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Boy on the beachSarasota attractions include a remarkable range of things to see and do. Visitors and residents enjoy everything from upscale shopping to relaxing on a beautiful beach. The city's arts scene, in particular, is very active, thanks to the opportunities provided by the Ringling estate.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, designated the official state art museum of Florida, offers twenty-one galleries of European paintings as well as Cypriot antiquities and Asian, American, and contemporary art. The museum's art collection currently consists of more than 10,000 objects that include a wide variety of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts from ancient through contemporary periods and from around the world. The most celebrated items in the museum are 16th, 17th, and 18th century European paintings, including a world-renowned collection of Peter Paul Rubens paintings.

SunsetCą d'Zan, a Mediterranean Revival mansion in Sarasota, Florida, was the dream home of circus magnate John Ringling and his wife, Mable. Lovers of the Venetian esthetic, the Ringlings chose their building plot overlooking the Gulf of Mexico for its view, which reminded them of the lagoon of their favorite city. The home was commissioned from New York architect Dwight James Baum in 1924, completed in 1926, and restored in 2002. The name of the mansion comes from "House of John" in the Venetian dialect.

Roseate SpoonbillOne of Sarasota's most beautiful natural areas is Myakka River State Park. The park has an excellent system of hiking trails. Walking trails crisscross the Eastern side of the park, and biking and horseback riding are permitted on other trails and roads in the park. This part of the park is dominated by expanses of very low vegetation, fields of palmetto, that transitions to islands of tall pine and oak trees. A good portion of the park is reachable by automobile. Myakka River State Park's main road takes visitors to a boardwalk out to the river and lake, excellent for bird watching. Another short walk from the main road reveals Myakka's canopy walkway, a tower and suspension bridge providing researchers and visitors views of the forest canopy and a spectacular above-the-treetops view of the entire park. Picnic areas, canoeing, boat tours, and developed campsites are available.


John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
Tel: 941-359-5700
URL: www.ringling.org
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Cą d'Zan Mansion
5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243
Tel: 941-359-5700
URL: https://www.ringling.org/CadMansion.aspx
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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
Tel: 941-366-5731
URL: www.selby.org
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Siesta Key Public Beach
948 Beach Road, Sarasota, FL
Tel: 941-349-3800
URL: www.siestakeychamber.com
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Sarasota Jungle Gardens
3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34234
Tel: 877-861-6547
URL: www.sarasotajunglegardens.com
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St. Armand's Circle
Tel: 941-388-1554
URL: www.starmandscircleassoc.com
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Myakka River State Park
13207 S.R. 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
Tel: 941-361-6411
URL: www.myakkariver.org
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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
Tel: 800-826-9303
URL: www.vanwezel.org
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Mote Marine Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
Tel: 941-388-4441
URL: www.mote.org
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Sarasota Classic Car Museum
5500 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
Tel: 941-355-6228
URL: www.sarasotacarmuseum.org
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