Downtown Sarasota offers all the culture and style of big-city living with true small-town flair – and a view that never stops! With a rich history that dates to the 1800s, shaped over the years by the wealthy visitors-turned-residents like Chicago socialite Bertha Palmer and circus tycoons John and Mabel Ringling, Sarasota reflects its ties both to the Gulf of Mexico and the cultural heritage left by its influencers, with world-class fishing and sailing as well as its own theater, opera, ballet and, yes, circus! In addition, today’s Sarasota offers a wealth of fabulous restaurants and shops to explore during your stay.


Theaters & Movie Theaters