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There are numerous reasons why Sarasota is one of the most desirable places to... vacation... live... work... and raise a family. While maintaining a small town atmosphere, Sarasota has a big city feel with exceptional amenities... offering some of the finest museums, art and antique galleries, as well as numerous shops and boutiques. Be prepared to include a few evenings in Sarasota with our resident ballet, opera house, symphony, live theatre, comedy clubs, and jazz bars.

Back in the 1920's John Ringling and his wife Mable made Sarasota their winter home for their world famous circus and eventually a trove for their legacy of art and architectural treasures. Visit the Ringling Museum and view the many fine baroque period paintings including the oversized works of Rubens and the many sculptures from Ringlingís collection. Tour their personal home, the Ca dí Zan and stroll the rose gardens and grounds along Sarasota Bay.

For those young adventurers, thereís the Circus Museum where the smallest big top circus is on display. Today, Ringlingís legacy continues with the Ringling School of Art and Design and Florida State Universityís performing arts, dance and music. Artists, sculptors, performers, musicians and actors have made Sarasota their home.

Shared with the Sarasota Ballet, The Asolo Theatre houses one of the area's leading regional theatrical companies. Performing November through June on a turn-of-the-century stage, professionals from around the United States gather to present a unique repertory ranging from classics to new works. Check the Vacation Planner for Asolo and other theatrical venues.
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Over 60 Golf Courses and numerous tennis courts, including the famed Leddbetter/ Bollitierri a.k.a. IMG Sports Facility await your arrival. Baseball enjoys a rich tradition at Ed Smith's Stadium where the Baltimore Orioles conduct their spring training from February through March. Each July, the Gulf of Mexico explodes with rooster tail plumes of the Sun Coast Offshore Grand Prix Races. This nationally sanctioned American Power Boat Association Race is the highlight of a 10 day festival.

For shoppers, Sarasota has a rare combination of small town charm and big city sophistication. Boutiques with distinctive styles, art galleries and sidewalk eateries can be found along Main Street and Palm Avenue as well as St Armands Circle. Bargain hunters can head to the flea markets or on Saturday mornings grab a light breakfast at a nearby cafe and head to the farmerís market on Main and Lemon. Venice is only a short drive south for sharks teeth and unique gifts for the family. There are three area malls (Southgate Mall, Sarasota Pavillion, and Sarasota Square Mall), with a fourth opening soon. Only 40 minutes away, spend a day at Tampaís International Mall with exquisite offerings from Tiffanyís, Nordstromís, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus and over 200 more... all under one roof!!!

After a day at the beaches, golf, or shopping, it's time to do the town. Sarasota and its islands offer intriguing choices for Food and fun. Evenings come to life with an assortment of clubs, lounges and entertainment. Dance to the sounds of Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Salsa and more.

Families will enjoy Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, located at the south end of Longboat Key and its world-renowned marine research center. See sharks, dolphins, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life. Across from Mote Marine is " Save Our Birds", where recovering shorebirds are housed on two waterfront acres. A meandering boardwalk brings visitors through lush vegetation featuring pens and pools of native and migratory birds. And, donít forget to plan for Sarasota Jungle Gardens, G. Wiz Hands on Science Museum, Sarasota Bay Explorer, Big Cat Habitat, and much, much, more.

Yes, Sarasota is home to the world's most inviting climate, glamorous culture, world class sporting events, fine restaurants, shops and a renowned art museum, nationally recognized art school and exceptional community living. Add the tropical climate, whitest sand beaches in the world, and you've discovered "The Land of Enchantment".

Come and enjoy the best creations of both mankind and nature.

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