Find some of Sarasota's best restaurants, bars, events,
shopping, spas & wellness, activities, ...

Sarasota is paradise on earth with more sun than you can take home!
Visit us and you might never want to leave:)

We love Sarasota and show you unique places, like outstanding restaurants & nightlife, hotels & resorts, health & beauty, activities & shopping, dancing & parties, beaches & happenings, ...


Best Things To Do in Sarasota

best things to do in Sarasota


Best Things To Do in Anna Maria Island

best things to do in anna maria island



Best Things To Do on Siesta Key

Best Things To Do on Siesta Key



Best Things To Do in Venice

Veni - Vidi - Vici

Our City Scouts stop by great places - scout them out - and win your heart!

Of course there might be other trendy places that are not mentioned (yet).
If you know of a place that should make it into the top10
GET IT INVITED HERE!

Best Restaurants and Dining in Sarasota

Best Restaurants in Sarasota
Sarasota has it and serves it! Elegant restaurants for fine dining, some great Italians, waterfront restaurants with spectacular views, romantic restaurants and places for the whole family. Read more ...

Best Bars & Nightlife in Sarasota

Find the best bars and nightlife in Sarasota
Sarasota has some major nightlife areas, were you can enjoy sunset drinks, a romantic date or spend all night partying or go barhopping, but always remember, party responsibly. Read more ...

Best Activities & Attractions in Sarasota

Find best Activities and Attractions in Sarasota
Sarasota is full of activities that are fun for adults or the whole family. We created some local expert tips for some must-see attractions and things to do, like Helicopter rides and kajaking. Read more ...

Best Shopping and Boutiques in Sarasota

best shops and boutiques in Sarasota
Sarasota has cute and unique boutiques, a variety of gourmet shops, healthy lifestyle shops, jewelry stores, the famous St. Armand's Circle and some wine & cigar shops and much more. Read more ...

What's up Sarasota?

Find Weekend Events, Live Music, Entertainment, Arts, Movies, Theater and of course the best Sarasota Parties!

Wed, Dec 12

Annual Holiday Champagne Tasting

Back by popular demand! Annual Holiday Champagne Tasting Wednesday, December 12, 2018 6 - 8 p.m. Michael's Wine Cellar It's (Almost!) the most wonderful - and sparkling - time of the year ...

Annual Holiday Champagne Tasting

Thu, Dec 13

6th Annual Men, Whiskey & Watches

Men, Whiskey & Watches features whiskey tasting from select distillers, an assortment of fine luxury watches, premium cigars, a live and silent auction, and casino-style games, along with networking ...

6th Annual Men, Whiskey & Watches

Fri, Dec 14

Holidays Around the Ranch

Holidays Around the Ranch is our annual holiday sensation of magical charm for all to enjoy. Children and adults alike will stand in awe at the sight of Santa Claus as he makes his grand entry in his ...

Holidays Around the Ranch

Fri, Dec 14

Hunsader Farms Country Christmas!

Join us for our 2018 Country Christmas! Dates are December 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23 from 6pm-10pm Parking: FREE | Admission: $10 per person | Children 5 years and under: FREE - CASH ...

Hunsader Farms Country Christmas!

Sat, Dec 15

A Night Before Christmas

Get ready for family fun at the annual Night Before Christmas event at GT Bray! Santa will be visiting the park to meet with all the children. The event will include face painting, bounce house, ...

A Night Before Christmas

Sat, Dec 15

Classic Movie: "Some Like It Hot"

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with a classic Hollywood comedy starring Marylin Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon! The film, set in Florida, is directed by the legendary Billy ...

Classic Movie: "Some Like It Hot"

Sat, Dec 15

Toys for Tots Fill the Jeep Event

Join us... drop off a toy and get a ticket to win a set of Hercules Tires. More details coming soon!

Toys for Tots Fill the Jeep Event

Sun, Dec 16

2018 Gala

As JFCS helps clients navigate through the jungle of life, please join us in an evening of hope and celebration. Sunday, December 16th, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota NEW - Attire is ...

2018 Gala

Sun, Dec 16

Christmas Jeep Parade 2018

Join us for our 2nd Annual Christmas Jeep Parade! Don't forget to light your Jeep! We will meet Santa at St Jude's Catholic Church and Convoy down Main Street, Siesta Village, and UTC Mall ...

Christmas Jeep Parade 2018

Sun, Dec 16 - Sun, Apr 14

Sunday Polo

Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Ln (941) 907-0000

Sunday Polo

Wed, Dec 19 - Thu, Dec 20

The Sound of Music

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC is coming to the Van Wezel! The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill ...

The Sound of Music

Sat, Dec 22

Classic Movie: "Love Actually"

See a modern holiday classic on the big screen! The romantic and heartfelt "Love Actually" has become a perennial favorite of the season. The 2003 film tells the Christmas-set tale of nine ...

Classic Movie: "Love Actually"

Sat, Dec 22

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See all of your favorite characters as they come to life in Rudolph the ...

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Mon, Dec 31

New Year's Eve at Selby Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is proud to present Sarasota's most sophisticated and diversely entertaining New Year's Eve experience; a black-tie event featuring a private journey through tropical ...

New Year's Eve at Selby Gardens

Mon, Dec 31

New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Bay

Join us for the 8th Annual New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Bay! Viewing is free from anywhere downtown including Bayfront Park and Island Park. The display is an awesome sight from a boat ...

New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Bay

Mon, Dec 31

New Years SJC Convoy Countdown

Join us New Years as we start our convoy at Siesta Beach to bring in 2019! Meetup Location: Siesta Beach 948 Beach Rd Sarasota, FL 34242 Timeline: 5:30pm-6:30pm First ...

New Years SJC Convoy Countdown

Mon, Dec 31

Sarasota New Years Eve Illumination Party | Lamborghini

Lamborghini of Sarasota presents THE Sarasota New Years Eve Red Carpet ILLUMINATION Party at the Municipal Auditorium. It's the 3rd year at such a great remodeled Historic venue Downtown ...

Sarasota New Years Eve Illumination Party | Lamborghini

Mon, Dec 31

Sarasota New Years Eve Party 2019

The Area's BIGGEST New Year's Eve Party ???? Ring in the New Year at Sarasota's Pineapple Drop Celebration! This FREE annual Downtown Sarasota event attracts between 20,000 to 25,000 Floridians. ...

Sarasota New Years Eve Party 2019

Fri, Jan 11

PAL's 30th Anniversary Carnival & Music Festival

The Police Athletic League of Manatee County would like to invite everyone to join in the 30 year anniversary celebration of service to the youth in our communities! The festivities will include ...

PAL's 30th Anniversary Carnival & Music Festival
top10 Sarasota
Sarasota sunsets

Some really cool Things to do in Sarasota

If you like white sand beaches and gorgeous blue water, chances are your travels are eventually going to bring you to Siesta Key right here in Sarasota, Florida. If that's where you are heading right now then this little guide is for you.

How to get around in Sarasota


Once arrived in this sunshine city I highly recommend getting a car. Sarasota may have its small town charm but getting around can be a bit tricky. With a car, you are free to explore on your own time and you won't rack up a hefty Uber bill.
rent a car in sarasota

Where to stay

-Art Ovation Hotel
Being a popular getaway spot, Sarasota is filled with beautiful hotels and resorts. Art Ovation Hotel is the perfect hidden gem. Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota this hotel puts you right in the center of all the shops and restaurants. It also has gorgeous rooftop pool and bar where you can spend your days lounging around with the perfect view of Sarasota.
Book it here

What To Do

-Siesta Key Beach
Visiting Siesta Key Beach is a must. Whether you have heard of it from MTV's Siesta Key or you happen to know that it has been rated as the #1 Beach in the US numerous times now, Siesta Key Beach certainly attracts everyone. Spend a day at the beach and then hop on a Free Beach Ride to head to The Siesta Key Village to grab a bite to eat.
siesta key beach, florida
Locate Photo
-Turtle Beach
Although Sarasota is best known for Siesta, sometimes we want to escape the crowds. Turtle Beach is the perfect spot to unwind and watch the sunset!
Turtle beach sarasota
Locate Photo
-Kayaking
Being right on the ocean, water sports are very popular in Sarasota. If you book a tour make sure you use iKayak. They will provide you with everything you need and take you on a journey through the famous mangrove tunnels.
-Helicopter Tours
This one may seem a little bit out there but the view of Sarasota from above is one you definitely won't forget. Release your inner adventurer and let Heli Aviation show you these gorgeous beaches from a new point of view.

Where to eat and drink

-Buttermilk
Try the handmade biscuit breakfast sandwiches, they are to die for. But get there early, they run out and once they are out, they are out!
-Green Zebra Cafe
One of the best places to grab a quick and refreshing snack. Little tip, get a Brazillian bowl and ask for a scoop of peanut butter!
-Clean Juice
A great place to pop into for an Acai bowl. Added bonus, all snacks are made from USDA-organic ingredients. Get the Nutty bowl, you won't regret it!
-Big Olaf
Grab some handcrafted ice cream and stroll around Siesta Key Village. Little Tip, get the Moose Track ice cream!
-Lila
If you are looking to kick your day into high gear with a clean meal, I recommend heading downtown. This primarily vegan restaurant cooks with locally sourced ingredients and the results are amazing!
-Boca
Another great little place downtown Sarasota. They get all of their food from different local farms and even have their produce growing inside the restaurant. Enjoy your meal with the basil plant growing right next to you. I definitely recommend trying their nightly special, the staff meal!
-Napule
Not feeling American cuisine? Not a problem. Enjoy an Aperol Spritz and an amazing pizza!
-Happy Hour
Grab a signature martini at Mattison's downtown. Or go to Shore on St Armand's Circle and get the P. C. Shrubbery cocktail. Another great spot for happy hour, or social hour as they call it, is Social Eatery and Bar.
Happy hour at Mattisons Grille
Locate Photo Happy hour at Mattisons Grille
-Calusa Brewery
Beer lovers need to make a stop here and get a flight of beer. They will pour all of their specialties for you to taste. Bonus, they have different food trucks that come daily to give you a quick bite.
-Pangea Alchemy Lab
If you are looking for something truly unique, this speakeasy is going to be your spot. They make some crazy fun drinks and the whole place has a very cool vibe.
From its small town charm to its amazing beaches, Sarasota is one of those cities that you can't help but call involve with. Whether you are coming here to relax or for an adventure, Sarasota has something for everyone!

Make sure to check out the ebook for some extra insider tips!
Beer Can Island

Share this listing on Daisy

Insider tips in Sarasota
What to do and where to go!

Top10 Sarasota businesses are personally tested and selected by our city scout team and our readers.
They represent our personal opinion and experiences.

We show everything from awesome lodging, to outstanding restaurants & unique dining experiences,
health & beauty, attractions & activities, shopping, nightlife & dancing, golf & tennis, ...