Signature City Sarasota

A lively educational adventure discovers circus magnate John Ringling’s fingerprints all over the cultural gem of Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Program No. 23872RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

If Sarasota’s vibe is a three-ring circus of culture, beauty and sophistication, thank John Ringling. A lively educational adventure discovers the circus magnate’s fingerprints all over this gem on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Ringling turned this oasis into his circus’ winter home during the Roaring Twenties — attracting never-before-seen prosperity in the process — and it has never looked back. Experience the just-opened Sarasota Museum of Art. Marvel at Marie Selby’s 15-acre Botanical Gardens. Aboard a 40-foot pontoon, look for dolphins and manatees on a study cruise. And delight in an evening show at the storied Historic Asolo Theater.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Up to two miles per day; some uneven surfaces.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • On the Ringling College Museum Campus, experience boundary-pushing contemporary exhibits at the newly opened Sarasota Museum of Art.
  • A marine biologist narrates a study cruise on Sarasota Bay, and staff from the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium hoist a trawl net to let you examine marine life from the bay.
  • Step right up and learn about the circus at the Ringling Complex, including the Circus Museum and a three-quarters size replica of a 1920s Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus.
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David Berry
David Berry is the associate director of Academic Affairs and Special Projects at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. He teaches at Florida State University and New College of Florida. He also consults at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

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

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