One of my favorite places to go to in Sarasota is the Ringling museum. Even if you know the bare minimum about art, like me, one is awed as you travel from room to room throughout the art museum. I always feel it is an excellent learning opportunity for my son and me as we notice how art evolves and changes through the centuries. The museum also offers special exhibitions, so check online frequently to make sure that you don't miss out on something special. If you have time, explore the Ca d'Zan, the mansion built for John and Mable Ringling. It is fun to step back in time and see how they lived. If weather is permitting, the grounds are beautiful to explore. There are a couple of dining options for casual or fine dining, if you want to break up you visit and relax between exploring.
Another nice tidbit to know, if you are on a budget, the Ringling art museum is free on Monday's. The Ca d'Zan is not free, so you will have to pay for that, but it is worth every penny to see it. If you can't make it on a Monday, tickets are $25 for adults, and $10 for children 6-17. So, as you can see, in this tight economy and summer vacation upon us, this is a great opportunity to get out and see some art.
5401 Bayshore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243