Things to do in Sarasota

Essentials

in Sarasota

Sarasota isn’t all beaches and sunshine; it has a great history and an arts and culture scene that rivals much larger urban areas throughout the United States. So whether you’re here to enjoy the sun or the opera, Hyatt will lead the way.

Events in Sarasota

Sarasota Exotic Car Fest

February

Saint Armands Circle

Sarasota, FL

After dreaming for two days of what the Lamborghinis and Ferraris can do on the open road, you can find out during the road rally on the final day of this event.

Sarasota Festival of the Arts

February

1592 Main Street

Sarasota, FL

The festival’s artists spent countless hours creating paintings, sculptures and jewelry, but finding the piece that truly speaks to you is also an art, although it won’t take nearly as long.

Venice Italian Feast and Carnival

February

1375 Ringling Drive

Venice, FL

+1 941 486 1492

From music and folk dancing to food and performances by Italian-Americans, this festival couldn’t be more Italian if it were in Rome.

Florida Strawberry Festival

March

303 North Lemon Street

Planet City, FL

+1 813 752 9194

The only thing that tops the overabundance of strawberry dishes you’ll discover at this harvest festival are the country music stars like Taylor Swift, bringing their savory tunes to the crowd.

Shark’s Tooth Festival

April

120 East Airport Road

Venice, FL

+1 941 412 0402

More than 100 artists display their work, while people feast on barbecue and seafood and peruse the shark fossils.

Essentials

With a population of nearly 53,000 covering almost 26 square miles, Sarasota is all about quality, not quantity. However, fewer people means a slower pace of life, and the residents of Sarasota wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, with great beaches, sunshine, very little bustle and an average yearly temperature of 72 degrees, why not take it easy?

In 1907, John Ringling saw the potential of the area and started buying up land. Word spread and by the 1930s, circus operators throughout the country used Sarasota as their winter base. Ringling was also an avid art collector, so as the city grew, so did its reputation as a center for arts and culture. Today, Sarasota packs a cultural punch and competes with much larger urban areas for the quality of the art and performance it hosts.

But what makes Sarasota truly unique is its geography. Most cities have neighborhoods, but Sarasota has the Keys. Siesta Key and Lido Key are known for their beaches, while Saint Armands Key has the shopping. Each has something to offer and is worthy of exploration. So have fun, take a look around and let Hyatt navigate your way to relaxing fun.

Resources

Herald-Tribune
If it didn’t have the inside scoop on local happenings, events and hot spots, it wouldn’t be the local paper.

Sarasota Magazine
If it’s in Sarasota and has glamour, style or appeal, it’ll be in Sarasota Magazine.

Sarasota
Anything from shopping to dining or just something to do, you can find it here.

Yelp-Sarasota
The crucible for local businesses; people share their opinions and most of them are pretty good.

Getting Around Sarasota

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SQR)
From New York to Los Angeles, people all over the country fly into this airport, located about five miles from downtown Sarasota.

Taxis
The cost is $2.25 when the flag drops and $2.15 for each additional mile. For each additional passenger over the age of 12, the cost is $1.10.

Rental Cars
If you’re planning to explore Sarasota and its surrounding areas, a rental car is the best option. Get one at the airport or ask the Concierge at Hyatt Regency Sarasota to reserve one for you.

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