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The Ringling

The Ringling's 56-room mansion on Sarasota Bay stands as a testament to the American Dream of the Roaring Twenties. Designated as the official state art museum for Florida, the institution offers twenty-one galleries of European paintings as well as Cypriot antiquities and Asian, American, and contemporary art.

Chris Cole
The miniature circus is one of the highlights of the Ringling museum.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

A tropical, urban oasis featuring unparalleled horticulture displays and a Sarasota bay-front setting, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a world-class center for education, research and conservation.

Selby Children's Tropical Rainforest Garden

The Ann Goldstein Children's Rainforest Garden is the newest feature of Selby Garden's. Its the perfect place to let a kid have fun while also learning about nature.

Chris Cole
The simulated rainforest is a great experience for children and their families. It’s immersive, fun, and educational.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, not-for-profit marine research organization based on City Island in Sarasota, Florida. Mote Aquarium is the public outreach arm of Mote Marine Laboratory, displaying more than 100 marine species with a focus on local marine life.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium Tour

The Mote aquarium is located in Sarasota, Florida. There are two buildings to the aquarium, one that houses all of the smaller fish, as well as the sharks, and a preserved giant squid named "Molly". The second building is where the Mote keeps its dolphins, turtles, and their two manatees (Hugh and Buffett).

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is a non-profit safe haven for big cats, bears, and native wildlife. World-renowned educator and behaviorist Kay Rosaire and her son Clayton present training demonstrations with their rescued big cats in an educational forum.

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