Getting to Know Sarasota Before Your Move
To help make your transition to your new home easier, we’ve provided some helpful information about Sarasota for you to review while you plan your move. The Sarasota metro area ranked 169 out of 356 in gross metropolitan product growth, placing the region a little bit above average for recovering from the recession. The Sarasota metropolitan area offers big-city amenities while retaining its small-town charm. The city is the cultural capital of Florida, home to the Sarasota Orchestra, the Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, and the world-famous Ringling College of Art and Design, as well as dozens more theaters and art galleries.
Downtown Sarasota offers a wide variety of shops and boutiques, restaurants, and nightclubs. Music, arts, and film festivals are sponsored throughout the year. Thirty-five miles of beaches (including the beautiful Siesta Key) provide beach-goers and sun-worshipers with the world's whitest sand and most spectacular sunsets. Fishermen, divers, and boaters will find an assortment of deep-water marinas and yacht clubs. Enthusiasts can pursue any and every kind of water sport from skiing to windsurfing to parasailing and more.
Attractions in Sarasota, FL
After your move to Sarasota is complete, take some time to know the city and see all of the attractions it has to offer. One attraction for residents and visitors to Manatee County is the Parker Manatee Aquarium, part of the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium complex. There, guests are greeted by the world famous Snooty. The county's most popular mammal is the oldest known manatee in the world--and a Guiness World Record honoree. The Manatee Village Historical Park has numerous buildings and exhibits that depict the community's past and ties to the railroad. And for 75 years, the month-long De Soto Heritage Festival--including Florida's largest nighttime parade--has been commemorating the historical significance of the Spaniard's landing near the mouth of the Manatee River.
Sarasota metropolitan area residents are only two hours from Disney World, Universal Studios, and the other fam3ous Orlando attractions, and they're only an hour away from the Tampa Bay Rays, Buccaneers, and Lightning home games.