Sarasota Recreation

Florida Breaking Tourism Record in 2015

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The Sunshine State welcomed an estimated 79.1 million visitors during the first nine months of 2015, the most of any such period in Florida's history.

The nine-month count was a 5.5 percent increase when compared with the same period in 2014.

The third quarter of this year saw an estimated 25.5 million visitors, an increase of 6.8 percent, [...]

Sarasota Events of the Season

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Sarasota offers a wealth of activities and events for the Holiday Season. We've included highlights of upcoming Sarasota Events for the whole family to enjoy.


Siesta Key Crystal Classic, Nov. 13-17 Sand sculpting festival includes first-rate artistry, lives music and vendors at world-famous Siesta Key Public Beach. Info: [...]

Sarasota No. 31 on List of Most Livable Cities

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Tropical island ambiance with the comforts of craft beer and Fine Art helped land the City of Sarasota on the "2016 Top 100 Best Places to Live."

Most Livable Cities - Sarasota showed up as No. 31 on the list along with places like Boulder, Colorado; Santa Rosa, California; and Madison, Wisconsin.

The other Florida entries on the list, published this week by [...]

Free Things to Do in Sarasota, Bradenton and Beyond

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There are lots of activities that cost nothing, sure, but most are pretty boring. Here are free things to do in Sarasota and Manatee counties that are actually fun.


Kiss under the Kissing Statue

The 26-foot-tall statue officially titled "Unconditional Surrender" on Sarasota's bayfront is the perfect place for a PDA, especially when [...]

Food Network Highlights Dining Sarasota Style

Food Network's Dining Sarasota


Beyond the stunning Gulf Beaches, impressive cultural venues and magnificent lifestyles, Sarasota's culinary offerings were recently highlighted by the Food Network.


The journey begins with the locally-sourced fare and indoor/outdoor dining experience of Towles Court's Indigenous and the Southern California-inspired [...]

Sarasota Region - America's Happiest City

A new report from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® ranks the 100 largest communities in the United States by their comparative well-being. North-Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, has the nation's highest well-being, followed by Urban Honolulu, Hawaii; Raleigh, North Carolina; Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California; and El Paso, [...]

Another Sarasota Tourism Season for the Record Books

Sarasota Tourism

Manatee and Sarasota counties rolled out the details on a record tourism season.

Numbers of visitors: up. Amount they shelled out for sundries, food, lodgings: up.

Overall economic impact: way up.

"Everybody around the state of Florida is breaking visitation records," Elliott Falcione, head of Manatee's tourism bureau, said [...]