What is it? A fancy museum housed in the old mansion of John Ringling, one of the five brothers who ran “The Greatest Show on Earth.”
Why go? Art aside, the Ringling is located in a stunning mansion, built by its namesake in the Mediterranean Revival style. But the museum’s collection is nothing to sneeze at and includes pieces from a variety of genres, including paintings from the European Old Masters and artifacts from the antiquities.
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.
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