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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Things You Can't Miss
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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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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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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