Shopping & Entertainment

Shopping & Entertainment


Enjoy a little retail therapy while visiting Sarasota. Stroll, shop, and eat in historic districts and chic shopping malls throughout the area. 

Downtown Sarasota: One of the nation’s best regional arts destinations, downtown Sarasota offers a wide array of specialty boutiques, cultural activities, fine dining, and lively attractions.

Lakewood Ranch Main Street: Enjoy an outdoor venue that offers stylish boutiques, international flavors from a variety of restaurants, and entertainment for the entire family. The Lakewood Ranch Cinemas play host to a world of on-screen attractions, from unique art films to the latest blockbusters.

St. Armands Circle: Enjoy a casual stroll amid a unique collection of eclectic boutiques and shops, where small-community charm meets the shopping power of a cosmopolitan city.

University Town Center Mall (UTC): The area’s ultimate fashion shopping destination, with retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, and a selection of restaurants sure to please an array of palates – from The Capital Grille and Seasons 52 to YO! Sushi and the Cheesecake Factory.

Westfield Southgate: Stroll the storefronts, grab a bite, or shop to your heart’s content, with retailers and features such as Macy’s, CinéBistro, and more!



Sarasota is home to a variety of attractions for everyone's enjoyment, from art museums to natural science aquariums and other local must-sees.

John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art: Wander through galleries filled with treasures: old masters, contemporary art, and exhibitions from around the world. You can also tour the very famous Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, a magnificent 56-room Venetian Gothic palace and Ringling’s old family home.

South Florida Museum: The largest natural and cultural museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast and home to “Snooty,” the oldest living manatee born in captivity.

Mote Marine Aquarium: Explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs, and high-tech interactive exhibits.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens: A verdant 9-acre respite on Sarasota Bay near downtown showcasing thousands of colorful and exotic plants.

TreeUmph! Adventure Course: Kids of all ages can enjoy Southwest Florida’s only treetop adventure course that spans 10 football fields! Ages 7+ can climb, swing, jump, and zip line—all while 15 to 60 feet up in the air!