Things to Do in Sarasota
Located in Sarasota’s vibrant arts district, The Westin Sarasota puts guests in close proximity to the top things to do in Sarasota, including the city’s best theaters, arts, and beaches. Just 10 minutes from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), The Westin Sarasota also offers proximity to downtown Sarasota, the offices of area businesses, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and several university campuses.
Sarasota is famous for its Gulf Coast beaches and its clear waters. Our resort is across the street from Sarasota Bay and within walking distance to the marina, fishing spots, and watersports. Lido Key, St. Armands Key, and other beautiful islands known for their beaches, shopping and dining scenes just a short drive away.
Arts & Culture
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
This performing arts hall is located directly on Sarasota Bay and offers music, dance, comedy, and theater performances throughout the year. The Van Wezel is also hosts performances by the Sarasota Orchestra and the Sarasota Ballet.
FSU Ringling Center for the Cultural Arts
This center is home to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the state's official art museum. Visitors can also experience The Circus Museum, The Historic Asolo Theatre, Bayfront Gardens and the Ca' d'Zan Mansion, which is the Ringling's 56-room mansion on Sarasota Bay.
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
As the official state art museum for Florida, the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art offers twenty-one galleries of paintings, sculptures and other decorative arts from around the world. One of its most celebrated exhibits features 16th-20th-century European paintings, which includes a collection of paintings by Peter Paul Rubens.
Ed Smith Stadium
This baseball stadium is the Spring Training home of the Baltimore Orioles. Throughout the year the venue also hosts various events including high school and college baseball tournaments.
Mote Marine Aquarium
The Mote Marine Aquarium allows visitors to experience marine animals and fish up-close with two touch tanks and a large shark habitat. Visitors can also visit viewable working laboratories where they can observe the scientific research of the Mote Marine Laboratory.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of thousands of plants at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Housing the most diverse collection of epiphytes and orchids in the world, Selby has a conservatory, fern garden, bamboo garden, butterfly garden, and much more. Thanks to the year-round temperate weather in Sarasota, you can enjoy the Gardens all year long.
Blind Pass Beach Park
Blind Pass, also known as Middle Beach, offers almost 3,000 feet of gorgeous, pristine beach frontage as well as a beautiful trail through a mangrove forest on the bay side as well as a fishing dock.
Located on Lido Key, one half mile southwest of St. Armand's Circle, Lido Beach offers more than 3,000 feet of pristine white sand, a concession and gift shop, restrooms, picnic tables, and a pool.
Siesta Key is an 8-mile island offering pristine white-sand beaches and a variety of fun things to do in Sarasota, such as water sports, picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis, and volleyball courts.
Downtown Sarasota Main Street Shops
Stroll down Main Street and enjoy numerous art galleries, sidewalk cafes, restaurants, and shops.
St. Armand's Circle
St. Armand's Circle is a popular attraction located on Lido Key featuring elegant shops, galleries, nightlife, and world-class restaurants.
- Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
- Blind Pass Beach
- Ed Smith Stadium
- FSU Ringling Center for the Cultural Arts
- Lido Beach
- Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
- Mote Marine Aquarium
- Siesta Key
- St. Armand's Circle
- John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
- Downtown Sarasota