Until this website came along, we kept a whole bunch of our preserves, hiking, biking and paddle trails to ourselves. But not anymore. Locals already know that there is much more to Sarasota County than just beaches and the arts. The beaches are terrific, among the best in the world in fact, but beyond the beaches there is so much to see and do in natural Sarasota County.
There are places where alligators outnumber people, (because wildlife here is still in the wild). In our state parks and on our county's natural lands you can see a roseate spoonbill, a nesting loggerhead turtle, key deer, wild orchids, mangroves, banyan trees and many other plants and animals that still thrive in Sarasota County. Did you know you can swim with horses in the surf? Take guided eco-tours on land and water? Fly fish in the backwaters for mammoth bass. Hmmmm...if only you knew where to go and which outfitter to call!
The people of Sarasota County are sharing their very best local adventures, secret hideaways and Old Florida restaurants with you. Even the birdwatchers are sharing their best kept secret spots. Whether you have lived here all your life or you are visiting for the very first time, we invite you to explore natural Sarasota County. Share your adventures in the srqECOseeker contest and win prizes.
Sarasota County is a foodie fiesta! Choose from Zagat rated gourmet dining experiences, deli packed picnics, Old Florida seafood restaurants on the water, and roadside burger joints. Come by bike or boat for an authentic Florida restaurant experience. Expect atmosphere, extra-friendly service and food that makes memories.
Dozens of certified Florida Green Lodging establishments offer eco-friendly get-aways but if you would rather sleep under the stars, there are beautiful campsites in the wilderness. Looking for a romantic weekend at the beach? You can stay on Manasota Key, Casey Key, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island...
Outfitters, fishing guides, eco-tour experts and even survival trainers are here to help you discover natural Sarasota County. See manatees and dolphins, alligators and egrets, sea turtles and tarpon and do it in a canoe, kayak, offshore fishing charter, marine biology boat or even a segway. Explore the outdoors and get all the gear you need to do it right.