Sarasota, a booming beach town in Florida, has gained recognition over the years for the numerous celebrity sightings, festivals, celebrations, and attractions here. Home to the once famous Ringling Brothers Circus, the city boasts miles of beautiful beaches, and each beachy, breezy stretch seems to be a little unique to the one before. There is no shortage of awesome and fun things to do in Sarasota, especially for families.
With over 1,000 restaurants and almost 400 attractions, boredom is practically non-existent in Sarasota. The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium on Ken Thompson Parkway, is perfect for animal and ocean lovers. Home to acres of beautiful sea life, the facility includes a ginormous shark tank, manatee aquariums, and sea turtle habitat. Some exhibits are outdoors, some are indoors, and all of them offer amazing views of well-treated, beautiful sea creatures. You can even get interactive with a touch tank of small starfish, urchins, and sea snails.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens, founded in 1939, boasts a tropical atmosphere on over 10 acres of wildlife preserve and protected land. There are hundreds of different species of animals here, such as cockatoos, flamingos, and alligators, as well as picnic areas, rest benches, nature trails, and a nifty gift shop.
For activities geared towards a thriving Florida arts scene, visit the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. The museum sits on 20 acres of landscape, with both indoor and outdoor artwork exhibits. There are over 30 galleries within the museum, each celebrating a different style of art, from ancient, to Renaissance, and modern. The grounds and buildings are huge, so bring a good pair of walking shoes.
We at TravNow have done our research to ensure you have a safe, comfortable vacation—either alone, with business friends, or with your beloved family. With that said, here are some of the best Sarasota hotels including Hyatt Place Sarasota, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn Lido Beach, and Hibiscus Suites. Before booking your next stay, read up on more popular Florida cities, courtesy of TravNow.
Hyatt Place Sarasota
Hyatt Place Sarasota, seated on University Parkway, is a top-ranked Florida hotel in the Sarasota area. Reviewed as the fifth best hotel out of 48 Sarasota hotels by guests on TripAdvisor, Hyatt Place Sarasota boasts the Certificate of Excellence, as well as an excellent location—close to a number of great restaurants, shops, and attractions.
A few hotel amenities include a swimming pool and hot tub, a business center, airport transportation and shuttle bus services, room service, an on-site restaurant and bar, and free high-speed internet. Free breakfast is much-loved here, as the restaurant serves up made-to-order breakfast biscuits and sandwiches with the fillings and toppings of your choice.
Lovin’ all things automotive? Check out the Sarasota Classic Car Museum that hosts one exhibit after another of well-over 100 antique automobiles.
Situated on the Boulevard of Arts, the Hotel Indigo thrives in the Sarasota arts scene, and the hotel décor matches the colorful vibes of the downtown area. Here are 95 non-smoking suites, each featuring a unique décor that incorporates comfortable furnishings, getaway essentials, and vibrant designs. Rooms feature an air conditioning unit, which is adjustable and much-needed during the famed Florida summers.
Other room features include a plush, queen-size bed with clean linens and soft blankets, a kitchenette with basic dinnerware, a fridge, and a microwave, and a clean, spacious bathroom, abundant in toiletries.
Hotel-wise, amenities include free guest parking lots, a swimming pool, an on-site restaurant, lounge, and bar with happy hours, free high-speed internet, a business center with meeting rooms, and an on-site workout room with modern fitness equipment. You don’t have to travel far from the hotel to get a delicious, upscale meal. The H20 Bistro is the Hotel Indigo’s own restaurant, serving up flavorful dishes, like seafood salads, fruity crepes, chicken salad sandwiches on homemade flatbreads, and seared, well-seasoned scallops.
Holiday Inn Lido Beach
The Holiday Inn Lido Beach on Ben Franklin Drive is a seaside hotel with high favor and positive online reviews from thousands of past guests. Their big time score is due, in part, to their close beach access and stellar customer service. Other notable hotel accommodations include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, an on-site fitness room, an on-site restaurant, bar, and lounge, poolside lounge and picnic areas, free high-speed internet, laundry and dry-cleaning services, a banquet room for celebrations, and meeting and conference rooms in an on-site business center.
For entertainment, simply walk out onto Lido Beach, voted one of the best beaches in the United States!
Soak up the sunshine, let the ocean waves lap at your knees, and lounge on pure sands. When the sun sets, walk to Kilwin’s Chocolates—a dessert shoppe that serves up homemade slabs of fudge, cake pops, unique ice cream flavors with a variety of delicious toppings, and classic chocolate or caramel apples.
Hibiscus Suites on Stickney Point Road is high-ranked by online reviews, with the Certificate of Excellence to honor their superb customer services and comfortable accommodations. Less than a half mile from the Siesta Kay Beach, the hotel features accommodation amenities that make comfort and convenience better for your vacation. Regardless of what kind of traveler you happen to be, from family to business professional, the hotel caters to everyone, providing both luxuries and essentials to create a positive and memorable atmosphere.
The best hotel amenities include free high-speed internet, a swimming pool with poolside lounge areas, free daily breakfast of continental favorites like pastries, muffins, and coffee, and a self-serve laundry. Room-wise, guests are greeted with comfortable beds— decked out in fresh linens, plump pillows, and warm blankets, as well as a well-stocked bathroom, spacious dining and sitting areas, and a fully-equipped kitchenette. Families love the outdoor pool because it's heated year-round.
Experience an adrenaline kick with Parasail Siesta, a high-flying parasail experience that takes you and your companions across the ocean with a parasail chute.
For dinner, swing by Pho 101 Noodle House—a local favorite that serves up authentic Vietnamese cuisine, like pho, summer rolls, steamed dumplings with sweet sauce, and SOBA tea in a big selection of yummy flavors.
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