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Romantic Things To Do in Sarasota Florida - Ringling Museum

After growing up in Sarasota and visiting numerous times recently with my husband, I’ve compiled the top 15 romantic things to do in Sarasota, Florida!

Sarasota, with its blend of cultural and natural attractions, is a captivating and underrated destination for romance. This city offers enticing experiences that are perfect for a romantic outing with your favorite person.

This article will be your guide to uncovering the most enchanting and romantic activities that Sarasota has to offer.

Let’s get into it!

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#1 – Ringling Museum & Ca d’Zan Mansion

The Ringling Museum of Art is by far one of the most romantic, beautiful, and unique places in Sarasota! It’s a cultural gem that offers the perfect blend of art, history, and architecture.

Founded by John Ringling (one of the founders of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus), the museum complex includes the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, the Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, and the Historic Asolo Theater.

The Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, the former residence of John and Mable Ringling, offers a glimpse into the luxurious lifestyle of the Roaring Twenties and a gorgeous view of the Sarasota Bay!

Side note –

If you’re looking for a place to have a couple’s photoshoot or engagement shoot, this is one of the best spots around!

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#2 – Wander around St. Armands Circle

St. Armands Circle is one of our favorite places in Sarasota for a romantic date! It’s an enchanting area renowned for its upscale shopping, dining, and culture.

This circular center offers a fusion of boutiques, art galleries, cafés, and restaurants. Wander around and peruse an array of shops offering everything from high-end fashion and jewelry to local art and mementos.

The culinary scene is equally diverse, with eateries offering a range of cuisines to satisfy every taste. We highly recommend having a Spanish/Cuban lunch at Columbia and dessert at Kilwin’s (the cake batter ice cream is the best ever!).

After lunch, take leisurely stroll around the circle and enjoy the shops, then finish your date with a tropical drink and live music (on the weekends) at Cha Cha Coconuts.

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#3 – Picnic and beach day at Siesta Key

Siesta Key is rated one of the best beaches in the USA, and for good reason! This beach stretches for miles with soft white sand (that never gets hot), crystal clear water, and colorful lifeguard stands.

Siesta Key Beach offers the perfect setting for a picnic date. Spread out a blanket on the soft sand, savor a delicious meal (we highly recommend getting a Pubsub (Publix sandwich from the deli), and soak in the breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico!

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#4 – Dinner and a movie at CinéBistro

CinéBistro in Sarasota is a true gem among date spots, providing a unique experience that combines dinner and a movie under one roof!

Don’t worry about racing between two different places for a meal and entertainment – at CinéBistro, you can do both without ever leaving your seat.

CinéBistro offers varied menu of drinks and food. My personal favorite from the menu is the truffle fries!

Just imagine enjoying a delicious meal and savoring a cocktail, all while immersed in the latest blockbuster on the expansive screen.

And let’s not forget the cherry on top – CinéBistro has the most comfortable recliner seats ever.

It’s the ultimate place for a perfect date night!

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#5 – Day Pass + Couples’ Massage at The Ritz-Carlton Spa

If you’re looking to splurge on a romantic date in Sarasota, consider getting a day pass to The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota for a luxurious pool day.

The Ritz-Carlton is known for its incredible service and amenities, making it the perfect place to relax and unwind with your partner. Spend the day lounging by the pool, soaking up the sun, and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

To make your day even more special, you can add on a couples massage at The Ritz-Carlton’s spa or another nearby spa. This indulgent experience is a great way to help you and your partner relax and rejuvenate together.

You can get a day pass to The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota here.

#6 – Kayaking tour

Take a kayaking tour through the magical mangrove tunnels of Sarasota. Whether you opt for a guided tour or decide to rent kayaks and explore at your own pace, this experience is great for a romantic date.

Glide through the winding waterways, surrounded by the lush greenery of the mangrove trees. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled, as you may have the chance to encounter some of Florida’s most beloved marine creatures, such as dolphins and manatees, playing in the waters around you.

A mangrove tunnel kayaking tour in Sarasota is sure to be a romantic experience you’ll never forget.

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#7 – Have an early morning date at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market

The Sarasota Farmers Market is ideal for a Saturday morning outing, blending the allure of a traditional farmers market with the lively spirit of downtown Sarasota.

Wander together through the market’s lively stalls and discover a diverse array of fresh produce, locally crafted goods, and one-of-a-kind treasures.

Enjoy the live music while you leisurely explore, tasting delightful treats and gather some ingredients for a cozy meal at home.

Conveniently situated near parks and waterfronts, the market offers an opportunity to extend your date with a walk or a relaxing picnic.

The Sarsota Farmers Market is open every Saturday (rain or shine) from 7 am – 1 pm. 

#8 – Watch the sunset at Siesta Key

This is one of our absolute favorite romantic things to do in Sarasota!

Watching the sunset at Siesta Key in Sarasota is a truly romantic experience and is perfect for a date. As the sun dips below the horizon, it paints the sky in a breathtaking array of colors.

Having traveled all around the world, I can confidently say that Siesta Key offers some of the most stunning sunsets I’ve ever witnessed!

The soft, white sands of the beach provide a cozy spot to sit and enjoy the view, while the gentle sound of the waves adds to the romantic ambiance.

After the sun sets, take a leisurely stroll along the beach or enjoy dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants.

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#9 – Take a stroll at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota offers couples a romantic escape into nature. With its lush gardens, stunning views of Sarasota Bay, and a wide variety of exotic plants and flowers, the gardens provide the perfect backdrop for a leisurely stroll.

The downtown Sarasota campus is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm and tickets cost $26 for adults (if you’re not a member).

#10 – See a show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

For a more cultural and sophisticated date night, consider catching a show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

This iconic venue hosts a variety of performances, including Broadway shows, concerts, ballets, and more.

The elegant architecture and world-class performances create a memorable experience that is sure to impress your date.

Find a list of upcoming shows and prices here.

#11 – Have dinner at The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot was one of my husband’s absolute favorite dining experiences in the US (he’s from Spain).

For a unique and interactive dining experience, make a reservation at The Melting Pot.

This fondue restaurant offers a cozy and intimate setting, perfect for a romantic date night.

Share a variety of delicious fondue dishes from cheese and meat to mouth-watering chocolate.

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#12 – Take a sunset cruise

For a truly romantic experience in Sarasota, grab your favorite person and take a sunset cruise on Sarasota Bay. Several companies offer sunset cruises that allow you to take in the breathtaking views of the sunset over the water!

We recommend LeBarge Tropical Cruises, as they offer quite a few different cruise options at good prices.

#13 – Have a staycation at a romantic hotel

Having a staycation at a romantic hotel in Sarasota is the perfect way to escape the routine and create lasting memories with your partner.

Sarasota offers a range of luxurious hotels with stunning views, elegant accommodations, and top-notch amenities.

Spend the day lounging by a beautiful pool, indulging in spa treatments, or enjoying a romantic dinner at an onsite restaurant.

In the evening, you can relax in a plush room with a view, sip champagne, and simply enjoy each other’s company.

A staycation at a romantic hotel in Sarasota allows you to unwind and reconnect without the stress of travel, making it a truly special and memorable experience.

Some great romantic Sarasota hotel options include:

  • The Westin Sarasota ($$$)
  • The Sarasota Modern ($$)
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota ($$$$)

If you have more time and want to get away, consider a romantic getaway in Key West or a Florida road trip!

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#14 – Lunch at Marina Jacks

Marina Jacks offers couples the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal with a stunning view of the marina and Sarasota Bay.

Whether you choose to dine indoors or out, you’ll be treated to picturesque views of boats gliding across the water and the gorgeous harbor.

The relaxed atmosphere and beautiful surroundings make Marina Jacks a great spot for a romantic lunch date. Don’t miss the taco salad and poke bowl – two of the best things on the menu in our opinion!

#15 – Go horseback riding on the beach

For adventurous couples, horseback riding on the beach is a romantic and exciting experience!

Take a guided horseback ride along the shoreline, allowing you to take in the beauty of the beach from a unique perspective.

It’s a fun and memorable way to spend time together and create unforgettable moments.

Book your ride with Florida Beach Horses!

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Hi! I'm Carrie Salter, a travel blogger originally from the USA, but now traveling and living abroad full time. I share travel guides, travel tips, and inspiration from around the world!

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