Sarasota Local Points of Interest
Airports & Transportation
Sarasota Bradenton International (SRQ)
Sarasota Bradenton International serves over one million passengers a year as a gateway to the southwest Gulf coast of Florida. Major domestic and commuter airlines provide daily scheduled service, as do seasonal international and domestic charter carriers. Our user-friendly terminal and attractively maintained surroundings exemplify the best of Florida, offering a comfortable, secure and stress-free atmosphere. Airline ticketing, baggage claim, and other services are steps away from the main concourse and the commuter gates. Both the short and long-term parking lots are adjacent to the main terminal. Whether you are arriving or departing for pleasure, business, or both, thank you for choosing us!
Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Tampa International Airport is an award winning facility due to its unique architectural design and travel friendly functionality. Located minutes from both the Westshore and downtown business districts, the corporate traveler can enjoy easy accessibility to many desired destinations.
St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE)
Centrally located between the metropolitan areas of Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Tampa, our location provides a unique advantage. When you fly to PIE, you’re right in the heart of Tampa Bay—just a quick drive whether you’re headed to Tampa, St. Petersburg, or Clearwater. The airport is a breeze for coming and going, for travel that truly feels like part of your vacation.
Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
Certified for operation in May 1983; has grown to be one of the top 50 airports for passenger traffic in the United States. A new state-of-the-art terminal opened in 2005 and was designed with today’s traveler in mind and tomorrow’s opportunities in view. RSW served more than 7.6 million passengers in 2013, and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. Today, 17 airline partners serve RSW with nonstop service throughout North America and international service to Canada and Germany. With flights to major gateways like Atlanta, Chicago, New York and more, travelers have access to convenient connections worldwide.
AAA American Luxury Car Service
Our service coverage area is the entire state of Florida, however we currently specialize in the Southwest Florida region. Whether you’re traveling to Tampa International (TIA), Sarasota Airport (SRQ), St. Petersburg (PIE), Fort Myers Airport (RSW), Orlando International Airport (MCO) or Punta Gorda (PGD), we can handle all of your airport transportation needs.
Arts & Entertainment
The Florida Studio Theatre
FST produces world premieres and contemporary works which have been produced on or off-Broadway within the last five years. By focusing on the works of contemporary writers, FST has been able to offer plays to its audiences that are not normally produced by other area theatres. FST is comprised of six main programs: Mainstage, Cabaret, Stage III, Touring (In the schools), Education and New Play Development.
The Asolo Theatre Company
The Asolo Theatre Company is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to produce and present high quality professional theatre in a fiscally responsible manner for its community. The Asolo performs primarily in a rotating repertory with a resident company to celebrate the actor-artist, to attract regional, national and international audiences and to provide a training ground for FSU graduate students. The Asolo is dedicated to work which moves, enlightens, entertains and educates individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
The Mahaffey Theater
A magnificent performing arts center, the Mahaffey Theater for the Performing Arts has a seating capacity of 2,000 with a backstage area, fly system, European Style boxes, handicap access and 8 dressing rooms. Considered one of the most beautiful rooms in central Florida, the Mahaffey Theater is host to the Florida Orchestra, Broadway entertainment and contemporary performers.
Selby Art Gallery
Distinguished as Sarasota’s premier gallery for contemporary visual arts, Ringling School’s Selby Gallery is a professional on-campus exhibition space that serves as both a center of learning and hub of extracurricular activity. The 3,000-square-foot Gallery presents major exhibitions by nationally and internationally celebrated artists, designers, illustrators and photographers from diverse cultural backgrounds and eras.
Ringling Museum of Art
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which is affiliated with Florida State University, is the largest museum/university complex in the nation. The 66-acre estate is the legacy of John Ringling (1866-1936), one of the great business tycoons of his day. The Museum of Art, recognized as the state art museum of Florida, includes 21 galleries of internationally recognized European and American art with paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Poussin and other baroque masters. In addition, the estate encompasses Cà d’Zan, the recently restored 32-room Ringling mansion; the Circus Museum; the Original Asolo theater; the Rose Garden and beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay.
Sarasota Opera House
Sarasota Opera produces outstanding opera true to the vision of the composer to entertain, enrich, and educate our communities, as well as patrons from across the state and around the world. The Sarasota Opera is an internationally respected producer of the highest quality professional opera. It fosters artistic excellence, diversity, and vitality in the Sarasota area.
The Salvador Dali Museum is the permanent home of the world’s most comprehensive collection of the renowned Spanish artist’s work. Compiled by the A. Reynolds Morse and Eleanor Morse over a 45-year period, it is celebrated for its 95 oil paintings, and features excellent examples from Dali’s four major periods.
Florida West Coast Symphony
Established in 1949 and now presenting a 37-week season, the Florida West Coast Symphony is the oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida. The orchestra has twice been ranked first among all major Florida musical organizations by the Florida Arts Council’s Cultural Institutions program.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Set along Sarasota’s beautiful bayfront, the landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been entertaining audiences with a variety of music, dance, theater and comedy for more than 33 years.
Founded in 1960 as a private college for academically talented students, New College became a public college in 1975 through a merger with the State of Florida System which resulted in its affiliation with the University of South Florida. Today, as the state’s independent honors college, New College of Florida retains its distinctive academic program and high standards which make it a college of choice for students who can manage the freedom and responsibility of designing their own education.
University of South Florida
With 41,000 students from all 50 states and over 100 countries, USF awards more than 4,900 bachelor’s degrees and 1,900 master’s degrees annually on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Manatee and Lakeland. The University confers more than 150 doctorates in 31 fields, and more than 90 Doctor of Medicine degrees a year. In its short history, USF has awarded more than 200,000 degrees.
Ringling College of Art & Design
Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree [BFA] in six disciplines: Computer Animation, Fine Arts, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, and Photography & Digital Imaging. Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 35-acre campus now includes 69 buildings, and attracts more than 1,000 students from 46 states and 33 foreign countries.
State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota
SCF is a dynamic College dedicated to meeting the educational and workforce training needs of citizens and businesses in the region. SCF has expanded its mission to include workforce baccalaureate degrees while continuing to focus on highly respected associate degrees that prepare graduates for university transfer and professional careers.
Have you been looking at colleges in Sarasota, Florida? If you’re interested in obtaining a career-focused education in a growing field, such as Business, Criminal Justice or Nursing, learn more about Keiser University. Not all Sarasota colleges are created equal – at Keiser University, students come first!
Hospitals/ Medical Centers
Dattoli Cancer Center
There is only one thing we do at Dattoli Cancer Center: we provide each patient who entrusts his care to us the highest level of personal attention possible, while creating and delivering a uniquely individualized treatment plan to defeat his cancer and preserve his quality of life. As our logo says, we are “dedicated to life.”
Blake Medical Center
Blake Medical Center is a 383-bed, acute-care, full service medical center and a leading provider of quality, affordable health care. Blake Medical Center has been named one of the top 100 hospitals in America.
All Childrens Hospital
All Children’s Hospital, located in St. Petersburg, Florida is a regional referral center for children with some of the most challenging medical problems. More than 140 pediatric specialists and subspecialists keep All Children’s Hospital at the forefront of treatment, teaching and research.
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, the hospital centered on your care, opened September 1, 2004. LWRMC offers patient-focused medicine and is equipped with advanced technology. Located just two miles from I-75 and bridging Manatee and Sarasota counties, this new, 120-bed acute care hospital has an extensive system of fully-integrated inpatient and outpatient services that share a single purpose—to provide compassionate, quality patient care. Patients have access to a medical staff of over 300 physicians and allied health professionals with a comprehensive range of specialties who use technological advances in medicine.
Manatee Memorial Hospital
Manatee Memorial Hospital has served the families of Manatee County for over 52 years. The 319-bed acute care facility is owned and operated by Universal Health Services, Inc., one of the largest and highly respected hospital management companies. With over 350 physicians on staff, complemented by associates and consultants, patients have access to a broad range of specialties ranging from family medicine to vascular surgery.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Sarasota Memorial is proud to be a community-owned hospital. World-class radiology, technology and expertise in heart & vascular care, cancer care, stroke, orthopedics, neurosciences, outpatient care centers and women & children’s specialties draw the top physicians and the best and brightest caregivers.
Waves Boat & Social Club
Waves Boat & Social Club is southwest Florida’s premier boating club! With 5 locations spanning Englewood, Venice, Sarasota & Bradenton, and over 22 years of experience in the boating industry, Waves Boat and Social Club provides an affordable and hassle-free alternative to owning or renting a boat.
Nate Benderson Park – Proud Home of the 2017 World Rowing Championships
Situated just west of Interstate 75 in tropically beautiful Sarasota, Florida, Nathan Benderson Park is a unique 600-acre community park providing the public access to a picturesque 500-acre lake and an exciting world of recreational pursuits. Nathan Benderson Park is home to a range of international championships as well as a host of recreational activities for anyone who enjoys the outdoors – from dragon boat, canoe and kayak races to triathlon and cross-country events, 5- and 10k runs, wakeboarding, corporate training events and more. The community park is also conveniently located immediately adjacent to University Town Center – Southwest Florida’s newest shopping, dining and entertainment destination.
Sarasota Kennel Club
Live Championship Greyhound Racing
One Eyed Jack’s Poker Room
One-Eyed Jack’s is a state-of-the-art poker room located on the second floor of the Sarasota Kennel Club. We are currently offering live action cash games, single table tournaments, and multi-table tournaments with the best poker dealers and friendliest floor staff!
Adventure Island’s 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun features the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. Within a soothing Key West atmosphere awaits an unrivaled blend of slides, corkscrews, water falls, a wave pool, children’s water playground and other family attractions such as outdoor cafes, picnic and sunbathing areas, gift shops, arcades and a championship white-sand volleyball complex.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens Zoo
Draped with exotic plants and native wildlife, the area’s only zoological park offers fun in a natural environment. Kids love the animal farm at the Kiddie Jungle, where they’ll also find a tree house, tiger swings and a jungle playground.
Mote Marine Aquarium
The 135,000-gallon shark tank at Mote Marine Aquarium lets you view its inhabitants from above and below the water’s surface. Additional tanks show off sharks, rays, and other marine creatures native to the area.
Busch Gardens is the ultimate family adventure park offering an array of fascinating attractions based on exotic encounters with the African continent. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country’s premier zoos featuring more than 2,700 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens provides unrivaled “real” excitement for guests of every age.
Shopping & Retail
The Mall at University Town Center
Located at I-75 and University Parkway, this world-class fashion and dining destination features approximately 880,000 square feet of retail space with Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Dillard’s and more than 100 stores and restaurants in addition to many distinctive retailers not found anywhere else in the local area, offering a diverse mix of fashion and lifestyle retailers, popular favorites, sit-down restaurants and a children’s play area.
Carats Fine Jewelry & Watches
We know that when it comes to any of your fine jewelry needs there are many jewelry stores to choose from in the greater Sarasota, FL area. What sets us apart at Carats Fine Jewelry & Watches, and what will make us part of your family, is our extensive collection of jewelry, ranging from the latest styles in diamonds and gold jewelry to the traditional looks of exquisite bridal and wedding jewelry, our professional and personable staff ready to assist you with all of your need and the wide array of services that we offer, as well.
St Armands Circle
Superb exclusive shops, galleries, exotic boutiques, sophisticated restaurants and nightlife all located on St. Armand’s Circle.
Westfield Sarasota Square
A $50 Million Revitalization at Westfield Sarasota Square. The $50 million reinvestment will bring a “different, better and special” experience to shoppers by incorporating its “Hy-Style” approach — combining the best of traditional retail with innovative elements in a more modernized and engaging, indoor-outdoor setting. With a brand new state of the art AMC 12 theatre, new food court, new specialty shops, full interior renovation and enhanced amenities, Westfield Sarasota Square will be a premier destination for entertainment, shopping and dining.
Westfield Southgate Mall
Acquired by Westfield in 2003, Westfield Southgate is the leading regional shopping center serving the Sarasota, Florida market region. It is anchored by Macy’s, Dillard’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, with 48 in-line mall shops and kiosks.
Ellenton Prime Outlets
With some of the most impressive brand name stores of any outlet center in the country, Prime Outlets at Ellenton is a must for shoppers seeking top quality at great prices. Plus, the Caribbean village-style architecture and tropical landscaping contribute to a great shopping experience. Tampa/St. Petersburg is 30 miles to the north and Sarasota is 20 miles south.
The Rays at Tropicana
Tropicana Field located in downtown St. Petersburg is proud to be the home of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays.
Ed Smith Sport Complex
Ed Smith Stadium opened in 1989 in time for the Chicago White Sox’ spring training, replacing old Payne Park. This 53-acre site maintains a national reputation as a premier baseball facility in the State of Florida and continues to be the mecca of baseball activity in the area. Now the Spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles since 1998 local residents and visitors from across the country and Canada have a chance to catch the action of their favorite teams and players in the relaxed atmosphere of beautiful Sarasota.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium
Each fall Raymond James comes to life as Tampa’s NFL team the Buccaneer’s come to play.
The Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum
In additon to being the home of the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning, the St. Pete Times Forum hosts more than 150 events annually, including concerts, family events, ice shows, the circus and indoor sports.