Sarasota is surrounded by historic enclaves that make for great day trips. From exploring history to taking in a professional baseball game, venturing outside of Sarasota for the day is sure to result in adventure and fun. Let’s take a look at the top day trips around Sarasota, Florida.
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North of Sarasota, Bradenton is a vibrant and dynamic city situated on the Gulf Coast known for its stunning beaches, beautiful parks, and world-class museums. This community offers a long list of opportunities that make for a great day trip.
Step back in time at The Manatee Village Historical Park. Here, you can explore a collection of historical and replica buildings. The park's mission is to preserve and share the heritage of Manatee County's founding period of 1840-1918 and includes original buildings from this foundational period. While you're here, be sure to visit the 1860 courthouse, the blacksmith shop, and the pottery barn. Admission is free and there are more than 14 points of interest.
Immerse yourself in history at The Village of the Arts, a colorful enclave with historic homes, art galleries, and one-of-a-kind restaurants. There are popular art walks on the first Friday evening and Saturday afternoon of each month. Here, you'll find a little bit of everything: hand-sewn quilts, mouth-watering baked goods, unique artworks, and so much more in this community of working artists.
Venture a little farther north to St. Petersburg for a true day trip experience. Located 36 miles from Sarasota, St. Petersburg is a charming city bustling with attractions, eateries, and shopping.
No visit to St. Petersburg is complete without a visit to the Sunken Gardens. The hundred-year-old gardens feature more than 50,000 tropical plants, cascading waterfalls, and pink flamingos. It is a slice of heaven on earth. Follow the meandering paths as you explore this natural wonder and one of Florida's oldest roadside attractions.
Take in a Major League Baseball (MLB) game at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium and a hot dog from the concession stand. If hot dogs aren't a part of your diet, there are plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options available.
When you embark on a day trip from Sarasota to Port Charlotte, FL, you're in for a treat. Located approximately fifty miles south of Sarasota, this charming coastal town boasts numerous 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.
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