Posted July 17, 2009 by Kate Hamman
Sarasota may be a prime beach destination, but you can still have fun away from the water. Spend an afternoon with the circus, uncovering the secrets behind the Big Top, or gain a greater appreciation of art through shopping. And at the end of the day, if you're in need of something filling and sweet, sit down for a slice of heavenly homemade pie.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art: You may not know what the circus and art have in common, but at the John and Mable Ringling Museum, you can tour 21 galleries featuring European, American, and Asian works of art, as well as relive the golden days of the greatest show on Earth at the circus museum. Here you will find the "world's largest miniature circus," a 3,800 square-foot exact replica of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as it appeared from 1919 to 1938. Admission costs $25, and you can spend days exploring the collections.
Women's Exchange Inc.: At Women's Exchange Inc., you can support the advancement of art while buying yourself something pretty at discounted prices. The consignment shop has donated more than seven million dollars to individuals pursuing a career in the arts or funded grants to art organizations since 1962. Stop by to peruse the aisles of antiques, paintings, china, bric-a-brac, jewelry, and clothing. Items are discounted by 25 percent if not sold within 21 days, and 35 percent of the sales goes to the arts.
Yoder's Amish Restaurant: For more than 25 years, Yoder's has served fast-and-friendly Amish home cooking to Sarasota locals. However, people come from all over to taste its award-winning pies. Every morning, Mrs. Yoder bakes more than 25 varieties by hand, including Dutch apple crumb, Southern pecan, mom's egg custard, and the ever-so-popular peanut butter cream. Dinner entrees start at less than $10, but don't forget to save room for pie.
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(Photo: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art)
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