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Victoria from Riga asked

Things to see in Sarasota, Florida, and around?

What are the places to visit when on vacation in Sarasota during fall? Traveling with gourmet friends in early 30s, open to any suggestions though.

What are most beautiful spots for taking pictures?

If the place is amazing, I can drive for hours to see it)

Would also appreciate if you share some great restaurants in the area.

Sarasota (Florida)

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top answer by
Deirdre from United Kingdom

Hi there, you are in for a treat. 

As with all places in Florida -a car is a must, to properly soak in the off the beaten track locations. 

Around Sarasota - Siesta Key Beach 

Further afield- Sharky's On The Pier on the pier in Venice, lovely beachside location for sunset cocktails, relaxed vibe & tasty nibbles  

Recreation - St. Petersburg Beach area, Fort De Soto State Park or Honeymoon Island State Park for fishing/ cycling  

Probably bit far north but best kayaking I've experienced in Florida is Weeki Wachee Springs

In warm water, with manatees to be seen in their  

Natural environment & lovely spots to swim in fresh waters  

Hope these help. Have a wonderful trip -D

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Thank you so much Deirdre! Do you have favorite restaurants in the area?

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Siesta Key Beach (attraction)
  2. Sharky's On The Pier (restaurant)
  3. St. Petersburg Beach (attraction)
  4. Fort De Soto State Park (attraction)
  5. Honeymoon Island State Park (attraction)
  6. Weeki Wachee Springs (attraction)
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Jen from Los Angeles

Any sunset while on any of the Sarasota keys (Siesta KeyLido Key, Longboat Key (Florida)) will be a beautiful backdrop for taking photos.  Siesta has the best sand.  

Some of the attractions (which may also double as good photo ops) are the grounds near the water outside John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art (which is right next to the SRQ airport), Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, or Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.  The courthouse has some cool old Spanish architecture too.   

There are beach bum bars (Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar) and Beach Club) and good food on both Siesta (eat here siesta key) and Lido on St. Armands Circle (Tommy Bahama has a good outside upstairs patio but the food is just ok; Columbia Restaurant can be a good eating experience outside), with some hidden gems on Longboat too (see Euphemia Haye).  You can have more sophisticated drinks at the The Ritz Carlton on the patio or in their lounge, which is near the Ringling Bridge and the huge kissing sailor statue. Michael's On East is pricey but has live music and is good for a candlelit, wine buzz type of atmosphere.

You can check out a play Burns Court Cinema or a show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.  You'll probably miss the MLB teams that train in Sarasota and surrounding areas.  The circus is a famous attraction, but probably more for kids.

Be prepared for lots of old people who can't drive, bugs and humidity.  Other than that, it can be a nice place to visit. Enjoy!

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Jen, thank you so much for your time and amazing tips!

My favorite memory is of the sands, spent a week in a condo, one restrauant visit, the rest of time on the beach & in the water!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Siesta Key (city)
  2. Lido Key (attraction)
  3. Longboat Key (Florida) (attraction)
  4. John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art (attraction)
  5. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium (attraction)
  6. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (attraction)
  7. Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar (restaurant)
  8. Beach Club (attraction)
  9. eat here siesta key (restaurant)
  10. St. Armands Circle (attraction)
  11. Tommy Bahama (restaurant)
  12. Columbia Restaurant (restaurant)
  13. Euphemia Haye (restaurant)
  14. The Ritz Carlton (hotel)
  15. Ringling Bridge (attraction)
  16. Michael's On East (restaurant)
  17. Burns Court Cinema (attraction)
  18. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (attraction)
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