From art to classic cars there is a museum for every interest. Nature lovers will enjoy various options for exploring Florida's natural beauty through lush botanical gardens and local aquarium.
You’ll also find the area rich in history and culture. Discover a region that was once home to mastodons, saber-toothed tigers, Native Americans, Spanish explorers, pirates and early American settlers. There are plenty of chances to take a step back in time to see and learn how Native Americans and the early pioneers paved the way for the area to flourish. Full of extraordinary natural attractions, rich culture and wonderful entertainment, the Suncoast will leave you engaged and enriched.
The Sarasota area provides one-of-a-kind opportunities to explore history, arts and culture that can’t be found anywhere else. Sarasota has long been known as the winter home of the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, but the Ringling family’s role in Sarasota goes well beyond the circus.
John Ringling built the first causeway onto Lido Key and helped develop the lush St. Armand’s Circle into the world class shopping area it is today. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus isn’t the only show under the big top in the Suncoast either. Many circuses call Sarasota home, including the Royal Hanneford Circus, which is often referred to as the oldest name in circus.