The Best Things to Do in Sarasota at Night
Sarasota is known as a bright and sunny vacation spot, but there’s plenty to do when the sun goes down, too! Between world-class theaters, beachy bars, and stunning sunsets, you won’t run out of ways to enjoy after-hours Sarasota. Below, we’ve compiled just five of the best things to do in Sarasota at night. For even more local recommendations, be sure to access our complimentary Destination Guide! It’s packed with all of our favorite restaurants, activities, and attractions.
5 of the Best Things to Do in Sarasota at Night
Immerse Yourself in the Arts
Did you know that Sarasota is a hub for the arts? Whether you’re looking for an evening of opera, orchestral music, or theater, you’ll be treated to a beautiful performance here. Head to a Sarasota Opera show or the Asolo Repertory Theatre for an unforgettable production. Or, head to the Ringling Museum for Art After 5, a weekly event held on Thursday nights. Between 5 and 8 p.m., you’ll be able to view the museum’s special collections and permanent displays. In addition to live shows, Sarasota also offers an after-dark art walk. We recommend venturing downtown on the first Friday of each month (starting at 6 p.m.) for the Palm Avenue First Friday Walk!
Shop, Sip, and Savor Your Way Through St. Armand’s Circle
Many of our properties are within walking distance of St. Armand’s Circle, one of Sarasota’s best spots for shopping and dining. While strolling past the shops and sidewalk cafes is a fabulous daytime activity, it’s even more special once the sun goes down. Enjoy the cool breeze and some after-hours retail therapy!
Cool Off with a Cocktail
If you can’t make Art After 5 at the Ringling Museum, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy a refreshing, tropical drink in Sarasota! You can always sip and savor from your vacation home’s private lanai, but a night out on the town is always within easy reach. Head over to St. Armand’s Circle, Siesta Village, or the downtown bayfront area for a lovely beach bar experience.
Experience Beach Rhythms
One of the cultural experiences that makes our area so unique is the Siesta Key Drum Circle. This iconic gathering is open to the public and features a crowd of performing musicians—mostly drummers—playing their music on the beach. The drum circle takes place every Sunday night after sunset on Siesta Beach, the best beach in the U.S.! All are invited to join the circle and dance to the rhythm. The event often carries on until after dark, ending when the fire dies down and the crowd disperses. Once you’ve paid a visit to the Siesta Key Drum Circle, you can enjoy a moonlit walk on the beach (or head back to your home away from home for a good night’s rest).
Watch an Incredible Sunset at Your Private Vacation Rental
After enjoying some of the best things to do in Sarasota at night, come back to the comfort and luxury of a private Longboat Key or Lido Key vacation rental. We also have truly jaw-dropping sunsets here in Sarasota—there’s no shame in enjoying a “night in” while simply admiring the area’s natural beauty. Our guests often rave about the sunset views from our properties’ patios, decks, and lanais. No matter which property you choose, you’ll love being close to everything Sarasota has to offer (yet feeling like you’re in a private paradise). In addition to incredible views, your Florida Vacation Connection property features premium perks like a fully stocked kitchen, fast Wi-Fi, and heated swimming pools. Some of our properties even offer access to tennis and fitness centers! Whether your perfect Florida vacation includes fun nights exploring or relaxing nights by the pool, an unforgettable experience awaits.