Summertime in Sarasota Series: St. Armand’s Circle
Sun-kissed perfection with a side of breezy relaxation
Summer is best seen through the sheen of washed up shells and perspiring drinks. The nuance of our favorite time of the year has always been to find the perfect balance of breezy and sun kissed. Whether you are from here or visiting, the lure of the open water escapes no one; especially those looking for vacation ideas. Sure there are those who find a perfect summer in family cruises or picking up a new hobby but for those who live a healthy and fit life, there is always something more that is needed when scouting a vacation spot.
Lucky for you, Sarasota has a plethora of activities from adventurous to laidback to make this city your anytime destination. Join us for the next couple of weeks as we delve into the magic and beauty of Sarasota with highlights on local spots, attractions and more! Today’s blog post will focus on one of the local gems of the city- St. Armand’s Circle
OUT ON THE TOWN: St. Armand’s Circle
Many visitors have exclaimed their surprise at the small town vibe exuded by Sarasota. With all the best of urban advances, there remains a southern charm warmth from the locals and their shoppes that make you feel right at home. Take a stroll down “The Circle” as its affectionately called by locals, where everything from restaurants to antiques to hand made tea blends can be found within walking distance.
South Lido Park
2201 Ben Franklin Dr, Lido Key, Sarasota, FL 34236
What could be better than sandy coastline and crystal clear water in a park setting? Located at the southwestern tip of Lido Key in Sarasota, Florida the 100-acre South Lido Park (A.K.A Ted Sperling Park) is surrounded by water; the Gulf of Mexico, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay, and Bushy Bayou.
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
Explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.
Parking is free and convenient. There are 2 parking lots a short walk from the Circle and accessible from Adams Drive as you come onto the Circle from the Ringling Bridge. St. Armands also offers valet parking from 4:30 to 11 p.m. between Cafe L’Europe and Cha Cha Coconuts.
Additional parking can be found on John Ringling Blvd., and in front of shops and restaurants for up to 3 hours*.
*The 3-hour parking limit on St. Armands Circle runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is not in effect from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. during the week and weekends.