A trip to Sarasota, FL guarantees plenty of fun in the sun on its pristine beaches. After relaxing, you can get out and enjoy nature, culture and activities for the kids. There is something for everyone here, so book a room with Choice Hotels in Sarasota, FL, where you will be close to all the action.
When you arrive, check out these popular attractions:
Tour the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which sits on 66 acres and houses 20 art and antique galleries. The museum focuses on art from Europe, Asia and America, along with traveling exhibits and a tribute to the circus, where visitors become educated about circus life.
On the same grounds is the Ca d'Zan Mansion, former home of the Ringling family. This 36,000 square-foot Italian Gothic mansion sits at the edge of Sarasota Bay and has magnificent designs and furnishings of the 1920s. Films, presentations and unique collections portray the Ringling's circus days.
Nature enthusiasts can stroll through the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. This serene tropical paradise lets you view more than 6,000 orchids, native foliage and Florida's famous century-old Banyan trees. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at the '20s-era Mediterranean Revival-style home of William and Marie Selby.
Get some exercise by walking, biking or jogging along the Legacy Trail. This trail runs 10 miles in length from the South end of Sarasota to the town of Venice, following the former CSX railroad corridor.
Cat lovers must see the Cat Depot. It is a one-of-a-kind no-kill shelter for cats where the cats await adoption. However, tourists can interact with the animals in their free-roaming suites. Informative and educational lectures are ongoing, and their gift store is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir for your cat at home.
Get up-close and personal with sea life at the Mote Marine Aquarium. This marine laboratory has been doing research since 1955, specializing in public programs for all ages. Mesmerize the kids with all the interactive exhibits, and then take a boat tour along the bay waters.
Finally, wind down for the evening in your tranquil hotel room. Sarasota, Florida promises to be a perfect family vacation spot.
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