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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

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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!

Fri, Oct 19

Beached on Beer Can - Island Camping Party (October 19-21)

Naughty Johnny, The House Movement, and Tiki Bay Island are proud to bring you the second installment of our bi-annual celebration of music and community! 3 Days and 2 nights on our private ...

Fri, Oct 19

Lakewood Ranch Block Party

Want to see the Lakewood Ranch lifestyle all in one place? Come to our 4th annual Block Party, the kickoff event every year to our Tour of Homes. Everyone will be here - from local businesses and ...

Sat, Oct 20

Convoy to Jeeptoberfest

Join us on our Convoy up to Jeeptoberfest! Event starts Friday... this convoy leaves Saturday and the event goes thru Sunday. One of the oldest running Jeep only events in the S.E. Three Huge ...

Sat, Oct 20

St. Armands Boat Show

Boats, shopping, restaurants and ice cream. All together in one outstanding location for only one weekend! Cannons Marina and their exceptional boats will invade St. Armands Circle on October 20th ...

Sun, Oct 21

Medicinal and Edible Plants Walk with Bob Linde

PLEASE REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE DIRECTLY (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/medicinal-and-edible-plants-walk-with-bob-linde-tickets-49562976196) Take a stroll with Chinese Medicine Extraordinaire Bob ...

Thu, Oct 25

Rocky Horror Picture Show Spooktacular at Sarasota Sky Bar

Lets do the Time Warp again Sarasota! Join us for an evening of debauchery, amazing drinks, sexy atmosphere, and an amazing shadow cast you don't want to miss! Bring your friends and get ready to ...

Thu, Oct 25

Simply Sarasota 2018 Cookbook Launch Party

Please join us in celebrating the launch of the Junior League of Sarasota's newest cookbook: Simply Sarasota ~ From Fresh to Fabulous! Cocktail attire Price includes hors d'oeuvres, music, and ...

Fri, Oct 26

BOOFest

BOOFest is our annual Halloween event! It's a HOWLING good time for all ages! Come out and explore, watch our local dancers, and enjoy our spooky balloon artist! Have your children bring their ...

Sat, Oct 27

2nd Annual Masquerade Ball

Made in Italy and Venice MainStreet request your company for an evening of intrigue, mystery and entertainment. Find a mask and join us for a one of a kind party in Historic Downtown Venice. ...

Sat, Oct 27

3rd Annual Sarasota Celtic Music Festival Oct 26/27

@The Celtic Art of Hamish Burgess Join the New World Celts Sarasota for their 3rd Annual Celtic Music Festival!! SAVE THE DATES! Oct 26 & 27 - Sarasota FL PURCHASE DISCOUNTED TICKETS ONLINE ...

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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.
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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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