Sarasota is known as the cultural capital of Florida. The downtown district boasts museums, ballets, art galleries, and plenty of entertainment options, including the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Sarasota Opera House, the Players Center for Performing Arts, the Asolo Repertory Theater, and the Florida Studio Theater. There are also a variety of restaurants to suit just about any palate.
The metropolitan area has made “Top 10” lists more than once. It was ranked the #1 place in the country for overall well-being and ranked #21 on the list for the top 100 places to live, with no other cities in Florida ranking higher than Sarasota. Not far from downtown are some of the most beautiful in the United States, with Siesta Key Beach making the list for the #1 beach in the nation several times over the years. Its sparkling waters and soft, beautiful white sand, make it a must-see attraction.
John Ringling’s influence in downtown Sarasota can be seen in the Ringling Museum of Art as well as the Ringling Causeway which runs through Sarasota Bay. Ringling was responsible for developing much of downtown Sarasota, and his influence can still be seen in the city’s architecture and layout.
Owen Burns was another important figure in the history of Sarasota. He was responsible for developing the city’s waterfront, and his Burns Court district is still a popular destination for shopping and dining.
Downtown Sarasota Lifestyle
Downtown Sarasota has the perfect mixture of a bustling city life with lively amenities, as well as a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. The district may have a small town feel, but it has plenty of modern conveniences, top-notch services, housing options and recreational activities to maintain a high standard of living.
There are plenty of walkable neighborhoods near the downtown area, with vintage bungalows and bayfront condominiums offering majestic views. You will, however, pay a premium for being so close to the city’s charming restaurants and boutiques.
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