- The list below includes 99 free or cheap things to do in or near Sarasota, Florida, including 79 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Beaches, Kayaking and Aquariums.
- From Siesta Key Beach to Lido Beach, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Sarasota and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Bradenton, Venice, Siesta Key and Holmes Beach.
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Learn helicopter flying basics while taking in the sights, including the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Known for its pristine, soft, white sand, Siesta Key Beach is a popular beach located along the gulf coast. Swimming, sunsets, and snorkeling are just a small few of many activities to participate in on this scenic beach.
Sitting on an island peninsula on the waters of Sarasota Bay, Sarasota Bayfront Park offers highly a highly scenic and serene environment. It features a splash park and playground, as well as two waterfront restaurants.
Turtle Beach provides amenities to enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, beachcombing, snorkeling, volleyball and horseshoes, or visitors can just watch the sea turtles. They also have grills, picnic tables, benches, shower stations and a playground.
Hosting over 130,000 visitors annually, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a location that is home to a variety of exotic and tropical plants. Visitors commonly enjoy viewing the plant exhibits, the bonsai gardens, and the bamboo gardens.
A baseball stadium built in 1989, Ed Smith Stadium is the Spring Training home of the Baltimore Orioles. The stadium offers picnic and party facilities, a lounge, three climate-controlled suites and a cafe with food and drinks.
Originally established in 1939, the Sarasota Jungle Gardens feature more than 150 exotic animals, ranging from tropical birds to primates and crocodiles. The facility also offers daily wildlife shows featuring different kinds of animals.
Short for the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, The Ringling is an art gallery and live performance venue housed on the Ringling estate. The museum features a variety of collections, both permanent and visiting.