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Explore a world of quiet elegance, sun, sand and laid-back lifestyles. Florida’s Gulf Coast beaches rival those found anywhere in the world. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is the perfect place to discover all the beauty and recreation Central Florida has to offer.

"This Week in Sarasota" is the most comprehensive spot to find the most interesting events in town. The website is 100% locally operated. In addition to actively promoting the creative arts in Sarasota and surrounding areas, they also have a dedication to supporting small and local businesses.

Asolo Repertory Theatre

A world-renowned acting company known for producing the highest quality professional theatre in true rotating repertory. Once a shared dream of many regional theatres, rotating repertory is a now rare method of performance that challenges everyone involved, especially the artists. 

  • As many as four different plays performed in a single weekend
  • Presenting classic and new works
  • The Asolo Theatre Festival is the only winter theatre destination in the country
  • Performs primarily in the Harold E. and Esther M. Mertz Theatre

Contact: (800) 361-8388 | Distance: 3.4 miles | Website

Florida Studio Theatre

Florida Studio Theatere (FST) operates three theatres: the 173-seat Keating Mainstage Theatre, the 160-seat Gompertz Theatre and the 109-seat Goldstein Cabaret Theatre.  FST 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.

  • The Mainstage presents the finest in contemporary theater
  • The Cabaret offers fine dining and a one-of-a-kind theater experience
  • Host to the Sarasota Festival of New Plays, held each May
  • Historic architecture located downtown

Contact: (941) 366-9000 | Distance: .26 mile | Website

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Recognized as the official State Art Museum of Florida, The Ringling Museum of Art offers 21 galleries of European paintings as well as Cypriot antiquities, Asian Art, American paintings, and contemporary art. The estate features the spectacular Cà d'Zan ("House of John"), a waterfront mansion that was restored in 2002. The Circus Museums, including the Tibbals Learning Center, display the world's largest miniature circus, costumes, wagons, performance equipment, and other artifacts chronicling the history of the Circus. The estate also features Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden, completed in 1913, and beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay. 

  • Cultural and educational programs
  • Traveling exhibitions throughout the year
  • Courtyard concerts
  • Lectures, workshops, training sessions, public tours
  • Children's programs

Contact: (941) 359-5700 | Distance: 3.51 miles | Website

Mote Marine Aquarium

Mote recognizes the importance of advancing the understanding of sea science to the general public. To that end, Mote conducts extensive public outreach and operates a public aquarium that serves nearly 400,000 visitors a year. From the original focus on sharks, Mote research has expanded to include seven major areas of concentration, organized into seven research centers. While each center focuses on its own specialty, Mote scientists are able to partner with others within the lab to integrate efforts across a number of fields.  Mote scientists are committed to that process of discovery: Advancing our understanding of the sea and what is needed to sustain it.

  • Aquarium
  • Shark, dolphin and sea turtle exhibits
  • Stingray petting pool
  • Interactive HD theater showcase of fascinating marine life
  • Environment boat tours

Contact: (941) 388-4441 | Distance: 3.46 miles from hotel | Website

Sarasota Ballet of Florida

The Ballet boasts a repertoire that includes the great classics, works of internationally recognized contemporary choreographers such as Alvin Ailey and Ben Stevenson, as well as works from Florida artists Todd Allen, Demetrius Klein, Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros, and James Buckley. Its repertoire also includes such beloved classics as Swan Lake and Giselle, and original works as Madame Butterfly, Echo & Narcissus and Zal & Rudabeh - ballets that have received outstanding critical acclaim.

  • Ballet season is November through April
  • Ballet academy

Contact: (941) 552-1032 | Distance: 3.4 miles | Website

Sarasota Opera

Sarasota 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 House has become the cornerstone of Sarasota's Theater Arts District and The Sarasota Opera has come to merit accolades from all over the world.

  • Host of the 2007 Winter Opera Festival, featuring Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly," Moniszuko’s “Halka, ”Verdi’s “Attila”
  • Performing a litany of classics and new favorites

Contact: (941) 366-8450 | Distance: .35 miles | Website

Sarasota Orchestra

Founded in 1949, the Florida West Coast Symphony is the oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida.  A dynamic, multi-faceted organization dedicated to excellence in both performance and education, the Symphony’s performing ensembles include the Florida West Coast Symphony and four resident chamber ensembles. The season includes approximately 75 concerts each year. 

  • Presenting over 100 concerts every season
  • Performing masterworks programs, light classics, popular tunes, and chamber music
  • Themed events, including the “Great Escapes” and “Symphonic Pops” series

Contact: (941) 953-4252 | Distance: .55 miles | Website

Van Wezel Performing Arts Center

Set 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 35 years.  The Van Wezel's educational and outreach programs have also touched the community, reaching out to everyone from toddlers to senior citizens.

  • Dazzling performing artists from every genre
  • Delightful family events
  • Frank Lloyd Wright architecture
  • Views of the picturesque Sarasota Bay

Contact: (800) 826-9303 | Distance: .59 miles | Website

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a living museum that brings global, living treasures to the public for study, conservation and enjoyment of the natural world.

Several horticulture features are among the most popular with guests and visiting scientists alike and include:

  • Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden
  • Tropical Conservatory
  • Towering Bamboo Garden
  • Banyan Groves
  • Mangrove Bay Walk
  • Fern Garden
  • Koi Pond

Contact: (941) 366-5731 | Distance: .94 miles | Website

Myakka Canopy Walkway in Myakka River State Park

A walkway 100 feet long and 25 feet above the ground· Featuring views of the subtropical Myakka River State Park.

Contact: (941) 361- 6511 | Distance: 18.85 miles | Website

St. Armands Circle

This historical district is renowned as a Continental marketplace with lush tropical plants, courtyards and antique statuary. Over 150 upscale shops, boutiques, galleries and fine restaurants including Maus & Hoffman, Yves Delorme and The Columbia Restaurant.

Towles Court Artists Colony

Located in a quaint area of downtown, The Towles Court Artists Colony consists of more than 40 artists’ studios, galleries, restaurants and more, offering art classes and featuring “Art Walk Evenings” with an open studio tour.

Contact: (941) 362-0960 | Distance: 1.56 miles | Website

Prime Outlets Ellenton

Florida's largest outlet on the Gulf Coast is located between Tampa and Sarasota, just 30 minutes from the resort. Everyday savings of 25-65% off at over 130 designer and brand name outlets including Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Mikasa and OFF 5TH Saks Fifth Avenue. Food court & children's playground. Address: 5461 Factory Shops Blvd, Ellenton, FL 34222.

Contact: (941) 723-1150 | Website

The Pro Shop at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club

At The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club we offer a vast assortment of the finest attire and equipment for all golfers.  You will find styles from the top clothing retailers such as Adidas, Burberry, Bobby Jones, Fairway & Greene, Lilly Pulitzer, Nike, and many more.

You’ll also have the opportunity to demo some of the latest clubs from Titleist, Taylor Made, Callaway, and Nike. Stop by our golf shop to see the latest in golf fashion or dial (941) 309-2900 for more information.

The Ritz-Carlton Signature Shop

Give someone special a taste of the elegance and luxury you enjoyed at the resort, or indulge yourself with a remembrance of your time with us. Our gift shop offers signature apparel and other items with the distinctive Ritz-Carlton attention to detail.

Another wonderful way to share your Ritz-Carlton experience is with a gift certificate redeemable at our hotels and resorts. Better yet, send your favorite couple off on a Gracious Getaway, which includes a one-night stay at any of our hotels or resorts and an American breakfast for two. It's a wonderful way to make someone feel pampered and special.

The Spa Boutique shop

The Spa Boutique retail outlet at The Members Spa Club offers spa products from the prestigious Carita of Paris, Thalgo, Academie and signature Ritz-Carlton “Spa Fresh” skincare lines as well as accessories including aromatherapy candles, homeopathic remedies and spa-inspired clothing.

Arena League Football

The Tampa Bay Storm have won more Arena Bowl championships than any other team in the league. They play their home games at the St. Pete Times Forum in downtown Tampa. Their season runs from February through May. Arena football is faster paced than its NFL counterpart and can be fun to watch once you get used to the shorter 50 yard field and the smaller number of players on the field.


The Tampa Bay area is home to the Major League Baseball franchise, the Tampa Bay Rays. Games are played in Tropicana field in St. Petersburg, April to October.


Enjoy a little exercise while exploring our warm and friendly city by bicycle. Bicycle rentals can be arranged through the Resort Concierge by calling (941) 309-2160.

Boating and Fishing

The waters of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico are rich with native grouper, snapper, snook and tarpon. Experienced and novice anglers alike will enjoy fishing in and around Sarasota.

A variety of small and large fishing, sailing and recreational boats are available for individual or group charter year round with friendly captains and crew. Most charters are located within walking distance from the resort at Bayfront park and Marina Jack. Flats fishing is also available for those who enjoy wielding a fly.

For full information on fishing in Florida and details of boat rentals, contact The Ritz-Carlton Concierge at (941) 309-2160.


Tampa is home of the XXXVII Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs play their home games in Raymond James Stadium, which FOX Sports has recently named the NFL's best stadium to attend a game. Most home games are set for 1 p.m. on Sundays.


The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning play all home games in the spectacular St. Pete Times Forum in downtown Tampa, October to April. The St. Pete Times Forum also hosts over 100 concerts and events each year.

Running & Jogging

Jogging and strolling around downtown Sarasota is a wonderful diversion for guests. Joggers will find Bayfront Park, just south of the hotel a delightful place to jog and take in the warm Gulf breezes and beautiful water views.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

At Sarasota Jungle Gardens, you can stroll along a trail that wanders through an ever-changing landscape of cool, under-story jungle growth and around open pond shorelines. As you meander through Sarasota Jungle Gardens, a magnificent and wildy overgrown paradise, you will encoungter thousands of tropical plants, trees, flowers and even animals from all over the world.

  • "Birds of Prey" exhibition
  • Reptile and critter encounter
  • "Meet the Keeper" sessions

Contact: (941) 355-5305 | Distance: 2.52 miles from hotel | Website

Spring Training

The Baltimore Orioles call Sarasota their home away from home for Spring Training. They take the field at Sarasota's newly-reconstructed Ed Smith Stadium, February to early April. The Florida weather is ideal during this time of year for Major League baseball and many major league teams hold spring training camps and exhibition games in the area including Pittsburgh Pirates (Bradenton), Devil Rays (St. Petersburg), Philadelphia Phillies (Clearwater), New York Yankees (Tampa), Texas Rangers (Port Charlotte) and Boston Red Sox / Minnesota Twins (Ft. Myers).


Three lighted player-friendly Cushion-Life tennis courts for guests' enjoyment. Rackets and other equipment are available for rental. For court reservation, professional instruction and equipment rental, please dial (941) 309-2090.