Whether planning a weekend getaway, or week long family vacation, Sarasota, Florida is a perfect escape-from-it-all if you are looking for relaxation, excitement, and enjoyment with your four-legged friends.
Conveniently located on Florida's central west coast, Sarasota provides easy access to other key state-wide destinations, yet offering you the freedom to relax and avoid the hassles of residing in more densely populated tourist towns.
Some of the best beaches in the country are located in the Sarasota region, including Siesta Key Beach and Lido Beach. There are so many wonderful walking trails along the bay front, as well as in the historic districts, making for scenic excursions and enjoyable exercise, while exploring all the eclectic shoppes, galleries, outdoor sculptures, and entertainment.
St. Armand's Circle was definitely a favorite stop during my recent visit. You can easily enjoy an entire day here roaming the pedestrian-and-pet-friendly mall, taking in all of the sights, sounds, and smells of this unique area.
Nightlife in the downtown section of Sarasota offers something for everyone, from Jazz to Reggae, Swing to Symphonies, you can truly dance to the beat of your own drummer. They even offer public drum circles on the beach at sunset, where you may even spot a belly dancer or two reveling in the white sands and cool Gulf breezes.
Dogs love to frolic at the 17th Street Paw Park for some off-leash fun times, or at Bay Front Park where a leash is required. You can also drop by Bird Key Park which is located on the John Ringling Causeway, where your pooch can paddle the surf with you or enjoy a short walk/run along the half-mile waterway bridge.
Sarasota is great if you appreciate nature! Take in the spectacular sights of the area's beautiful botanical gardens, or go bird watching by the bay. Boat cruises and day tours abound, which are lovely for sightseeing or fishing.
See a different, delightful side of Florida; one that accommodates your family, including the fur babies! You will be pleasantly surprised by Sarasota.