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#3 Best Day Trips From Sarasota: Tips for Exploring Nearby Gems

by Sarasota Bay Club

Looking for an escape around Sarasota? Even with just a 25-minute drive from Sarasota, you can discover stunning natural seascapes or embark on culinary adventures.

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Whether you’re a local or visiting, there’s no shortage of new experiences around here. Let’s take a look at Sarasota’s top day trip destinations!




Just a quick drive north of Sarasota, you’ll find Bradenton, another city situated on the Gulf Coast. With stunning beaches, world-class museums, a vibrant art culture, and one-of-a-kind restaurants, Bradenton is one of the easiest and best day trips from Sarasota.

Enjoy free entry to The Manatee Village Historical Park and explore its collection of buildings from 1840-1918, including the 1860 courthouse, blacksmith shop, and pottery barn. Plan your day trip from Sarasota on the first Friday evening and Saturday afternoon of each month to experience a guided tour of The Village of the Arts, a vibrant artist community that features unique works of art around every street corner.




North of Bradenton and South of Tampa, St. Petersburg is a perfect day trip for those who love the vibrant, small city atmosphere of Sarasota but want to try something different. Decorated with mural art and lined with new shops, restaurants, and cafes, St. Petersburg is sure to offer a new experience for everyone.

Here are a few "must-do" activities for your next day trip:

  • Sunken Gardens: Explore the winding paths of this century-old slice of heaven on earth, with over 50,000 tropical plants, cascading waterfalls, and pink flamingos in their natural habitat.
  • Tropicana Fields: Catch a Major League Baseball (MLB) baseball game at the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Or plan a behind-the-scenes tour of theTropicana Field stadium.
  • Walking Mural Tour: St. Petersburg is scattered with amazing murals that you just can’t miss. For your next day trip, discover hidden gems all over the city while joining along for their weekly mural walking tour
  • Food & Drinks: Whether you're vegetarian, vegan, into sustainable eats, love fusion, or prefer dining al fresco, St. Pete has everything you need to craft your ultimate foodie experience.
  • Walkable Shopping Areas: Whether you prefer pop-up flea markets or strolling along the walkable streets for boutiques, you’re sure to find a one of a kind purchase in St. Pete.




When you embark on a day trip from Sarasota to Port Charlotte, FL, you'll find a charming coastal town, full of fun activities for all ages. Port Charlotte is home to pristine golf courses, nature trails, and historic sites. 

Shopaholics will delight in the Town Center Mall, the only fully enclosed regional shopping center in Charlotte County. To round out your day, head over to the Fishermen's Village, where you can shop, dine, and even take a sunset cruise. 

Discover Sarasota's white sandy beaches, exquisite dining, vibrant arts scene, and chic shopping! You’ll need more than a day trip to truly experience this luxurious getaway spot. Start with a personal tour of Sarasota Bay Club, and find out why Downtown Sarasota is one of the best places to retire in Florida!

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