Sarasota, FL 34236
Come join us aboard LeBarge, a Sarasota landmark for 30 years. Our casual laid-back atmosphere is enhanced by our tropical décor and yes, the palm trees are real. Let the mermaids lead the way through the tranquil waters of Sarasota Bay.
We offer you a full menu of cruises, each totally different: the morning Dolphin & Manatee Watch Cruise, afternoon Sightseeing & Nature Cruise, and the world-renowned Tropical Sunset Cruise with live entertainment. All cruises feature a full bar and light food menu.
2) Sarasota Biplane Adventures
1234 Clyde Jones Road
Sarasota, FL 34241
Sarasota Biplane Adventures is an Aerial Tour Operator on the beautiful Gulf coast of Florida. Sarasota Biplane Adventures is the result of a longtime dream and a passion for flying biplanes.
We provide air tours, sightseeing flights and an incomparable experience that you will remember for a lifetime. Come fly with us in our immaculate Waco open cockpit biplane! We provide an experience that you will never forget!
3) Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 S. Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Originally the home of William and Marie Selby, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens today is an urban, bayfront oasis showcasing a living collection of rare and beautiful tropical plants. The Gardens is also a respected world leader in the study and conservation of plants, particularly epiphytes–plants adapted to live in the tree canopy, including orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns.
The more we know, the better we understand the importance of plant preservation and habitat conservation. Since 1973, scientists from Selby Gardens have ventured into some of the world’s wildest places to identify, study, collect and learn from these resourceful, remarkable plants. As a result, we’ve developed a rich body of knowledge to share with present and future generations.
4) Mixon Fruit Farms
2525 27th Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208
Dean and Janet Mixon are happy to share a portion of their citrus grove with Wildlife Inc. for a Florida Wildlife Care & Education Center. We provide much needed land and shelter for orphaned and injured Birds, Animals and Reptiles. Our mission is to rehabilitate Florida wildlife for release back into the wild, and to promote education, appreciation, and respect for wildlife. For more information, visit www.wildlifeinc.org, or visit them on Facebook!
5) The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
Museum of Art. Here, in an extraordinary place is an extraordinary collection of art. From the Rubens Galleries to the Turrell Skyspace, view the permanent collection’s treasures, the fascinating exhibitions from around the world and the classical sculptures that fill the grand courtyard. The State Art Museum of Florida, this awe-inspiring palace was originally built by famed circus impresario John Ringling as a legacy to the citizens of Florida. This is a place of beauty and wonder.
6) Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
We are scientists, explorers and stewards of the ocean. Driven by research, education and excitement we work to create a better environment for ourselves and our children. The answers are in the ocean. Together, we will find them.
We are an independent marine research institution comprised of world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education.
From our humble beginnings in a tiny shed in a small Florida town, our efforts have expanded to include:
- Sarasota – 10.5-acre Base Campus and Aquarium
- Sarasota – Aquaculture Campus
- Key West – Field Station and Public Exhibit
- Summerland Key – Field Station
- Boca Grande – Outreach Office
7) Sarasota Jungle Gardens
3701 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34234
We are a family owned and operated attraction beloved by generations. We have big dreams and work hard to fulfill them for the good of our local community, national and international visitors and employees every day. We educate and delight children, and those young at heart, with the less hurried, non-manufactured, up close and personal interactions with nature. In fact, we are one of the oldest continuously operated attractions in Florida established in 1939. We are rich in history and look to preserve memories of ‘old Florida’ days gone by while remaining current and exciting for today’s families, locals and tourists alike. Our mission is to educate and inspire our community through interactive experiences with animals and nature supported by unmatched customer service.