6 Popular Day Trips from Sarasota, FL


When you live in a beautiful new Medallion Home community near Sarasota, it's easy to explore Florida’s entire Gulf Coast! There are so many unique and exciting places to visit up and down the coast, and even into central Florida. With such a great home base as Bradenton, Parrish, or Sarasota itself, you can never be bored. From peaceful beaches to vibrant cultural centers, southwest Florida and its neighboring areas have it all. So grab your hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen and prepare for a day of fun with these popular day trips from Sarasota, FL!


Things to Do Near Sarasota, FL


Ybor City - 1 hour away


Once known as the "Cigar Capital of the World" and famous for its baseball culture, historic Ybor City is filled with Cuban and Latin-American influences. It continues to be a prime destination for sightseeing, museum visiting, lunching, boutique shopping, cigar smoking, and strong coffee sipping. At night the district comes alive with restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and a cocktail-serving movie theatre. 


Clearwater Beach - 1 hours and 30 minutes away


Head north up the Gulf Coast and you'll come across one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Clearwater Beach has been voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world for more than 20 years in a row, and with its soft white sands, clear waters, and bottlenose dolphin sightings, it's easy to see why. Enjoy splashing in the calm waters or strolling the beachfront promenade in search of a favorite seafood restaurant or café.


Saint Petersburg - 50 minutes away


There's always something fun to do in "Sunshine City!" The year-round great weather makes Saint Petersburg ideal for golfing, boating, fishing, beachgoing, or visiting its many waterfront parks. A big attraction is the Dali Museum, which has the largest collection of Dali works in the country. 


disney near sarasota fl


Disney World - 2 hours away


No matter where you live in Florida, regular trips to Walt Disney World are a must! A day trip from Sarasota is completely doable, but we suggest limiting yourself to one of the four theme parks to give yourself ample time to have fun and still have energy for the drive back. Choose from Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, or Disney's Animal Kingdom - you can't go wrong!


Everglades National Park - 2 hours and 30 minutes away


An alligator sighting is almost inevitable (and a welcome experience!) in this 1.5-million-acre wetlands preserve at the southern tip of Florida. The Everglades’ unique ecosystem makes this a destination for sightseers and animal lovers as it is home to hundreds of other species, including leatherback turtles, Florida panthers, and West Indian manatees. There is a 99-mile long trail through the island system that kayakers and boaters will enjoy.


Busch Gardens - 1 hour and 15 minutes away

A perennial Florida favorite, Busch Gardens - Tampa is an African-themed amusement park with thrilling roller coasters and rides, more than 200 species of animals to observe, and safaris and animal tours to get up close and personal with African and Australian wildlife. Come see hippos, giraffes, rhinos, elephants, sloths, kangaroos, and more.  

To learn how you can live close to these amazing destinations and more, visit Medallion Home’s new home communities in southwest Florida,  or contact us at 941-214-9857. We can’t wait to help you build your masterpiece!