The Cultural Coast
Sarasota is Rich in Culture and History
Nestled along the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota is known as the “Cultural Coast” for its rich cultural heritage and for historically being home to artists, musicians, writers, and circus performers. Sarasota has long been the winter headquarters for the Ringling Brothers Circus and its impact on the area can be seen in the names of streets and on large, beautiful street murals commemorating its legacy.
The most exceptional recognition of Sarasota’s rich cultural heritage and circus tradition is on display at the Ringling Museum. Located at the historic estate of John and Mabel Ringling, the grounds lay host to manicured gardens with over a century’s growth that surround the incredible Ca’d’Zan mansion. Here, you will also find one of the world’s most renowned collections of renaissance and Baroque period artwork in addition to a circus museum which highlights some of the most impressive performers and tragic events in circus history.
Sarasota is also host to nearly 100 historic homes and sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This includes Historic Spanish Point, the only place in the world where visitors can explore an archeological exhibit from within a prehistoric shell mound. Visit the Sarasota Opera House in Historic Downtown, catch a film at the Burns Court Historic District cinema, or admire the peace and quiet of Rosemary Cemetery.
You’ll find something impressive around every corner in Sarasota.