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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

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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 ...

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

Sat, Nov 17

Chillounge Night St.Petersburg. Illumination

Magical wonderland of "glow". Feel the magic as N. Straub Park radiates into a beautiful playground of color! Enjoy a mix of our traditional Chillounge Night flair interwoven with our new LED ...

Chillounge Night St.Petersburg. Illumination

Sat, Nov 17

Ringling Museum Jeep Meet

Join us... we will meet at the Ringling Museum to walk the grounds which has a playground for the kids, a Rose Garden for the ladies, and fresh air for the gents. This is a beautiful time of ...

Ringling Museum Jeep Meet

Sat, Nov 17 - Sun, Nov 18

Sarasota Medieval Fair

1-888-303-FAIR (3247

The 15th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair returns on Nov. 3-4, 10-11, & 17-18, 2018 from 10am to 5:30pm at the Ringling Woods behind the Sarasota Fairgrounds! Join the merriment with three weekends of ...

Sarasota Medieval Fair

Fri, Nov 23

Black Friday Celtic Style

Save some of your hard earned $$ on Black Friday and join the New World Celts at the Naughty Monk for some great Celtic fun. Push yourself away from the dining room table and visit with us. Trinity ...

Black Friday Celtic Style

Sat, Nov 24

Maduro's Cigar & Bar Hand Gun Shooting Contest

Shoot Straight Sarasota, 2335 University Pkw 941 925 4747

Are you interested? Sign up at the store. Shoot Straight Sarasota Saturday, November 24th at 10:30am $20 entry fee Award ceremony and crowning of 2018 Maduro Sharp Shooting Champion at Maduro ...

Maduro's Cigar & Bar Hand Gun Shooting Contest

Tue, Nov 27

TACO TUESDAY SPIRIT NIGHT

Come out and help support our students and school, and help your students class win a taco party!!!!

TACO TUESDAY SPIRIT NIGHT

Fri, Nov 30

10th Annual Gingerbread Festival

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida is excited to announce our 2018 Gingerbread Festival. We hope you'll join us, either as a participant or visitor, as this FREE, unique, family-friendly event makes ...

10th Annual Gingerbread Festival

Fri, Nov 30

2018 Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend

The Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend kicks off on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, with a free "Blues Appetizer" Concert. The Bradenton Blues Festival is on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, with an outstanding ...

2018 Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend

Sat, Dec 1

23rd Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade

A HOLIDAY FOR ALL AGES! High school marching bands, area churches and nonprofits, local businesses...and of course the big finale - the arrival of Santa Claus - make this a beloved kick-off of the ...

23rd Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade

Sat, Dec 1

Deck the Halls at Cheval

Join us at the Deck the Halls at Cheval Holiday Party for a night of fun! Get your tickets at www.DecktheHallsCheval.com > Ugly Sweater Contest > Deck the Halls Golf Tournament > Holiday ...

Deck the Halls at Cheval

Sun, Dec 2 - Sun, Apr 14

Sunday Polo

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

Sunday Polo
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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.
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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.
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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.
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-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!
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-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
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-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!

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