A vibrant City
Discover the City of Sarasota….and raise your expectations! The city enjoys a magnetism that always brings new residents to the Sunshine. The blue skies, the crystal sand beaches, the waters, the restaurants, and all the places of interest also add value. Sarasota‘s dynamic cultural mix of artists, talented individuals, musicians, performers, writers and other creative people attracts everybody who wants to live in a beautifully vibrant and friendly community.
What is all the Hype about Sarasota?
This is just a boring city located on the Gulf of Mexico, right? Well, let us explain what Sarasota has to offer: The vibrant arts landscaping includes the world-class Florida West Coast Symphony, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, and the Opera. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Asolo Center for Performing Arts and the John Ringling Museum are names to keep in mind.
Sarasota has a lot more to offer
Do you like ballet? Founded in 1987, the Sarasota Ballet may be of interest for you. Over the years it has grown to national and international recognition. The repertoire includes works by some of the greatest choreographers in the world.
Marie Selby’s Botanical Gardens, Jungle Gardens, and Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium are for the nature lovers. While Mary Selby’s is all about beautiful plants, Mote Marine is getting you in contact with various sea creatures. Animals you do not necessarily see when walking along the beach. Jungle Gardens, established in 1939, introduces the visitor to more than 150 animal species. Their animal shows are educating and entertaining alike. Jungle Gardens is fun for the whole family.
Movies, Theater and the Circus
The International Film Festival, the Sarasota Film Society, and the Music Festival are enjoyable for movie fans. If you want to watch movies which are not mainstream – this might be something for you.
Do you like to go to the theater instead? The Banyan Theatre Corporation, the Players Theater or the Manatee Players are waiting for you. Sometimes the world is upside down. Not only Sarasota, Florida’s Cultural Capital, has it all. It also makes sense to put out your feelers further south – towards Venice – as well. The Venice Theatre should not be ignored if you like stage performances.
Circus Sarasota needs mentioning, too. Why? Sarasota is a “Circus Town.” John Ringling left quite a few imprints in Sarasota. It is worth reading the story of this fascinating man and his exciting life. There are only a few remnants of that glorious time.
So, you are still not happy with the options provided so far? Well, here comes more.
Is there Anything else you can do in Sarasota?
In downtown Sarasota, you can visit the Friday night gallery walks, catch the music once a month at “Downtown after 5” or spend a Saturday morning at the Sarasota Farmers Market, the Whole Foods Market or relax at the Sarasota News and Bookstore.
Also, more than 30 golf courses are challenging and designed for all levels of players and budgets.
Other favorite outdoor activities include tennis, windsurfing, parasailing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, diving and ice skating? Yes, crazy enough – if you want to do it just do it! There is an ice skating ring in Ellenton, right next to the outlet mall, only a 15-minute drive away. You did not expect that, right?
And the beaches are attracting many people as well. You have many area beaches, which offer you plenty of choices. There are remote beaches, busy beaches, natural beaches or even a dog beach for your furry companion.
Sarasota is successfully converting Visitors to Residents
Visitors planning to make a move here permanently may soon recognize that the cards are stacked in their favor. National and international visitors alike, who come to explore the area, leave imprints of millions of toes in the beautiful white sand. Quite a remarkable number of visitors decide to make a more permanent mark: They move to the Sarasota area for good or at least for the dark and cold winter months – which can be so miserable further north. But we think that we don’t need to tell you that.