Greater Than a Tourist- Sarasota, Florida USA
50 Travel Tips from a Local
By Andrea Burgess
Are you excited about planning your next trip?
Do you want to try something new?
Would you like some guidance from a local?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater
Than a Tourist book is for you.
Greater Than a Tourist- Sarasota, Florida USA by Andrea
Burgess offers the inside scoop on Sarasota. Most travel books tell
you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong
with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book
will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next
In these pages, you will discover advice that will help you
throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses
or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge
from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel
Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to
know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book,
you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.
Inside this travel guide book you will find:
- Insider tips from a local.
- A bonus book 50 Things to Know About
Packing Light for Travel by bestselling author
- Packing and planning list.
- List of travel questions to ask yourself or others
- A place to write your travel bucket list.
“It is so hard to leave—until you
leave. And then it is the easiest
goddamned thing in the world.”
– John Green, Paper Towns
When planning a Florida vacation, you might be
tempted to consider some of the bigger cities like the
Keys, Miami, or Orlando, but I hope this book will
convince you that Sarasota is the place to be. Here we
have all the draw of the big cities: museums, beaches,
and night life, but with the convenience and charm so
many seek from some of the more ‘Old Florida’
destinations. Another major consideration is that
Sarasota is so close to many other larger cities. If
you’re here for an extended stay it’s only about an hour
to most Tampa or Fort Myers destinations, around 2
hours to Disney World or Legoland.
I’ve lived in Florida for over a decade and traveled
all over the state. There are few places that can match
Sarasota in my heart. Even when I lived in neighboring
towns, I always found myself coming to Sarasota for
everything – shopping, movies, dinning – so I finally
gave up and moved here! It’s been one of the best
decisions I’ve ever made. I love it here, and I hope you
will to. In the following pages you’ll find just some of
my favorite places. Stop by – maybe I’ll see you there!
1. DISCOVER THE HIDDEN
TREASURES OF THE RINGLING
The John & Mable Ringling Museum is a top
destination for every new visitor to Sarasota. There are
guided tours and trolley rides available between
locations. Take a stroll through the lovely Bayfront
Gardens, view historical items and information from the
famous Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus,
or spend the day in quiet contemplation in the Museum
of Art. A little-known feature of the Ringling is the
library – Call ahead and speak to a librarian to schedule
a tour of John Ringling’s private collection. I’ve taken
advantage of this little-known gem several times. The
artworks and illustrations in some of the books are
absolutely stunning. For all you history buffs, ask to see
the 16th century manuscript bound with 13th century
vellum – it will take your breath away! Finish off your
trip with an upscale lunch or dinner at the in-house
2. FEED LIVE ALLIGATORS AT
SMUGGLERS COVE ADVENTURE GOLF
Smugglers cove is a fun place for the whole family
featuring 18 pirate-themed holes. Kids will love the
waterfalls, huge pirate ship, and caves. Don’t forget the
live gators! My niece and nephew love feeding them
from fishing poles – the gators are very eager for their
snacks and will swim up right away and jump to snap at
the tasty treats. Don’t worry though, the walls are high,
the guard rails are higher, and there is plenty of space
between those sharp teeth and your little ones. Parents
and adults will love the fun and challenging course,
apparel store, and the ability to purchase adult
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TOP REASONS TO BOOK THIS TRIP
Beaches: Whichever beach you decide to visit,
you’re sure to be astounded by our beautiful white sand
and the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Bring a
cooler, some sunscreen, and your friends and family –
that’s all you need for an unforgettably lovely day.
Food: No matter what you’re taste in food or drinks
there’s something for everyone here. From down home
cooking and country bars to the finest of fine dining
connoisseurs, everyone will feel at home and no doubt
experience something new.
Florida Lifestyle: With everything from a rich
heritage of tradition and history, to the laid-back beach
bum lifestyle, to the vibrant lifestyle of the bigger
cities, Sarasota has it all! And we love our tourists!
Unlike some bigger cities whose residents just don’t
have the time of day to give a wave or stop for
directions, Sarasota knows that tourists are what makes
Florida such an awesome place for us to live, whether
year-round or as seasonal “snow birds”. More often
than not, we residents are more than happy to play
photographer for your group, help you out with finding
the perfect spot, or even buy you a drink and strike up a
friendship at our favorite bars and restaurants. If you
ask me, (and yes, I might be a bit biased!) the relaxing
Florida lifestyle just makes for good people.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Originally from a small town in Illinois, Andrea is a
librarian, teacher, and writer who has lived in the
Sarasota area for over a decade. She loves to read and
write, fishing, and spending time relaxing with her
various fur and fin friends. Although she doesn’t
consider herself a ‘foodie’, she does love experiencing
the amazing variety of restaurants her adopted home
has to offer. She calls Sarasota home because of the
beautiful beaches, year-round fishing, and never-ending
list of awesome restaurants, events, and attractions.
This is her first book, but hopefully not last.