Sarasota is a destination city that encompasses a rich culture along with beautiful scenery and architecture. It’s no wonder this popular tourist destination is so favorited among vacationers and travelers! The walkability of the area combined with the community events and activities help to bring together urban amenities and small town living into one area.

So, let’s hear some interesting facts:

  • Sarasota County has over 35 miles of powder-soft sand located along the beachfront of its 13 public beaches. One of the most popular and well-known beaches consistently  ranked one of the top beaches in the country is Sarasota’s Siesta Key beach.
  • Sarasota was ranked the best small city in the United States. The city embraces the small-town feel while also urbanizing the community and downtown areas to make it a popular destination for locals and tourists.
  • Along with the 13 beaches located in the city, the Myakka River is also located in Sarasota. This river provides room for 58 miles of outdoor activities including fishing, canoeing, and kayaking.
  • There are five districts that surround the downtown area of Sarasota. These include Burns Court, Towles Court, Rosemary District, Historic Palm Avenue, and Gillespie Park. These are all made up of shops and colorful bungalows turned into bakeries, galleries, salons and yoga studios.
  • The Sarasota Farmer’s Market was established in 1979. The Market continues its tradition of serving the community with local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans. Currently, it has 70+ vendors and covers 5000 sq. ft. of produce and plants.
  • The Sarasota County also has over 1,000 public, private and semi-private golf courses for residents and visitors to enjoy. This, combined with the average temperature of 72.6 degrees, makes for the perfect weather conditions all year round for a perfect game!
  • The beautiful Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, operated by the city, hosts performances by top-name artists, young upcoming performers, visiting ensembles, Broadway-style shows, family events, and much more!

These are just some of the interesting facts about Sarasota that makes this mid-sized city on the Gulf Coast of Florida the principal city of the designated Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice Metropolitan area. Whether you are a local or a tourist, there is something for everyone to do!


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