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Florida's capital, Tallahassee, lies 380 kilometres away from Sarasota, while Myakka City lies 35 kilometres away.
If you're travelling with the whole family, outings to Robert L. Taylor Community Complex and Fish Hole Adventure Golf will most definitely make you popular. If that isn't enough to wear the little ones out, why not head along to Canopy Walkway and Boylston Nature Trail or Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary as well?
Dive deep below the sea and marvel at some of the curious critters that dwell there at Mote Marine Aquarium. The best bit? You don't even have to get wet!
You don't have to be a youngster to enjoy a trip to the Sarasota Jungle Gardens! Visitors of all ages will have plenty of opportunities to get up close to its intriguing animals through a range of well-thought-out exhibits.
If you're curious about the local plant species, head to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Alternatively, spend a relaxing day exploring the pathways and appreciating the range of plant specimens at the Palma Sola Botanical Park.
From lobbing a ball around to simply stretching out on the grass, there are lots of reasons to visit a green space like Payne Park or South Lido Park. Alternatively, head outdoors and get moving at Rothenbach Park or Island Park.
To really discover a place, there's nothing like gleaning a bit of local knowledge. Whatever you're looking for, the helpful staff at Sarasota County Visitor Information Center and History Museum will be able to guide you in the right direction.
You can't beat a day spent at the seaside. You're spoilt for choice around here, with Venice Beach and Siesta Key Public Beach two of the top places to dip a toe in the water. Nokomis Beach and Cortez Beach are two more spots that should be on your radar.
Sarasota offers a range of natural reserves, such as Myakka River State Park and Myakka State Forest. For a little more downtime, head to Lake Manatee State Park and Bean Point Beach.
A vital area of marine conservation, Jim Neville Marine Preserve is teeming with unique underwater life.
Walk the quiet halls, study the captivating exhibits and chat to the accommodating staff. The Sarasota Classic Car Museum and the Florida Railroad Museum are top places to think and maybe even learn something new. Museum nerds also need to go to the Manatee County Agricultural Museum and the Ringling Museum Complex.
Set off on a voyage through the seven seas at the Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez, a valuable repository of the region's maritime traditions.
Whatever style of art you like, you're sure to find it in Sarasota. Why not kick off your day of gallery going at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the Solomon's Castle? The Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy and the Art Center Sarasota are not to be missed either.
Delve into Sarasota's past and come to understand the present with a visit to the South Florida Museum. The Anna Maria Island Museum and Historical Park and the Manatee Village Historical Park are also passionate about sharing the story of the area's rich and unique heritage.
Time spent understanding history is never a waste. Let Gamble Plantation and the De Soto National Memorial help you immerse yourself in Sarasota's past. What not also stop by Ca’ d’Zan and Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site?
If you're hoping to get some insight into the local faith, embark on a pilgrimage to St. Boniface Episcopal Church Labyrinth.
They're unlikely to be at the top of your sightseeing list, but the University Park Country Club and Marina Jack are still well worth an outing. You'll also find plenty to keep you happy at Cannons Marina and the Circus Sarasota.
It shouldn't take long to lock in an awesome Sarasota hotel. There are more than 76 accommodations currently on lastminute.com.au.
Whether you're splashing cash on your honeymoon or looking for budget digs, Sarasota has you covered! For a cosy room at an affordable rate, check out the Captiva Beach Resort or the Siesta Beach Resorts And Suites. Or maybe you'd rather live like royalty at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota? The Resort at Longboat Key Club is one more popular choice for those who relish life's luxuries.
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