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Romantic Guide to Sarasota

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, the sight of a dazzling Sarasota sunset on the beach will absolutely bring the word 'romance' to mind. But beaches aren't the only places to enjoy a romantic outing with your significant other — although there are several of them in Sarasota — here are some of the places to steal away to for some amorous adventures.

Good for
  • Couples
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer

9 Places

3 City Tips

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9 Places

Ca d'Zan

Historic Sites

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Gardens, Historic Walking Areas

Ophelia's on the Bay

Restaurants

Kathleen D Sailing Catamarans

Boat Tours

Towles Court Artist Colony

Art Galleries

Kilwin's Chocolates

Restaurants

Myakka Canopy Walkway

Bridges, Observation Decks & Towers

Melanie F's City Tips

  • Be sure to catch a sunset or two as Sarasota is famous for them.
  • Think skincare and sunblock any time of year in Florida.
  • Summers in Sarasota are hot and humid — dress light to stay comfortable.
  • Ca d'Zan
    Historic Sites
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    Melanie F Says:

    When walking up to Cà d'Zan Mansion, it's hard to imagine this lavish Mediterranean Revival residence was simply a 'winter home' to someone, but when you learn that it was the was the home of circus owner John Ringling and his wife Mabel, then it makes a little more sense. This stately 66-acre estate on Sarasota Bay is simply meant to be explored hand-in-hand.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
    • Be sure to stroll through Mabel’s Rose Garden.
    • Photography and video is not permitted in special exhibitions and the use of a camera flash is prohibited in all galleries.
    • Stop into Treviso Restaurant on the grounds to share a delicious chocolate bacio tartufo: hazelnut gelato with Swiss chocolate with a white chocolate sauce and an almond tuile.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 128 things to do in Sarasota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Almost a personal tour 15/09/2020
    • Oh to own a circus... 01/09/2020
    • Ca d'Zan
    Address:
    5401 Bay Shore Rd
    Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
    Phone:
    +1 941-359-5700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
    Gardens, Historic Walking Areas
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    Melanie F Says:

    For a walk through one of the most beautiful places in all of Sarasota, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a must. Wander among thousands of tropical plants, trees, and flowers, a stunning orchid collection, and the conservatory and garden museum; and don't forget to stop at the koi pond as well for a leisurely and relaxing day to reconnect with nature, and one another.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Closed on Christmas Day.
    • Open daily from 10am to 5pm.
    • Be sure to bring insect repellent and sunscreen.
    • Benches are located throughout the gardens — take a seat, and take it all in.
    • Please silence phone and electronics so that everyone can have a peaceful visit.
    • Photography, painting, sketching, and other creative activities are encouraged.
    • WiFi is available at several locations in the gardens.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 128 things to do in Sarasota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beauty and Fun in the Garden 21/08/2020
    • Mystical Magical Holiday Cheer! 21/08/2020
    • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
    Address:
    811 S Palm Ave
    Sarasota, FL 34236-7726
    Phone:
    +1 941-366-5731
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Ophelia's on the Bay
    Restaurants (American, International, Contemporary)
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    Melanie F Says:

    If you're looking for a spot for a romantic lunch or dinner — at somewhere that has been rated as one of the top 100 restaurants in all of Florida — Ophelia's on the Bay is your place! Grab a seat by the floor-to-ceiling windows or on the patio for a tranquil view of Little Sarasota Bay, and indulge in some of the best seafood the area has to offer.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Opening hours are 5 to 10pm with happy hour from 5 to 6pm. Call ahead for hours on holidays.
    • Sunday brunch is served from 11am to 2pm.
    • Try the amazing Drunken Maine Lobster Bisque.
    • For dessert, be adventurous and try the Banana Flambé.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 34 restaurants in Siesta Key
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food, service and view. 21/09/2020
    • Wonderful 14/09/2020
    • Ophelia's on the Bay
    Address:
    9105 Midnight Pass Rd
    Siesta Key, FL 34242-2919
    Phone:
    +1 941-349-2212
    Price range:
    US$27 - US$39
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Kathleen D Sailing Catamarans
    Boat Tours
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    Melanie F Says:

    The only thing more romantic than watching the sunset in Sarasota is doing so on a luxurious 41-foot sailing catamaran. Kathleen D Charters offer private sunset sails as well as day sails and other outings too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Street and lot parking are both available.
    • Call ahead for reservations.
    • Bring sunscreen.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 99 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Sarasota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Sunset Sail! 13/09/2020
    • The Perfect Sunset Cruise 10/09/2020
    • Kathleen D Sailing Catamarans
    Address:
    2 Marina Plz
    Dock E, Slip 20
    Sarasota, FL 34236-8919
    Phone:
    +1 941-896-6400
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Towles Court Artist Colony
    Art Galleries
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    Melanie F Says:

    Visit art galleries, browse boutiques, and grab a bite to eat at the Towles Court Artist Colony in an old Florida area. Shop for antiques and items from local artists in this quaint and laid-back environment.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Street and lot parking are available.
    • Hours are normally 11am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday, however this is a "free-style community" so call ahead to make sure.
    • Come along for the "art walk" the third Friday of each month from 5-9pm.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 128 things to do in Sarasota
    • A "FUN" Night on the Town 16/11/2019
    • Art for Artists 06/05/2019
    • Towles Court Artist Colony
    Address:
    1938 Adams Ln
    Sarasota, FL 34236-6952
    Phone:
    +1 303-552-8725
    Other:
  • Kilwin's Chocolates
    Restaurants
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    Melanie F Says:

    Sweets for your sweet? And yourself! Indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to Kilwin's Chocolates. Select from chocolates and confections, candy, fudge, and ice cream to nibble on together for a 'sweet' addition to any day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Store hours: Sunday to Thursday from 8am to 11pm, and Friday and Saturday from 8am to 11.30pm.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 793 restaurants in Sarasota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Social distancing extreme 15/08/2020
    • Rude staff refused service 13/07/2020
    • Kilwin's Chocolates
    Address:
    312 John Ringling Blvd
    Sarasota, FL 34236-1321
    Phone:
    +1 941-388-3200
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Myakka Canopy Walkway
    Bridges, Observation Decks & Towers
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    Melanie F Says:

    If a romantic day for you is more along the lines of a hike through some amazing scenery, then you need to visit the Myakka Canopy Walkway. Located in Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, one of the largest state parks in southwestern Florida, the Canopy Runway was the first canopy walk in all of Florida, and provides simply amazing views from the 76-foot observation platform.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring insect repellent and sunscreen.
    • The canopy walkway difficulty level is easy.
    • The park is open 8am to sunset.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 128 things to do in Sarasota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Different experience that can be enjoyed by all. 13/07/2020
    • Cool 24/03/2020
    • Myakka Canopy Walkway
    Address:
    Myakka River State Park
    Myakka State Park Rd
    Sarasota, FL
    Phone:
    +1 941-361-6511
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    Other:
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