I was in Sarasota in the beginning of February, and unfortunately, it was during the cold snap. I tried to go to Siesta Key one day early on, which I blogged/photographed about (travelogged.com/travelogged/2009/02/this-bea…) and was freezing. But, I still had a good time in Sarasota and made it some evenings to Siesta Key to see the incredible sunsets -- wore my coat.
Because the weather wasn't very good, it forced us to explore what Sarasota has to offer -- luckily it has a lot. Even just walking around the bay is nice -- you have to see the "Unconditional Surrender" sculpture, which I photographed/blogged abt here:
You can easily spend the whole day at the Ringling Museum of Art -- a compound of several buildings. There's the main art museum, a gorgeous pink mansion. But, I actually enjoyed seeing Ca D'Zan more -- that's where the Ringlings lived when they were in FL for the winter. I also loved the miniature circus in the Tibbals Learning Center -- I took a lot of photos of it:
We also went to the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. The grounds are very nice (great Banyan trees!), but it's probably better in the spring. Their orchid collection is really something -- I wrote about it and posted photos in my blog:
Also, they had a really cool plant there -- a pitcher plant:
Have fun if you go to Sarasota! Chances are good that your weather will be better than mine...