Sarasota: Pieces of Paradise

The Visit Sarasota website covers all the see-and-do basics, but in our quest to make each of your visits memorable we also publish monthly "Pieces of Paradise" (POP) newsletters to share what’s happening and happy-ning in the Sarasota area.

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Sarasota County Before 1900

POP June 2024

Though primarily recognized for the scenery and activities along its coastline, Sarasota County's eastern lands are not without their treasures. You will find a quaint pioneer homestead on 191 acres of "Old Florida" at the Crowley Museum and Nature Center. The Crowley is...

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Sarasota National Cemetery

POP May 2024

Did you know that approximately 10% of Sarasota County residents are U.S. military veterans? If you're looking for a way to reflect on the sacrifices of our veterans and their loved ones the next time you're in town, dedicate some time (and tissues) to a walk through the exhibits at Patriot Plaza in the Sarasota National Cemetery.

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Activity suggestions for seasonal Sarasota residents who use Home Watch services.
Activity suggestions for seasonal Sarasota residents who use Home Watch services.

Ski-A-Rees

POP April 2024

We quickly learned that there's a right way and a wrong way to enjoy an April Ski-A-Rees show. Despite arriving 20 minutes early to the show, the covered bleachers were already full. So let's give this advice right off the bat: ...

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Sunset Tour by E-bike

POP March 2024

We took it as an opportunity for a date night, but another customer shared that it was his third tour in as many weeks - his "go to" entertainment for visiting guests (and apparently he frequently entertains guests!). Whatever the occasion, we recommend an electric bike ride with...

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Activity suggestions for seasonal Sarasota residents who use Home Watch services.
Activity suggestions for seasonal Sarasota residents who use Home Watch services.

Florida Camping

POP February 2024

If you're thinking about tent camping in the northern U.S. during the month of February, our advice is: don't do it. We assume that your love of cold temperatures was not a factor contributing to your decision to buy a seasonal home in Sarasota. But if you enjoy camping and you stay in Florida during the winter months, then you're (probably) in luck!

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Museum of Art & Whimsy

POP January 2024

True to its name, the Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy is not your everyday art museum. You won't find any paintings of "personal anguish" (as described by the museum's founder) here. To the contrary, the museum is "a Smiley Place."

Marietta Lee opened the doors of the museum in 2010, following her career 

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Activity suggestions for seasonal Sarasota residents who use Home Watch services.

Archives

November 2023: Creator's Farm and Garden

September 2023: The Drive-Ins

July 2023: McCurdy's

June 2023: Flying Fish Fleet

March 2023: Fresh and Local

February 2023: Mini Golfs of Sarasota

January 2023:
The Bay

December 2022:
Gifts of Home Watch

October 2022: Hurricane Ian

September 2022:
UTC Mall

August 2022: Circus Menagerie

June 2022: Sunset Tour

April 2022:
Big Cat Habitat

March 2022:
Bishop Museum

February 2022: 
Legacy Trail

January 2022: Food Delights

December 2021: Slingshot Rental

November 2021:
Selby Gardens

October 2021:
Ghost Tour

September 2021:
Sarasota Art Museum

August 2021: Accolade Season

April 2021: Mote Aquarium

March 2021: Ringling Causeway