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Tons of festivals, tons of fun!

Wherever you may be in Sarasota this weekend, you will be able to find a festival to suit your fancy!

Siesta Key Crystal Classic

Visit the Siesta Key Crystal Class this weekend

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic is going to be happening this weekend, where the Master Sculptors have 24 sculpting hours over four days to create their Sand Sculpture Masterpiece! These huge works of art, will be built at the Siesta Key Public Beach and are sponsored by Margaritaville this year. There will also be live music, vendors, demonstrations, fashion shows and more throughout the event. Judging and awards take place on Sunday, but you’ll be able to view the sculptures through Tuesday. Admission is $6.

10am-5:30pm Friday – Monday
Siesta Key Public Beach
948 Beach Road


Sarasota Medieval Fair will be happening in the forest behind the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Expect the usual excitement of jousting, humas chessmatchees, lots of vendors, smoked turkey legs and plenty of games and kids’ fun. The festival runs for three weekends and promises to be a great place to break out your leather corsets, swords and other crazy costumes.  Admission is 16.95 for adults, $14.95 for seniors, studens, and active military, and $8.95 for Children ages 5-12.

10am-6pm Saturday-Sunday
also Nov 22-23
Ringling Woods (behind the Sarasota Fairgrounds)
3000 Ringling Blvd

Venice Blues Festival is Southwest Florida’s newest blues bash. The festival returns with a winning roster of national, local and international talent headlined by Chicago veterans Mac Arnold and Joe Moss Band. Saturdays event at Maxine Barritt Park also includes Manatee County standouts RJ Howson and Twinkle as well as a special guest opener from Germany, Luca Sestak, a 19 yr old.  The Florida Blues Brothers will appear between acts for a little comic relief. Bring your own lawn chair! Free Bus rides will be provided between the Blues Festival and the Chalk Festival! Get a free ride and a free beer!

November 15, 2014
Maxine Barritt Park
1600 Harbor Dr. S
Venice, FL
Chalk Festival

Sarasota Chalk Festival

The Sarasota Chalk Festival has moved  to the island of Venice. The main attraction will be the 3D Pavement Art at Venice Airport, where the fest has attempted a Guinness World Record for Largest Anamorphic (3D) Pavement Art, taking weeks of effort from a cadre of artists. There will be more 3D pavement art, There will be more 3D pavement art, student chalk art and ree chalking for kids at the Venice Cultural Campus. If you want to see the completed masterpieces, head to Venice on Monday for your last chance to see it all! Parking is free!

Venice Cultural Campus
326 Nokomis Ave S.
Venice and Venice Municipal Airport Festival Grounds
Airport Avenue



Festa Italiana is taking place on Saturday at Greenbrook Adventure Park for its third annual celebration. There will be stage performers, dancers, pony rides, Venetian mask making, noodle necklaces, magic and face painting. There will be also be novelty booths provided by local artisans. And last, but not least, there will be a wide selection of Italian food and wine booths! This will be an event not to be missed!! Admission is FREE! For more information, call 941-757-1530

11am-4pm Saturday
Greenbrook Adventure Park
13400 Adventure Park
Lakewood Ranch, FL

Braden River Bluegrass Fest & Gumbo Cookoff- Three of the best Florida bluegrass groups, including Highway 41 South, Keith Bass & Florida Bluegrass Band, willl be picking and playing down by the river at this weekend’s Linger Lodge Bluegrass Fest. Besides being able to enjoy all the incredible, toe tapping music, your ticket will let you taste all the delicious gymbo entered to win a $500 final prize in the cookoff. Sorry no pets, no coolers or highback chairs.

Braden River Bluegrass Fest and Gumbo Cookoff

Braden River Bluegrass Fest and Gumbo Cookoff

Thanks to Sarasota Herald Tribune for assistance in collecting all this festival information. Get your subscription today! Home delivery or online! www.sarasotaheraldtribune.comfe

7205 85th St. Ct E
Bradenton, FL
Have a great weekend!
Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242

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Sarasota Bay Water Festival is Saturday, Nov 1st!

Looking for a super fun activity this Saturday in Sarasota?

Join the fun celebration of the importance of Sarasota Bay to the region’s environment, economy and quality of life. Festival hours are 10am to 4pm with live music starting 10:30am. Free admission and convenient parking, or take the water taxi from Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota! This is a rain or shine event with lots of tents.

New this year is the Water Festival After Party beginning 8pm at Circus City Architectural Salvage featuring live music and the Aqua-Garde Fashion Show. Ticket sales benefit Sea to Shore Alliance and Save Our Seabirds.

Join us on Facebook and help us spread the word – Water Festival and After Party!

Clyde Butcher

Sarasota Bay Water Festival photographer, Clyde Butcher

Have Fun – Live music with top area bands, food trucks & local restaurants, beer and wine garden, Art Zone featuring artists and photographers selling gift items, Dragon Boat Races, opportunity to experience Dragon Boat Racing first hand at noon and 1pm (beach area); hands on kayak demonstrations with Brad Tanner, and a display of the winning photos from the I Love Sarasota Bay Photo Contest. Add your touch of creativity to our Community Art Mural and don’t forget the After Party at Circus City Architectural Salvage featuring live music, a DJ later in the evening and the Aqua-Garde Fashion Show Design Contest. Party guests can wear costumes (night after Halloween), but only registered entries are part of the fashion show contest.

Learn New Things – Meet Florida’s acclaimed photographer Clyde Butcher (photo) at 2pm; interact with local speakers focused on the protection of bay wildlife (Noon), the bay’s economic value (1pm), local water quality and restoration (3pm), and the problem of discarded plastic harming wildlife (3:30pm); vintage and new boats; dip netting and nature walks; plus exhibits promoting boating, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and more. Come early and spend the day. Pets welcome too, but don’t forget your six-foot leash.

Live Music:

Live Entertainment at the Sarasota Bay Water Festival

Live Entertainment at the Sarasota Bay Water Festival

Enjoy live music from 10:30am until 4pm. The award-winning guitarist Ben Hammond will be back as our emcee, joined by our 2014 headliner Applebutter Express, plus Serotonic and Ari and the Alibis.

The After Party will feature live music, the Aqua-Garde Fashion Show and craft beer and wine samples for guests 21 and over. The fundraiser begins 8pm at Circus City Architectural Salvage at 1001 Central Avenue in downtown Sarasota.

Welcome Sponsors:

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is the Founding Sponsor, HDR, Inc. is the Community Sponsor and Sea to Shore Alliance is the Host Sponsor for 2014. These sponsors represent government, private industry and the nonprofit sector respectively. Visit the Sponsors page to learn about all 41 sponsors. Many of our sponsors are ongoing supporters. Sponsor inquiries welcome at

Welcome Exhibitors:

The Water Festival Art Zone added color and energy!

The Water Festival Art Zone added color and energy!

Connect with 70 plus exhibitors focused on water recreation and sports, boating and fishing, other outdoor activities, unique gifts for sale including nature and wildlife photography, arts and crafts, local groups promoting conservation and the protection of wildlife, and diverse groups promoting bay-friendly living. 


Bring your boat, your bike, whatever you like to ride to the Sarasota Bay Water Festival

Bring your boat, your bike, whatever you like to ride to the Sarasota Bay Water Festival

Our sustainability plan includes recycling and composting. Consider alternative transportation: Free water taxi, parking for your bike, kayak or canoe, or the LBK Trolley. Freedom Boat Club (photo) runs the water taxi service between Marina Jack and the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. It’s a fun way to attend the Water Festival while enjoying some of the best views of Sarasota Bay and downtown Sarasota.

Management & Marketing:

Triple 3 Marketing (T3M) manages and promotes the Water Festival with support from volunteers and other friends. T3M has produced many events including the E-Fest Green Living Music & Arts Festival. T3M is the marketing contractor for SBEP and other business and nonprofit clients; inquiries welcome.

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6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242

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There are more health benefits to a day on the beach than you realized!

The beach is obviously one of the best vacation and relaxing spots on the planet, but it is also a very healthy choice of location and activity. The beach can help your skin, brain strength, muscles and overall health if you know the best way to utilize it.

benefits of salt water and beaches

Benefits of salt water and beaches

The Salt Water:
How does a swim in the ocean benefit your body?
1. Sea water does wonders for acne and semi-permanent scars. Salt helps cure, clear and cleanse which is great news for your teenager’s breakouts or your scratches from that friend’s cat you tried to pick up last week.
2. Salt water is a natural shampoo. The salt cleanses the oils from your hair and scalp. Taking a dip in the ocean can add volume, get rid of dandruff or built up chemicals, and strip unnecessary oils from your hair. A visit to the beach can be the best treatment for an oily scalp or an overuse of products weighing down your hair.
3. Salt water heals cuts and soars. The salt water will cleanse any cuts of toxins and dry out pus.
4. It clears your nasal passage ways. Often when I was sick as a kid my dad would take me to the beach… Weird, I know. But it was probably one of the best things he could have done for me. The first relates to the sun, which I will touch on later, but the second is because the salt water unstuffs your nose! Doctors even will prescribe mixing salt and water into a little gadget that filters out the mucus from your nostrils; but, who needs that when you can hop in the ocean?!
5. Swimming in the sea water helps you stay fit and in good health. This one is a bit obvious, but none the less very accurate! It burns a ton of calories and uses many muscles in your body that aren’t used in any other exercises.

The Sand:
What does this fluffy white stuff on Siesta Key have to offer to my health?
1. Sand is a natural exfoliant. You never leave the beach not covered in sand right? This is actually a great thing because this natural exfoliant will keep your skin healthy and help the breakouts. Your body is constantly getting rid of dead skin cells, so it is important that you exfoliate to keep your pores open and your skin soft.
2. You burn up to fifty percent more calories walking in the sand and your muscles tone much faster. If you are going to exercise, why not do it with a beautiful view!
3. Being buried in sand increases your body’s resistance and raises your circulation and metabolism. That’s right, I am giving you an excuse to let your kids burry you in the sand… You won’t look that ridiculous!

Benefits of the Sun

Benefits of the Sun

The Sun:
But I thought sun bathing was just to get that nice golden tan?
1. Being in the sun stimulates vitamin D production. Vitamin D helps reduce the risk of cancer, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, and depression while boosting your immune system, combating type II Diabetes and fighting acne. IMPORTANT: Do not forget to keep applying sunscreen through out the day! Especially in the Siesta Key area where the UV rays are very strong. The closer you are the equator the stronger the UV. So, if you’re visiting from Wisconsin and think you can last the day without sunscreen, you are very wrong! Many of my family members have made that mistake because they know how their skin can hold up in the sun where they are from, but I promise it is different here. You don’t want to spend your vacation with a crippling sunburn after day one of thinking your skin is invincible, it will not be fun!
2. Heat from the sun makes you sweat, which in turn raises circulation and metabolism. Sweat also releases toxins to keep you healthy.
3. The sun makes you happier! Having high levels of Vitamin D helps your body maintain high levels of serotonin, which helps you be in a good mood. It’s no wonder people come back from a beach vacation much happier.
TIP: Remember to shower and moisturize after a day at the beach. This will avoid the salt drying out your skin and it will also help hold in the color you got from sun bathing!

The friendly staff at Tropical Beach Resorts are happy to answer any questions you might have on the beach or your trip to Sarasota.
Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, Fl 34242

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The Mall at University Town Center (UTC) in Sarasota is be the biggest, finest and newest fashion/shopping in western Florida.

University Town Center is now open

The Mall at UTC is now open


This 880,000 square foot regional shopping center at the interchange of I-75 and University Parkway is now OPEN! With over 100 retail and dinning destinations, the two stories of luxury will be anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and Dillard’s. Along with high fashion, The Mall at UTC will be bringing some restaurants to Sarasota for the very first time including BRIO Tuscan Grille, The Capital Grille, The Cheesecake Factory, Kona Grill, Seasons 52, and many others.

This new mall is the hype of the town as it is sure to be the new favorite shopping location for Sarasota, surrounding areas, and visitors alike. Updated lists of stores keep making their way onto the web but a few unconfirmed favorites that are word on the street include:
Salvatore Ferragamo
Tiffany’s & Co.
Hugo Boss
Forever 21
Urban Outfitters

Others that you can for certain look forward to:
Brooks Brothers
Crate and Barrel
Mac Cosmetics
Pacific Sunwear
Pottery Barn

For more information regarding The Mall at University Town Center or anything else that you need to help plan your trip to Sarasota or Siesta Key please feel free to call the friendly staff at Tropical Beach Resorts.

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, Fl 34242

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5 Reasons to Visit Siesta Key & Sarasota

Siesta Key Beach

5 reasons to visit Siesta Key

Great Food & Drinks: Siesta Key has an abundance of amazing restaurants with great food and drinks. The island has everything from delicious, fresh seafood and steak to a more casual vibe offering fish tacos and burgers. The Key is a great place to be whether you are looking for a fancy date night or a casual night out for drinks.

The Weather: There really isn’t a bad time to visit Siesta Key! Visiting during our summer months is a great time to cool off at our famous white sand beach. Enjoy leaving the snow behind and visit in our winter months for a comfortable fall-like feeling. There is always something to do in the area!

Myakka River State Park: This is both a local and visitor favorite. The picturesque Myakka State Park in Sarasota hosts 35 miles of river filled with amazing wildlife. Rent a bike or canoe, go on a boat tour, walk any of the numerous walking trails, visit the bird walk, the tree top canopy walk, restaurant and gift shop! If you need a break from the beach, camping in the state park could be just what you need to unwind! The park is filled with amazing wildlife including alligators, turkey, deer, turtles, and an abundance of different birds.

Ringling: we can’t talk about Sarasota without including the Ringling Brothers! Sarasota has been home to the famous Ringling Brothers Circus since 1927 when John Ringling made this the official winter training quarters. With this comes the Ringling Museum, Ringling College of Art and Design, and the Ca’ d’Zan mansion- meaning “House of John”- a Venetian Gothic style mansion designed and lived in by John Ringling himself. Tours are given daily at both the museum and mansion.

Siesta Key Beach: We are proud to host Siesta Key Beach, which has been rated the #1 beach in the country due to its sparkling Gulf of Mexico waters, soft, white sand, and relaxed vibe. Siesta Key has over 100 acres of Gulf beach, year-round life guards, and is just a short walk away from restaurants, bars, shopping, and Tropical Beach Resorts of course!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242

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Become a Sarasota Bay Explorer for the day

Sarasota Bay Explorers

Sarasota Bay Explorers

Become a Sarasota BayWant your kids to learn more about the ocean than they can by just visiting the beach? Interactive marine science boat trips and safaris are cruising through Sarasota Bay and Lido Park that are sure to get the whole family excited about marine life in Sarasota. There are 3 different eco tours available for you and your family to experience, that are in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

Kayaking through the mangroves with Sarasota Bay Explorers

Kayaking through the mangroves with Sarasota Bay Explorers

Sea life encounter cruise (suitable for all ages):
This 1 hour and 45 minute journey through Sarasota and Roberts Bay will teach you about the ecology, history and folklore of Sarasota. From the boat you will most likely get great views of dolphins and manatees before arriving to an island for a nature walk. A guide will take the group to view pelicans, herons, ibis and egrets in their natural habitat. Also, the kids and adults alike will get hands on time with some critters such as puffer fish, sea horse, stone crabs, cow fish and more though a collection that will be gathered there with a trawl net. The trip will include cold drinks, snacks, and lots of learning!
Reservations are recommended
Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure.
Cruise Ticket
Adults: $27
Children (4-12): $23
Children 3 and under: Free
Combo Ticket
(Cruise and Aquarium)
Adults: $40
Children (4-12): $33
Children 3 and under: Free

Guided Kayak Tour (6 years old and up):
No kayaking experience? No problem. Before this backwater adventure you will have a quick lesson to teach you all you’ll need to know to paddle through the mangroves and observe the wildlife up close and personal. A naturalist will be there to lead you through the journey in Lido Park and to describe all the plants and animals you will come across.
Kayaks, paddles, life jackets and instruction will all be provided.
Reservations and deposits are required.
Adults: $55
Children: $45

Nature Safari (6 years old and up):
This new tour is really the experience of a life time. Go boating with marine biologists to Lido Key Beach to walk through the beach and trails where you can explore multiple different ecosystems including coastal grasslands, wetlands, uplands and tidal mangrove forests with a vast amount of plants and animals in each that will be shown to you by the guide. Next stop is a sandbar to search for live shells, sea stars, fish, crabs, sand dollars and even sea horses.
Adults: $45
Children (6-12): $40

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, Fl 34242




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Want to mix up your Friday nights this summer in Sarasota with free events?

Friday Nights in Sarasota, FL #SarasotaHotel

Friday Nights in Sarasota, FL #Sarasotahotel

Want to mix up your Friday nights in Sarasota this summer with free events?


One Friday a month in the summer the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall holds a FREE outdoor concert called Friday Fest on the Bay that takes place on their bayfront lawn. 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of this gift back to the community for the support Sarasota gives. Although it is widely known to locals, they are not the only ones that get to take advantage of this event. The bayfront lawn becomes filled with both locals and visitors to watch the sunset and take in the free music rain or shine. If bad weather does hit, the festival will be moved to the Grand Foyer.




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Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall



On July 25th, August 22th, and September 26th join the free entertainment with a beautiful view. You can enjoy the variety of music from country, jazz, to disco along with food vendors, a full bar, and art displays while relaxing on your lawn chair or dancing by the water. This event can be a great way to start of your weekend visiting the Sarasota or Siesta Key area this summer.



*All Friday Fest evenings take place from 5 – 9 p.m.*

July 25th : Come Back Alice
Enjoy this bands unique sound called southern gypsy funk.

August 22th: SoulRcoaster
Take a ride with SoulRcoaster through an assortment of music genres including classic rock, pop, jazz, country and disco.

September 26th : Adrian Ray
Listen to this cowboy and his band play a mix between country and classic rock (“Heavy Country”) for the last Friday Fest of the year.

Don’t miss out on experiencing the entertainment, food, full bar and art on display for sale this summer

The Van Wezel: 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
For more information, call 941-953-3368 or ask the knowledgeable staff at Tropical Beach Resorts. They are happy to help you in anyway with your visit to Siesta Key, Florida. Let us help you plan the island get-a-way of your dreams!

Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, FL 34242
Reservations 800-235-3493 –

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Where will you be watching fireworks this Fourth of July?

Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL Fireworks

Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL Fireworks











If your answer is somewhere in beautiful Sarasota then you are doing Independence Day right! Sarasota has parades, fireworks and more to help you have as much patriotic fun as possible on this very special day because, well… AMERICA. So get out your best red, white and blue attire and prepare to plan for your day of celebrating freedom!

Start the morning off at Bicentennial Park watching the infamous Annual Freedom Fest Parade at 9 a.m. This brief celebration and parade will also include food, music, and children’s games.

Bicentennial Park: on the corner of Gulf of Mexico Drive and Bay Isles Road, west of Town Hall at 2730 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-2466

After you spend the rest of your day at the beach you can make your final destination at Tropical Sarasota Fourth of July at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens starting at 6 p.m. Don’t miss out on the barbeque, popcorn and ice cream to prepare you for the much anticipated fireworks. Bring a chair or a blanket so you can see the spectacular Bayfront Fireworks that begins around 9 p.m.

$20 for non-members, free for kids 11 and under. 811 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota

Would you rather watch the Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular blast off over Sarasota Bay for free? Anywhere downtown including Bayfront Park and Island Park will have a great view. The display is privately funded and charity focused, benefiting Suncoast Charities for Children.

Bayfront Park: 2 Marina Plz, Sarasota, FL 34236

Island Park: 1 Marina Plz, Sarasota, FL, US, 34236

There is another fireworks show in Sarasota on the soft white sand of the number one beach in America: Siesta Key. The 24th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Display and Party shoots fireworks off north of the volleyball courts, so the view is great from anywhere south and along Crescent Beach. Ideal weather conditions will bring about 20,000 to 30,000 to the fireworks, which starts at about 9:15 p.m.

Siesta Key Beach: 948 Beach Rd, Siesta Key, FL, US, 34242


Book your stay with Tropical Beach Resorts to have a private beach access just steps from your room to watch the Siesta Key 4th of July Fireworks Display this year.

Tropical Beach Resorts

6717 Sarasea Circle

Siesta Key, Fl 34242



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Where will you be spending Happy Hour on Siesta Key?

You are on vacation, right? Then there is no need to wait until the sun goes down to enjoy a few drinks any day of the week on your trip. Plus, who doesn’t love drink and food specials? Here are a few hot spots Siesta Key Village has to offer. Feel free to bar hop and experience all of them! That’s one of the many wonderful qualities of The Village here, there is plenty to see but all in one manageable size strip of the key, so you can explore it all.

Daiquiri Deck

Daiquiri Deck Happy Hour Specials

Daiquiri Deck Happy Hour Specials

Walking up to the bar here is similar to when you were a kid going to the Slurpee machines at the mini mart that had multiple different flavors. You got so excited that you couldn’t even choose. The only difference here is there are many more delicious flavors and these have alcohol… Which I know while enjoying vacation, we are very grateful for! Kick back, relax, and you will probably even have a live band playing for you in this much loved beach bar.

Happy Hour Specials Everyday 3 pm to 7 pm
$8.00 Domestic Pitchers
$9.50 Premium Pitchers
$2.75 Domestic Pints
$3.50 Premium Pints
2 For 1 Small Daiquiris
2 For 1 Well Drinks
5250 Ocean Blvd
(941) 349-8697


Siesta Key Oyster Bar “SKOB”

Siesta Key Oyster Bar in Siesta Village

Siesta Key Oyster Bar in Siesta Village

Hop right on over next store from the Daiquiri Deck to the best oyster bar in Sarasota. Hang out on the SKOB patio and choose from over 21 beers on tap along with Domestic, Imports, and specialty-bottled beer and order some seafood while embracing the Island atmosphere.

Happy Hour Specials everyday 3 pm to 6 pm
$7 Dozen Oysters on the Half Shell or Lousiana Crawfish
Late Night Happy Hour
Sundays-Thursdays 10-close
Friday-Saturday 11-close
2-for-1 Draft and Well liquors
5238 Ocean Blvd
(941) 346-5443





The Hub Baja-Grill

The Hub Baja Grill in Siesta Key, FL

The Hub Baja Grill in Siesta Key, FL

If you are a Margarita fan you have found your new favorite Siesta Key bar. Just a block down the road from the two mentioned above you will find Sarasota’s voted number one Margarita and almost all day happy hour! It’s five o’clock somewhere, right?

Happy Hour Specials Monday – Friday 11 am to 6 pm & Late Night Happy Hour 10 pm to close

$5 House Margaritas
$4 House Wines
$3 Well Drinks
$2 Domestic Drafts

5148 Ocean Blvd

(941) 349-6800


These are just a few suggestions. The Village on Siesta Key has much more to offer! Feel free to call or email the helpful staff here at Tropical Beach Resorts with any other questions. We are also located on the key, so we have plenty of local knowledge to assist you in planning your vacation.


Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Siesta Key, Fl 34242

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You probably know that Sarasota is famous for its beautiful beaches, but did you know it is also famous for its Ringling Circus heritage?

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus was a world-renowned show that traveled across the United States, and had its winter headquarters settled in Sarasota. One of the brothers, John Ringling, was a great deal of importance in the modern development in Sarasota. He also bought water front land, which he then built a mansion on and later built a museum to hold him and his wife, Mable’s, collection of Baroque art. It wasn’t long before John became extremely wealthy and bought the American Circus Corporation, thus owning every traveling circus in America. During this time he traveled Europe while adding to his art collection, which is now the couples growing legacy: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; a unique gem of Sarasota.


Ringling Museum of Fine Art in Sarasota, FL

Ringling Museum of Fine Art in Sarasota, FL

Today The Ringling’s beautiful property includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, Ca’D’Zan, Historic Asolo Theater and the Bayfront Gardens.

Visiting information-
Open 7 days a week
10:00am – 5:00pm Daily
Thursdays open until 8:00pm; The Museum of Art and & Circus Museum are open after 5:00pm
The Bayfront Gardens are open from 9:30am until 6:00pm

Adult: $25
Senior 65+: $20
Students 18+ w/ID: $5
Child 6-17: $5
Active US Military: $10
Children under 6: No Charge

Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, FL

Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, FL

The Circus Museum was created to celebrate the history of the American Circus. When John Ringling made Sarasota the Winter Quarters of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, a great deal of the performers moved to the area. Due to this The Ringling Museum of the American Circus was able to document their history with collections of wardrobes and circus memorabilia, which vastly grew over the years. Today the museum is a family favorite that includes performing props, equipment, circus railroad cars, the film The Life and Times of John and Mable Ringling, and even interactive galleries where you can walk the wire, squeeze into a clown car and have your picture take with a faux tiger.


Ca'd'Zan in Sarasota, FL

Ca’D’Zan in Sarasota, FL

The Ca’ d’Zan is the breathtaking mansion that was built for John and Mable Ringling. It is open to the public 10am-5pm, but if you would like to delve deeper into the palace there is also a summer tour special now through Labor Day, September 1, 2014 where you will receive a FREE Guided Tour of Ca’ d’Zan first and second floors when you purchase a Ca’ d’Zan Private Places Tour. Tickets are $20.


If you would like to see an affordable show that will make the whole family laugh while visiting Sarasota, then be sure to experience the Summer Circus Spectacular at the Historic Asolo Theater. Experience comedy by Chris Allison, award-winning hand-balancer Christian Stoinev and his canine cohort Scooby, the quick-change magical transformation act of Olga & Vladimir Smirnov, the magnificent “Queen of the Air,” Dolly Jacobs, and more!
Performances are Tuesday – Friday @ 11:00am and 2:00pm
Saturdays @ 2:00pm and 5:00pm
$15 Adults/$12 Children
Jun 17, 2014 – Aug 2, 2014
PLUS admission to the Circus Museum is just an additional $5 with your Summer Circus performance ticket! Tickets can be purchased in the Visitors Pavillion the day of your show.

The staff at Tropical Beach Resorts is happy to answer any questions you might have on The Ringling or your trip to Sarasota.
Tropical Beach Resorts
6717 Sarasea Circle
Sarasota, Fl 34242

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