Blessed with the world’s finest whitest beaches, Sarasota’s cosmopolitan appeal has garnered international recognition.
Once home to the Greatest Show on Earth, John Ringling became the catalyst for Sarasota’s notoriety as people from around the globe flocked to join his three ring show, back in 1927.
After traveling the world, John and his wife left the city a treasure-trove of art and architectural magnificence, including their bay-front Venetian style home – the Ca d’ Zan. The Ringling Museum of Art features a massive collection of Rubens as well as an important structural piece… “Skyspace” by artist James Turrell.
Every fall, the cultural season rekindles with the advent of Sarasota’s International Arts Festival. The Ringling Museum’s tranquil 66 acre waterfront comes alive with a full week of cutting-edge innovation… be it music, theatre, dance and the visual arts.
Also on the Ringling campus is the Asolo multi-theatre complex, home to one of the leading regional theatrical companies. The stages provide a season of classic and modern drama that include year round performances by Florida State University’s graduate theatre program.
Offering seven world class productions, The Sarasota Ballet of Florida performs from September through April while the Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Opera present their Winter Opera Festival with four fully staged operas from February through March.
The downtown’s waterfront is also the backdrop for Sarasota’s “Season of Sculpture” where global artists are reviewed and invited to join a select group each fall for a six month installation.
Beyond Sarasota’s rich culture there are over 10 area attractions, 1000 holes of golf, two state parks, superb fishing, boating, and a variety of nature outlets. Peak season begins in February and continues through Easter when reservations are absolutely necessary.
The value season begins June through September.