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Amish Hats from Various States on Display at the Carlisle Hotel in Sarasota, Fla., Dec. 2021.
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Things to do in Sarasota: The Amish Experience Tour

Sarasota is home to a unique culture for Florida. Within the Pinecraft neighborhood is an Amish community. Discover Sarasota Tours offers a look into the Amish experience.

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Siesta Key Rum Distillery
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Things to do in Sarasota: Siesta Key Rum Distillery

“This is Christmas in a cup,” The Man Who Numbers said while pouring a sample of Spiced Rum in the tasting rum. I was looking for things to do in Sarasota one weekend and a free tour of Siesta Key Rum Distillery popped up on my radar.

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Englewood Beach Sunset, Feb. 2020
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Things to do in Southwest Florida with Visiting Friends & Family: Janet’s Itinerary

Do you live in Southwest Florida and looking for things to do with visiting friends or family? Here’s an itinerary for my friend Janet’s Feb. 2020 visit which includes activities in Sarasota, Punta Gorda, Englewood and North Fort Myers.

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Jorge Barreda Supervises Me as I Rinse Off Lou, the Matriarch African Elephant at Myakka Elephant Ranch in East Manatee County, Fla.
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Spa Day at Myakka Elephant Ranch in Florida

A spa day is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday and I arranged an indulgent encounter for a friend at one of the most unique spots in Florida, Myakka Elephant Ranch

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Overlooking Dakin Dairy's Milking Operation, Myakka City, Fla.
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Florida Travel: A Mooo-velous Time at Dakin Dairy Farms

Where’s the best place to have a mooo-velous time in Florida? Dakin Dairy Farms in Myakka City! When a cup of creamy, chocolate milk spills, is it okay to cry? During a tour of Dakin Dairy Farms in Myakka City, it’s just what I wanted to do after knocking over my complimentary cup of chocolate milk while trying to snap the perfect photo for Instagram. Granted, it was about an ounce but it was mighty delicious.

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Courtyard of the Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Fla.
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Florida Travel: Stephen King’s Sarasota

Have a Duma Key day and travel to Stephen King’s Sarasota with this guide to dining, eating, sleeping and playing on Florida’s gulf coast.

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Nik Wallenda’s Final Public Training in Sarasota Prior to June 23’s Grand Canyon #SkyWire Walk

Are you stalking Nik Wallenda? A friend jokingly asked Sunday evening after I uploaded photos from his training. So yeah, counting today, I’ve seen the “King of the Wire” train four times at Sarasota, Florida’s Nathan Benderson Park prior to his Sunday walk across the Grand Canyon.

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Nik Wallenda Takes a Break from Training for June 23, 2013 Grand Canyon Walk at Nathan Benderson Park, to Answer Questions by the Crowd, Sarasota, Fla., June 16, 2013
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Nik Wallenda Holds Q&A While Training on the Wire in Sarasota for June 23 Grand Canyon Walk

Having easy access to history is pretty cool, which is why I’ve now watched daredevil Nik Wallenda train three times at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla., prior to his June 23, 2013, walk across the Grand Canyon. Each time I’ve gone, the crowd grows a little bigger, the line to meet the “King of […]

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See Daredevil Nik Wallenda Train for Grand Canyon Walk in Sarasota June 6 – 19, 2013

If you’ll be in the Sarasota, Fla., area between now and June 19, 2013, and have an interest in seeing people do really cool things, plan on seeing daredevil Nik Wallenda train for his June 23 walk across the Grand Canyon. Head out to Nathan Benderson Park on North Cattleman Road Tuesdays through Sundays to […]

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Sharing Circus Sarasota with the Parents

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and children of all ages…” It’s been a long, long time since I last attended a circus, although I saw Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba a few years ago, and after hearing of daredevil Nik Wallenda walk the high wire above Sarasota last month, I immediately decided taking my […]

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