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Sarasota Jungle Gardens Come and see the area's only zoological garden in the area at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. The park is much more than just a zoo. The 70 exotic animals, tropical gardens and the many educational programs that run twice daily will delight visitors. Watch the Birds of the Rainforest Show or Retile Encounter.

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium This beautiful and spacious aquarium is home to many fascinating and amazing sea creatures and marine life. View the 135,000-gallon shark tank, unique manatees, sea turtles and jelly fish. Children will love the two touch pools and the 25-foot giant squid specimen.

John and Marble Ringling Museum of Art The huge mansion overlooks the beautiful Sarasota bay encompassing 66 acres of estate. The museum is dedicated to the great business tycoon John Ringling. Wander the grounds of the estate and view the Circus Museum, the Original Asolo theatre and the Rose Garden. The museum also includes 21 galleries of art from around the world.

El Patio Latino - The best of Peruvian cuisine in Sarasota Peruvian and Spanish food in Sarasota - Florida. 1100 N. Tuttle Avenue. Suite 5. Grand Slam Plaza Sarasota, Florida 34237. USA. For Info & Reservations: (941) 955-5093 florida@elpatiolatino.com
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Sarasota Activities

Circus Sarasota This European style circus is rated five stars and has plenty of attractions that will wow and enthrall visitors. All the action is centered in one ring and included a wide variety of performances and world-renowned circus superstars. The prices are very reasonable, making this the ultimate in family entertainment.

Medieval Fair This two-day festival is filled with 12th century delights. Watch as illusionists boggle your mind, or laugh at the comedic antics of the festivals performers. The festival includes more than 100 daily performances including everything from sword throwing to juggling.

G. WIZ Hands-on Science Museum This hands-on interactive state-of-the art facility is home to many wonders of science and technology. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a day of fun as they created their own animated videos, discover the thrills of magic or see a wonderful butterfly habitat.

Sarasota Beaches

Longboat Ke - Longboat Ke is home to more than 8,000 permanent year-round residents but the number grows enormously as the months get colder in other parts of the country. There is no question why the beach area is so popular. With over 10 miles of white sandy beaches there is plenty to do. The area is filled with wonderful shops and cafes.

Sarasota Beach - Visitors will soon see why Sarasota Beach is deemed as the jewel of Florida's Gulf Coast. The sugar white soft sand beaches are a perfect compliment to the deep blue waters. There are plenty of fun in the sun activities to be had in the area including many attractions, shops and restaurants.

Siesta Beach , Even on the hottest days, the sand is so reflective that it feels cool underfoot Siesta Beach is located on Beach Road on Siesta Key. It is known as one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world. At the "Great International White Sand Beach Challenge" held in 1987, it was recognized as having the "whitest and finest sand in the world." Unlike beaches elsewhere that are made up mostly of coral, Siesta Beach's sand is 99% quartz. This is also one of the safest beaches because the water is so shallow even children can play it it.

Sarasota Restaurants and Bars

Sarasota Restaurants

Summerhouse Restaurant - Voted Sarasota's "Most Romantic" and "Best All-Around" restaurant this is a terrific place to spend any evening. The unique and comfortable atmosphere makes guests feel right at home. The exceptionally innovative cuisine keeps the locals coming back time and again.

Turtles Restaurant - Enjoy amazing views indoors or out at Turtle Restaurant. The waterfront restaurant invites diners in with their casual approach to dining. The menu offers a wide variety of fresh seafood dishes for lunch or dinner. While sitting outdoors diners may be able to spot wild parrots.

Mediterranean - Serving traditional Northern Italian d=cuisine Mediterraneo is a wonderfully fine dinning establishment with exceptional pastas and pizzas. The pizzas are carefully cooked in a wood burning brick over and then brought right to your table piping hot. The wine list offers and extensive selection of fine wines.

Sarasota children's activities

Circus Sarasota This European style circus is rated five stars and has plenty of attractions that will wow and enthrall visitors. All the action is centered in one ring and included a wide variety of performances and world-renowned circus superstars. The prices are very reasonable, making this the ultimate in family entertainment.

Medieval Fair This two-day festival is filled with 12th century delights. Watch as illusionists boggle your mind, or laugh at the comedic antics of the festivals performers. The festival includes more than 100 daily performances including everything from sword throwing to juggling.

G. WIZ Hands-on Science Museum This hands-on interactive state-of-the art facility is home to many wonders of science and technology. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a day of fun as they created their own animated videos, discover the thrills of magic or see a wonderful butterfly habitat.

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