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Beach in Sarasota

Beach in Sarasota 

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Ca d'Zan Mansion

Ca d'Zan Mansion

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Trees in Sarasota

Trees in Sarasota

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Sarasota is a year-round destination and home to some of Florida's most affluent residents. Circus magnate John Ringling and his wife, Mable, started the city on the road to becoming one of the state's hotbeds for the arts. Today sporting and cultural events can be enjoyed anytime of the year, and there's a higher concentration of upscale shops, restaurants, and hotels here than in other parts of the Tampa Bay area. Across the water from Sarasota lie the barrier islands of Siesta Key and Lido Key, with myriad beaches, shops, hotels, condominiums, and houses.

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Can’t Join the Circus? See the Museum!
Can’t Join the Circus? See the Museum!

Walk the wire and squeeze into a clown car at the Ringling Museum of Art. There’s also a mansion and plenty of galleries with old masters and modern art.

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Dive In at the Mote Aquarium
Dive In at the Mote Aquarium

At the aquarium and world-renowned laboratory, watch researchers work, meet sea creatures in a touch tank and view the preserved body of a giant squid.

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A Castle Made From Junk
A Castle Made From Junk

Sculptor Howard Solomon built this 12,000-square-foot castle entirely out of scrap materials. Check out the beer-can chair and a coat-hanger unicorn.

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Spend a Perfect Day at Siesta Beach
Spend a Perfect Day at Siesta Beach

The sand squeaks under your feet. This gorgeous beach is easy to get to and has clean restrooms and a great concession stand. What else do you need?

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