Eco Tourism, Wellness, Arts & Culture in Sarasota

Oil painting in the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota
Take a walk on the mild side – but delve into some fascinating history, culture and wildlife – on this carefully-crafted adventure into the eco-tourism side of Sarasota, Bradenton and the Gulf Coast. From your base in idyllic Longboat Key, you will travel both north and south to discover the very best of the local flora and fauna, as well as two of the best Spa experiences, a unique theatrical set-up, an airboat tour, and one of Florida’s secret gems, The Ringling Estate, which was the former home of circus magnate John Ringling and an amazing slice of American history.

Along the way, you will discover why this part of the Sunshine State has quietly become one of the must-see destinations along the beautiful Gulf Coast, and sample the growing foodie scene for which Sarasota is rapidly gaining a national reputation. It all adds up to a unique package that will ensure a memorable holiday in a wonderful part of the world.

Example 10 Day Itinerary for Sarasota Florida and Area

Day 1
  • Arrive at the Orlando International Airport
  • Drive to Sarasota, FL
  • Check-in at Zota Beach Resort, Longboat’s newest luxury beach resort
Day 2
  • Stroll down to the beach and enjoy the white sand beach and crystal clear water
  • Later join Around the Bend Tours for an unforgettable birdwatching experience
Day 3
  • Spend the morning at The Resort at Longboat Key Club Spa, an Opal Collection resort, indulging in the pleasures of personal wellbeing with a Day Package
  • Located in the heart of Downtown Sarasota, visit McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre and Humor Institute, a world-class showroom and exceptional comical talent awaits
Day 4
  • Discover over 200 native and exotic animals, nestled within 10 acres of lush tropical landscaping at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens
  • Head to historic St. Armads Circle, located in a tropical oasis and lined with boutiques and art galleries
  • As the evening approaches make your way to The Sarasota Opera House, on the scale of European opera houses, this establishment produces impressive and very intimate repertoire
Day 5
  • Discover wildlife at Myakka River State Park aboard a an air-powered vessel brought to you by Myakka Wildlife Tours
  • Following a full day of exploring, retreat to The Spa & Salon at The Ritz Carlton, where a personalized and unique wellness ritual awaits
Day 6
  • The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, The South Florida Museum is home to fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest mammals and marine species and much more
  • Rest
  • Watch and listen to an amazing story at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida’s premiere professional theatre and a center for theatrical excellence
Day 7
  • Explore the grounds of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, where you’ll find more than 28,000 works that represent Western and non-Western art from ancient periods, the European Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, and American art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
  • Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at the beach, embracing all the beauty of the Gulf
  • Dine at Viento Kitchen + Bar
Day 8
  • Visit Save Our Seabirds, home to over 120 birds in a beautiful three-acre Wild Bird Learning Center
  • Kayak, hike, walk or bike through the Robinson Preserve, home to 487 acres of coastal and wetland habitats
Day 9
  • Walk through the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens for a true horticulture experience
  • In Bradenton, take a ride on Mixon Fruit Farms’ “Orange Blossom” Express Train and explore the Orange Grove, Oasis and Koi Pond and their Wildlife Rescue Center
Day 10
  • Check out of the Zota Beach Resort
  • Drive to Orlando, FL
  • Depart from the Orlando International Airport


Photography by Taty2007. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.


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