Retire in Sarasota

Activities and Culture

Learn about Sarasota's' popular activities and culture.

Activities

Let’s face it, you won’t be able to go to the top rated beach in the US (Siesta Key) EVERY day. Then again, with the city's beautiful weather, anything is possible! Occasional rainy Day? Head to Westfield Mall to get some shopping done. Feel like hitting the links? You have ~30 courses at your disposal. Want to catch a sports game? The Tampa Bay Bucs/Lightning/Rays are all only an hour away.

At a glance

Bowling Alleys:

2

Movie Theaters:

4

Casinos:

2

Public Libraries:

8

Malls:

4

Shooting Ranges:

5

Sports Teams within 60 Miles:

3

Closest Beach:

Siesta Key (0 miles away)

Closest Skiing:

n/a

Golf courses and country clubs:

46

Universities:

7

  • Area
  • National Average

Food

Food Summary

Although Sarasota is a mid-sized city, it still packs a big city punch when it comes to dining options. Seafood lovers have a ton of options for fresh Gulf fish, shrimp, and crab, while meat lovers are in excellent hands as well. Sarasota's year-round weather provides for an abundant amount of al fresco dining options, many of which are accompanied by picturesque Gulf views as far as the eye can see.

  • Restaurants

    708
  • Bars

    51
  • Local Specialty

    Fish tacos

Culture

Culture Summary

Sarasota brings more to the table than just beaches alone; it is well known as a cultural hub in the Southeast. Sarasota boasts a variety of museums, including the famed John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. In fact, the Ringling family (of Ringling Brothers Circus), were very involved in Sarasota's real estate and business community in the early 20th century, and influences of their legacy can be seen throughout the city. This combined with cultural attractions such as the Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, and Florida Studio Theatre make Sarasota a top destination for retirees with a passion for the arts.

  • Total performing arts companies

    12
  • Museums

    3
  • Historical Sites

    1
  • Zoos and Botanical Gardens

    4
  • Vineyards

    0

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