• MustDo.com | Sarasota, Florida family fun attractions and things to do include a visit to Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman.
  • MustDo.com | The citrus packing room at Historic Spanish Point. Sarasota, Florida family fun attractions. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman.

Must Do Tourist Attractions in the Sarasota Area

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Lively arts, extraordinary history, and interactive exhibits and shows provide one-of-a-kind opportunities to explore, learn, and be entertained at Sarasota, Florida area attractions.

Gardens, museums, an aquarium, zoo, and animal sanctuaries provide hours of fun the entire family will enjoy. 

With a unique blend of history, entertainment, and interactive learning fun, there is something to entertain the entire family.

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Must Do Tourist Attractions in the Sarasota Area

The Ringling Museum of Art, formerly Sarasota, Florida's John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art was built by John-Ringling to house his personal collection of masterpieces, the museum features paintings and sculptures by European, American and Asian Old Masters, including Rubens, van Dyck, Gainsborough and more. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota

Houses One of The Finest Collections of Art in Florida The Ringling Museum of Art was built by John-Ringling to house his personal collection of masterpieces, the museum features paintings and sculptures by European, American, and Asian Old Masters, including Rubens, van Dyck, Gainsborough, and more. Admission to The Ringling Museum of Art and grounds are always FREE on Mondays! The Ringling's grounds and gardens are... Read More
Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria are the most rare and aristocratic breed of horses in the world. Take the rare opportunity to witness the beauty and grace of the magnificent Lipizzan Stallions performing their classical equestrian moves at their winter training home in Myakka City near Sarasota, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions in Florida

Winter Training Facility in Myakka City Royal Lipizzan Stallions of Austria are the most rare and aristocratic breed of horses in the world. Take the rare opportunity to witness the beauty and grace of the magnificent Lipizzan Stallions performing their classical equestrian moves at their winter training home in Myakka City. Read the featured blog article about Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions here! Herrmann's Royal... Read More
Discover Florida’s story from the prehistoric to the present with life-sized casts of Ice Age mammals and fossils at the South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Bishop Museum & Planetarium in Bradenton

Discover Florida’s story from the prehistoric to the present with life-sized casts of Ice Age mammals and fossils at the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. Explore The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature's many exhibits and discover why there were no dinosaurs in Florida. Learn about Florida's environment and its first... Read More
See and learn about exotic and endangered Siberian tigers, African lions, and rare White tigers at Sarasota's Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Also encounter bears, primates, birds, and other animals. Be entertained by the individual personalities of the animals during educational training demonstrations. There are a petting Zoo and special events throughout the year. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary in Sarasota

See and learn about exotic and endangered Siberian tigers, African lions, and rare White tigers at Sarasota's Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. Also encounter bears, primates, birds, and other animals. Be entertained by the individual personalities of the animals during educational training demonstrations. There is a petting zoo and special events throughout the year. Multi-year recipient of TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence.... Read More
Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy and Sculptur Garden Sarasota, Florida USA. Photo by Nita Ettinger. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy in Sarasota

Sarasota Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden Marietta Museum is dedicated to raising the importance of positive and whimsical art, the museum exhibits a diverse collection of quality art from classic to lighthearted and fun. Enjoy paintings, sculptures, and mixed media from more than 250 artists. Afterward, linger under the Museum's oak canopied gardens, and visit the enchanting sculpture garden to encounter a colorful menagerie among exotic... Read More
Exterior of the Sarasota Art Museum building

Sarasota Art Museum

Sarasota's first contemporary art museum is a dynamic center for exhibiting innovative and compelling visual art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College is a contemporary art museum (known as a kunsthalle, an art museum without a permanent collection).  The Sarasota Art Museum interweaves exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach... Read More
Historic Spanish Point was the first site in Sarasota County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Spanish Point offers leisurely walking tours of a 30-acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum located on Little Sarasota Bay in charming Osprey, Florida. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

Historic Spanish Point

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Historic Spanish Point Campus The first site in Sarasota County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Historic Spanish Point is now a companion campus of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens as of May 1, 2020. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Historic Spanish Point campus offers leisurely walking tours of a 30-acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum located on Little... Read More
Art Center Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida is a community art center with exhibition galleries, a sculpture garden, adult and kids art classes, programs, and workshops. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com.

Art Center Sarasota

National and local artists present their paintings, pottery, sculpture, and more in the three galleries at this downtown Sarasota, Florida community art center. Art Center Sarasota's four galleries offer an ever-changing display of artworks including some by emerging artists. Art demonstrations, special events and educational programs including lectures, art classes, and workshops are offered throughout the year. Art Center Sarasota also features... Read More
Mote Marine Aquarium Sarasota, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, located in Sarasota, Florida features more than 100 species of marine life and various exhibits such as touch pools for stingrays & a giant 135,000-gallon shark habitat! Get $1.00 Off Admission with a coupon at the bottom of this page! Some resident species you can find in Mote Aquarium include manatees, sea turtles, river otters, and more. Mote Aquarium... Read More
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida, USA. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota

This downtown Sarasota Bay bayfront property in an open-air and under-glass botanical garden featuring more than 20,000 colorful and exotic plants. The overall gardens and greenhouses at Selby occupy approximately 11 acres while the entire campus setting is comprised of 16 acres. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens downtown Sarasota campus features an outdoor butterfly garden, bromeliad garden, bamboo garden, epiphyte garden, fern garden, a mangrove... Read More