The Museum of Art, built by John Ringling to house his personal collection of masterpieces, today features paintings and sculptures by the great Old Masters including Rubens, van Dyck, Velázquez, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, El Greco, Gainsborough and more.
One is Sarasota's hidden treasures. Plan on spending the entire day getting lost in the paintings and outside in the landscaped garden. Also, be sure to check out Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, a breathtaking 56 room mansion located on the Ringling Property. The Ringling Museum of Art is a must see when visiting Sarasota, Florida.
The Ringlings' dazzling palatial mansion is a tribute to the American Dream and reflects the splendor and romance of Italy. Described as “the last of the Gilded Age mansions” to be built in America, Ca' d’Zan has 56 incredible rooms filled with art and original furnishings. With its Venetian Gothic architecture, the mansion is a combination of the grandeur of Venice’s Doge’s Palace, combined with the gothic grace of Cà d’Oro, with Sarasota Bay serving as its Grand Canal.
In 1924, construction began on Ca' d’Zan, which means “House of John” in Venetian dialect. The house was completed just before Christmas 1925, at a cost of $1.5 million.
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Explore the world's most spectacular display of epiphytes and their canopy habitats. Our visitors see beautiful horticultural displays and learn from our educational programs.
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The Legacy Trail between Sarasota to Venice covers 12 miles and runs along a former CSX Railroad corridor. The trail passes by lovely waterways and includes rest areas with benches and restrooms.
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Myakka River State Park is one of the oldest and largest state parks in Florida. It flows through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands.
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Siesta Key Beach was voted #1 Beach in the United States by Dr. Beach. Known for its crystal blue waters and sand as soft as sugar. This is a must see for all ages when in Sarasota. The east side of this eight-mile long islan is Florid'a intracoastal waterways and Sarasota Bay. It's a scenic trail for boaters of all kinds. On the west side is the beautiful Siesta Key Beach with it's glorious white sandy beaches.Build sand castles, search for shells, soak up the Floridian sunshine and watch the sunset with a loved one.
Warm Mineral Springs is the "Fountain of Youth" long sought by Juan Ponce de Leon. After seeking his cherished fountain in many other location in Florida, he abandoned all other locations and returned to a second time only to Warm Mineral Springs. So determined was Ponce to claim Warm Mineral Springs for Spain, that he lost his life in this incessant search.
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St. Armands Circle is an island shopping center separated from the mainland by Sarasota Bay. Unique in concept, history, and beauty. This circle of fine shops and restaurants is set in a tropical paradise. Great location to experience the Historic Sarasota!
Come visit 30 beautiful bay-front acres centrally located in Sarasota County, Florida. Learn about the region’s prehistory in “A Window to the Past,” the only archaeological exhibition in the nation built inside of a shell mound. Your family also will connect to Florida’s inspiring pioneers at Sarasota’s first produce packing house, a charming chapel and pioneer cemetery, and the beautifully preserved Guptill House, built in 1901
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A large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes this park one of the best places to see Florida scrub-jays, a threatened species found only in Florida. The park protects scrubby and pine flatwoods that were once widespread throughout Sarasota County. Fifteen miles of trails through these beautiful natural areas provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along South Creek, a blackwater stream that flows to the Gulf of Mexico.
For more information, continue on to Oscar Scherer State Park Website.