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Things to do Sarasota Florida - Ringling Museum via @StephBeTravel @Sweat Engine

Images for this post are a collaboration between Kevin Lu @SweatEngine and myself @StephBeTravel


As a California girl, it was time to learn my ABC’s of Florida. One of my favorite U.S. destinations, I’ve looped the Florida Keys twice, am a regular in Miami, and experienced St Pete’s Beach to escape the cold… but I had never heard of Sarasota.

Ranked by magazines as the #1 Beach in the U.S.A., there’s more to the culture coast than white sand by the sea.
Here’s a look at Sarasota, Florida:

Art in Sarasota, Florida

A hub for both eccentric and classical art, Sarasota has something for everyone. Click To Tweet

We spent an entire day exploring the Ringling Museum, a Florida meets Italy byproduct of John and Mable Ringling. If the Ringling Brothers can boast “The Greatest Show on Earth,” their then-home and now museum is the greatest museum in Florida.

Between the Asolo Theater, Ca’d’zon and the Circus Museum, you’re sure to find your own Beatles moment.

A little preview. #Sarasota #Florida ?: @sweatengine

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Things to do in Sarasota Florida: Ringling Museum Courtyard-

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Beaches in Sarasota, Florida

A peaceful skyline, Sarasota beaches are just about you, the sun and the sand. Siesta Key boasts turquoise waters and white coastlines. The cheery on top? Spectacular Florida sunsets as pink and red as cherries!

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Culture in Sarasota, Florida

As if botanical gardens, pink tiles, and teal waves weren’t enough to coax you for stay in Sarasota — it offers food, music and lifestyle too.

Whether you prefer an opera, or a ska band at the local dive bar, it’s surprisingly lively.Click To Tweet

Shopping, kayaks, spas — and resorts entertain locals and natives a like.

Known for golf and the marina, the Sarasota community is about quiet wealth, and moments you want to get a little rowdy.

Resort at Longboat Key, Sarasota Florida

Resort at Longboat Key Club, Sarasota Marina and Golf


Marina poolside at Resort at Longboat Key, Sarasota Florida

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Resort at Longboat Key Club, Sarasota –  Marina Restaurant

Where to eat in Sarasota Florida | Best Restaurants

Restaurants in Sarasota Florida

Sand Point Restaurant at Resort at Longboat Key

Great for breakfast or dinner. (exclusive club members and hotel guests)

Tommy Bahama Restaurant at St Armand’s Circle

I recommend the dipping sauce with the fish tacos.

Tsunami Sushi & Hiabachi Grill in Downtown Sarasota — great sax music too.

Looking for that dive bar with Karaoke? Check out Smokin’ Joes.

What did I miss in Sarasota Florida?
What would you add to this trip?



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