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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Sunset Tour

POP June 2022

The kids were gone and our monthly newsletter was calling... what activity to feature this time? We returned to one of the classic beauties Sarasota is known for - the Gulf Coast sunset...

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

Quick Point Nature Preserve

POP May 2022

Longboat Key is known for its beautiful white sand beaches (Whitney Beach is a public beach at the north end of the island) and delicious restaurants (Maison Blanche and Euphemia Haye are the top LBK fine dining restaurants on Trip Advisor). This Mother's Day, though...

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Big Cat Habitat

POP April 2022

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is a small-venue, large-animal rescue with a uniquely Sarasota circus twist. Kay Rosaire, who founded and remains very involved in the rescue, is an...

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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.

Bishop Museum

POP March 2022

Remember school projects and field trips that exposed your class to the historic people, plants and animals of your hometown lands? Building or viewing dioramas of local Native American tribes seems to have been a common component. And it provided a totally different perspective on the place you called home!

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The Legacy Trail

POP February 2022

Although January and February have brought colder temperatures than usual to Florida this year, there's no denying the weather still makes Sarasota paradise. We took advantage of a sunny day with temps in the high 60s by hopping onto one of Sarasota County's recreational jewels: The Legacy Trail

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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.

Food Delights

POP January 2022

We enjoy exploring Sarasota's food scene any chance we get. While downtown Sarasota is nearest to our Home Watch service zone, Lido and Siesta Keys and downtown Venice have their fair share of locally-owned restaurants, too. This month we went to St. Armands Circle to check off a longstanding activity on our to-do list: a more formal tasting experience via food tour.

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Slingshot Rental

POP December 2021

You've probably seen them on the road and wondered "What is that?" "Is that even street legal?" or "How do I get my hands on one of those babies???!" The answers are 1. A slingshot, 2. Yes, and 3. They are available for rent through multiple vendors in Sarasota County. We used Sarasota Slingshot Rental. The 4-hour two-person rental...

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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.

Selby Gardens

POP November 2021

Selby Gardens has been the subject of much debate the past few years. What's the hub-bub about? The desirable waterfront location, nestled among historic homes near the heart of downtown Sarasota, isn't without its drawbacks. 

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Archives

October 2021:
Ghost Tour

September 2021:
Sarasota Art Museum

August 2021: Accolade Season

April 2021: Mote Aquarium

March 2021: Ringling Causeway

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