Explore All The Things to Do in Sarasota, Florida
Make your plans to discover all of the many things to do in this area when you stay at The Westin Sarasota. Located in Sarasota’s vibrant arts district, our contemporary hotel puts guests close to all of the best things to do, whether planning a weekend getaway, a family vacation or a romantic evening on the town. Just 10 minutes from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), The Westin Sarasota also offers easy access to downtown Sarasota, the offices of area businesses, Sarasota Memorial Hospital and several university campuses.
Sarasota, Florida 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. Take advantage of our convenient hotel shuttle to explore popular local attractions including St. Armand's Circle and the Ringling Museum.
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 also hosts performances by the Sarasota Orchestra and the Sarasota Ballet.
FSU Ringling Center for the Cultural Arts
Home to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Center is 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. Get your tickets to catch one of the MLB's favorite teams in action. Throughout the year, the venue also hosts various events including high school and college baseball tournaments.
Mote Marine Aquarium
A fun thing to do with the whole family, 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.
The boat basin at Island Park offers many choices for deep sea and other fishing charters. There are private fishing charters and group charters available at the marina. For those that prefer to stay on land, Steigerwaldt-Jockey Children's Fountain is a fun thing for kids to do from April until October, when they can run through the water and play to their heart's content.
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, such as water sports, picnic areas, playgrounds, tennis, and volleyball courts. Learn More
Downtown Sarasota Main Street Shops
Strolling through downtown is a "must" on your list of things to do while in Sarasota. Main Street features numerous art galleries, sidewalk cafes, restaurants, and shops. There are also nearby playgrounds and fun things to interest the kids.
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.