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Visiting Sarasota

Not quite the same thing as running away to the circus, you can visit the famous Ringling Brothers Circus Museum in Sarasota, plus you get the added bonus of being able to enjoy several nearby beaches, many with restaurants overlooking the sunset (but don’t expect to find clownfish on the menu).

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Sarasota. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Sarasota flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo. ... Read More
Not quite the same thing as running away to the circus, you can visit the famous Ringling Brothers Circus Museum in Sarasota, plus you get the added bonus of being able to enjoy several nearby beaches, many with restaurants overlooking the sunset (but don’t expect to find clownfish on the menu).

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Sarasota. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Sarasota flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Sarasota

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Manatee watching at TECO

Written by Kathi A E on 05 Aug, 2005

One of the highlights of our visit to Florida was watching auntie at work. She works for Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute on the manatee photo identification project. If not for this, we would have never discovered TECO Big Bend Power Station…Read More


Things to know...

Written by bohemiansophisticate on 26 Jun, 2003

I want to give my hints about Sarasota, as an ex-native. I went to high school in Sarasota and can help by giving some insider advice. #1. Siesta Key Beach - must go there! Rated one of the world's 10 prettiest beaches many years ago…Read More


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Beautiful sunsets at Lido Beach

Written by Dutchnatasja on 08 Mar, 2006

I love to end my day at the beach with a beautiful sunset. I have seen many beautiful sunsets in my life, but the sunsets in Sarasota are really beautiful. I think it's the orange glow in the sky that makes it special. They called…Read More


Val Gal

Written by Val Gal on 03 Mar, 2003

I visit this part of Florida at least annually for my work in College Advancement. A new co-worker had never been there, so my husband and I showed her our favorite places. For great food and wonderful service, visit Tim and his staff at the Old…Read More


Strolling at Armand Circle

Written by Big Ted from NJ on 22 Jan, 2003

Armand Circle is the center of attractions at Lido Beach. It is a traffic hub and center of commerce for the beach. The circle is named after St. Armand's Church, which lends its name and beauty to the elegant setting. The circle is an intersection…Read More


sightseeing

Written by odie on 04 Feb, 2001

While camping in Cortez, there are many things to see and do, all within less than an hour's drive. From the beaches to the Skyway Bridge to Sarasota. Check with the local Chambers and newspapers for current happenings. Almost certain to find something to fill…Read More


Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary

Written by Dutchnatasja on 04 Apr, 2005

This sanctuary and rehabilitation center treats more than 5,000 injured birds and other wildlife each year. It is home to more than 50 species of birds. The center has a public viewing area for bird-watching, a bird hospital, and a center office and gift shop.…Read More


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Wonderful Sailing Experience

Written by zip10per on 09 Jan, 2010

We sailed the beautiful waterways, saw Dolphins and a great sunset aboard Enterprise Sailing Charters while in Sarasota. This was one of the best things we did while we were there. I recommend everyone try this experience. We were at first hesitant being non sailors…Read More


Kayaking Sarsota Bay from Downtown

Written by mekurtz on 19 May, 2005

Kayaking in the downtown Sarasota area has some neat little treasures. There are three primary options: 1. Bring your own; 2. Rent from City Island (at the end of Ringling Blvd) downtown; or 3. Rent from one of the area outfitters (see list at…Read More


Sarasota Beaches

Written by mekurtz on 11 Apr, 2005

Sarasota has a range of public beaches, all with a slightly different feel.From the north: Anna Maria/Bradenton Beaches are a little more old-fashioned. There are some 'Old Florida' hotels and lots of public parking. Beaches are okay, but pretty average. Longboat Key has a series…Read More


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