THE RINGLING-Sarasota Florida

Located at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota FL 941-359-5700

While visiting Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida, be sure to take a trip to the RINGLING Museum.

Located across the street from the Bradenton/Sarasota Airport about a 20 minute drive south of the condo. The RINGLING is a celebration of circus owner and art collector, John RINGLING and his wife Mable. The couple built this as their home “The Ca’D’Zan” almost a century ago. Their 36,000 square foot home/mansion has 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms.

Upon John Ringling’s death in 1936 the estate was bequeathed to the people of Florida. Over the years new buildings have been added and this beautiful estate now combines an Art Museum, Circus Museum, Education Center, Historic A solo theatre and beautiful Bayfront Gardens.

Monday the grounds and art museum are free, but you do have to pay full admission to enter the Ca’D’Zan or the Circus Museum. The architecture of the Ca’D’Zan is spectacular, an absolutely gorgeous building! The breathtaking grounds and gardens alone puts The RINGLING on a must see list for everyone. Allow yourself enough time to see everything, one day might not be enough. Remember to bring your camera!

There are many events that take place at the RINGLING, please visit their website for an up to date list.

Below see a few suggestions of events that might be of interest —

Ringling Underground—Thursday, March 1, 2018 to April 8, 2018 from 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Come out and enjoy the live music, an eclectic mix of local and regional live bands. Featuring Eduardo Correa, DieAlps, Millionyoung. While you are there check out displays from up and coming artists in the Museum of Art.

Bayfront Gardens Tour—tickets now until April 28, 2018 are $15. (Regular $20.) This 90 minute walking tour provides you with an overview of the development of the property. You will be introduced to some key botanical specimens and learn about local flora. Purchase your tickets now as they are limited and must be purchased in advance. Call 941-358-3180 for tickets.

Family Activities After 5 — Drop in anytime between 5 – 7:00 PM. Come to The RINGLING on Thursday nights and receive discounted admission to the museum as well as a special activities for families. Some weeks offer an art-making program in the Visitor’s Pavilion and other weeks Imagination Playground will be somewhere on the campus. The art making program relates to work of art you see in the galleries. Please check their web-site for a schedule and more information.

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The inside of the ringling Art Museum located in Sarasota, Florida on the Sarasota Bay.

Anna Maria Island Historical Museum ~ Belle Haven Cottage ~ Old City Jail 

This small museum is worth the stop! The staff are welcoming and extremely knowledgable. All sorts of interesting facts – ie: one of the original island residents was the creator of the Fig Newton recipe! – Or, tourists used to rent WOOL bathing suits at the beach when they visited the island!
We stopped in on a whim while shopping on Pine Avenue and really enjoyed it. You can browse and spend just an hour or you could take your time and spend hours reading and investigating all they have to offer. Great for both adults and children. They offer a scavenger hunt for kids with a prize at the end. Admission is free, but please remember to leave a donation!
Just a short free trolley ride from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island 34217
Learn about the early settlers and the Museum Building that was constructed as an icehouse in 1920. It went on to serve as an automotive garage, a sea turtle hatchery, and a public administration building. In 1992, the City of Anna Maria began leasing the building to the Historical Society for use as a museum. The museum’s exhibits tell the story of the first settlers on the island and their legacy including archived records for research into families and businesses. You can also learn the Island’s fishing and baseball history.
After seeing the Museum visit The Belle Haven Cottage which is a historical cottage furnished with heirlooms and antiques demonstrating early island living. The cottage was originally built on the City Pier in 1920 and was used as a fish packing plant, rental cottage and bait shop. In 1926 it fell into Tampa Bay Bay and was pulled from the waters to become a family home on the Island for decades. Belle Haven was rescued from demolition in 2001 and moved to the Historical Park being restored in 2006.
Continue to the Old City Jail that was built in 1927 to detain local troublemakers and house the rowdies who had a little too much to drink at the local roadhouse. It was used as a jail until it caught fire in the 1940’s. Left with no roof, no windows bars and no door it is used as a photo op for visitors. The jail is one of the most photographed attractions on the island and a  “must-see” site that was featured in Ripley’s “Believe it or Not”.

Sale of Settler’s Bread-On Wednesdays, November through March come for food and fun in the Historical Park.

Taste the original Settler’s Recipe Bread. Proceeds benefit theAMIHS Scholarship Fund. 

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