Sarasota is home to more than 600,000 residents. Looking down from an airplane, travelers will see the brightly colored Sarasota Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Once they land, visitors can go pick up the rental car that they booked using Skyscanner.
Finding Rental Car Companies
Travelers can rent a vehicle in the baggage claim area of the Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport. The rental car lot is just across the street from the airport. Car rental companies include Avis, Dollar, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Thrifty, Alamo, Payless, and National. Five minutes driving distance from the airport is Advantage Rent A Car, located on 1150 Rental Car Road. There, travelers can enjoy discounted rates.
Driving in Sarasota
Traveling around the city of Sarasota is not difficult. Visitors can quickly access Interstate-75 to get out of the downtown traffic. Some of the hot spots for traffic are between Mound Street and 10th Street downtown, St. Armands Circle, and Old Main Street. On Friday and Saturday nights, Beach Road is congested with travelers heading to Sarasota Beach and Siesta Key.
Things to Do in Sarasota
Sarasota offers travelers a wide range of things to do and see, such as educational museums, lawn bowling, operas, jazz club, concerts, bird watching, golf tournaments, ballets, tennis, water skiing, boating, state parks, and even shell collecting. Here are some ideas for specific places to visit in the city:
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Plan a day at Sarasota Jungle Gardens and view the exotic birds, reptiles, and garden with tropical flowers planted on 10 acres of land. Watch the Exotic Bird Show that features macaw and cockatoo birds. Take pictures of the pink flamingos that are found all over the garden.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Check out this popular venue to watch comedy shows, listen to music, and watch theater and dance performances. This is the perfect place for a romantic date.
Nathan Benderson Park
Nathan Benderson Park was a traditional park until its upgrade. Now, it has a huge lake in the center. Travelers can enjoy hiking, running, rowing, or paddle boarding. The park has regatta competitions regularly for both locals and visitors. Take a picnic basket to the park for a nice Sunday brunch.
Sarasota Classic Car Museum
Car lovers can visit the Sarasota Classic Car Museum for a lesson in motor vehicles. The museum has a collection of exotic and vintage cars that are displayed on a rotating basis. Some of the cars on display belong to celebrities such as John Lennon and Mable Ringling. Check out the collection of Italian cars that includes Ferraris and Alfa Romeos.
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Visit the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and check out the 135,000-gallon shark tank with its various species of Bonnethead sharks and stingrays. This is habitat for animals such as manatees, otters, and sea turtles.
It is important to have a rental car when visiting Sarasota and the surrounding area. Drive one hour to visit Dali Museum and the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Drive two and a half hours from Sarasota to visit Disney World, which is just 125 miles away.