St. Armand’s Circle – Watching confectioners create sinful treats and browsing the shops are just a few of the fun things to do on St. Armand’s for there are holiday events, art & exotic car shows as well as live musical performances held every fourth Friday of the month. (October through May)

Sarasota Ski-A-Rees – A FREE Water Ski Show is held every Sunday (February – May) at 2:00pm. The Ski-A-Rees are located beyond the parking lot for Mote Marine and “Save our Birds”. Come see the three tier pyramid with exciting jumps, barefoot skiing, ballet, swivel, trios and doubles! 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island.

Free Mondays at the Museum – The Ringling Museum opens its doors free of charge every Monday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fun in the ParkIsland Park at 1 Marina Plaza, offers lots of free things…a sprawling lawn, beautiful blue water, a fountain & play yard for children, sun, shade, massive and inventive sculptures, bench swings for watching a sunset and big, big boats.

Towles Court Arts – Held once a month, take an evening stroll through an array of galleries, studios, jewelry boutiques, antique stores, gift shops and outdoor cafes. Location: 1938 Adams Lane (2 Blocks South of Ringling Blvd. just west of Hwy 301) Information: 941-955-4546

Palm Avenue – hosts a monthly Art Walk on the First Friday of each month. Browse the fine art galleries, jewelers, and restaurants of Palm Avenue while enjoying dancing, live music, entertainment and refreshments. (Palm Avenue – Downtown Sarasota)

Sarasota’s Farmer’s Market – Every Saturday – rain or shine… pick-out fresh produce, food, flowers, plants and crafts while having fun and making new friends. Location: Main St. and Lemon Ave. Sarasota

Polo – Every Sunday afternoon, the public is welcome to bring their picnic baskets and enjoy the thrill of the “fastest game on four feet”. With pony and Clydesdale wagon rides, exciting action, tailgating, half-time entertainment, divot stomping and plenty of fresh air, Sunday polo is the perfect place for a family outing. Well behaved (leashed) dogs are also welcome. (December-April).

Celery Fields – Grab the field guide and binoculars as this is the place where migratory visitors invade our resident bird population. The open fields are conducive to kites, bikes and a little bit of… climbing… and the ponds afford plenty of fishing and wildlife identification.

Radio Control model Airplane Field – There’s a Radio Control Squadron model airplane field in Rothenback Park at the East end of Bee Ridge Road 3 miles east of I-75 off Exit 207. The event is FREE to the public and features Large radio controlled Model Airplanes that must have wing spans of 80 inches or larger. There’s a concession stand with food and drinks, porta-potties and sun shelters. The field is handicap friendly and you should bring a lawn chair, sunscreen and camera. There is a nominal fee for parking.

Sculling – Competitive rowing is one of the hottest amateur sports in the country and Sarasota County’s Nathan Benderson Park is quickly gaining a stellar reputation.

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