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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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