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Many varied Points of Interest are found throughout the region.  In addition to this list of performing arts and sports venues, look for other Points of Interest on the Interactive Maps and discover lots to see in Sarasota & Bradenton.
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5555 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota
The word Asolo originated in Asolo, Italy with a lovely 18th century theatre acquired by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art for its collection more than 50 years ago. A fledgling acting company founded by faculty of Florida State University (FSU) began performing a summer series of plays under the name of the Asolo Theatre Festival and later as the Asolo Theatre Company. The acting company eventually outgrew the Ringling's Historic Asolo Theater and the company moved into its current home within the FSU Center for the Performing Arts where it has enjoyed notable success.
2700 12th St, Sarasota
The Stadium opened in 1989 in time for the Chicago White Sox' spring training, replacing old Payne Park. This 53-acre site maintains a national reputation as a premier baseball facility in the State of Florida and continues to be the mecca of baseball and other events in the area. The spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds since 1998, local residents and visitors can catch the action of their favorite teams and players in the relaxed atmosphere of beautiful Sarasota.
1241 N Palm Av, Sarasota
The theatre has been in operation in Sarasota since 1973. During its history, it has grown into a theatre with a budget of over $4 million and 20,000 subscribers a year, more than any theatre its size in the country. There are actually three theatres in one: the 173-seat Keating Mainstage Theatre, the 160-seat Gompertz Theatre and the 109-seat Goldstein Cabaret Theatre.
1241 N Palm Av, Sarasota
(Map S) Sarasota Area
709 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota
(Map A) Sarasota & Bradenton
The Sarasota Orchestra was founded in 1949 and is the oldest continuing orchestra in the state of Florida. Today the dynamic 80-member Orchestra performs more than 100 classical, pops and family concerts each year. In 2008 the organization unveiled a new name and a package that offers new series, new concerts and a whole new way to experience live music, along with the timeless classics.
709 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota
(Map S) Sarasota Area
3708 Patten Av, Ellenton
This antebellum mansion was home to Major Robert Gamble and headquarters of an extensive sugar plantation. It is the only surviving plantation house in South Florida. In 1925, the house and 16 acres were saved by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and donated to the state. Today, the mansion is furnished in the style of a successful mid-19th century plantation.
1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto
(Map A) Sarasota & Bradenton
Located on the scenic Manatee River, this flexible full-service facility is home to everything from seminars, banquets and trade shows to sporting events and concerts. The facility is also known as the Manatee Convention Center or Manatee Civic Center.
1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto
(Map B) Bradenton Area
102 Old Main St, Bradenton
(Map A) Sarasota & Bradenton
For more than 60 years, the Manatee Players was a traveling band of artists and volunteers working with meager budgets. Today, the Manatee Players has evolved into a nationally recognized and awarded theatre, changing and enriching lives regionally through the art and education of live entertainment.
102 Old Main St, Bradenton
(Map B) Bradenton Area
1404 Manatee Av E, Bradenton
A complex featuring many historic buildings, including a courthouse from 1860, a church from 1887, a settler’s house from 1912, a general store from 1903 and a one-room schoolhouse from 1908.
W 1611 9th St, Sarasota & Bradenton
(Map A) Sarasota & Bradenton
Located just south of downtown Bradenton, McKechnie Field has been the spring training home of Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates since 1969 and has fielded baseball games since 1923.
W 1611 9th St, Sarasota & Bradenton
(Map B) Bradenton Area
9801 State Rd 72, Sarasota
Patriot Plaza is a 2,800 seat ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery, funded and designed by The Patterson Foundation. It features a rich collection of art installations that pay tribute to the sacrifices of our veterans and military families.
838 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota
(Map A) Sarasota & Bradenton
For almost 80 years, the Players Theatre has been a vital and integral part of the Sarasota community. The company's dynamic revue ranges from solo to group performances, featuring innovative choreography in ballet, jazz and tap. They are known as Sarasota's first and oldest performing arts organization.
838 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota
(Map S) Sarasota Area
2700 Tamiami Tr N, Sarasota
The Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelor's degree in 14 disciplines. Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 35-acre campus now includes 90 buildings, and attracts close to 1,100 students from 43 states and 23 foreign countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States.
3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota
Home of the Sarasota County Fair, this sprawling facility also hosts numerous event throughout the year. For the full schedule, call or visit their website.
801 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota
(Map A) Sarasota & Bradenton
Formerly known as the Exhibition Hall is still in use today. The original Art Deco fountain was moved to the Ringling Museum in the mid 80s, but is now returned to the front of the Municipal Auditorium. A wonderful historic facility for the sightseer.
801 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota
(Map S) Sarasota Area
61 N Pineapple Av, Sarasota
(Map A) Sarasota & Bradenton
Sarasota Opera owns and performs in the historic Sarasota Opera House. The building has recently undergone a $20 million rehabilitation to restore the beauty of the 1920's theater, while creating an up-to-date opera house for the 21st century.
61 N Pineapple Av, Sarasota
(Map S) Sarasota Area
777 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota
(Map A) Sarasota & Bradenton
Set along Sarasota's beautiful bay front, the landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been entertaining audiences with a variety of music, dance, theater and comedy for more than 35 years. With its renovation in 2000, the Hall contains 25,000 more square feet than before, meaning larger lobbies and Grand Foyer, more restrooms, a new stage house, the latest in sound and lighting systems, and an Education Center.
777 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota
(Map S) Sarasota Area
326 S Nokomis Av, Venice
(Map A) Sarasota & Bradenton
The Venice Community Center is a beautiful 45,000 sq. ft. facility. It is home to a 10,000 sq. ft ballroom that seats up to 1,000 guests. The facility is home to many expos, weddings, seminars, concerts, proms, and a wide-variety of educational, recreational, and social activities.