Sarasota County

Sarasota County is located in Central West Florida south of Tampa Bay bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Charlotte, DeSoto, and Manatee Counties. 

Sarasota County was established in 1921 from a portion of Manatee county. The exact meaning of the name is unknown and may be of Indian origin. Early versions of the name include "Sarasote," "Sarazota," "Sara Zota," and "Zarazote."

 

 

Sarasota County Florida Image Map
Population - 2000
325,961
Population - 2010
379,448
Population - 2015 Est
392,090
Land Area (sq mi)
556
Water Area (sq mi)
169
Total Area (sq mi)
725
Average Rainfall
57
Temperature - Average High
81
Temperature - Average Low
61

The Myakka River State Park is a beautiful park with more amenities and activities than most other parks in Florida. Visitors can take advantage of the Myakka River by fishing, boating, and paddling. Likewise, visitors can also camp on site and use the laundry, shower station, picnic pavilion, campfire circles, and more. 

Sarasota School District is home to 52 schools with a combined total of 42,600 students. It is one of only 10 school districts ranked “A” in Florida. Another notable feat is that the district has been recognized for outstanding arts education by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National School Boards Association.

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Listen to the greatest hits from the 80s on 107.9 in the Sarasota area. Jones and Company are on the air every morning, and you can listen on the iHearRadio app. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre is a professional theatre in Sarasota. It puts on up to 16 productions every year, giving both artists and audiences a place to call home.

The Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is a non-profit animal rescue that tends to a wide variety of exotic animals. Guests are able to view lions, ligers, bears, and more at the rescue. 

Big Top Brewing Company is a Sarasota-based brewery that crafts unique and tasty beers. Big Top Brewing Company's mission is to create beers that reflect the rich and powerful history of Sarasota, Florida. The brewery offers tasting room hours so that visitors are able to try different beers.

The Braille and Talking Book Library is a library dedicated to providing reading materials to blind and visually impaired residents. Its headquarters is located in Daytona and it has nine subregional locations in Coca, Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Clearwater, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, and Lake Worth to serve residents throughout the state.

Buddy Brew Sarasota is located in Downtown Sarasota. Contrary to the coffee shop's small space, the coffee packs quite a punch and keeps locals coming back. Buddy Brew coffee is high-quality and the brand is offered at several different locations. 

Buddy Brew is a specialty coffee company that believes coffee should be more than just a boring cup o' joe. Whether you need your thirst quenched or a jolt of energy, Buddy Brew invites you to "brew good and do good" with their unique coffees and nitro cold brew.

 

Go taste a bit of Korean culture at this food truck. You won't regret it!

Calusa Brewing is a Sarasota-based brewery that brews a great variety of different beers. The brewery always has a good amount of beers on tap at their location and customers are also able to buy canned and bottled beers for to-go. It also has a tap room for visitors to check out and usually a food-truck on-site.

The mission of the Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) is Child Abuse: Prevention, Intervention and Treatment. CPC envisions a community in which children are safe from abuse and free to thrive. 

Complex Care Hospital at Ridgelake is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients and maximizing their potential for healing and recovery. Powered by passionate care teams, they specialize in helping patients with expert, aggressive medical care in warm, caring environments.

East West College of Natural Medicine is a college in Sarasota, Florida. It has programs in oriental medicine and massage therapy.

Founded in 1984, the Eaton Literary Agency is happy to consider authors who are looking for agents to represent them. Although a small company, the literary agency has been publishing for more than 40 years. 

Florida Studio Theatre is Sarasota's leading center of performing arts. It incorporates a campus of ten individual theatres that each bring the arts to the community.

Our pluralistic Jewish day school celebrates diversity through an inclusive curriculum that welcomes and honors students of all faiths and backgrounds.

Hitland 106.9 plays music from 60s and 70s, and music news about artists of these decades. You can also stay updated with current event in the Sarasota area. 

JDub's Brewing Company is a Sarasota-based brewery, taproom, and beer vendor. JDub's offers several different types of beers, including India pale ales (IPAs), porters, and wheat ales. Visitors are welcome to come to tour the brewery, drink beer, and talk with the JDub's crew.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, named after John Ringling and his wife, has art exhibits, a circus museum, a beautiful flower garden, and more. John Ringling and his brothers were part of the Ringling Brothers circus. The house that John built for his wife is part of the museum, visitors are even able to walk through most of the home. 

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The Lemon Bay Playhouse is a community theater in Englewood. It has been aiming to enrich the community through performing arts since 1987.

The Lucky Pelican Bistro in Sarasota is known for fresh seafood dishes. The restaurant also offers burgers, sandwiches and other non-seafood options. The bistro is open for both lunch and dinner.

Mi Pueblo El Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina has locations two locations in Sarasota and one in Venice. The restaurants are known for authentic Mexican food, great prices, and fast service. 

Michael's On East is an award-winning restaurant and wine cellar in Sarasota. The restaurant is the only restaurant in Sarasota to hold the title of the "AAA Four Diamond Award". Michael's On East caters and is well known for high-end events and parties. 

The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is home to many different types of aquatic wildlife and innovative marine research. Some of the animals that can be seen at the Aquarium are sharks, sea turtles, otters, and manatees. There is also a reef animal exhibit where visitors can touch rays.

New College opened it's doors in 1960 as a small liberal arts college in Sarasota. New College remains a small college with over 800 students offering a personal and collaborative learning environment. 

As an independent, college preparatory school, we provide an environment in which students strive to achieve their highest academic goals and to build character through a balanced program of academics, the arts, and athletics.

PBNT (Pizza Burgers N Tacos) is a restaurant located in downtown Sarasota that offers (you guessed it) pizza, burgers, and tacos. PBNT's burgers have been voted the best in Sarasota and the restaurant is near several shops and other restaurants, making it a great tourist destination. Customers can dine in or order take-out. 

 

Perq Coffee Bar in Sarasota is known for specialty coffee and a relaxed atmosphere. Wine, light food choices, beer, and tea are also available. Vegan and gluten-free food options make this bar unique and inclusive.

Pinnacle Academy is a private, non-denominational school, specializing in the education of children with autism and related behavioral disorders. Our goal is to provide children and families with a unique, supportive setting-a place to call “home”.

Originating in Bradenton, Poppo's Taqueria now has six locations and quite a following. Poppo's is a Mexican style restaurant known for having organic, high-quality ingredients and unique beverage options. Poppo's offers kombucha, Virgil's sodas, and different craft beers.

Ringling College of Art and Design is a Sarasota based art school. It is named for circus magnate, John Ringling and focuses on fostering creativity for students studying in many different fields of art and design.

Enrolling pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students on 25-acres in Sarasota, Florida for over 50 years, Sarasota Christian intellectually prepares students to serve Christ and nurtures their hearts to transform the world.  

The Sarasota County Library System has 9 branches, 2 in Venice; 4 in Sarasota; and one each in Osprey, North Port, and Englewood.

Sarasota County is an area that shows great appreciation for its natural resources and the role they play in the culture of this area. Its natural preserves, specialty parks, and the special location of Snook Haven offer a little bit of everything.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is among the largest public health systems in Florida. With over 5,000 staff, over 900 physicians, and 600 volunteers, it is one of Sarasota County’s largest employers. This is a community hospital that was founded in 1925.

The Sarasota Opera House opened in 1926 as a multi-purpose Mediterranean Revival style venue. It was purchased by the Sarasota Opera Company in 1979, and has been the home to their performances and many others ever since!

The Sprouts farmers market is a nice sized store with just about any kind of grocery you may want or need. It's well organized and the employees are sweet to all of their customers! Be sure to check out the bulk section to choose your own nuts and grains. There are some yummy finds here including toffee coated peanuts. 

Sunnyside Cafe in Sarasota is a great breakfast spot. The cafe has vegan and gluten-free options as well as daily specials. All of the dishes are homemade and cooked in house.

The Breakfast House in Sarasota serves breakfast/brunch at an old house near downtown Sarasota. Locals flock to the restaurant because of the consistent quality of food and hometown feel. There is both indoor and outdoor seating available at the Breakfast House.

Non-profit/ non-traditional private umbrella school offering assistance, support, encouragement and monthly opportunities for homeschoolers and their families in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Created through the growing educational needs of homeschooling families like yours in our community. Education is changing and The Bridge offers a unique option for home educated and parent directed education. 

The Crystal Cave in Sarasota has a plethora of crystals, stones, and other spiritual items. Each crystal and stone has been hand-selected by the owner and is unique and individual. Come check out this one-of-a-kind shop!

The goal for JOY FM is to help you find the joy within yourself. This Christian radio station starts mornings with The Morning Cruise where they share the big word of the day and devotional. Throughout the day you can listen to the top Christian artists.

Tourists and locals alike love a visit to The Mall at the University Town Center. It is easily accessible with shuttles from many local hotels and offers all kinds of deals at its many upscale shopping locals. You will find shopping and dining for every budget and taste.

The Reserve in Sarasota is a truly wonderful place. The location serves several purposes, such as a casual hangout, a meeting place, or a coffee+tea room. The Reserve offers kombucha, coffee, craft beer, wine, tea, light foods, and books for sale. There is often live music during the week and different events.

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota holds concerts, musicals, and plays year-round. Touring acts will often stop to play at the Van Wezel. Seasonal packages are available or individual event tickets.

Venezia Italian Restaurant is located on St. Armands Circle and originated in 1966.  Venezia offers authentic Italian food, they are especially known for their pizza. The placement of the restaurant makes it a great tourist attraction but the food keeps locals and visitors coming back.

The Venice Theatre opened as the Venice Little Theatre in the 1950s. Today it is the largest community theatre per capita in the United States.

K-12 alternative private school registered with Florida Department of Education serving students in Manatee and Sarasota counties learning in out-of-school environments. 

Westfield Sarasota Square is the perfect place to go shopping for everything on your list. It has all of the clothing stores you love and also a Costco for your grocery needs. You will also find an AMC movie theater for entertainment.

Westfield Siesta Key is a small mall that lets you get your shopping done in an intimate setting. In addition to great shopping you will also find delicious dining options and a Cobb CineBistro for entertainment.

96.5 presents a cultural, artistic, and political perspective to the Sarasota community. This is a non-profit, non-commercial station that encourages peace, equality, social and economic justice, and more. 

Christian Home School organization serving home school families located primarily in Sarasota and Manatee Counties in Southwest Florida. Currently, Learning and Families (LAF) provides: Co-op classes for grades K – 12, small groups for all school aged children, an annual curriculum fair, parent meetings, a high school prom, a yearbook, and a Senior Graduation ceremony, field trip opportunities and so much more.  Joining LAF also provides discounts when joining FPEA and HSLDA.