Travel & Outdoors

Essential Intelligence

The Sarasota Shell Club's Annual Show Happens in February

Here's how it became such a big deal.

12/26/2023 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Take a Hike

Myakka State Park Plans Updates to Encourage Backcountry Exploration

A financial donation from Athletic Brewing Company will blaze a trail that will allow safer backcountry wayfinding for hikers, including trailhead kiosks and trail markers.

12/20/2023 By Sarah Owens/Community News Collaborative

What's That Bird?

A Beginner's Guide to Birdwatching in Sarasota

Here’s how to ID 10 of our most breathtaking local birds—plus, insider tips on where to find them.

12/13/2023 By Linda Murray

Joust Do It

Solomon's Castle in Tiny Ona, Florida, Is One Man's Creative Vision Made Real

The artist Howard Solomon began building the castle in the 1970s from found objects and reclaimed materials and lived there until his death in 2016.

12/06/2023 By Stephanie Churn Lubow

Long Haul

What It's Like to Swim the English Channel

Sarasota software engineer Allen Hillman recently joined an elite group of swimmers.

11/27/2023 By Stephanie Churn Lubow

Happy Glamper

Two Permanent Glamping Sites Just Opened at Oscar Scherer State Park

The sites are run by Anayancy and Alex Escarpanter, who partnered with Timberline Glamping to bring the experience to Sarasota.

11/21/2023 By Lauren Jackson

Happy Trails

Sarasota Finalizes Fares, Stops for Airport-to-Downtown Trolley

The service will launch by year’s end, with direct runs every 30 minutes between Sarasota Bradenton International Airport airport and seven hotel sites.

11/06/2023 By Eric Garwood/Community News Collaborative

48 Hours in Sarasota

8 Perfect Sarasota Weekends

How to spend two days in paradise.

11/06/2023

48 Hours in Sarasota

Indulge Your Wild Side During 48 Thrill-Filled Hours in Sarasota

Water sports, wildlife and the great outdoors are front and center and, from up high to down low, Sarasota can pack the punch thrillseekers crave.

11/06/2023 By Kim Doleatto

48 Hours in Sarasota

The Food Lover's Guide to Sarasota

Spend a long weekend eating your way through town.

11/06/2023 By Lauren Jackson

48 Hours in Sarasota

Sarasota Is a Great Place for a Family Vacation

With lots of green space, parks and beaches galore, and great year-round weather, there’s plenty for families to do.

11/06/2023 By Kim Doleatto

48 Hours in Sarasota

The Dog Lover's Guide to a Long Weekend in Sarasota

We’re a dog lover’s destination, with plenty of pet-friendly accommodations and eateries that will keep you and your furry friend busy.

11/06/2023 Photography by Cooper Levey-Baker

48 Hours in Sarasota

The History Buff's Guide to a Weekend in Sarasota County

From its famous residents to its signature architecture, there's so much for history lovers to explore.

11/06/2023 By Lauren Jackson

48 Hours in Sarasota

Grab Your Besties and Head to Sarasota for a Friendship-Filled Weekend

Sarasota is a perfect place for a girls’ trip.

11/06/2023 By Megan McDonald

48 Hours in Sarasota

A Weekend Spent Exploring Sarasota's Arts Scene Is One Well-Spent

The arts are an essential part of Sarasota’s identity and a major draw for tourists and residents alike.

11/06/2023 By Cooper Levey-Baker

48 Hours in Sarasota

How to Spend a Romantic Weekend in Sarasota

Exactly what to do over the course of 48 lovey-dovey hours.

11/06/2023 By Megan McDonald

Expansion Cycle

Legacy Trail Advocates Eye Linking With Florida Gulf Coast Trail

An expanded trail could connect Sarasota with Tampa and Naples.

10/19/2023 By Jim DeLa/Community News Collaborative

Let's Get Together

Filmmaker Damon Gameau Headlines a Sarasota Conference on Nature and the Environment

December's EcoSummit and Green Living Expo will stimulate audiences with a wide range of speakers and activities, including talks by Gameau and novelist Carl Hiaasen.

10/17/2023 By Cooper Levey-Baker

The New Bobby Jones

The New Bobby Jones Golf Club and Nature Park Opens This Weekend

The historic municipal golf course has undergone major changes. Here's what to expect.

10/11/2023 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Wet and Wild

Six Saltwater Sports You Have to Try

Here's everything you need to know to book a rousing day on the water.

09/05/2023 By Hannah Wallace