Sarasota and the surrounding communities offer a spectacular array of outdoor recreation, abundant natural bounty, award-winning beaches, pristine golf courses, along with parks for families, pets, tennis, kayaking, eco-tours and more.
With a focus to preserve, experience the sea life at Mote Marine Aquarium, or the extensive array of wildlife and shows at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Explore local history at Historic Spanish Point, or wander the tropical oasis of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. The diversity of natural beauty in the Sarasota area is best experienced canoeing, kayaking or on a trail in one of the area's State Parks. Windsurfing lessons, parasailing or fishing, picnic, stroll, hike or bike the vast natural areas. Myakka River State Park and provide the perfect backdrop for a canopy walk, or observing the fragile wetlands.
Sarasota boaters have found the perfect location to spend time on the open waterways. With public ramps throughout the county, discover the amazing marine bounty, marvelous marinas and serene sailing opportunities.
The Sarasota area is home to some of the best sport fishing in the state. From a pier, jetty, or deep-sea charter, wet a line and discover coves of grouper, or snag a redfish, kingfish, trout or amberjack. Tarpon cruise the deep waters, while Snook is Florida's official game fish.
Of the Top 20 Southwest regional golf courses voted by the readers of Florida Golf News, nine are in the Sarasota area; four local courses are in the top 100 places to play in the whole state. Local professionals and top instructors are one hand at one of the many golf academies to assist you improve your game.
Florida's Cultural Coast
Sarasota features a thriving art community, attracting artisans and art enthusiasts alike. Professional theater, ballet, opera, sympony, numerous playhouses and a host of art galleries have earned her the title of "Cultural Coast."
Sarasota Bay Area Weather
With abundant sunny days and an average annual temperature of 74 degrees, Sarasota has near perfect weather year-round Weather Link.