St. Armands Circle

SHOP & DINE ON ST. ARMAND’S CIRCLE – A ONE OF A KIND EXPERIENCE

From Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217  to St. Armand’s Circle is a beautiful drive straight south along Gulf of Mexico Drive. Enjoy the picturesque water views of the Gulf and see stunning mansions, golf courses and wildlife. This is a favourite of ours and on our must visit list every time we are on Anna Maria Island.
Once you get to the lushly landscaped Circle you will see it surrounds a quiet tree-covered park, known as Circle Park. The outside of the large circle is lined by shops, restaurants, and other businesses in a unique circular configuration. With more than 138 merchants including boutiques, galleries, specialty shops and restaurants, many restaurants offer indoor and outdoor seating. The area was founded by circus magnate, John Ringling, and you will see 33 museum quality statues. Many of the statues date back to the 1920’s reflecting John Ringling’s desire to bring art and culture to the city of Sarasota. If time permits take a walk around the park to see the “Circus Ring of Fame”, a commemorative to outstanding circus performers.
St. Armands Circle
The boulevards in St. Armands Circle have wide medians with a park-like setting, on either side are shops, restaurants and businesses.
Parking on and around St. Armand’s Circle is free. Depending on when you go, you might have to drive around the circle several times to find parking.  I have found this to be a good way to acquaint myself with the area. There are a couple of parking lots within a short walk from the Circle. I discovered these on one of my recent trips as it seems I find something new on each occasion.
The area is all outdoor walking and stores have covered awnings for those that want a break from the sun. All stores and restaurants are air-conditioned. Shops line the Boulevard of the Presidents, John Ringling Boulevard, and St. Armands Circle. The intersection formed by the Boulevard of the Presidents and John Ringling Boulevard give the area four quadrants, each with a different themed color. You will see signage that lets you know what quadrant you are in. You can match this up with maps and directories in the area so you don’t get too turned around after walking around the circle too many times.

St. Armands Circle

After shopping and dinner our family loves to wander around St. Armand’s Circle;  it’s great exercise after a delicious meal and there are many really fun shops to go in and out of. Some of our clothing and restaurant favourites are – Tommy Bahama Restaurant and store, Columbia Restaurant, Crab & Finn Restaurant , Daiquiri Deck-music, food/ drinks and Shore just to name a few. For a sweet treat try Ben & Jerry’s or Big Olaf’s ice cream.

St. Armand’s Circle offers something for all ages and is very walkable. It’s also a good place to people watch and see tourists and locals alike.

However, I think a day is not enough time for you to enjoy this Sarasota gem. So, as you plan your next visit with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals you can include another trip to “The Circle.”

You might even encounter some famous people visiting the circle.


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