Signature City Sarasota: “America’s Best Small City”
Get to know Sarasota alongside experts as you discover its grand architecture, native wildlife, circus history, renowned theater and the cosmopolitan character of this Gulf Coast gem.
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Program No. 19350RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Become immersed in fascinating Sarasota on this discovery of the cultural capital of Florida’s west coast. Learn about John and Mable Ringling, Marie Selby’s Botanical Gardens and the habitats of several native Florida reptiles during a private showing by wildlife specialists. Float through Sarasota Bay, walk with an expert through the annual Season of Sculptures exhibit and close with a play at the Asolo Repertory Theater.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on uneven surfaces.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • A local expert leads a historical walking exploration of Sarasota's Civic Center area and the Theatre Arts District, plus the sculptures along the bay front.
  • Spend a full day at the Ringling Museum Complex and one morning exploring Selby Botanical Gardens.
  • Attend a play at the Asolo Repertory Theater and enjoy an expert-led Sarasota Bay study cruise.

General Notes

For a small group program with downtown lodging and more free time, see program 22661.
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Robert (Bob) Collins
Bob Collins fell in love with Sarasota and the circus when his family first vacationed in the area in 1950. Many years and two degrees later, Collins embarked on a unique show business career inspired by his childhood memories of Sarasota and the circus. For more than 35 years he traveled throughout North America as a marketing executive for national performance organizations including Ringling Bros. and Ice Capades. Today, he is an active board member of Circus Sarasota.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Robert (Bob) Collins
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Margaret (Peg) E Matthys
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