If a long day at the beach has you feeling famished, check out Gilligan’s Island Bar & Grill in Siesta Key Village. You can’t miss it – it’s the biggest tiki bar on the island!
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The Mote aquarium certainly isn’t just for show. Sarasota’s coastal location enables Mote to be at the forefront of marine biological research and technology. With more than 200 employees and 35 scientists working at Mote, guests are able to witness actual marine biological experiments and research in real time as they tour the aquarium. Mote’s mission is to provide a fun and educational environment to help locals and visitors better understand the unique ecosystems of Florida’s coast.
Grab a cold one – an ice cream cone, that is – at The Big Olaf.
This small shop smack dab in the middle of everything might be owned by Vince and Karen Meaney, but they are anything but mean.
Here, they serve “hand cut to order artisanal and farmhouse cheeses, pantry goods and other lovely things choice picked from across the region, the country and the rest of the world,” Louise states eloquently.
Siesta Key is a fun place to spend a day shopping, people watching and generally strolling along one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
If you like to start your day with a smoothie, take your lunch raw … or indulge in the occasional wheatgrass shot, the Green Zebra Cafe is the place for you.
Resting on the shores of Sarasota Bay, you’ll find a tropical urban oasis known as Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Spend a few pleasant hours wandering the beautifully manicured gardens – and simply forget about what’s going on the world.
If you want a unique souvenir of your Sarasota stay, the Historic Downtown Village is the place to play.
Circus magnate John Ringling and his wife, Mable, came to Sarasota in 1912, spending winters in the small coastal town before, at one time, owning nearly a quarter of the real estate here.
St. Armands Circle is a shopping, dining and people-watching mecca, separated from the mainland by Sarasota Bay.
When you plan a vacation at the beach, you start thinking about the kind of memories you can make here.
Sarasota is a couple’s town – with its architectural and natural beauty, rich arts scene, sexy beaches … and many a bar and eatery to enjoy a romantic dinner with the one you love.
If you’re looking for a spot for a special dinner, find a little intimacy at Indigenous.