website for visitor hours.
30771 Betts Rd., Myakka City, FL 34251 | 941-322-2802
Nokomis
OUTDOOR
SARASOTA TRAP, SKEET & CLAYS
sarasotagunclub.com | Two sporting clay courses with a total of 3 courses
with 40 stations. Five stands with 10 traps, one wobble trap. Three skeet elds
and three trap elds. Pro shop and rental guns available. Wed 9 a.m.-8 p.m.;
Fri 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
3445 Rustic Rd., Nokomis, FL 34275 | 941-488-3223
IMG ACADEMY
imgacademy.com | With its renowned private school, youth sports camps
and adult athletic programs, IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., is recognized
across the world for its teaching methodologies.
5500 34th St. W, Bradenton, FL 34210 | 941-755-1000, 800-872-6425
MANATEE VILLAGE HISTORICAL PARK
manateeclerk.com/historical/manateevillage.aspx | Walk back in
time. Landmarks dated 1860-1913 include: courthouse, church, store, school,
cracker house, steam engine and more. On-site museum, playground and gift
shop. Mon-Fri, and the 2nd and 4th Sat of the month, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
1404 Manatee Ave. East, Bradenton, FL 34208 | 941-741-4076
MIXON FRUIT FARMS
mixon.com | Tram tours of the grove and wildlife education center, fresh fruit
and juice, gift shop, deli, ice cream and fudge. And a most beautiful wedding
venue! Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct-May; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jun-Sept; closed Sunday.
2525 27th St. E., Bradenton, FL 34208 | 941-748-5829, 800-608-2525
SOUTH FLORIDA MUSEUM/BISHOP PLANETARIUM
SouthFloridaMuseum.org | Explore Florida’s story from the prehistoric
to the present day, journey through the universe in the Bishop Planetarium and
visit Snooty
and his manatee pals.Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m.
Open Mondays, Jan-Apr and Jul. Closed 1st Sat. of Nov, Thanksgiving,
Christmas and New Year’s Day.
201 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
|
941-746-4131
CRUISES/TOURS
PEACE RIVER CHARTERS, LLC
peacerivercharters.com | Peace River Charters offers airboat tours and
private charters to the public. Take a breath-taking thrilling ride, stepping back
in time down one of Florida’s most scenic rivers. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
4135 SW Adventure Way, Arcadia, FL 34266 | 863-444-0693
ENTERTAINMENT
SARASOTA POLO CLUB AT LAKEWOOD RANCH
sarasotapolo.com | The Sarasota Polo Club provides exhilarating polo
matches every Sunday afternoon during season. The public is invited to bring
out their picnic baskets and enjoy the thrill of the “fastest game on four feet.”
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; season is Dec-Apr.
8201 Polo Club Lane, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240 | 941-907-0000
OUTDOOR
ANCIENT OAK GUN CLUB AT LAKEWOOD RANCH
ancientoakgunclub.com | Ancient Oak Gun Club is open to the public
and we encourage all who have never shot sporting claysor who have never
shot at allto visit and allow us to walk you through the sport to see if this is
something that would interest you. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Latest start at 4 p.m.)
16800 SR 64 East, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34212 | 941-745-5900
TREEUMPH! ADVENTURE COURSE
treeumph.com | Climb, swing, zip and jump, all while 15 to 60 feet in the
air. Southwest Florida’s rst elevated recreational park. Wobbly bridges,
hanging nets, bungee swings and a 650-foot zipline. Adults and children 7
and up. Open year-round. Closed Wednesdays. Hours vary; check website
or call. Reservations required.
21805 State Rd. 70 East, Bradenton, FL 34202 | 941-322-2130,
855-322-2130
Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
HISTORIC SPANISH POINT
historicspanishpoint.org
Sarasota’s premier outdoor archaeological
site and history museum featuring a pioneer homestead, nature
trails and the gardens of Mrs. Potter Palmer. Call for hours.
337 N. Tamiami Trl., Osprey 941-966-5214
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Fishing
Fishing in Sarasota County is a serious sport,
especially when chasing the silver king: the
tarpon. Sarasota Bay is an estuary with three
passes giving access to the Gulf of Mexico.
Fishing charters and guides have clients
catch everything from sea trout and red sh
to grouper, red snapper and cobia.
The cradle of golf
Golf has historic roots in Sarasota County.
Sarasota’s rst mayor, John Hamilton Gillespie,
opened the rst course in the area in the late
1800s. Then, in the 1920s, the famed architect
Donald Ross built the Bobby Jones Golf
Course, which was dedicated by Bobby Jones
himself and is open to the public today.
There are several other great golf courses
in the area. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota and
The Resort at Longboat Key Club offer onsite,
award-winning courses. Other resorts, such
as the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, have golf
packages available for guests.
Leisure and competitive athletes know
that Sarasota serves as an excellent
place for most sports due to year-round
great weather, numerous amenities
and premier training facilities.
The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes is a
new course not far from downtown Sarasota.
Out east off Fruitville Road, Tatum Ridge Golf
Links has been named one of the best places
to play according to Golf Digest. University
Park Country Club, near The Mall at University
Town Center, has also received acclaim from
Golf Digest.
Looking to play in Venice? GolfInVenice.com
offers access to three courses: Calusa Lakes,
Capri Isles and Waterford Golf Club.
Other private courses include Sara Bay
Country Club north of Sarasota near the
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport,
and TPC Prestancia near Westeld’s Sarasota
Square Mall.
Race to the nish line
Nathan Benderson Park hosts the 2017
World Rowing Championship Sept. 24
through Oct. 1, 2017, but this park is more
than a rowing course. Residents and visitors
alike utilize the park for jogging, biking,
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fishing, kayaking and more. The park
regularly hosts road races, triathlons and
other competitions open to all.
Take me out to the home game
Sarasota County’s Ed Smith Stadium, Spring
Training home of the Baltimore Orioles, is
utilized 365 days a year through baseball
games, concerts and charitable activities. Avid
baseball fans will nd Sarasota County within
a short drive of seven spring training venues.
Ride into the sunset
Thrilling polo matches are held at the Sarasota
Polo Club from December through April.
Equestrian enthusiasts must make a visit to Fox
Lea Farm, which hosts annual horse shows,
dressage events and grand prix events.
Train here, play here
Multi-sport facilities include the Premier
Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch and
IMG Academy.
These facilities host national and interna-
tional competitions, develop student athletes
from around the world and host training
sessions for professional sports teams.
SARASOTA MEMORIAL
URGENT CARE CENTERS
6 Convenient Locations:
Heritage Harbour
Sarasota (3)
St. Armands Circle
Venice
www.smh.com/urgentcare
Open 8 am - 8 pm,
7 days a week
Sara Bay
Country CluB
Founded in 1926, the historic Sara Bay Country Club
is a private, member-owned golf club designed by
legendary architect Donald Ross. Located just north
of downtown and only minutes from the islands of
Lon gboat, Bird and Lido, as well as Lakewood Ranch
. . . Sara Bay Country Club is recognized as one of
the most venerable clubs in Florida.
Golf is our passion!
941-355-7658 | 7011 Willow Street, Sarasota, FL
membership.sbcc
@
verizon.net | sarabaycc.org
FOR HELP PLANNING
A SPORTS EVENT, go to
sports.visitsarasota.org.
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Swimmers will enjoy the Selby Aquatic
Center within the Sarasota YMCA, a
renovated swimming facility.
If tennis is your sport, train at the Lakewood
Ranch Country Club. Other options are
the Cedars Tennis Resort and The Resort
at Longboat Key Club.
Runners and bikers can enjoy Sarasota
County’s network of trails such as Legacy
Trail and the Venetian Waterway Trail. Both
are excellent places to train while on vacation
and see some natural Florida habitats!
Coquina on the Beach Holiday Inn Express
Lakewood Ranch
Hampton Inn & Suites
Venice Bayside
charteronehotels.com • 941-907-9017
Convenient locations in Lido Key, Venice and Lakewood Ranch
GOLF
BIG SUMMER GOLF CARD
bigsummergolf.com | Golf privilege card for summer months.
5812 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34240 | 941-923-2232,
800-391-3665
GOLF IN VENICE.COM
golnvenice.com | Holes: 2x18, 1x27, Par: 72, Rating: Various, Rates:
Call, Representing Calusa Lakes, Capri Isles & Waterford | 941-484-6621
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THE PALMS GOLF CLUB AT FOREST LAKES
palmsatforestlakes.com | Holes: 18, Par: 64/70, Rating: 63.4,
Rates: Call, 1990 Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232 | 941-388-7241
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THE GALLERIES
OF
RINGLING COLLEGE OF
ART AND DESIGN
PRESENT OVER 50
EXHIBITIONS EACH
YEAR.
ALL ARE FREE AND
OPEN TO THE
PUBLIC.
For more information:
www.ringling.edu/galleries
galleries@ringling.edu or 941.359.7563
Patricia Thompson Gallery
Selby Gallery
Richard & Barbara Basch Gallery
Crossley Gallery
Willis Smith Gallery
COMMUNITY
EDUCATION
MAKE LEARNING LAST A LIFETIME.
Community education at Ringling College offers
learners of all ages and skill levels boundless
opportunities for year-round courses of every
variety—from photography to geography, writing,
healthcare, and more. And at four locations
throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties,
we’re always right around the corner.
Continuing Studies & Special Programs
Englewood Art Center
Longboat Key Center for the Arts
Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy
DISCOVER OUR COURSES AND LEARN MORE AT:
WWW.RINGLING.EDU/COMMUNITYEDUCATION
941.955.8866 CSSP@RINGLING.EDU
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
FOR THE COMMUNITY
Paid in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax
SARA BAY COUNTRY CLUB
sarabaycc.org | Holes: 18, Par: 72, Rating: 73.8, Rates: Private
7011 Willow St., Sarasota, FL 34243
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941-355-7658
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TATUM RIDGE GOLF LINKS
tatumridgegolinks.com
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Holes: 18, Par: 72, Rating: 72.2,
Rates: $38-$66
421 Tatum Rd. N., Sarasota, FL 34240
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941-378-4211
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TPC PRESTANCIA
tpcprestancia.com | Holes: 36, Par: 72, Rating: 72.1,
Rates: Customized membership available.
4409 Tournament Players Club Dr., Sarasota, FL 34238
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941-922-2800
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UNIVERSITY PARK COUNTRY CLUB
universitypark-.com
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Holes: 27, Par: 72, Rating: 71.3, Rates: Call
7671 The Park Blvd., University Park, FL 34201
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941-359-9999
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THE GALLERIES
OF
RINGLING COLLEGE OF
ART AND DESIGN
PRESENT OVER 50
EXHIBITIONS EACH
YEAR.
ALL ARE FREE AND
OPEN TO THE
PUBLIC.
For more information:
www.ringling.edu/galleries
galleries@ringling.edu or 941.359.7563
Patricia Thompson Gallery
Selby Gallery
Richard & Barbara Basch Gallery
Crossley Gallery
Willis Smith Gallery
COMMUNITY
EDUCATION
MAKE LEARNING LAST A LIFETIME.
Community education at Ringling College offers
learners of all ages and skill levels boundless
opportunities for year-round courses of every
variety—from photography to geography, writing,
healthcare, and more. And at four locations
throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties,
we’re always right around the corner.
Continuing Studies & Special Programs
Englewood Art Center
Longboat Key Center for the Arts
Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy
DISCOVER OUR COURSES AND LEARN MORE AT:
WWW.RINGLING.EDU/COMMUNITYEDUCATION
941.955.8866 CSSP@RINGLING.EDU
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
FOR THE COMMUNITY
Paid in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax
DELICIOUS DINING OPTIONS
IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Eat
IT UP
Michael’s On East
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Sarasota County is home to award-winning
chefs and 21 Zagat-rated restaurants.
Among the many different types of cuisine
in Sarasota County, here are just a few of
our highly recognized establishments.
Wine about it
The Crows Nest Restaurant & Tavern in Ven-
ice, Florida, boasts more than 950 selections of
wine and has been awarded the Wine Spectator
Award of Excellence and the “Best Of” Award of
Excellence. North on Tamiami Trail in Sarasota is
Roessler’s Restaurant, another restaurant recog-
nized by Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence.
True wine enthusiasts might also ock to down-
town Sarasota and visit The Bijou Café, which
claims to have the largest collection of South
American wines in Florida.
Romance and ne dining
Euphemia Haye on Longboat Key is known
as one of America’s Top 200 Most Romantic
Restaurants. On St. Armands Circle, Café
L’Europe has received Sarasota Magazine’s Best
Elegant Restaurant Award. On the mainland,
Mattison’s Forty-One and Mattison’s City Grille
continue to win Florida Trend magazine’s Golden
Spoon Award year after year. Last but not least,
Michael’s On East is Sarasota’s only AAA Four
Diamond Restaurant.
Amish home cooking
In addition to award-winning chefs, Sarasota’s
Amish and Mennonite communities offer two
outstanding restaurants with outstanding pies.
Both Der Dutchman and Yoders restaurants are
the epitome of casual, home-cooked dining and
are perfect family-friendly restaurants. The Amish
pies have been recognized as some of the best in
the country.
Crow’s Nest
Ca Venice
Café L’Europe
Bijou Ca
Der Dutchman
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Foodie celebrations
There are numerous food-based festivals
throughout the year in Sarasota. Savor
Sarasota Restaurant Week during the rst
two weeks of June offers a multi-course
culinary experience at more than 60
restaurants. Lets Eat, Englewood in the
fall also celebrates dining, with multiple
restaurants offering special menus.
Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival, a
multi-day event by the Sarasota-Manatee
Originals, includes food and wine seminars
at various restaurants. The Whiskey
Obsession Festival showcases more than
200 spirits to taste, ranging from the
elegant to the sublime. Finally, the
Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash in Venice
brings award-winning pitmasters to Venice.
THE BEST SELECTION OF SEAFOOD IN TOWN!
12 SPECIES OF FRESH FINFISH DAILY
Feast on Alaskan King Crab, Whole Maine Lobster and
Soft Shell Crab. Also an extensive offering of non-seafood items.
Enjoy our Boutique Oysters and Wine Spectator Award-Winning
Wines at Main Street, Downtown Restaurant
Local Oysters served daily and our Famous Prime Rib
(Friday & Saturday) at the North Trail Restaurant
We have over 150
Fresh Reasons to Enjoy Barnacle Bill’s
OUR MENU!
Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily • Full Bar • Private Parties
Two Sarasota Locations
www.barnaclebillsseafood.com
1526 Main Street • Downtown
Sarasota • (941) 365-6800
5050 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
(quarter mile south of Airport ) • (941) 355-7700
Forks & Corks
Bakery, Carry-out, Catering & Gifts
3713 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota
941-955-8007
derdutchman.com
HOURS Mon-Thur, 6am to 8pm | Fri & Sat, 6am to 9pm
May–October, Open at 7am — Always Closed Sundays
Be sure to visit Carlisle Gifts after your meal to find
special items that you can’t get anywhere else.
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Beach cuisine featuring Famous $4
Gourmet Tacos with contemporary bistro
specials and a piano bar up stairs.
A Longboat Key
Landmark
DELI • GOURMET CATERING • CORNER STORE
5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive • Longboat Key, FL
941.383.0777 • harryskitchen.com
Award Winning Restaurant
Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
BLUE ROOSTER
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Voted
“Best Place for Live Music”
and “Best Roadhouse.
Southern comfort food served
with live blues, jazz, Americana,
gospel and more. Happy hour
every day!
1525-B 4th Street, Sarasota 941-388-7539
DER DUTCHMAN
derdutchman.com | Located in
Sarasotas Pinecraft community,
Der Dutchman serves Amish-
style kitchen cooking—hearty,
made-from-scratch meals that
make everyone happy to pull up
to the table.
3713 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota 941-955-8007
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The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of
independent, locally-owned and operated
restaurants that collectively share a passion to
celebrate and preserve our community’s culinary
sense of place.” We believe that a vibrant, independent,
restaurant community enhances a city’s culinary and
cultural strength, and makes it a better place to visit
and live. The Originals boasts more than 50 active
members located from the northern tip of Anna Maria
Island to Venice Pass at the southernmost point.
From a casual meal on the beach to an exquisite
four-course fine dining experience, we guarantee
the meals you eat at member restaurants are freshly
prepared using the best local ingredients combined
with the famous heritage flavors of the Suncoast.
It’s what makes us The Originals! When dining out,
Eat Like a Local!
dineoriginal.com
*member list is subject to change*
$ - Average entrée under $10
$$ - Average entrée $10-20
$$$ - Average entrée $20-30
$$$$ - Average entrée $30 and above
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Anna Maria Island/Bradenton Beach
Beach House $$
Blue Marlin Seafood $$$
Bridge Street Bistro $$$
Gulf Drive Café & Tiki $$
Sandbar $$
Waterfront Restaurant $$$
Bradenton/Palmetto
Anna Maria Oyster Bar $$
Bird Rock Taco Shack $
Cedar Reef Fish Camp $$
enRich Bistro $$$
Michael John’s Restaurant $$$
Ortygia Restaurant $$
Pier 22 Restaurant $$
Primo! Restaurant $$
Riverhouse Reef & Grill $$
Seafood Shack $$
Lakewood Ranch
Fast N Fresh $
Polo Grill & Bar $$$
Longboat Key
Ciao! Italia $$
Euphemia Haye $$$$
Harry’s Continental Kitchens $$$
Mar Vista $$
Sarasota
15 South $$$
Andrea’s $$$
The Bijou Café $$$
Café Baci $$
Caragiulo’s $$
Drunken Poet Café $$
Duval’s Fresh.Local.Seafood $$$
JPAN Restaurant $$$
Madfish Grill $$
mi Pueblo $$
Michael’s On East $$$
Miguel’s Restaurant $$$
Oasis Café & Bakery $
The Original Egg $
Pacific Rim $$$
Roessler’s Restaurant $$$
Salute! Ristorante $$$
State Street $$$
Tsunami $$
The White Horse Pub $$
Siesta Key
Café Gabbiano $$$
Lobster Pot $$
Ophelia’s on the Bay $$$
Siesta Key Oyster Bar $
Village Café $
Venice
Blu’ Island Bistro $
Café Venice Restaurant $$$
Cassariano Italian Eatery $$$
Cedar Reef Fish Camp $$
The Crow’s Nest $$
Fins at Sharky’s $$$
Gold Rush BBQ $$
Members of The Originals
Sun-Thurs 11-10
Fri & Sat 11-Midnight
941.955.8404
1572 Main St., Sarasota
Reinventing
Japanese & Thai Cuisine
Pad Thai
Seafood
Sexy Man Roll
Lobster Roll
Seafood Thai Curry
www.
DrunkenPoetCafe
.com
An eclectic eatery with a passion for stunning food,
creative cocktails, fine wine, and superb service.
Duval’s now offers a free shuttle service and delivery.
1435 Main Street | 941-312-4001 | DuvalsFLS.com
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Chef selected farm-to-table ingredients
5104 Ocean Blvd. | Siesta Key | 941-349-1423
cafegabbiano.com OPEN DAILY 5PM-10PM.
VENICE’S WATERFRONT LANDMARK SINCE 1976
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941.484.9551
marina restaurant tavern
consistently voted
venice’s best restaurant
OPEN LUNCH & DINNER
casual tavern menu
always available
dineoriginal.com
The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group
of locally owned restaurants who share a
passion for dining excellence and commitment
to our community.
Zagat Rated Best Seafood in Tampa Bay
Sarasota’s Premier
Waterfront Fine Dining
9105 Midnight Pass Rd.
Siesta Key
941-349-2212
opheliasonthebay.com
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The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of locally owned restaurants who share a
passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community.
Award-winning continental cuisine with unmatched
romantic ambiance. Wine Spectator Award of
Excellence. Family owned and operated since 1978.
Casual bistro and outside dining available.
Dinner: Tues-Sun, 5 p.m.
2033 Vamo Way, Sarasota, 941-966-5688
roesslersr estaurant.com
Certificate Sale Dates:
March 2, 2017
June 1, 2017
September 7, 2017
December 7, 2017
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Manatee Originals restaurants! Our discount
dining certificates are available four times a
year and are sold through our website.
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AMORE BY ANDREA
amorerestaurantlbk.com | Upscale Italian restaurant offering classics
and exclusive dishes, with a remarkable wine list. Semi-formal dining experi-
ence with lounge bar and outdoor seating.
555 Bay Isles Pkwy., Longboat Key, FL 34228 | 941-383-1111
R
D
CHART HOUSE
chart-house.com | A favorite among residents and vacationers. Spectacular
views of New Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. Seafood, succulent steaks and
decadent desserts.
201 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 | 941-383-5593
F
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DRY DOCK WATERFRONT GRILL
drydockwaterfrontgrill.com | A local favorite. Fresh seafood. Casual
indoor and outdoor dining on Sarasota Bay. South end of Longboat Key.
412 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 | 941-383-0102
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DINING
Longboat Key
62 BISTROT
my62bistrot.com | Authentic French bistrot and ne dining restaurant.
1962 Hillview St., Sarasota, FL 34239 | 941-954-1011 L, D
ANDREA’S
andreasrestaurantsrq.com | Chef Andrea prides himself in offering the
highest quality ingredients, seeking out local produce, wild caught sh, homemade
breads and pastas. Also offers an extensive selection of wines and cheeses!
2085 Siesta Dr., Sarasota, FL 34239 | 941-951-9200 D
BAREFOOT GRILL
barefootbarandgrill.com | Our restaurant is a family friendly sports bar.
It’s conveniently located at the north entrance to Sarasota Square Mall. The
service is excellent, food is delicious and well-priced.
8201 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34238 | 941-924-7676
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BARNACLE BILL’S SEAFOOD
barnaclebillsseafood.com | One of Sarasota’s nest fresh seafood
restaurants. Resort-style food at neighborhood prices. North Trail location:
5050 N Tamiami Trl., 941-355-7700.
1526 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-365-6800
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BIJOU CAFÉ
bijoucafe.net | Fine continental dining since 1986. Zagat survey gives
the Bijou its highest score for food in Sarasota. Wine Spectator’s “Award of
Excellence.
1287 1st St., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-366-8111
R
L, D
BLUE ROOSTER
blueroostersrq.com | Creative southern comfort cuisine and Sarasota’s
best original live entertainment 6 nights a week and Sunday gospel brunch, set
in a classic relaxed juke joint atmosphere.
1525-B 4th St., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-388-7539
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BR, D
BRAVO’S PIZZERIA & EATERY
bravospizzeria.com | Family pizza restaurant - delicious Italian dishes and
with pizza by the slice. Antipastos. All home cooking. Family owned 16 years.
1995 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-906-9500
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BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE
brioitalian.com | We craft each dish from scratch using the nest
ingredients and create the perfect culinary balance for each guest, each meal,
each and every day.
190 University Town Ctr. Dr., Sarasota, FL 34243 | 941-702-9102
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BUFFALO WILD WINGS
buffalowildwings.com | More than a Buffalo, NY-style wing joint, they
offer a complete menu and 20 beers on draft. The best place in town for hot
sports action!
4067 Clark Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233 | 941-922-5554
L, D
CAFÉ AMICI
cafeamicisrq.com | Loved by locals and friends alike, Café Amici offers
classical regional Italian specialties in a festive trattoria atmosphere.
1371 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-951-6896 L, D
CA BACI
cafebaci.net | Northern Italian cuisine with an emphasis on Tuscan and
Roman specialties. Fresh seafood daily, veal, homemade pastas, breads and
desserts. Award-winning wine list. Banquet room available.
4001 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 | 941-921-4848 L, D
THE CAPITAL GRILLE
thecapitalgrille.com | Fine dining steakhouse specializing in dry aged
steaks, fresh seafood and an award-winning wine list.
180 University Town Ctr., Ste. 105, Sarasota, FL 34243 | 941-256-3647
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CARAGIULOS ITALIAN-AMERICAN
caragiulos.com | For over 27 years, the Caragiulo brothers have been
entertaining Sarasota locals with their unique formula: simple, yet wonderful,
Italian-American soul food.
69 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-951-0866
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L, D
C’EST LA VIE!
cestlaviesarasota.com | Authentic French bakery and Cafe/Bistro offering
fresh French food, ne pastries and creperie.
1553 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-906-9575
B, L
CHIANTI RISTORANTE ITALIANO
chiantisarasota.com | Delicious Italian food prepared by
seasoned restaurateurs.
3900 Clark Rd., Bldg M, Sarasota, FL 34233 | 941-952-3186
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CLASICO SARASOTA
barclasico.com | Clasico Sarasota, an American Bistro with a European
air- a kitchen featuring fresh ingredients and an ambiance that blends the old
1927 space with new sexiness of Main Street.
1341 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-957-0700
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CURRENTS RESTAURANT
sarasota.hyatt.com | Chic upscale restaurant overlooking the bay. Enjoy
regional favorites locally sourced, thoughtfully prepared.
1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-953-1234
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DER DUTCHMAN RESTAURANT
derdutchman.com | Located in Sarasota’s Pinecraft community, Der
Dutchman serves Amish-style kitchen cooking—hearty, made-from-scratch
meals that make everyone happy to pull up to the table.
3713 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34232 | 941-955-8007 B, L, D
DRUNKEN POET CAFÉ
drunkenpoetsarasota.com | Where the locals go for authentic Thai and
inventive sushi in Downtown SRQ! Savor avorful dishes made with local and
sustainable ingredients, boutique wines and sake.
1572 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-955-8404
L, D
EUPHEMIA HAYE RESTAURANT & THE HAYE LOFT
euphemiahaye.com | Exquisite a la carte menu with daily seafood
specials, roast duckling, pepper steak, vegetarian favorites, award-winning
desserts. Live music nightly in Haye Loft.
5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 | 941-383-3633
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HARRY’S CONTINENTAL KITCHENS
harryskitchen.com | Globally inspired coastal cuisine with an emphasis
on local seasonal avors. Dine in a beautiful garden setting. Restaurant, deli,
catering, C-store.
525 St. Jude’s Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228 | 941-383-0777
B, BR, L, D
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DUVAL’S FRESH LOCAL SEAFOOD
duvalsfreshlocalseafood.com | A local eatery with a passion for stunning
seafood, creative cocktails, ne wine and service with a style.
1435 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-312-4001
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FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR
emingssteakhouse.com | Enjoy a celebration of exceptional food and
wine in the company of friends and family. Mon-Thur 4-10 p.m.; Fri & Sat
4-11 p.m.; Sun 4-9 p.m. Happy Hour specials daily. Private dining rooms
available all day for meetings and celebrations.
2001 Siesta Dr., Ste. 101, Sarasota, FL 34239 | 941-358-9463
R
D
GECKO’S GRILL & PUB “AT THE LANDINGS”
geckosgrill.com | A favorite for tourists and locals alike. Lunch, Dinner and
Late Night. Neighborhood grill and sports connection. Six locations to serve you!
4870 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 | 941-923-8896
L, D
H2O BISTRO
h20bistro.com | H2O Bistro offers breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring
local favorite recipes that emphasize fresh avors and quality ingredients.
Local beer & wine selections in Lobby Bar.
1223 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-487-3815
B, BR, L, D
HOB NOB DRIVE IN
hobnobdrivein.com | Original ‘50s drive-in. Outside seating, hot dogs,
hamburgers and daily specials. Handmade milkshakes. Celebrating 54 years.
1701 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34234 | 941-955-5001
B, L, D
HYDE PARK PRIME STEAKHOUSE
hydeparkrestaurants.com | Nationally acclaimed, Zagat-rated.
Specializing in thick-cut charbroiled steaks, chops, fresh grilled fish and
seafood in a hip, urban-chic environment.
35 S. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-366-7788
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JACK DUSTY
jackdusty.com | Sarasota’s most buzzed about seafood restaurant, lounge
and marketplace features Coastal Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails with enviable
water views.
1111 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236
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941-309-2266
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KONA GRILL
konagrill.com | Global menu of contemporary American favorites, award
winning sushi, and specialty cocktails.
150 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota, FL 34243 | 941-256-8005
L, D
LIBBY’S CAFÉ & BAR
libbyscafebar.com | Libby’s is a modern American cuisine in a comfortable
and contemporary neighborhood-style atmosphere which uses simple
ingredients that are creatively prepared.
1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239 | 941-487-7300
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BR, L, D
LOLITA TARTINE
lolitatartine.com | French urban restaurant. Original concept based on
tartines and stews.
1419 5th Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-952-3172
B, L, D
LOUIES MODERN
louiesmodern.com | Downtown Sarasota’s newest dining hot spot
showcases Modern American cuisine from an open-air kitchen and
handcrafted cocktails.
1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-552-9688
BR, D
MADE
maderestaurant.com | Modern American delicious eats.
1990 Main St., Suite 112, Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-953-2900
BR, L, D
MARINA JACK
marinajacks.com | Enjoy Sarasota’s downtown bayfront at the Patio Bar,
Deep Six Lounge & Piano Bar and Dining Room offering steaks, seafood and
award-winning wines.
2 Marina Plz., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-365-4232
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MATTISON’S CITY GRILLE
mattisons.com | In the heart of downtown, a local favorite known for its
friendly atmosphere, award-winning menu, great live music and full bar.
Open Mon-Thur 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-midnight; Sat 9 a.m.-midnight; Sun
11 a.m.-10 p.m.
1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-330-0440
R
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MATTISON’S FORTY ONE
mattisons.com | Elegant dining with Mediterranean avors in a friendly, fun
and comfortable atmosphere. Private catering facilities available.
7275 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 | 941-921-3400
R
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THE MELTING POT
meltingpot.com | Customizable fondue dining experience makes for an
excellent dinner choice to make any occasion special.
1949 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-365-2628 D
MICHAEL’S ON EAST
bestfood.com | Now in its 30th year, Sarasota’s only AAA Four-Diamond
Award restaurant features contemporary ne dining for all occasions. Live
music Tues.-Sat evenings. Happy Hour in Lounge, (Mon.-Sat. 5-7 p.m.)
1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, FL 34239 | 941-366-0007
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MOZAIC RESTAURANT
mozaicsarasota.com | Enjoy Southern French and Western Mediterranean
cuisine by chef/owner Dylan Elhajoui, an award-winning wine list, genuine
hospitality, colorful décor & world music.
1377 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-951-6272
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MUSE AT THE RINGLING
musesarasota.com | Upscale local cuisine with international air. Food is art.
5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243 | 941-360-7390
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NANCY’S BAR-B-Q
nancysbarbq.com | Carolina Bar-B-Q’s home away from home. A fun,
casual, hip eatery dishing out oak-smoked pulled pork, chicken, ribs, brisket
and all the xings.
301 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-366-2271
L, D
OFF THE HOOK SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
offthehookseafoodco.com | Sarasota’s newest contemporary seafood
restaurant. Simply prepared seafood, daily specials, something for everyone.
6630 Gateway Ave., Sarasota, FL 34231 | 941-923-5570
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O’LEARY’S TIKI BAR & GRILL
olearystikibar.com | Relax with great food overlooking sparkling views
of Sarasota Bay. Full beverage menu featuring frozen drinks, beer and
wine selections.
5 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-953-7505
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THE ORIGINAL EGG
thebrokenegg.com | Open daily for breakfast and lunch from
7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wi-Fi, bakery, gift shop, beer/wine and catering.
4031 Clark Rd., Sarasota, FL 34233 | 941-922-2868
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PAINTERS PALATE
We started Painter’s Palate to fuse food & fun, to bring beauty to your belly,
and to make your taste buds sing with every bite!
2801 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34234 | 941-355-4620
L, D
PATRICK’S 1481
patricks1481.com | Upscale sports bar and dining with great food and
friendly service. Outdoor breakfast Sat. at 8:30 a.m.
1481 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-955-1481
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B, L, D
P.F. CHANG’S
pfchangs.com | Bold, fresh Asian-Inspired Cuisine. Family-friendly
restaurant offering creative takes on Chinese fare in a striking space.
766 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-296-6002
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PHILLIPPI CREEK VILLAGE OYSTER BAR
creekseafood.com | Located in a tropical waterfront setting, this family
restaurant features multiple seafood choices daily. A Sarasota landmark.
5353 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 | 941-925-4444
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ROESSLER’S RESTAURANT
roesslersrestaurant.com | Award winning atmosphere, Wine Spectator
awarded wine list, classic continental cuisine made from scratch using the
freshest local ingredients. Family owned and operated, since 1978.
2033 Vamo Way, Sarasota, FL 34238 | 941-966-5688
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THE ROSEMARY
therosemarysarasota.com | The Rosemary offers a blend of traditional
and contemporary American cuisine showcasing owner, George Armstrong’s
favorite dishes from the different cities in which he’s lived.
411 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-955-7600
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RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
ruthschris.com | Sarasota Magazine’s ‘Best of the Best,’ Herald Tribune’s
‘Best Steak House,’ Florida Magazine’s ‘Top 500 Restaurants’ and Wine
Spectator award. Group/private dining available.
6700 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 | 941-924-9442
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SALUTE! RESTAURANT
salutesarasota.com | Authentic Italian cuisine, imported cheeses and
meats, homemade pasta, fresh whole sh. An exclusive wine cellar. Outside
patio in the heart of Sarasota.
23 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-365-1020
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SARASOTA-MANATEE ORIGINALS
dineoriginal.com | The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of locally
owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to
our community. Annual Food & Wine Festival Forks & Corks January 27-29, 2017.
P.O. Box 32115, Sarasota, FL 34239
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941-365-2800
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SARDINIA RESTAURANT
sardiniasrq.com | Authentic Sardinia wood oven based, focused on the
purity and avor of the food. Concentrated traditional Italian are. Fresh
seafood, chargrilled meats and locally caught sh.
5770 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231 | 941-702-8582
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SEASONS 52 SARASOTA
seasons52.com | Voted best new local restaurant in 2016 by Herald Tribune,
Open Table #1 most booked in Sarasota and Best Of in 2015 by Sarasota Magazine.
170 University Town Center Dr., Sarasota, FL 34243 | 941-702-9652
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SELVA GRILL
SelvaGrill.com | Innovative, intricately prepared dishes, plated and
presented as works of art.
1345 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-362-4427 D
SERVANDOS
ServandosSarasota.com | Servandos is a globally inspired culinary
destination with cuisine from all regions of the world. Superbly crafted by a
world renowned chef in a casual and entertaining environment.
1525 4th St., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-954-7400
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SQUARE 1
square1burgers.com | All natural humanely raised. Antibiotic and
hormone free. Gourmet burgers and beyond the bun entrees. Award winning
onion rings. Awesome Happy Hour.
6240 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 | 941-870-8111 L, D
THE STARLITE ROOM
starlitesrq.com | Mid-century style restaurant and cabaret serving dinner
and late night with a happy hour seven days a week.
1001 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-702-5613
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STONEWOOD GRILL & TAVERN
stonewoodgrill.com | Stonewood offers an exceptional dining experience
for any occasion, featuring oak-grilled steaks, fresh seafood and an innovative
wine list. Two locations serving the Sarasota area!
1894 Sickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231 | 941-927-3969 D
THE TABLE CREEKSIDE
tablesrq.com
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Global cuisine. Diverse menu lled with culinary artistry and
pleasing avors. Upscale waterside dining.
5365 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231 | 941-921-9465
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TSUNAMI SUSHI & HIBACHI GRILL
tsunami-sarasota.com | In the heart of downtown Sarasota Tsunami Sushi
& Hibachi stands alone for creative sushi and a new spin on Asian entrees.
100 Central Ave., Ste. 1022, Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-366-1033 L, D
THE WHITE HORSE PUB
the-white-horse-pub.com | A local British pub established more than 25
years ago as the Coach and Horses. That same local British avor continues
today with authentic British fare and intl. sports televised.
6240 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243 | 941-358-1353
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YODER’S RESTAURANT
yodersrestaurant.com | Sarasota’s original Amish restaurant and village.
Home cooking made from scratch, pies, local produce, Amish meats and
cheese, and Amish gifts. Mon-Sat 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
3434 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34239 | 941-955-7771 B, L, D
CAFE L’EUROPE
cafeleurope.net | Sarasota’s iconic ne dining restaurant, Cafe L’Europe
strikes the perfect balance between tradition and innovation.
431 St. Armands Cir., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-388-4415
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COLUMBIA RESTAURANT
columbiarestaurant.com | Family-owned for over 111 years, Columbia
has earned acclaim for its old-world charm, Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine
list. Lunch and dinner daily.
411 St. Armands Cir., Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-388-3987
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LIDO BEACH GRILLE
lidobeachresort.com | Comfortable West Indies atmosphere with
exce