Lifestyle & Living

Lifestyle & Living - Downtown Expert - Candy Swick Real EstateSarasota’s downtown is a charming, Mediterranean-styled cultural hub lined with swaying palm trees and picturesque shopping avenues. Every step, and every turn brings you to the window of an intriguing gallery, unique sculptures and jewelry, fine antiques, and paintings from artists both American and European, spanning the 19th and 20th centuries.

Perpendicular to this area, you’ll stroll through the Hollywood 20 movie complex, where you’ll also then discover trendy cafés, as well as shops which bustle with delightful activity. You’ll also discover more boutiques and galleries, and fascinating shopping hotspots.

If culture is your thing, then you’ll be certain to make a bee-line towards the Towles Court Artists Colony, many live theatres, Historic Burns Square, and the farmers’ market of every Saturday morning. Furthermore, on the first Friday of every month, Palm Avenue and Main Streets keep the doors open to their restaurants, boutiques, and galleries, to create a festive air in which you can shop as much as you please. Meanwhile, live entertainment, area vendors, and special celebrations will surround you and please you, making the First Friday Walk an event that is not to be missed.

Affiliated with Florida State University is the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Take a day to peruse the largest museum/university complex in the United States.

Lifstyle & Living - Downtown Expert - Candy Swick Real EstateMore recently, Sarasota has become a proud part of the Florida eco-heritage tourism trail, which brings together over 150 environmental, cultural, historical, and educational sites. Each of these sites bring fun and education geared towards protecting and conserving the local waterways and historic sites of the area. Among them is the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, which is situated right downtown Sarasota as a tropical oasis which extends over 16 acres overlooking the bay. The sights, sounds, entertainment, and hospitality of downtown Sarasota are difficult to match, in even the largest and most world-class cities.