The Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota brings back those memories of yesteryear, when hawkers fill the streets with calls to see “The world’s grandest, largest, best, amusement institution.”
Selby Gardens contains the most diverse collection of orchids and bromeliads in the world. Thousands of species are represented.
This authentic Florida fishing village near Bradenton is the perfect place to find classic seafood shacks — open air, casual with the freshest fish.
While neighboring Myakka River State Park lets you experience the natural beauty of this prairie country, the Crowley introduces you to the people who lived and settled here. Farm animals and historic houses help visitors picture the pioneer lifestyle.
By mid- October, days have cooled a bit in Sarasota, making it an ideal time to explore a lesser known state park — Oscar Scherer State Park. What makes it special? The vast array of things to do in a very scenic setting. It has excellent kayaking, camping and this is the best place to spot the rare scrub blue jay
Camp Venice is a tree-shaded, privately owned campground nestled in oak hammocks on the banks of the Myakka River. It has a state-park ambiance — unusual among private campgrounds.
It’s hard to imagine the world then – Florida before Disney; life before the Internet. But the photos of a Sarasota photographer, Joseph Janney Steinmetz, can help transport you.
Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s oldest and largest state parks with three main campgrounds, as well as backcountry campsites, miles of hiking and biking trails, endless opportunities for kayaking and canoeing, and abundant wildlife.