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Airports

Sarasota Bradenton InternationalThe official airport of Sarasota and Manatee countiesTampa International AirportTampa International Airport is an award winning facility due to its unique architectural design and travel friendly functionality. Located minutes from both the Westshore and downtown business districts, the corporate traveler can enjoy easy accessibility to many desired destinations.

Arts & Entertainment

Florida West Coast SymphonyEstablished in 1949 and now presenting a 37-week season, the Florida West Coast Symphony is the oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida. The orchestra has twice been ranked first among all major Florida musical organizations by the Florida Arts Council's Cultural Institutions program.Sarasota Opera HouseSarasota Opera produces outstanding opera true to the vision of the composer to entertain, enrich, and educate our communities, as well as patrons from across the state and around the world. The Sarasota Opera is an internationally respected producer of the highest quality professional opera. It fosters artistic excellence, diversity, and vitality in the Sarasota area.The Asolo Theatre CompanyThe Asolo Theatre Company is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to produce and present high quality professional theatre in a fiscally responsible manner for its community. The Asolo performs primarily in a rotating repertory with a resident company to celebrate the actor-artist, to attract regional, national and international audiences and to provide a training ground for FSU graduate students. The Asolo is dedicated to work which moves, enlightens, entertains and educates individuals of all ages and backgrounds.The Florida Studio TheatreFST produces world premieres and contemporary works which have been produced on or off-Broadway within the last five years. By focusing on the works of contemporary writers, FST has been able to offer plays to its audiences that are not normally produced by other area theatres. FST is comprised of six main programs: Mainstage, Cabaret, Stage III, Touring (In the schools), Education and New Play Development.Van Wezel Performing Arts HallSet along Sarasota's beautiful bayfront, the landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been entertaining audiences with a variety of music, dance, theater and comedy for more than 33 years.The Mahaffey TheaterA magnificent performing arts center, the Mahaffey Theater for the Performing Arts has a seating capacity of 2,000 with a backstage area, fly system, European Style boxes, handicap access and 8 dressing rooms. Considered one of the most beautiful rooms in central Florida, the Mahaffey Theater is host to the Florida Orchestra, Broadway entertainment and contemporary performers.Dali MuseumThe Salvador Dali Museum is the permanent home of the world's most comprehensive collection of the renowned Spanish artist's work. Compiled by the A. Reynolds Morse and Eleanor Morse over a 45-year period, it is celebrated for its 95 oil paintings, and features excellent examples from Dali's four major periods.Ringling Museum of ArtThe John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which is affiliated with Florida State University, is the largest museum/university complex in the nation. The 66-acre estate is the legacy of John Ringling (1866-1936), one of the great business tycoons of his day. The Museum of Art, recognized as the state art museum of Florida, includes 21 galleries of internationally recognized European and American art with paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Poussin and other baroque masters. In addition, the estate encompasses Cà d'Zan, the recently restored 32-room Ringling mansion; the Circus Museum; the Original Asolo theater; the Rose Garden and beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay.

Higher Education

University of South FloridaWith 41,000 students from all 50 states and over 100 countries, USF awards more than 4,900 bachelor's degrees and 1,900 master's degrees annually on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota/Manatee and Lakeland. The University confers more than 150 doctorates in 31 fields, and more than 90 Doctor of Medicine degrees a year. In its short history, USF has awarded more than 200,000 degrees.New CollegeFounded in 1960 as a private college for academically talented students, New College became a public college in 1975 through a merger with the State of Florida System which resulted in its affiliation with the University of South Florida. Today, as the state's independent honors college, New College of Florida retains its distinctive academic program and high standards which make it a college of choice for students who can manage the freedom and responsibility of designing their own education.State College of Florida Manatee-SarasotaManatee Community College provides an accessible, dynamic learning environment that facilitates the achievement of educational, professional and personal goals by our students and members of our communities in an atmosphere that embraces academic excellence, diversity and innovation.Ringling College of Art & DesignRingling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree [BFA] in six disciplines: Computer Animation, Fine Arts, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, and Photography & Digital Imaging. Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, the picturesque 35-acre campus now includes 69 buildings, and attracts more than 1,000 students from 46 states and 33 foreign countries.

Hospitals/ Medical Centers

Lakewood Ranch Medical CenterLakewood Ranch Medical Center, the hospital centered on your care, opened September 1, 2004. LWRMC offers patient-focused medicine and is equipped with advanced technology. Located just two miles from I-75 and bridging Manatee and Sarasota counties, this new, 120-bed acute care hospital has an extensive system of fully-integrated inpatient and outpatient services that share a single purpose—to provide compassionate, quality patient care. Patients have access to a medical staff of over 300 physicians and allied health professionals with a comprehensive range of specialties who use technological advances in medicine. All Children's HospitalAll Children's Hospital, located in St. Petersburg, Florida is a regional referral center for children with some of the most challenging medical problems. More than 140 pediatric specialists and subspecialists keep All Children's Hospital at the forefront of treatment, teaching and research.Sarasota Memorial HospitalSarasota Memorial is proud to be a community-owned hospital. World-class radiology, technology and expertise in heart & vascular care, cancer care, stroke, orthopedics, neurosciences, outpatient care centers and women & children's specialties draw the top physicians and the best and brightest caregivers.

Recreation

Adventure IslandAdventure Island's 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun features the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. Within a soothing Key West atmosphere awaits an unrivaled blend of slides, corkscrews, water falls, a wave pool, children's water playground and other family attractions such as outdoor cafes, picnic and sunbathing areas, gift shops, arcades and a championship white-sand volleyball complex.Busch GardensBusch Gardens is the ultimate family adventure park offering an array of fascinating attractions based on exotic encounters with the African continent. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos featuring more than 2,700 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens provides unrivaled "real" excitement for guests of every age.Sarasota Jungle GardensDraped with exotic plants and native wildlife, the area's only zoological park offers fun in a natural environment. Kids love the animal farm at the Kiddie Jungle, where they'll also find a tree house, tiger swings and a jungle playground.Mote Marine AquariumThe 135,000-gallon shark tank at Mote Marine Aquarium lets you view its inhabitants from above and below the water's surface. Additional tanks show off sharks, rays, and other marine creatures native to the area.

Shopping & Retail

Westfield MallAcquired by Westfield in 2003, Westfield Southgate is the leading regional shopping center serving the Sarasota, Florida market region. It is anchored by Macy's, Dillard's and Saks Fifth Avenue, with 48 in-line mall shops and kiosks.St. Armand's CircleSuperb exclusive shops, galleries, exotic boutiques, sophisticated restaurants and nightlife all located on St. Armand's Circle.Premium OutletsWith some of the most impressive brand name stores of any outlet center in the country, Premium Outlets at Ellenton is a must for shoppers seeking top quality at great prices. Plus, the Caribbean village-style architecture and tropical landscaping contribute to a great shopping experience. Tampa/St. Petersburg is 30 miles to the north and Sarasota is 20 miles south.

Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James StadiumEach fall Raymond James comes to life as Tampa's NFL team the Buccaneer's come to play.Ed Smith Sport ComplexEd Smith Stadium opened in 1989 in time for the Chicago White Sox' spring training, replacing old Payne Park. This 53-acre site maintains a national reputation as a premier baseball facility in the State of Florida and continues to be the mecca of baseball activity in the area. Now the Spring training home of the Baltimore Orioles since 1998 local residents and visitors from across the country and Canada have a chance to catch the action of their favorite teams and players in the relaxed atmosphere of beautiful Sarasota.The Rays at TropicanaTropicana Field located in downtown St. Petersburg is proud to be the home of Major League Baseball's Rays.The Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times ForumIn additon to being the home of the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning, the St. Pete Times Forum hosts more than 150 events annually, including concerts, family events, ice shows, the circus and indoor sports.
Last Updated: 9/8/2017