Sarasota, Florida

The Location

Sarasota is located in Sarasota County, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. It is home to more than 53,000 residents. The city is known for its Italian architecture and culture, thanks to influence of the Ringling family of Ringling Circus fame.

The city's economy is powered by tourism, healthcare and private industry.

Sarasota is conveniently located near the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and is served by Sarasota County Area Transit bus service.

Arts and Entertainment

Sarasota is home to a number of cultural attractions, including The Ringling (the State Art Museum of Florida), the Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Sarasota Orchestra, Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts, Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, the Mote Marine Laboratory, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, and many more.

The city hosts a number of events each year, including the Sarasota Music Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota Chalk Festival, Whiskey Obsession Festival and farmers' markets.

Sarasota has three distinct shopping and dining districts, including Southside village, Gulf Gate and North Trail's Tamiami Cultural District.

There is also plenty of opportunity for outdoor fun, including golf, sport fishing, pristine beaches, sailing, running events, boating, and other water sports.


The city is served by Sarasota County Public Schools as well as private elementary and secondary schools.

Sarasota is home to several institutions of higher education, including New College of Florida, Keiser University, FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, Ringling College of Art and Design, East West College of Natural Medicine and satellite campuses of Florida State University College of Medicine and Eckerd College.

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