Sarasota Beaches and Gorgeous Sunsets
Museum of Art and the Circus - Sarasota
Sarasota is known for its beaches, resorts, the Sarasota School of Architecture, The Museum of Art, and the islands, known as keys, which separate the gulf from Sarasota Bay. The soft sand on these islands' beaches is known worldwide, which has the consistency of talcum powder. Lido Key and Siesta Key are famous across the United States for their beaches, dining, and activities.
Evidence exists for human occupation in the area over 10,000 years ago. The shoreline extended over 100 miles further west than at present. Once the glaciers melted, the ocean levels rose to create the shoreline we know today. Humans have inhabited this area with reduced shorelines for the past 6000 years and recorded Spanish explorers' first contact in 1513. The federal government held the lands of Sarasota, and in 1842 released these lands to European settlers.
Many families came to the area from the mid-1840s on and into the 1920's developing various businesses and products including cattle, logging, fishing, eventually leading to land development, the Ringling Brothers, and tourism.
Today, Sarasota is visited year-round by tourists from all over the world. There are sporting and cultural activities occurring all year long. There are many upscale shops, restaurants, resort-style hotels, as well as boutique hotels. Exciting things to do while in Sarasota visiting or on a staycation include:
- John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
- Siesta Beach
- Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
- Mote Aquarium
- Sarasota Jungle Gardens
- South Lido Country Park
- Turtle Beach
- Many fine dining restaurants
There are many locales to visit in Sarasota; however, there are two that the majority of people feel are on the must-do list of places to spend time. One historical / art, and the other, a beautiful beach that is known all over the world.
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
John and Mable Ringling are probably best known for the Ringling Circus; however, this couple were also well-known art collectors and have inspired many artists in the community. The Ringling house, built by the Ringling's, is located on Lido Key, one of the islands, and is considered part of Sarasota. Constructed in 1925, the family is on the National Register of Historic Houses. Following a Mediterranean Revival design, the home has been converted to a museum and maintained by Florida State University since 2002.
John Ringling and his five brothers operated the circus, "The Greatest Show on Earth." At one point, his circus traveled across the country by train in over 100 rail cars. He and his wife would winter in Sarasota, building the home of their dreams. Construction started in 1924, cost $1.5 million, which was a considerable amount at that time, had 15 bathrooms, 41 rooms in a five-story mansion with 36,000 square feet. John Ringling traveled through Europe extensively looking for circus acts and, in the process, collected many art objects, old masters, as well as Greek and Roman Sculpture.
After the Ringling's passed away in the 1920s, the home passed through several groups and was eventually taken over by the University of Florida. Significant amounts of money were invested in rejuvenating the house, adding buildings, and creating the Museum of Art.
There are four main buildings:
- The Museum of Art
- Ca' d'Zan
- Circus Museum
- Historic Asolo Theater
New buildings have been added:
- John M McKay Pavilion
- Education Center
- The Circus Museum Tibbals Learning Center
- The Searing Wing
Plan your visit to ensure that your group maximizes the time spent at the museum. Many people find themselves returning again and again.
Siesta Key Beach
Siesta Beach on Siesta Key has been ranked as the number one beach in the United States by several popular online travel sites. Everyone loves the experience of feeling the quartz-crystal powdery sand between their toes. Many liken the feel of the sand to talcum powder due to the softness of the sand. The water and waves are spectacular, and the accommodations for visitors have made this beach one of the top experiences for locals and visitors to Sarasota.
Siesta Key and Sarasota have gone to great expense to enhance your visit:
- Large parking area for visitors
- Loads of concessions stands
- Free trolley rides around the island
- Siesta Key Village
Another favorite activity is watching the sunsets on the beach or one of the local restaurants along the coast. There are many fine restaurants to choose from, including:
- Fast Food
- Sports Bars
- Steakhouses and
- Wine Bars
Visitors are encouraged to plan their visits to enjoy all that the key has to offer. Reserve your seat ahead of time to ensure the beach's perfect view and the sunset on Siesta Key.
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