Located on the southwest coast of Florida, Sarasota is known for its artsy museums, verdant gardens, golf courses as also for an array of romantic restaurants that line up at the beaches and local markets here. Tourism contributes a great deal to the economy of Sarasota, hence, making it place of many tourist attractions.
Tourist Attractions in SarasotaThe most popular tourist attraction in Sarasota is John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art boasting European paintings, Cypriot antiquities as well as Asian American and contemporary art. The museum is divided in 21 galleries and has over 10,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, decorative arts and more. Sarasota Orchestra is another very famous tourist attraction, and lures many visitors to its 3-week long Sarasota Music Festival. One cannot leave Sarasota without visiting the neighbouring, and award-winning Siesta Beach, popular for its white and fine sands which are 99% pure quartz and feel extremely soft on feet. A great place for families and couples to enjoy watersports and some quiet time by the beach, Siesta Beach is considered one of the most stunning beaches in the world. One for the lovers of marine life, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the marine life conservation and research. The Mote Marine Life Aquarium displays as many as 100 marine species including sharks, manatees, sea turtles, jellyfish and more. Other popular tourist attractions in Sarasota include Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota Jungle Gardens as well as South Florida Museum
Shopping in SarasotaOwing to its many beautiful boutique shops, Sarasota is also a great place for shopping during holiday. With stores like Forever 21 and Aldo, Westfield Sarasota Square is the hub of shopping for the young and fashionable. For high end shopping, St Armand's Circle is the place to be. With its sophisticated stores Little Bo-Tique, Foxy Lady, The Met and Addison Craig as well as trendy ice-cream parlours, St Armand's Circle manages to impress its visitors. The other great places to shop in Sarasota are Westfield South Gate, the University Center as well as Ellenton Premium Outlets known for their bargain shopping opportunity.