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The 10 best things to do in Sarasota

Looking for the best things to do in Sarasota? Perhaps you’ve heard that this city of 50,000 people is a tad sleepy, but that couldn’t be more wrong. Though it’s laidback like many west coast Florida cities, Sarasota has a slew of cultural attractions, including world-class museums, local theater shows and sunset drum circles. An internationally acclaimed aquarium lies just across the bay from downtown and one of the most beautiful beaches in America runs along the city’s southwestern coast. For the foodies among us, the restaurant and bar scene is a refreshing mix of upscale and casual—with no shortage of fresh Florida seafood. No wonder people like Stephen King and Jerry Springer choose to winter in Sarasota (seriously). Here are some of the best things to do in the area. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 10 best restaurants in Sarasota

If you’ve ever visited Sarasota, you’d be forgiven for thinking the best restaurants in this city only serve seafood. After all, every establishment seems to offer a catch of the day and most streets are populated by at least one beach-themed restaurant blaring Jimmy Buffett through outdoor speakers. But, of course, you’d also be wrong. Sure, Sarasota locals and snow birds love their fresh fish, but the city’s best meals are served by chefs who look seaward and inland, sourcing their ingredients locally from nets as well as nearby farms. When in Sarasota, add these top restaurants to your list of things to do.