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Things to do in Sarasota

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Sarasota. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Sarasota attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Sarasota to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Sarasota.

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  • Cà d’Zan

    Visit the ersatz European mansion built by John Ringling. More
  • John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

    A miniature circus re-creates the Ringling operation in staggering detail—2,300 pieces. More
  • Malaka Hilton

    Excited about: Post-revolution Egypt and what it means for her clients—incredible value, fewer crowds, and access to new sites. Thanks to Hilton’s ... More
  • Yoder's

    For dessert, head to this Amish owned and operated shop for homemade pies, like peanut butter cream or Southern pecan. More

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