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
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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Chuck Sidlow
Chuck Sidlow was born in Philadelphia, raised in N.J. and attended the prestigious Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey`s Clown College, eventually being honored with the title, "The Youngest Boss Clown in the History of the Circus." After 20 years with Ringling Bros., Chuck departed the circus and continued to use his skills in the entertainment industry. He settled in Osaka, Japan for 11 years working as an International Talen Coordinator before returning to Sarasota with his wife to fulfil his love of the circus.
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Robert (Bob) Collins
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