Rainy days can feel like a drag when you're used to the year-round sunshine and beach weather of Sarasota. Don't let yourself go stir-crazy on a rainy day; there are numerous fun activities to do around town that don't involve the beach! You can still get out of the house and keep the whole family entertained, even on a gloomy day. Here are a few ideas for fun things to do on a rainy day in Sarasota:
Nothing cures the rainy weather blues like a day at the movies! This spot offers something different than most traditional movie theaters as it's Sarasota's premier location to catch first-run foreign, independent, and art films. Located in the historic Burns Court area, this theatre offers a revolving selection of hand-picked films. Beer and wine are available at the concession-stand for parents while kids can enjoy classic movie snacks. Who doesn't love eating popcorn and watching a movie on a rainy day?
The next time you're in Sarasota and it starts to rain, take time to stop by the Dabert Gallery and observe their wonderfully crafted display of artwork. It is a contemporary fine art gallery located on the west coast of Florida in Sarasota. Their location on historic South Palm Avenue is in the heart of the downtown Arts and Theater District.
State of the Arts Gallery is Sarasota's foremost source for collectors focusing on acquiring contemporary fine art created by Sarasota artists. From its inception six years ago, the gallery has spotlighted professional and local career artists residing in Sarasota. The Sarasota community is rich with visual arts and these artists have dedicated their lives to creating fine art, adding to Sarasota’s cultural "canvas."
For a short drive to Bradenton, or boat ride on Manatee River, you can do it all at Caddy's Waterfront Dining. Being one of the best bars and restaurants in Bradenton, Caddy's boasts a a tiki hut, live music stage and unbeatable waterfront views. Even when the sun is down, Caddy’s Bradenton is the perfect combination of island cocktails, tasty food, live entertainment, and beach games
Established in 1927, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the state art museum of Florida. While the outdoor gardens are always free to visit, the indoor Museum of Art is ideal for a rainy day. Adult admission is $25, but the museum offers free admission on Mondays and numerous discounts for students, children, military, teachers, and seniors. Beyond the Museum of Art, admission includes access to the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, an art library, the Circus Museums, The Muse at the Ringling, and the Historic Asolo Theatre. There's so much to see at this spot, making it the perfect place to escape a rainy day!
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Art Center Sarasota is a member-based organization that engages the artistic community of Sarasota. With four rotating exhibition galleries, there is always something new and exciting to see here. The center also offers both adult and youth classes, workshops, and educational programs. Spend a rainy day exploring the galleries or getting your creative juices flowing with an art class!
Sarasota's Classic Car Museum is a car buff's rainy day paradise. The 60,000 square-foot facility houses a constantly rotating collection of over 100 vintage cars of all types. In fact, it's the second-oldest continuously operating antique car museum in the country! Travel back in time as you view antique, exotic, European, and one-of-a-kind classic cars. The museum is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and admission is $12.85 for adults.
Meg’s specialty is original contemporary acrylic paintings; rich in color and texture. So, if you like vibrant art that speaks loudly to you as it's observed, stop by this fine art gallery on the next rainy day. Her clients live all around the world, including current and retired Fortune 500 executives and members of congress. A large portion of Meg’s work involves creating large-scale commissioned work for interior designers, homeowners and builders. However, if you live in Sarasota, take advantage of this artist living so close to home and check out her gallery!
When it's raining outside, it's an easy assumption to make that I want to be at the movies. CineBistro Siesta key takes it a step farther by inviting foodies to enjoy a full meal with their next movie. You can order from a full restaurant menu, but you must arrive 30 minutes before the showing of whichever movie you want to see. It's perfect for those of us who relish in the enjoyment of eating while we watch a movie.
If you have some time off during Florida's next rainstorm, then check out one of the fantastic plays at Florida Studio Theatre. These fun and exciting plays are bound to keep you entertained during the stormy season, so grab tickets to Who Loves You: A Tribute to Frankie Valley or That's Amore!
Experience ocean life even when the rain ruins your beach day by seeing a variety of marine life and scientists in action at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium! This working aquarium allows you to experience a wide array of marine animals up-close. Stop by their two touch tanks or observe the ocean's most ferocious predators in the 135,000-gallon shark habitat. You'll also be able to witness the scientific research that goes on at the aquarium in viewable working laboratories. Have fun while learning something new about ocean creatures at this unique, exciting spot!
When it rains in Sarasota, there's nothing better to do than shop! And I mean shop till you drop on Palm Ave! Stop at a book store, clothing store, jeweler or art gallery to keep yourself entertained during the next shower. And if you're a Sarasota local then you know well that it only rains for about 30 minutes at a time.
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Rain or shine, there's something for everyone to enjoy in the beautiful city of Sarasota, so check out one or more of these places on the next rainy day!
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