Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens provides 45 acres of bayfront sanctuaries connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and our regional history. Established by forward thinking women of their time, Selby Gardens is composed of the 15-acre Downtown Sarasota campus and the 30-acre Historic Spanish Point campus in the Osprey area of Sarasota County, Florida. The Downtown Campus on Sarasota Bay is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns, and other tropical plants. There is a significant focus on botany, horticulture, education, historical preservation, and the environment. The Historic Spanish Point (HSP) Campus is located less than 10 miles south along Little Sarasota Bay. The HSP Campus, one of the largest preserves showcasing native Florida plants that is interpreted for and open to the public, celebrates an archaeological record that encompasses approximately 5,000 years of Florida history.
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
City Island -North Lido
They are scientists, explorers and stewards of the ocean. Focused on research and education we work to create a better environment for ourselves and our children. The answers are in the ocean. Together, we will find them.
They are an independent, nonprofit marine research institution comprising world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education.
From their humble beginnings in a tiny, one-room laboratory in a small Florida town, their efforts have grown to include more than 20 diverse marine research programs.
Their research program also focus on understanding the population dynamics of manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and coral reefs and on conservation and restoration efforts related to these species and ecosystems.
The ocean is our passion. Science is our catalyst to help the ocean heal, thrive and continue to be a haven of sustainable life, life-improving science and life-giving solutions.
The Ringling Museum or Art
Here, in an extraordinary place is an extraordinary collection of art. From the Rubens Galleries to Joseph’s Coat: a skyspace by James Turrell, view the permanent collection’s treasures, the fascinating exhibitions from around the world and the classical sculptures that fill the grand courtyard. The State Art Museum of Florida, this awe-inspiring museum was originally built by famed circus impresario John Ringling as a legacy to the citizens of Florida. This is a place of beauty and wonder.
In 1925, circus impresario John Ringling (1866–1936) decided to build an art museum, both as a legacy meant to outlast his business interests and as a memorial to his wife Mable and himself. By sharing the arts of Europe with the people of Florida, Ringling sought to educate and encourage curiosity for the wider world.
John H. Phillips designed the Museum—a pink, Renaissance-style palace with 21 galleries enclosing a courtyard graced with copies of iconic sculptures. First opened in 1930, Ringling filled the Museum with European paintings, paneled rooms from the Gilded Age Astor mansion in New York, and ancient and medieval objects purchased from distinguished collections. Upon his death in 1936, Ringling bequeathed the Museum to the people of Florida.
The Ringling Circus Museum
Walk the wire. Squeeze into a clown car. Snap photos with a ferocious (faux) tiger. Thrill to it all: the parade wagons, the posters, the glittering costumes, and the cannon that shot daring performers through the air. Wonder at the must-be-seen-to-be-believed 44,000-piece Howard Bros. Circus Model and the Greatest Show on Earth Mural celebrating the entertainment that has delighted packed houses in great cities and small towns across America for generations. Step right this way…
The Ringling Archives are located in the Circus Museum’s Tibbals Learning Center. The Archives includes the Ringling Collection, John Ringling’s Papers and the Circus Collection. The Circus Collection contains records, manuscripts and papers of the American circus.
The Ringling CA’ d’Zan
The home of the circus king and his wife, a couple from humble mid-western origins, Ca’ d’Zan stands as a testament to the American Dream of the Roaring Twenties. Inspired by and designed in the Venetian Gothic style of the palazzos that ring the Venice canals, this dazzling palatial mansion perfectly captures the splendor and romance of the Italy the Ringlings so loved. To honor its owner, they named it Ca’ d’Zan, “House of John”, in the dialect of their beloved Venice.
The Ringlings had been traveling throughout Europe for nearly 25 years, acquiring circus acts and art. They both greatly admired the architectural style of Venice’s Ducal Palace, Ca’ d’Oro and the Grunwald Hotel. When they decided to build a home in Sarasota, Florida, where they had been winter residents for a number of years, The Ringlings took these palazzi as their inspiration – and Sarasota Bay as their Grand Canal.
The Ringling Historic Asolo Theater
Given John Ringling’s passion for the theatrical movement, color, and emotion of Baroque art, it is apt that the Museum’s first director, A. Everett Austin, Jr., dramatically expanded the showman’s collection by acquiring an 18th-century Italian theater. The theater’s evolution began in the 15th century with Caterina Cornaro, the daughter of a Venetian merchant, who became – through an arranged marriage – the Queen of Cyprus. As a reward for her service, she was granted the village of Asolo, Italy, where (in exile) she reigned over a court renowned for its grace and beauty.
In 1798, architect Antonio Locatelli created the theater in the great hall of Caterina’s palace. When, in 1855, Francesco Martignago redesigned the theater, he preserved the u-shaped form, leading scholars to conclude that the renovation duplicated the original plan. The theater remained in this setting until 1931, when it was dismantled to make way for a film theater. German antiquarian Adolph Loewi purchased the artifact and stored it in Venice for the duration of World War II.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Sarasota Jungle Gardens is home to more than 200 native and exotic animals including birds of prey, many different species of parrots and macaws, primates, small mammals, dozens of snakes, lizards, iguanas, alligators, crocodiles and other reptiles – many of them rescued or donated – including Florida’s noted pink flamingos. All nestled within 10 acres of lush tropical landscaping connected by winding jungle trails.
The fascinating flamingos are a favorite among visitors who travel from all over the world to see the long-legged, pink-hued wading birds. The flamingos are not shy and often greet guests personally, sometimes face to face. You might catch them splashing, flapping and strutting around. One may hand-feed them or just view them strolling by. Other times one might see the joy and thrill in a child’s first wide-eyed encounter as they interact with the flamingos, egrets, ducks, swans, pelicans and other wildlife just passing through.
Art Center Sarasota
Free and Open to the public Mon-Sat 10am-5pm.
Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to provide Sarasota with opportunities for creative expression and art appreciation through art education, exhibitions and cultural programs. The Center is a member-based organization that engages the Sarasota community through its dedicated volunteers, open call to artists, pop up exhibitions and youth programs.
The Center’s exhibitions program shows contemporary works in its three curated galleries, designed to inspire and challenge the viewer. The large atrium gallery is dedicated to showcasing the Sarasota and region’s talented artists in juried competitions. New exhibitions on view every six weeks.
Sarasota Bay Explorers
City Island -North Lido
They work in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory to provide interactive marine science boat trips for both public and private use.
They offer several types of eco-tours including their renowned Sea Life Encounter Cruise and private charters aboard the Miss Explorer.
In addition to their regular cruises, you may charter a trip on one of our 40-foot pontoon boats for a private group. Private charters are available for anything from school field trips to company outings to birthday parties.
The Beach Residences are exquisite luxury on the beach in the world renowned Ritz Carton Beach Club on Lido Beach. We are now offering premier 4 Bedroom 4 bath 3,800 square feet accommodations that can be rented from 1 month to 12 months. Book this with us and receive a membership to the Ritz Beach Club while you are visiting. Please call as this option may not be reserved online.
NEW PROPERTY – ( 3 month Minimum) Islands West is a 15 story, high-rise condominium complex. It is located directly on the beautiful, white-sand beaches of Longboat Key and adjacent to Longboat Publix shopping center. Guests love the building’s large wrap-around balconies with breathtaking views of the beach, gulf, bay and downtown Sarasota skyline.
1 acres of manicured gardens with a backdrop to the beach and Gulf of Mexico. Beachplace offers 2 and 3 bedroom condos with a variety of views. Offers a minimum of 30 day rentals and amenities sure to delight including tennis courts, fitness center, pool and beach. We offer a large selection of condos at this gated property near the Southern end of Longboat Key.
Reserve your piece of paradise on Longboat Key. Seaplace Seaplace is a 42 acre gated community of 461 maintenance-free condominiums. There are two mid-rise buildings, nine garden buildings and twelve townhouses. Seaplace is one of the most popular family beach complexes on Longboat Key. Two Month Minimum stays are required in this beachfront location.
Longboat Harbour Towers consists of a majestic 11 story building with 73 residential units. It is located near mid-key on Longboat Key. Wonderful Gulf views as well as rear view of the Bay and cityscape. The lobby and pool area have been recently remodeled and create a very welcoming setting. Two month minimum rental required.
66 luxury residences nesting on 7 acres facing a beautiful sandy beach behind the gates of the Longboat Key Club . Meander along the dune onto the private beach and relax at a tiki hut or slip into a chair or lounger.
The Promenade provides beautiful gardens and luxurious amenities in very upscale setting. Located on a spectacular section of Southern Longboat Key with a beautiful soft sand beach. A gated community with 24 hour security and in building concierge available seven days a week. The lush tropical grounds are a park-like setting and feature Har-Tru tennis courts and a beautiful Gazebo, gathering and grill area. The swimming pool is one of the largest on the island and also features a hot tub. The lobbies have been recently renovated and are a very comfortable space. Fitness centers and Club rooms are also available. Garage covered guest parking available. This is a 90 day minimum rental property
Contact us with your Rental Inquiry - 800-921-GULF or 941-879-9300
Host: Rick Benninghove
I work to find you the ultimate vacation accommodation. We will assist every step of the way including meeting you at the condo or house for check-in and giving you an orientation to the property and amenities. Call, text or email today so that our team can ensure you find your perfect place in paradise
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