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Big Cat Habitat

Big Cat Habitat

3.2 miles | bigcathabitat.org

We are a non-profit, 501c3 dedicated to providing a safe, permanent home to exotic and domestic animals in need.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

9.8 miles | mote.org

A 501(c)3 nonprofit aquarium with a stingray touch tank & shark tank plus manatees in the nearby mammal center.

Ed Smith Stadium

Ed Smith Stadium

5.1 miles | mlb.com

Spring training ground for the Baltimore Orioles. This major league facility features an 8,000-seat stadium, four additional onsite training fields with one practice half-field.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

6.4 miles | selby.org

Showcase for thousands of tropical plants, plus a conservatory & garden museum, in a historic space.

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf

8.6 miles | smugglersgolf.com

Mini-golf course featuring waterfalls, caves & live alligators that visitors can feed.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

9.3 miles | ringling.org

The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

8.3 miles | sarasotajunglegardens.com

A wide variety of birds and animals – many of them rescued – includes Florida’s noted pink flamingos, parrots, crocodiles, lemurs, snakes and more. All nestled within 10 acres.

LeBarge Tropical Cruises

LeBarge Tropical Cruises

6.7 miles | lebargetropicalcruises.com

Enjoy a narrated Sightseeing Cruise combining Sarasota’s abundant wildlife, a bit of history and spectacular shoreline homes, or a narrated Dolphin Watch Cruise.

TreeUmph! Adventure Course

TreeUmph! Adventure Course

17.1 miles | treeumph.com

Elevated outdoor adventure park with climbing, suspension bridges & zip line courses for all levels.

Sarasota Kennel Club Dog Racing

Sarasota Kennel Club Dog Racing

8.9 miles | sarasotakennelclub.com

Greyhound track with a poker room, a restaurant, a clubhouse & a greyhound adoption service.

Historic Spanish Point

Historic Spanish Point

12.2 miles | selby.org

Sarasota’s premier archaeological site and museum featuring prehistoric mounds, pioneer homesteads, nature trails, boat tours and Bertha Honore Palmer’s gardens.

Marina Jack

Marina Jack

6.6 miles | marinajacks.com

Escape aboard the Marina Jack II! Join us for a relaxing sightseeing lunch or sunset dinner cruise through the inter-coastal waters and the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy delicious dining.

Sarasota Classic Car Museum

Sarasota Classic Car Museum

9.2 miles | sarasotacarmuseum.org

Recognized as the second oldest continuously operating antique car museum in the U.S. Antique, exotic, European and one-of-a-kind classics are in our exhibits.

Livingston’s Amusement Center

Livingston’s Amusement Center

6.9 miles | livingstonsamusements.com

A 50,000-sq.-ft. amusement center with go-karts, billiards & more plus a full bar with pub grub.

Center for Architecture Sarasota

Center for Architecture Sarasota

5.9 miles | cfasrq.org

Center for Architecture provides weekly architectural trolley tours on Thursday mornings from October-May, lectures, films, home and walking tours, and gallery.

The Circus Arts Conservatory Sarasota

The Circus Arts Conservatory Sarasota

5.9 miles | circusarts.org

Join us as we celebrate the rich circus heritage of Southwest Florida, with edge-of-your seat entertainment for “children of all ages.” See website for schedule.

Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy

Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy

7.4 miles | whimsymuseum.org

The Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy is dedicated to the creative human spirit and raising the importance of Whimsical Art.

Sarasota National Cemetery

Sarasota National Cemetery

9.9 miles | cem.va.gov

Sarasota National Cemetery was established in 2007 to serve as a resting place for the country’s veterans.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

6.6 miles | vanwezel.org

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is an architectural landmark and popular venue for comedy, dance, music, and theater performances.

Westcoast Black Theater

Westcoast Black Theater

6.1 miles | westcoastblacktheatre.org

The Westcoast Black Theater produces shows that promote and celebrate the African-American experience, and support African-American artists.

Sarasota Opera House

Sarasota Opera House

6.1 miles | sarasotaopera.org

Housed in an ornate circa-1926 theater, this facility mounts familiar & unusual opera productions. See website for schedule.

Save Our Seabirds

Save Our Seabirds

10 miles | saveourseabirds.org

We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured wild birds while educating our community about preventing injuries.

Mixon Fruit Farms

Mixon Fruit Farms

15 miles | mixon.com

Voted Florida’s #1 grove destination, Mixon Fruit Farms has been here for over 76 years. Pick up some fresh fruit and juice, orange swirl ice cream and homemade fudge.

Dakin Dairy Farms

Dakin Dairy Farms

15.5 miles | dakindairyfarms.com

Family-run dairy farm offering tours fall to spring, year-round market & cafe, & seasonal events.

Lido Key Beach

Lido Key Beach

9.2 miles | lidokey.net

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach

12.8 miles | visitsarasota.com

Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach

5.1 miles | escape-to-sarasota.com

Longboat Key Beaches

Longboat Key Beaches

14.3 miles | longboatkeychamber.com

Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach

13.6 miles | escape-to-sarasota.com

Venice Beach

Venice Beach

18.6 miles | visitsarasota.com

Coquina Beach

Coquina Beach

20.5 miles | escape-to-sarasota.com

Anna Marie Island Beach

Anna Marie Island Beach

30.9 miles | visitflorida.com

Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach

24.4 miles | visitflorida.com

Manatee Public Beach

30.4 miles | mymanatee.org

Fiorelli Winery

Fiorelli Winery

22.1 miles | manasotavineyards.com

Fiorelli Winery is a family-owned business located just south of Lake Manatee in eastern Manatee County. Tours of the winery an vineyard are offered on the weekends.

Cock and Bull Farmhouse

Cock and Bull Farmhouse

0.9 miles | facebook.com

Since 1997, Sarasota’s premier beer destination. 40 draughts, Over 900 bottles! Live original music every weekend in the beer garden! Handmade pizza & pretzels.

Big Top Brewing Company

Big Top Brewing Company

1.3 miles | bigtopbrewing.com

Big Top Brewing Company artistically crafts world class beers, inspired by our passion, integrity, and the history of our home town.

JDub’s Brewing Company

JDub’s Brewing Company

5.5 miles | jdubsbrewing.com

Award winning craft brewery in Sarasota, Florida. We have a taproom, a beer garden, we are dog friendly & fill growlers. Food trucks on site most days were open.

Magnum Wine and Tastings

Magnum Wine and Tastings

7.2 miles | magnumwinesrq.com

Sarasota’s only boutique wine bar & shop.

Calusa Brewing

Calusa Brewing

7.4 miles | calusabrewing.com

Deliberately fermented warehouse ales in Sarasota, Florida

Siesta Key Rum

Siesta Key Rum

8.2 miles | siestakeyrum.com

Florida's oldest craft rum distillery! Siesta Key Rum is a premium rum crafted in small batches, using the finest ingredients.

The Mall at University Town Center

The Mall at University Town Center

4 miles | mallatutc.com

A world-class fashion and dining destination that features approximately 880,000 square feet of retail space with Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Dillard’s and more than 100 stores and restaurants in addition to many distinctive retailers not found anywhere else in the local area, offering a diverse mix of fashion and lifestyle retailers, popular favorites, sit-down restaurants and a children’s play area.

Westfield Siesta Key

Westfield Siesta Key

7.3 miles | westfield.com/siestakey

This upscale Sarasota shopping destination is a wonderful combination of national brands, boutiques, dining and entertainment.

St. Armands Circle Shops

St. Armands Circle Shops

8.5 miles | starmandscircleassoc.com

St Armands Key Circle is an island shopping center separated from the mainland by Sarasota Bay. This enchanting circle of fine shops and restaurants is set in a tropical paradise. Renowned for its continental flavor, the circle is a graceful blend of past and present.

Ellenton Premium Outlets

Ellenton Premium Outlets

16.3 miles | premiumoutlets.com/outlet/ellenton

Ellenton Premium Outlets is home to 130 designer and name brand outlet stores for the whole family. Enjoy exceptional brands at extraordinary savings of 25% to 65% off every day.

Silver City Sarasota

Silver City Sarasota

11.1 miles | silvercitysarasota.com

Unique Silver Jewelry. Handcrafted pieces featuring exclusive and unique gemstones.

The Shoppes at Sarasota Row

The Shoppes at Sarasota Row

5.9 miles | sarasotarow.com

Stroll, Shop and Enjoy! Located in downtown Sarasota, The Shoppes at Sarasota Row is an extraordinary mixed-use complex, custom-made for its unique urban setting. A world-class gourmet grocer anchors an intimate collection of chic, sophisticated boutiques and restaurants.

Rossiter’s Harley-Davidson

Rossiter’s Harley-Davidson

0.4 miles | rossiterharleydavidson.com

Come on in… we have attractions for everyone! From unique art sculptures to the owner’s personal collection of early model motorcycles and, of course, an excellent selection of MotorClothes® Merchandise, Accessories, and Chrome! We have by far the friendliest staff in the Country! Browse our web site and then head on down to say hello.

Pope Golf

Pope Golf

1.9 miles | popehoa.com/golf

Prepare yourself for an unparalleled golfing experience. Our courses are a pleasure for golfers of any skill level to play.

Bobby Jones Golf Club

Bobby Jones Golf Club

3.9 miles | bobbyjonesgolfclub.com

Sarasota’s only municipal golf facility with 45 holes of great golf fun and challenges.

Tatum Ridge Golf Links

Tatum Ridge Golf Links

3 miles | tatumridgegolflinks.com

Welcome to Tatum Ridge Golf Links, Sarasota’s Fun Course to Play! A Scottish-style links course with preserved wetlands and 11 lakes in a natural setting.

The Meadows Country Club

The Meadows Country Club

4.1 miles | meadowscc.org

The Meadows Country Club is a premiere facility in Sarasota with 3 golf courses, championship quality tennis facilities and top-notch dining.

The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes

The Palms Golf Club at Forest Lakes

4.5 miles | palmsatforestlakes.com

Sarasota’s choice for fun and challenging golf on manicured conditions minutes from downtown. We pride ourselves on 3-hour rounds & friendly staff.

The Highlands Golf Course

The Highlands Golf Course

4 miles | thehighlandsgolfcourse.com

The Highlands is a semi-private championship 18-hole par 72 golf course with mature oaks and lush surroundings that provide playable and strategic shot making.

Laurel Oak Country Club

Laurel Oak Country Club

5.6 miles | laureloak.com

Laurel Oak is a private, member-owned golf & country club located in Sarasota Florida. Its outstanding facilities include two championship golf courses crafted by Gary Player.

The Groves Golf Course

The Groves Golf Course

4.3 miles | grovesgolf.com

The Groves: Is a challenging Arthur Hills designed Executive 18-hole par 63 golf course that provides a unique level of challenging golf.

Village Green Golf Club

Village Green Golf Club

5.5 miles | villagegreengolfclub.com

Our 18-hole, par 58 layout keeps golf fun for everyone, from the novice to the veteran player. Built on an orange grove in the 1960s, this traditional golf course is a part of Sarasota’s history.

Bent Tree Country Club

Bent Tree Country Club

6.1 miles | benttreecc.net

Tree-lined fairways of towering mature oaks, expansive meticulously kept greens, and miles of lakes and streams create a unique and tranquil setting for first-class, championship golf at Bent Tree. Bent Tree “Where Champions Play.”

Misty Creek Country Club

Misty Creek Country Club

7 miles | mistycreek.net

There is only one golf course in all of Southwest Florida that is set in a wildlife preserve with resident bald eagles.

Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch

Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch

6.5 miles | legacygolfclub.com

Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club is the premier golf facility on the west coast of Florida with two distinct Clubhouses, 54 holes of golf, a 20 court tennis facility.

University Park Country Club

University Park Country Club

7.5 miles | universitypark-fl.com

At University Park Country Club in Sarasota, FL, members & guests enjoy 27 holes of 4-star Golf, Tennis & Dining and an exceptional venue for Weddings!!

Gecko’s Grill & Pub

Gecko’s Grill & Pub

0.4 miles | geckosgrill.com

Great Food, Great Spirits, Great Fun! Lunch, Dinner, Late Night * It’s All Good! American Pub Food with a Gourmet Twist.

Wings N Weenies

Wings N Weenies

0.7 miles | wingsnweeniessrq.com

You can get whatever you want for breakfast….eggs, pancakes, waffles, corned beef hash and much more.

Madfish Grill

Madfish Grill

4.4 miles | madfishgrill.com

The Madfish Grill is a favorite of locals and tourists alike for its fresh Florida seafood and hand-cut steaks. Enjoy a cocktail at our full bar or a grouper sandwich outside on our covered patio. We offer a broad menu that speaks to many in a casual setting. Please join us!

Ginza

Ginza

0.9 miles | ginzasarasota.net

Ginza …Endless Asia Cuisine & Sushi Bar.

KaCey’s Seafood and More

KaCey’s Seafood and More

1.6 miles | kaceysseafood.com

Airy, informal eatery offering low-key seafood dishes, plus classic comfort food like ribs & tacos.

JR’s Old Packinghouse Cafe

JR’s Old Packinghouse Cafe

0.9 miles | packinghousecafe.com

Quirky local haunt supplying American tavern grub & Cuban options, plus live music on a small stage.

Lucky Pelican

Lucky Pelican

5 miles | https://luckypelicanbistro.com/

Intimate eatery delivering seafood standards in a relaxed, family-friendly setup with a raw bar.

Culver’s

Culver’s

0.1 miles | culvers.com

Since 1984, Culver’s has been delighting guests one meal at a time with our signature ButterBurgers and Fresh Frozen Custard.

Buttermilk Handcrafted Food

Buttermilk Handcrafted Food

1.3 miles | facebook.com

Buttermilk is a Southern Bakery/Café with counter service. Our menu is small and changes with the seasons.

Der Dutchman Restaurant

Der Dutchman Restaurant

3.7 miles | dhgroup.com

Casual Amish kitchen featuring a buffet of classic fare, plus a bakery with pies & other treats.

Miller’s Ale House

Miller’s Ale House

2.8 miles | millersalehouse.com

Casual sports-pub chain with basics from bar snacks to steaks & a large selection of tap beers.

Breakfast House

Breakfast House

5.3 miles | facebook.com

Quaint restaurant in a small house serving American breakfast & lunch fare in a comfy setting.

Seasons 52

Seasons 52

4 miles | seasons52.com

Celebrate a season of discovery with culinary creations inspired by a fresh, farmer’s market and an award-winning wine list featuring 52 by the glass.

Bob’s Train

Bob’s Train

5 miles | bobstrain.com

Bob’s Train is the best kept secret in Sarasota. Hidden away off the main road we keep our little piece of circus history alive.

Inkawasi Peruvian Restauran

Inkawasi Peruvian Restauran

1.7 miles | facebook.com

We offer a selection of the best dishes and a very tasty rotisserie chicken, all that with the great flavor and tradition of the Peruvian food.

Yoder’s Restaurant

Yoder’s Restaurant

4.2 miles | yodersrestaurant.com

Amish homemade comfort food served in an atmosphere of smiles. Plain, simple… and delicious. Award winning pies, home cooked meals, and homemade baked goods.

Mi Pueblo

Mi Pueblo

4.5 miles | mipueblomexican.com/

Bright, colorful eatery serving a menu of Mexican fare, plus a deep list of tequilas & margaritas.

Sommers Dutch Family Restaurant

Sommers Dutch Family Restaurant

2.9 miles | sommersdutchfamilyrestaurant.com/

Sommers Dutch Family serves good Amish Mennonite food with warm, friendly service.

Basil’s Flame Broiled Chicken

Basil’s Flame Broiled Chicken

4.7 miles | basilschicken.com

Veteran, family-owned chicken & rib restaurant also offering sandwiches & salads in casual digs.

Bijou Cafe

Bijou Cafe

6 miles | bijoucafe.net

A classy joint serving only the finest Ohio craft beers and wines!

Shangri-La Restaurant

Shangri-La Restaurant

3 miles | shangrilasrq.com

Shangri-la Chinese restaurant has been around for 20+ years and offers a wide variety of Chinese foods! Everything from authentic dishes such as Peking Duck and Five-Spiced Seafood, to your fan favorites like General Tso’s Chicken and Sweet & Sour dishes!

Mr. Tequila

Mr. Tequila

3.9 miles | mrtequilacantina.com

We have the best Mexican food around and an atmosphere to match. Our menu is packed with classic dishes we create from scratch.

MADE Restaurant

MADE Restaurant

5.3 miles | maderestaurant.com

Locally sourced American comfort food is served in an airy, colorful setting with a spacious patio.

Mediterraneo

Mediterraneo

5.3 miles | mediterraneorest.com

White-tablecloth go-to run by Italian owners features wood-fired pizzas & other Italian cuisine.

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q

6 miles | nancysbarbq.com

Sweet, spicy, smoky…fine! Authentic Carolina style hickory smoke Bar-B-Q pulled pork and oak smoked chicken. Delivery/catering anytime!

The Bodhi Tree Cafe

The Bodhi Tree Cafe

5.5 miles | bodhitreecafesrq.com

…discovering the true nature of food with simple, natural, and “flavorful” ingredients.

Oleary’s Tiki Bar and Grill

Oleary’s Tiki Bar and Grill

6.6 miles | olearystikibar.com

Breezy outpost offers casual food & drinks in an open-air, tropical-themed joint on the beach.

Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood.

Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood.

5.9 miles | duvalsfreshlocalseafood.com

High-end seafood dishes & choice meats are prepared in sleek, contemporary surroundings.

Clasico Café Bar

Clasico Café Bar

6.1 miles | clasicosrq.com

Sophisticated hangout with elevated pub fare & specialty cocktails, plus brunch & lunchtime tacos.

Boca Kitchen Bar and Market

Boca Kitchen Bar and Market

5.9 miles | bocakbm.com

Fresh chef inspired dishes. Farm to table fare. Salads, flatbreads, fresh fish; organic and wholesome ingredients.

Indigenous Restauran

Indigenous Restaurant

5.5 miles | indigenoussarasota.com

Seasonal American cuisine, supporting local farmers and sustainably sourced seafood, located in Towles Court, downtown Sarasota.

Bombón Restaurant Bar & Lounge

Bombón Restaurant Bar & Lounge

5.6 miles | sarasotabombon.com

A great variety of Mexican food and alcoholic beverages! Enjoy our club-inspired weekend nights with great food!

Selva

Selva

6.1 miles | selvagrill.com

Peruvian eatery dishes up inventive ceviches & sizable cocktails in a chic room with elegant decor.

Caragiulo’s Italian American

Caragiulo’s Italian American

6.1 miles | caragiulos.com

Fresh-baked breads, meatballs & homemade mozzarella star at this casual, family-run Italian eatery.

Mattison’s City Grille

Mattison’s City Grille

5.8 miles | mattisons.com

Varied New American menu, cocktails & live music presented outside in a tiki-inspired setting.

Yume Sushi

Yume Sushi

5.8 miles | yumerestaurant.com

A casual choice for traditional sushi, house rolls & Japanese dishes, plus lunch specials.

Antoine’s Restaurant

Antoine’s Restaurant

4.7 miles | antoinessarasota.com

Breezy outpost offers casual food & drinks in an open-air, tropical-themed joint on the beach.

Owens Fish Camp

Owens Fish Camp

6.2 miles | owensfishcamp.com

Bustling locale serves up imaginative takes on seafood dishes amid eclectic decor.

The Rosemary

The Rosemary

5.6 miles | therosemarysarasota.com

The Rosemary aims to blend traditional and contemporary American flavors in a bistro atmosphere.

Station 400

Station 400

5.8 miles | station400.com

Locally sourced American breakfast & lunch bites served in a restored train depot dating to 1852.

Goichi’s Sushi

Goichi’s Sushi

4.3 miles | goichisushicafe.com

Awesome Sushi Cafe in Sarasota, Florida. Serving fresh sushi, sashimi, ramen, Asian meal salads, rice bowls and more.

Evie’s Tavern & Grill

Evie’s Tavern & Grill

4.1 miles | eviesonline.com

Sit in the Tavern or in the golf center and enjoy a snack or meal from our extensive menu. Try our famous hand tossed pizzas or enjoy our appetizers, subs, wraps, fresh salads and burgers. We offer both delivery and carry out.

Another Broken Egg Cafe

Another Broken Egg Cafe

5.1 miles | anotherbrokenegg.com

Made Fresh, Made with Creativity. Another Broken Egg Cafe’s passion is to create Southern-inspired breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes, with an artisanal flair, that are “craveably” delicious and can pair with refreshing, hand-crafted cocktails!

Dino’s Pizza

Dino’s Pizza

4.7 miles | facebook.com

Old-fashioned pizzeria supplying made-to-order pies & all-you-can-eat lunch & dinner buffets.

Rice Box Express

Rice Box Express

2 miles | riceboxexpress.com

We offer popular classic as well as authentic Chinese dishes that are always fresh and cooked to order. Wok cooking is our specialty, stir-frying on high heat in minimal time retains more nutrients in vegetables than in conventional ways of cooking. We always stir-fry with less oil and fresh ingredients to enhance the flavors of every entrée. No added MSG.

Walts Fish Market & Restaurant

Walts Fish Market & Restaurant

8 miles | waltsfishmarketrestaurant.com

Longtime seafood spot in an industrial space with mounted fish & an outdoor bar.

The Old Salty Dog

The Old Salty Dog

9.8 miles | theoldsaltydog.com

British pub on the bay offering beer-battered hot dogs & other bar eats plus live music.

New Pass Grill & Bait Shop

New Pass Grill & Bait Shop

9.7 miles | newpassgrill.com

British pub on the bay offering beer-battered hot dogs & other bar eats plus live music.