Sarasota: Pieces of Paradise

The Visit Sarasota website covers all the see-and-do basics, but in our quest to make each of your visits memorable we also publish monthly "Pieces of Paradise" (POP) newsletters to share what’s happening and happy-ning in the Sarasota area.

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Florida Camping

POP February 2024

If you're thinking about tent camping in the northern U.S. during the month of February, our advice is: don't do it. We assume that your love of cold temperatures was not a factor contributing to your decision to buy a seasonal home in Sarasota. But if you enjoy camping and you stay in Florida during the winter months, then you're (probably) in luck!

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Museum of Art & Whimsy

POP January 2024

True to its name, the Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy is not your everyday art museum. You won't find any paintings of "personal anguish" (as described by the museum's founder) here. To the contrary, the museum is "a Smiley Place."

Marietta Lee opened the doors of the museum in 2010, following her career 

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Creator's Farm & Garden

POP November 2023

Extra, extra, read all about it! Be one of the first to visit a developing attraction that will surely become a beloved local gem. Creator's Farm and Garden is the dream and brainchild of the Toney family. The amount of planning and summer planting

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Shopping for the Floridian

POP October 2023

Full disclosure: we do most of our holiday shopping online. And the really "Floridian" gifts are most readily available in the local Mom and Pops stores of Downtown Sarasota, Venice Main Street, and the like. But there are some essentials that every Floridian should have, and if you've got to buy them...

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Activity suggestions for seasonal Sarasota residents who use Home Watch services.
Activity suggestions for seasonal Sarasota residents who use Home Watch services.

The Drive-ins

POP September 2023

When Miranda was When Miranda was growing up, a favorite pastime was heading to the drive-in movie theater in Delmar, Iowa. While there were as many as 4,000 drive-ins in the U.S. during the 1950s, today there are only 350 (7 of them are in Florida). This summer we decided to re-live the experience with a trip to the Ruskin Family Drive-in.

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Sarasota Jungle Gardens

POP July 2023

This month, it's about the kids. We're letting our children take the lead on telling you what's important about the popular attraction for families who have young members: Sarasota Jungle Gardens.

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Archives

July 2023: McCurdy's

June 2023: Flying Fish Fleet

March 2023: Fresh and Local

February 2023: Mini Golfs of Sarasota

January 2023:
The Bay

December 2022:
Gifts of Home Watch

October 2022: Hurricane Ian

September 2022:
UTC Mall

August 2022: Circus Menagerie

June 2022: Sunset Tour

April 2022:
Big Cat Habitat

March 2022:
Bishop Museum

February 2022: 
Legacy Trail

January 2022: Food Delights

December 2021: Slingshot Rental

November 2021:
Selby Gardens

October 2021:
Ghost Tour

September 2021:
Sarasota Art Museum

August 2021: Accolade Season

April 2021: Mote Aquarium

March 2021: Ringling Causeway