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Learn About Sarasota

Sarasota is a beautiful community in the state of Florida where the weather is pleasant and sunny throughout the year and the beaches are some of the most captivating in the world.

The city had a humble beginning in its history but has now become far more sought after by people who want to live in a warm, tropical area that has accessible prices in the real estate domain. Because of this, Sarasota evolved tremendously in the past few decades.

Many businesses and young families who travel here are charmed by the relaxing atmosphere and lifestyle of Sarasota. Whether you wish to move here or simply vacation here, Sarasota will have you falling in love from the moment you arrive.

Sarasota's Rich History

Sarasota’s extensive history entails records of ancient tribes who inhabited the area due to the plentiful resources provided to them by the Sarasota Bay.

There are a multitude archaeological finds that support the historical theory that Sarasota was occupied by our ancestors as far as 10,000 years ago.

Native American tribes existed here as well, being the first Europeans to come too the Bay as early as the 16th century. Because the Sarasota Bay has a rather protected location, it attracted both traders and fishermen who built camps along the shoreline.

These camps were called “ranchos” and were built by both Americans and Cubans. At this time, the area was called “Zarasota.” The spelling of the name became a dispute between the Spanish and English.

The name evolved from Spanish occupation to English, then back to Spanish once more. However, in 1819, the United States acquired the state of Florida. Sarasota officially became American territory, changing the name back to English. By 1845, Sarasota became one of Florida’s counties.

 Similar to many newly acquired territories, there were several pioneer families that contributed to the development of Sarasota. The Whitaker, Browning, and Webb families were a few of the most significant pioneer families of early Sarasota.

Courageously, these families including a few others migrated here. They created permanent settlements and affairs that assisted the small city in evolving into what it exists as today.

In 1925, a professional developer named John Nolen was hired to create parts of Sarasota’s downtown. One of his plans was to decide the numbers of the streets. These street numbers are still used today.

Sarasota bayfront
Downtown Sarasota

Sarasota in Present Days

After learning the history of the once small, underdeveloped community of Sarasota, Florida, one would be astounded to see what’s become of it. Even still, new buildings are being constructed throughout the city, as businesses and developers constantly see great opportunities in Sarasota.

Part of what inspires all of this new development in Sarasota is the substantial desire people have to live here. The city of Sarasota is a warm paradise that is much more accessible than most other cities that exist along bays and shorelines.

Sarasota has become very modernized, having new malls and shopping centers, restaurants, event venues, theaters, cinemas, beaches, and more. Sarasota is a major tourist attraction.

Many people travel here to visit some of the most appreciated beaches in the world which have powdery white sand made of pure quartz. 

Downtown Drone 2

Things to do in Sarasota

Kayak

Kayaking Adventures

Grab a kayak and explore the Bay and its surroundings.  You will be amazed to see the rich wildlife around Sarasota.

Because there is a a mangrove forest close to the community, many different types of marine birds migrate here to nest and feed. Also, dolphins and manatees are quite frequently spotted in the seas at the beaches.

Sarasota Orchestra Performances

If you enjoy fine music, seeing the Sarasota Orchestra perform live should be number one on your list of things to do while visiting the city.

The Orchestra is not limited to classical music. To one’s surprise, they will also play pop music, soundtracks, and other various genres. If you are an art enthusiast, this experience will be one for the books.

Sarasota Orchestra

Places to Visit in Sarasota

Wild Orchid

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

 A botanical garden is always a peaceful and captivating type of place to see. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a great place to visit if you want to relax and unwind.

The plants at this botanical garden change with the seasons and many exhibitions are held here. Visiting this botanical garden will no doubt be an unforgettable experience.

Art Center of Sarasota

If you appreciate art, you must visit the Art Center of Sarasota. Once you enter the doors to it, you will be stunned by the multitude of fine art.

Several different art galleries are located here and there are quiet and undisturbed art classes you can take at the art center. Paying the Art Center a visit will be quite an interesting experience.

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South Lido Park

This park is perfect for anyone looking to relax. You don’t want to miss the breathtaking view here during the sunrise or sunset in South Lido Park.

A calm walk in the park early in the morning while feeling the soft sand around your toes and looking for shells is a perfect way to start the day. Listening to the sound of the waves and feeling the gentle salty breeze couldn’t be more relaxing

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