Sarasota’s Top 6 Winter Adventures

Sarasota’s Top 6 Winter Adventures

Are you planning your winter getaway to Sarasota? The Gulf Coast is full of year-round fun for all! Keep reading for Sarasota’s top 5 winter adventures.  Poinsettia Parade  Dec. 7  Take in the holiday festivities at North Port, where they hold their annual Poinsettia Parade. Featuring vendors, live performances, a tree-lighting ceremony and much more, you don’t want to miss this annual event! This year marks North Port’s 60th Anniversary, so there will be special events all evening long.  Lido Beach Holiday of the Arts Dec. 7-8  If you’re looking for the ideal artistic hideout, then head over to Lido Beach! Lido Beach Holiday of the Arts is full of local artists’ handiwork, taking place in a gorgeous setting. Find your perfect souvenir while browsing Florida’s stunning art culture at this unique festival! Sarasota Christmas Glow Run 5k Dec. 7 Are you looking for a way to keep your energy up throughout the holidays? Enjoy a festive, fun run with the entire family this year! Including a holiday-themed course,...
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5 Ways to Explore Sarasota This Winter

5 Ways to Explore Sarasota This Winter

Are you planning your winter getaway to Sarasota? The Gulf Coast is full of year-round fun for all! Keep reading for Sarasota’s top 5 winter adventures.  Englewood Pioneer Days Festival Oct. 12 – Nov 3 This historic festival will be one for the books! Englewood Pioneer Days takes place in Florida’s secret slice of paradise, Englewood. This festival is a celebration of Englewood’s history and has endless events full of fun for the whole family. Featuring car shows, historic tours, boat races, food trucks, and much more! Sarasota Country Music Festival Nov. 1-3 Are you a lover of country and southern comfort? Sarasota Country Music Festival is the place for you! Featuring a variety of genres, including Bluegrass, Cajun, Zydeco, and Blues, this festival is truly a unique experience. Peruse the various creative booths available while enjoying some delicious BBQ at this authentic Southern event! Sarasota Medieval Fair Nov. 9-Dec. 1  Sarasota Medieval Fair promises a day full of entertainment for all. View the armored knights wielding their lances...
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Seashell Season in Sarasota: Part 1

Seashell Season in Sarasota: Part 1

Seashell Season in Sarasota: Part 1 There’s no end of amazing discoveries to be made in Sunny Sarasota! Are you looking for some of the best shelling spots in Sarasota? Keep reading to find your unique vacation souvenir!    One of my most treasured memories as a child was diving for sand dollars in Sarasota! Every evening, my siblings and I would run down to the beach and scatter everywhere, searching for the best shell to bring in. The crowning jewel of these shells was the sand dollar. I had many unforgettable memories, diving under the tropical waters for hours, all for the famed sand dollar. I never did find one of my own! My older sister had a knack for it - everytime she dove under, she would come up with another pristine sand dollar. Of all my childhood memories, shell searching in Sarasota was my favorite pastime.    Seashells are some of the oldest inhabitants of the earth, and a prized treasure! While...
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Vacation Savings: Sarasota Big Pass

Vacation Savings: Sarasota Big Pass

Vacation Savings: Sarasota Big Pass Are you preparing for your Sarasota vacation this September and looking for the hottest deals? Consider purchasing a Sarasota Big Pass for the best vacation yet! See below all of the ways you can use your Sarasota Big Pass to explore this season.  What you need to know about the Sarasota Big Pass: The Sarasota Big Pass offers many opportunities for more fun on your vacation this fall! A limited-time deal, this pass has three different categories to explore Sarasota with: Buy One Get One Free! 25% Off $5 Discounts   See the Sarasota Big Pass site here for more information about deals around Sarasota!   Sarasota Big Pass: BIG savings on your vacation! This limited-time discount program is able to be used at participating local Sarasota businesses. Your pass is good  for one discount per person, per transaction - and here’s the best part: you can redeem your deals as many times as you’d like! Found a favorite restaurant or local fun spot? With the...
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Sarasota’s Best Vegan Dining

Sarasota’s Best Vegan Dining

Sarasota’s Best Vegan DiningSarasota has endless adventures in store for all! Were you looking for vegan-friendly places to dine on your vacation? Complete your Sarasota itinerary at some of these fantastic vegan restaurants below!  Lemon Tree KitchenLocated in Downtown Sarasota, you will find Lemon Tree Kitchen, a spot where you can grab a delicious bite no matter your diet. Featuring many different small dishes, such as raw Pad Thai Spring Rolls, Vegan Tartare, and Wood-Grilled Cauliflower Steak, this little slice of heaven will leave you craving more! LilaLila’s motto is all about eating clean! Most of their menu items are vegan or vegetarian. They are so dedicated to their food, they’ve taken precautions to ensure any meals with animal products are made on a different surface than the vegan dishes. Be sure to check out their daily specials! ShoreStop by Shore for unforgettable food in a relaxing atmosphere. You can choose either indoor or outdoor dining for a full tropical experience. While they...
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Explore Sarasota’s Art Culture: Part 3

Explore Sarasota’s Art Culture: Part 3

Sarasota is well known as Florida’s Cultural Coast, due to the plethora of live shows, art galleries, and more. Explore Sarasota’s art community at one of the many beach retreats below!  Fine Art The RinglingThis 66-acre waterfront paradise is the heart of Sarasota culture. Originally the estate of John and Mable Ringling, The Ringling art museum is a spectacular sight that can’t be missed! Regardless of your art preference, there’s something for all at The Ringling. From timeless art collections to contemporary work, gorgeous gardens, historic tours and more, The Ringling is a must-see on your Sarasota vacation! Ringling College of Art + DesignHave you been looking for budget-friendly activities to complete your vacation checklist? Just south of The Ringling, you will find the Ringling College of Art and Design, a creative corner for developing artists. The campus features galleries that include the student work as well as professional artists around the globe - free of charge! View the raw artistic beauty that...
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Explore Sarasota’s Art Culture: Part 2

Explore Sarasota’s Art Culture: Part 2

Explore Sarasota’s Art Culture: Part 2Sarasota is well known as Florida’s Cultural Coast, due to the plethora of live shows, art galleries, and more. Explore Sarasota’s art community at one of the many beach retreats below!  Night on the town: dance performancesSarasota BalletIf you were searching for an unforgettable performance, Sarasota Ballet is the place to go! Sarasota Ballet stands apart for being the only professional ballet company on the Gulf Coast. But that’s not all! Revered by The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, this breathtaking ballet features some of the most famous choreographers across the globe.Sarasota Cuban Ballet SchoolSarasota Ballet has a great influence over Florida culture! Next up is Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, who’s roots formed from Sarasota Ballet. Created by two former Sarasota Ballet dancers, this is a unique experience. Their focus is teaching Cuban style, known for strength, devotion, and poise. Many of their students continue their dancing careers at major...
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Explore Sarasota’s Art Culture: Part 1

Explore Sarasota’s Art Culture: Part 1

Explore Sarasota’s Art Culture: Part 1Sarasota is well known as Florida’s Cultural Coast, due to the plethora of live shows, art galleries, and more. Explore Sarasota’s art community at one of the many beach retreats below!  Live PerformancesTheatre ShowsAsolo Repertory TheatreSarasota is home to some of the best theater spots in Florida! Located next to The Ringling, The Asolo Repertory Theatre is known around town for the creative and inspiring shows. One of the largest nonprofits in the county, this theater has been a starting point for many famous Broadway actors.  Florida Studio TheatreLocated in the middle of downtown Sarasota, Florida Studio Theatre is a local favorite contemporary theater. Featuring five different stages, this theater offers a unique combination of shows to enjoy, from improv comedies to brilliant musicals. There’s a show for everyone to enjoy here! Westcoast Black Theatre TroupeLocated a few blocks from downtown, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is one of the only two professional black theater companies in Florida....
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Sarasota Memories: How to Take The Perfect Family Portrait

Sarasota Memories: How to Take The Perfect Family Portrait

Sarasota Memories: How to Take The Perfect Family PortraitIf you’ve been searching for tips on how to get the perfect family picture without a professional, look no further! See below for some photography tips to help you get that album-worthy family photo. Timing is Key!Finding the right timing for your family photo is the key for getting the best shot. Sarasota beaches have some of the most pristine sunsets in Florida; but that’s not when you want to take your family portrait. The best time to shoot? The “golden hour” is what you want to aim for; about 45 minutes after sunrise or prior to sunset. There is a very slim window of time when the light will be ideal, so be ready! Location, location, location!Location is another key factor you will want to include in your family photo. A unique location in your background that has a special memory associated with it can make the entire shot! Not sure where to...
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Summer in Sarasota: A Complete Vacation Guide Part 3

Summer in Sarasota: A Complete Vacation Guide Part 3

Summer in Sarasota: A Complete Vacation Guide Part 3There’s no place like Sarasota in the summertime! Seas the day in sunny Sarasota with the hottest events of this August. Read below for the complete guide to a beachin’ vacation!  August EventsVenice Cabaret FestivalJuly 12 - August 25 Enjoy an evening on the town with Venice Theatre’s riveting Cabaret Festival performances this August! Originally opened in 1950, the Venice Theatre is a frequent favorite of Sarasota locals and visitors alike. Recognized as the largest community theatre in the United States, Venice Theatre brings you the 7th annual Cabaret Festival, featuring many different acts from top performers. Shark DaysAugust 4-10 Head over to Mote Marine Aquarium for Shark Days, starting August 4th! This fin-tastic shark frenzy is going to be full of fun activities and family-friendly events. Learn all about Sarasota’s shark population while getting a unique perspective on these jawsome aquatic creatures!Sarasota Slam Fishing TournamentAugust 8-10Get ready for a reel good time at Sarasota Slam...
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