An exterior view of the hotel entrance at The Sarasota Modern

Explore Sarasota

Things to do in Sarasota

Once home to the most artists per capita in the world, Sarasota was born and bred as a city that appreciates creativity. The influence of the inspiration these minds brought to town is still evident in the incredible variety of attractions and things to do in downtown Sarasota and beyond, as well as in the eclectic individuals who line up to take part in them. 

The Sarasota Modern was built to embrace the city it calls home, from the very design of our logo to the attitude we take toward immersing ourselves, and our guests, in everything the area has to offer.

Located steps from downtown Sarasota and minutes from nearby sugar-sand beaches like Lido Beach and Siesta Key Beach and shopping and dining on St. Armand’s Circle, The Modern lives in harmony with Sarasota itself. We are positioned within the thriving heart of the city’s renowned Rosemary Arts District and pulsing with the rhythm of the city’s ever-changing calendar of events. From pristine beaches renewed each day by the tide to timeless works of art, there are countless sights worth setting one’s eyes on here. We invite you to stay with us and explore a few. Or more!

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art near Sarasota Modern

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the official state art museum of Florida.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium near Sarasota Modern

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit, marine research organization based on City Island in Sarasota, Florida.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens near The Sarasota Modern

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens offers 45 acres of bayfront sanctuaries to explore via two campuses.

Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary near The Sarasota Modern

Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is an ever-growing large-animal rescue in eastern Sarasota County.

Flamingo in Sarasota Jungle Gardens near The Sarasota Modern

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Sarasota Jungle Gardens is home to more than 200 native and exotic animals including birds of prey, many different species of parrots and macaws, primates, small mammals, dozens of snakes, lizards, iguanas, alligators, crocodiles and other reptiles – many of them rescued or donated – including Florida’s noted pink flamingos.