Sarasota is a great destination for families. The city is home to many attraction parks and family friendly facilities. Visit some performing arts shows, go on street art crawl, or hang out and relax by the beach. Ensure your ultimate freedom of being able to go whenever and wherever you and your family want to go by renting a car.
Sarasota is a city on the southwestern coast of Florida. That means beaches and excellent weather, but the city is also known for its cultural facilities and institutions. Are you a performing arts enthusiast? You will love the city’s many theatres; some are even listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For one, there is the Sarasota Orchestra, which holds a three-week Sarasota Music Festival every year.
Also, you can also visit the old Italian Historic Asolo Theater, which was purchased by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, or the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall located on the bay front. These are just a few out of a range of performing art institutions to give you a little taste. To round off your culture fix, why not attend a performance by the Sarasota Ballet?
The Sarasota Chalk Festival is held annually and it became the first international street painting festival in the United States. Sarasota is also home to the ‘Going Vertical’ art project, which is ongoing throughout the year. This means that street art murals are spread throughout many sections of Sarasota as well as Manatee County. Drive around to spot the murals and take some pictures of these creative artworks.
A must do in Sarasota is the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. It is the state art museum of Florida. It also includes the circus museum, the mansion Cà d’Zan, which means “House of John” in Venetian, the rose garden, and the secret garden, where John and Mable Ringling and his sister Ida were buried.
Besides splendid art, Sarasota also has some nature and animals on offer. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens are great for a walk through the butterfly garden. If you are travelling with children, let them have a great time at the interactive Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden. Furthermore, the Sarasota Jungle Gardens is a family-oriented tourist attraction, and they have special shows during the holidays as well as during the summer. Local wildlife can be spotted at the Myakka River State Park.
While visiting the coast, you cannot skip a trip to the beach. Sarasota has some of the best beaches in the world. Make sure to take some time to check it out. Siesta Key Beaches were ranked at place six on National Geographic’s list of Top U.S. Family Beaches. On Caspersen beach and Venice beach you can, for instance, hunt for washed up sharks’ teeth. Nokomis Beach is popular for fishing and surfing. Lido Key’s beaches offer some of the most stunning views over the gulf and the bay.
Of course, you do not want to miss a thing on your trip to Sarasota. Renting a car gives you the freedom of driving around according to your own plan. Make your stay extra hassle-free with our low rates and rental car classes at Orbitz. Pick the car that suits your travel needs best, whether you are looking for a compact car or an SUV. Reserve your car online and pick it up from Sarasota-Bradenton Intl. Airport.