Local Amenities

Places to Stay & Things to Do in beautiful Sarasota County


Hotels & Lodging

Hampton Inn - Bee Ridge Hotel

Hampton Inn Sarasota-I-75 Bee Ridge is located in the eastern business district of Sarasota off I-75, less than 10 miles from Siesta Key Beach. Their hotel in Sarasota offers free WiFi access, free hot breakfast, a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center and a 24-hour business center.

Visit their website for pricing and availability at: www.Hilton.com


Courtyard Marriott - University Park

This hotel in Sarasota, FL features a relaxing lakeside patio with fire pit, an outdoor heated pool with whirlpool and a well equipped fitness center with a 24-hour business center and boarding pass printer.

Visit their website for pricing and availability at: www.Marriott.com


Homewood Suites

A warm welcome waits for you at the Homewood Suites Sarasota, newly renovated in June 2014. Find the perfect base for short vacations and extended stay trips at this all-suite Sarasota, FL hotel, located close to I-75 and a short drive from downtown, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and world-class beaches. Enjoy their complimentary WiFi, full hot breakfast and complimentary evening social Monday through Thursday.

Visit their website for pricing and availability at: www.Hilton.com


Shopping

Mall at University Town Center

Located at I-75 and University Parkway, The Mall at UTC is a world-class fashion and dining destination that features approximately 880,000 square feet of retail space with Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Dillard's and more than 100 stores and restaurants in addition to many distinctive retailers not found anywhere else in the local area, offering a diverse mix of fashion and lifestyle retailers, popular favorites, sit-down restaurants and a children's play area.

Learn more at: www.MallAtUTC.com


St. Armand's Circle

St. Armand's Circle is centrally located on the lushly landscaped island of Lido Key. Not only will you find contemporary architecture of distinction, Lido Key also boasts stunning beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, year-round lifeguards, acres of recreation area along the bay, spectacular views, playgrounds and pools for lounging at our Mid-Key public beach.

Learn more at: www.StArmandsCircleAssoc.com


Main Street Sarasota

Sarasota is known as Florida's Cultural Coast and is home to a professional symphony, ballet and opera. In addition, more than 10 theaters and 30 art galleries are located in Sarasota. Main Street in downtown Sarasota boasts dozens of shops, restaurants and nightclubs. There are many special events throughout the year in Downtown Sarasota including live music, art festivals, motorcycle shows and parades.

Learn more at: www.SarasotaDowntown.com


Parks & Recreation

The Celery Fields

The location of the site, the large number of diverse bird species, and its public ownership by Sarasota County make the Celery Fields an ideal location for wildlife watching and passive recreational use. The 360+ acre site is also the County’s primary storm water collection zone, allowing it to serve a dual purpose of public safety and recreation.

Learn more at: www.SarasotaAudubon.org


Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

"Come meet our fish. And our scientists. Our working aquarium gives you an up-close experience with a variety of marine animals and fish, including two touch tanks and a 135,000 gallon shark habitat. You can also witness our scientific research—as it happens—in viewable working laboratories."

Learn more at: www.MOTE.org


Island Park

A lovely beach with a great view of the bay, Island Park provides beautiful sunsets and is minutes from Downtown Sarasota. Locals and visitors alike find it the perfect place to take a quiet walk, watch activities on the water, as well as great birdwatching.


Beaches

Siesta Key

Siesta Key has three wonderful beaches on this 8-mile stretch of "the world's finest, whitest sand" along the Gulf of Mexico, each one of our beaches offers a slightly different beach experience, but they all share the same azure gulf waters, picture-perfect sunsets, and soothing breeze that melts away your troubles so you really can't go wrong with any of them.


Lido Beach

Located on Lido Key, one half mile southwest of St. Armand's Circle, this beach has it all! More than 3,000 feet of pristine white sand, concession and gift shop, restrooms, picnic tables and a pool.