A waterside city on the western shores of Central Florida, Sarasota is an often forgotten metropolis lost in a sea of iconic getaways. With a modest population and a whole lot to offer, you’ll be sure to have a good time so long as you’ve got a ride to show you the way. Without any sort of Light Rail system or rapid bus transit, the city is renowned for offering a slew of walking-distance attractions that can only be experienced with a ride of your own. Visitors wanting to stay close to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport should stay along University Parkway and Tamiami Trail, the intersecting roads offering shuttles and close access to The Sarasota Classic Car Museum, while travelers looking forward to an event at Bradenton Area Convention Center may want to reserve a stay in downtown Bradenton.
See all there is to do in the majestic area by exploring the region, choosing between the lush exotics at Sarasota Jungle Gardens or the gators, sharks, and sea turtles at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. For a bit of architecture to compliment your walk through nature, choose the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to spend the afternoon, walking through thousands of species of plants, taking a break from the heat at the historic on-site plantation transformed into a museum on gardens. Dive into the diversity of the city’s arts as well, heading to Sarasota Opera House for a waterside night of enchantment, or the Sarasota Orchestra to experience the power of the Beatrice Friedman Symphony. Top the day off with a meal worth finding peace over, choosing between the upscale seafood at Marina Jack or the Uber-popular dishes at Owen's Fish Camp, renowned for its comfort food and homemade desserts.