Things to do in Sarasota

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  • Iowa_is_my_home
    Des Moines, IA283 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Discovered the Ringling museums/gallery/house on line and are so glad we did. We raved about this experience to others in Florida and were surprised that so few people seemed to know about it. Be sure you allow plenty of time. We spent a lot of time marveling at the museum with a miniature circus set up, then proceeded to the museum of historical circus artifacts, then the house. We spent most of the day at the Ringling and barely touched on the art galleries. There's a LOT of wonderful things to see!
    Written March 1, 2024
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  • razayes
    Pittsburgh, PA337 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great outdoor shopping, lots of variety. Great selection of restaurants. Parking can be a bit difficult . Overall a great place to spend a few hours.
    Written February 15, 2024
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  • kcshea
    Medway, MA2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just went today on a boat cruise. Our guide, Skye, was great! Very engaging with everyone one on board, especially the school age children. She was very knowledgeable about the surrounding marine life. The crew of the staff was also very nice. Very worthwhile and fun!
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • J. Conrad D
    Minneapolis, MN3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful botanical gardens! Four adults admission was $104 in February 2024.
    Get there early before the crowd! Free and easy parking ramp attached to the complex.
    A really nice, tranquil place to spend some time. Tons of different indoor and outdoor plant species. It boasts beautiful garden paths with lots of open spaces.
    Highly recommended.
    Written February 28, 2024
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  • Sootsgd
    Wimauma, FL1,876 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and I are members of The Ringling and truly believe the membership is a fabulous bargain.

    Today we were lucky to have some very good weather and since we were bringing family to view the circus museum, decided we should visit the mansion as well so our family could get double the pleasure that time allowed for. There are three different tours, the unguided first floor only tour which is part of your museum pass, the longer additional cost guided tour which includes the second floor and lastly the Ca’ d’Zan Experience Tour, including remaining floors and access to the Tower.

    I’ve reviewed the mansion previously. Its aesthetics are quite appealing. The house has large windows throughout which allows for great lighting from the sun as well as beautifully crafted window displays. Take a little extra time in all of the rooms to observe the craftsmanship especially ceilings, but in the main gathering room allow extra time to view not just the the wooden beamed ceiling including stained glass skylights, but the paintings on the ceiling as well.

    The exterior of the mansion is fascinating for its view of distant Longboat Key, the water, the colored tile, but also the visions of long ago social events on the beautiful Piazza.

    If you like the TV series “The Guilded Age” or The Downton Abbey Series and movies, you’ll enjoy a peek at this architectural gem as well. There is free downloadable audio you can use with the unguided tour. Just ask a Museum employee for assistance with the download. They are more than happy to help.

    As a last note, not to be nit-picky, snooty, or biased but wanting to add context to a few previous reviews. This isn’t Newport, RI, New York, The Hearst Castle, Versailles or any of the great palaces of Europe. This is Sarasota Florida which wasn’t even incorporated into a town until 1902. And, unlike Newport, this wasn’t a playground for the rich and famous from the wealth center of the country, New York. Nor was it located equidistant between the large population centers of San Francisco and Los Angelas as the Hearst Castle, home to a very wealthy and connected American.

    Ca’d’zan was constructed for a couple who were very wealthy but who weren’t connected in location to a large population of movers and shakers and wealthy individuals. In other words, the Ringling mansion was just the right size for the population of visitors the couple would be entertaining. I agree it is not Newport in scale and I too believe the Ballroom seems quite small. But, again, the mansion is exquisite and it is sized properly for what Mable and John decided fit their needs.

    It’s a great place to visit and I recommend, if you can, visiting in early spring or late fall to avoid the harsh summer weather.
    Written February 4, 2024
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  • MidlandsTraveller
    Leicester, UK688 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful park with great birdwatching. Sandhill Cranes were the highlight. Best birding from the jetty across the road from the car park.
    The gardens around the wildlife center are worth looking round.
    Written February 11, 2024
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  • stacym3212016
    Wheeling, WV2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everything was perfect. A wonderful stay. ALL staff were very accomodating, making it a perfect visit. From front desk, housekeeping, food service, retail and beach staff. We will definately be back!
    Written November 15, 2023
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  • Trina C
    warren, Michigan, USA2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful place to visit you will learn a lot the food station is good nice price as well when you do visit your next words are going to be WOW
    Written February 27, 2024
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  • KC2400
    Chestnut Hill, MA42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We returned after a 4 year Covid absence. It is really a fun museum, with lots to see, and a very friendly staff. We visit every time we vacation on Sarasota.
    Written February 15, 2024
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  • Bruce and Mary S
    Osceola, WI285 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just so much fun and joy!!!!! So much to see and do!!!! Great places to eat, fun places to shop and just really laid back!!!
    Written February 7, 2024
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  • dshafs
    Finksburg, MD474 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice stadium. Great views from all seats. Neat picnic porch area.
    Only negative is that the prices are not far off the major league parks. Forty bucks for two hamburgers some chips and two waters !
    Written March 2, 2024
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  • Marvin G
    Ogdensburg, NY1,169 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the 65th anniversary season of the ASOLO Repertory Theatre in Sarasota. We saw 'Crazy for you'. It was one of the most professional "Off-Broadway" productions that I have seen to date as I have seen shows in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis New York, and Miami and they have not matched up as to scenery, costuming, lighting, orchestra, etc. Even with understudies filling in some major parts, this show and setting were spectacular.

    The theater, itself, is a masterpiece, created during the Ringling era. A conservatory between the supporters of the Rep Theater and Florida State University have provided a marriage between classical academic training and a professional regional theater company.
    Written January 7, 2024
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