Sarasota County Florida

There's something for everyone in the Sarasota area, long known for its cultural offerings. It's here that John Ringling built his Venetian-styled mansion and housed his priceless 17th-century Baroque art collection. Elsewhere in town, a ballet company, an opera company, a symphony orchestra, an arts cinema, numerous theaters, and galleries round out a diverse cultural scene.

Venice offers small town charm in its Main Street shopping district (Venice Avenue) along with good shelling and prehistoric sharks' teeth on area beaches.

Sarasota exudes an air of relaxed sophistication. Long considered the cultural capital of Florida, the Ringlings and other wealthy families made Sarasota their winter playground, imparting the legacy of the arts early on. This fair city soon became a haven for artists, thespians and musicians. The powder white sands of the keys attracted more visitors and they soon developed into rustic, laid-back beach communities.

Beautiful Siesta Key on the Gulf of Mexico is blessed with wonderful beaches, including Crescent Beach, rated as having the "World's Finest, Whitest Sand" in the Great International Sand Challenge.

One of the few cities on Florida's West Coast without a barrier island, the soft white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico form the western boundary of Venice. Fourteen miles (22.5 km) of beaches from Casey Key to Manasota Key offer unparalleled recreational opportunities including swimming, sunbathing, fishing and boating. Shelling is also a favorite pastime, and fossilized shark teeth can be found in abundance by sifting through the sand.

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Nokomis Florida- The Sarasota County unincorporated town of Nokomis sits north of Venice and south of Osprey. It includes Nokomis Beach, at the south end of exclusive Casey Key. In addition to the attractions in nearby Sarasota, Nokomis offers lovely Gulf beaches and fishing for visitors.

Sarasota Florida- Walk world-famous beaches and soak up arts and culture in Sarasota. A must-see is the John and Mable Ringling Museum and Ca' d'Zan Mansion, situated on peaceful Sarasota Bay. There are several islands off the coast here, including Siesta Key's top-ranked beach, St Armands Circle, Lido Key and Longboat Key

Venice Florida- Best kept secrets in all of Florida? Venice is known as the sharks tooth capitol of the world where fossilized specimens constantly wash ashore. Historic downtown is resplendent in Northern Italian architecture with an elegant, carefree village atmosphere just blocks away from miles of free sandy beaches. The other side of town finds the Old Florida scenery of the Tropical Myakka River.
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Mote Marine Labs
Mote Marine Laboratory
A leader in marine research since 1955, Mote is an independent nonprofit with seven centers for marine research. The public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializes in public programs for all ages.
Ringling Museum of Art
Ringling Museum of Art
The Museum of Art, built by John Ringling to house his personal collection of masterpieces, today features paintings and sculptures by the great Old Masters including Rubens, van Dyck, Velázquez, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, El Greco, Gainsborough and more.
Warm Mineral Springs
Warm Mineral Springs
Once believed to be the fountain of youth, Warm Mineral Springs is the southernmost and warmest major spring in Florida, with a nearly constant water temperature of 87 F. This naturally warm unique spring is surrounded by an 81-acre private resort and day spa.

Siesta Key
On Siesta Public Beach, visitors will find tennis courts, along with volleyball nets. When they’re not tossing a Frisbee around, Sarasota teens and families are often challenging one another in a fun game of beach volleyball.
Crescent Beach has the same soft Siesta sand and spectacular view, but provides its visitors with some often-coveted peace and quiet. It is located just south of the public beach, so it is a short walk to your private escape. You’ll find Point of Rocks at the beach’s end—it is often called the non-private private beach for good reason.
Turtle Beach is at the southernmost end of the key. Families love Turtle Beach for its picnicking areas and playground, though fishing is popular nearby and boats often leave from the Turtle Marina.

Casey Key
Casey Key is known for its privacy, olden-day Florida vibe and its most famous resident, author Stephen King. However, the beaches are also shining stars.
North Jetty Park has it all—a snack bar, lifeguards, fishing, horseshoe courts and a beautiful view.
Nokomis Beach has lifeguards and a snack bar, as well, in addition to boat ramps and dune walkovers.

Venice Beach is world famous for the sharks' teeth you’ll find along its shores. Divers love the beach for its coral reef, but visitors and locals alike enjoy the slower pace of South County, as well as the beautiful view.
Caspersen Beach is the longest beach in all of Sarasota County. It is perhaps the most secluded beach in the county; charming due to the fact that it is entirely natural and unaltered. You’ll also find sharks' teeth on this beach—it is home to the annual Shark's Tooth Festival.
Brohard Paw Park is a dog-friendly beach—always popular among visitors toting their pets along. Dog drinking fountains, dog showers and leash posts are just a few of the amenities. Dogs can also roam free in the nearby beach area. It’s fun for the owners, too.

Manasota Key
Manasota Beach is a gem—often deserted and incredibly beautiful. There is a boat ramp on the bay side, as well as picnic tables. It’s the perfect place to get away.
Blind Pass Beach has a nature trail with dunes, so it’s ideal for a walk on the beach. The quiet beach also has picnic tables.
Englewood Beach is the most popular on Manasota Key, so it lacks free parking, but it is still very affordable—just a quarter an hour during the day. There is a picnicking area, as well.
Stump Pass Beach is relatively unknown—on the southernmost end of Manasota, you’ll find its frequently empty sands, beautiful view and old Florida feel.

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