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6 Must-See Sarasota Temptations Before You Head Back North

March 31, 2023 | Read Time: 5 minutes

From its vibrant waterfront downtown to a never-ending list of entertaining events, Sarasota is renowned for an exceptional year-round Florida lifestyle. This vibrant cosmopolitan city is the epicenter of the Cultural Coast, drawing residents and visitors from around the world to enjoy the fabulous tropical weather and engaging lifestyle. As the winter season draws to a close and snowbirds begin heading back north, there are a few upcoming events waiting to be enjoyed. Here are just a few of the must-see Sarasota diversions.

1. Fresh Fridays Downtown Sarasota

April 7th is the next Fresh Fridays event, Art In The Park, at Selby Five Points Park. From 7-10 pm, enjoy a night of entertainment and culture, featuring live music and art displays that showcase Sarasota’s best local talent. Taking place on the first Friday of every month, Fresh Fridays allows residents and visitors to enjoy their city in new and dynamic ways. Each month, the event spotlights a new section of Downtown Sarasota with themed parties that celebrate the region’s diverse music, food, and cultural scenes. Previous months have included a tropical-themed party on State Street, an 80s-themed block party, and more.

Fresh Fridays Downtown Sarasota

2. Rock the Park at Hart’s Landing

Just past entry to Golden Gate Point and just before you cross the Ringling Bridge, take the exit to venture under the bridge to Hart’s Landing. Rock the Park every Friday night highlights talented musicians from every genre. Enjoy the waterfront and open-air atmosphere as you listen to rock to jazz or country music. Locals “in the know” bring their lawn chairs or blankets. It’s the perfect place to catch the sunset and watch the boats cruise by on Sarasota Bay. What’s not to love about listening to music under the stars?

Downtown Sarasota Ringling Bridge

3. Sarasota Farmer’s Market

Open every Saturday in Downtown Sarasota, the Sarasota Farmer’s Market is a favored spot to shop for the very best in fresh produce and ingredients. From local seafood and homemade bread to freshly prepared dishes, the market is a great place to try something new. The Sarasota Farmer’s Market also offers space for local artisans and merchants supplying soap, musical instruments, jewelry, and more.

Fresh Produce at Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market

4. Shop and Dine at St. Armands Circle

Nestled on an island between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, St. Armands Circle is a paradise for shoppers and gourmands alike. The outdoor district brings European flair to life with an atmosphere of elegance and timeless style. The pedestrian-friendly streetscape features over 130 designer boutiques with high-end fashion, art galleries with one-of-a-kind home décor, and more. After shopping, get pampered with a massage, hair appointment, or manicure from one of the many nearby salons. Finish the day by savoring dinner and cocktails from one of the many Zagat-rated dining options. Lido Key Beach is just a short stroll to the west and never disappoints.

aerial of the St Armands Circle in Sarasota

5. Get Close to Nature at Myakka River State Park

One of Florida’s oldest and largest parks, Myakka River State Park is a favored destination for any outdoor adventure. Surrounded by arching palm trees and live oaks, the Myakka River flows through 58 square miles, creating a serene atmosphere where bird watching, canoeing, fishing, and wildlife observation are popular activities. The park also includes a 38.9-mile hiking loop, and 12 miles of designated horseback riding trails that wind through shady oaks, sandy pine flatwoods, and dry prairies teeming with wildlife.

Myakka River State Park Bridge

6. Step into the Future at Peninsula Sarasota’s Downtown Sales Gallery

With a new location at 1300 Main Street in the heart of Downtown Sarasota, it’s more convenient than ever to step into Peninsula Sarasota’s Sales Gallery to experience the future of boutique living on Golden Gate Point. This will soon be home to two mid-rise buildings, with the unique distinction of having only one or two residences per floor. While site work has already begun, the Sales Gallery is the place to try out innovative software that allows future homebuyers the ability to walk through the community, virtually. Visitors can literally walk through the available floorplans, see the views from each residence, or explore the extensive array of resort-style amenities. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit PeninsulaSarasota.com or call 941-330-0558.

exterior rendering of peninsula sarasota

Located just a short stroll away from the heart of Downtown Sarasota, Peninsula Sarasota provides a peaceful sanctuary to enjoy coastal living at its finest. Carefully curated with just 23 residences, each expansive 3-bedroom or 3-bedroom plus den floorplan exudes a contemporary modern design, with open-concept floorplans, 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, and spa-inspired color palettes that convey a soothing sense of relaxation.

This gated condominium’s lifestyle is also complemented by resort-style amenities that instill a feeling of relaxation and exclusivity. Focus on health and wellness at the state-of-the-art Fitness Center featuring the latest high-tech cardio and strength equipment. Or spend the day lounging poolside on the luxury sundeck. A Rooftop Residents’ Lounge will also be included, where glass railings, fire pit areas, and plentiful seating areas will enjoy expansive, unobstructed views of Sarasota Bay. Driven to excellence by impeccable designs and high-end amenities, Peninsula Sarasota is destined to become a beacon for those who desire a relaxed Florida lifestyle.