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Sarasota Visitor’s Guide for the Suncoast Boat Show

Sarasota Visitor’s Guide for the Suncoast Boat Show
Suncoast Boat Show

The 43rd annual Suncoast Boat Show, also known as the Sarasota Boat Show, will be taking place at Marina Jack in Sarasota, Florida from April 25-27, 2025. This highly anticipated event showcases a wide range of boats and yachts from the top boat dealers along the Gulf Coast. Featuring a stunning array of new and pre-owned vessels, as well as accessories, this weekend promises to be a boating enthusiast’s paradise.

If you’re new to the area and looking to make the most of your time at the show, we’ve got you covered with plenty of suggestions for things to do in Sarasota. Transform your boat show experience into a memorable mini-vacation by checking out our Sarasota visitor’s guide, highlighting the best hotels, dining spots, activities, and attractions conveniently located near the event.

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Hotels Near the Sarasota Boat Show

3-Star | Aloft | 0.5 Miles

Set in a modern building on a commercial street, this hip, contemporary hotel offers streamlined rooms that come with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minifridges, as well as designer toiletries. A rooftop terrace features an outdoor pool, a hot tub, a fire pit, and city views. Get a workout in at the 24-hour gym, or visit their bar with a snack menu and regular live music.

4-Star | Art Ovation Hotel | 0.4 Miles

This hip, artsy hotel offers sophisticated rooms featuring flat-screen TVs, desks, sitting areas, and minifridges, plus tea and coffee-making facilities, and free Wi-Fi. Amenities consist of a rooftop pool and bar with city views, along with a gym, a market, and an American-style restaurant.

4- Star | Hyatt Regency | 1.3 Miles

The Hyatt offers chic rooms with free wi-fi, flat-screen TVs, work areas, and coffeemakers. Amenities include a private marina, an outdoor pool, a hot tub, and a 24-hour fitness center. In addition, you can indulge at the cocktail bar or visit the restaurant with bay views.

4- Star | The Westin | 0.7 miles

This lavish hotel overlooks Sarasota Bay and offers contemporary rooms and suites with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, minifridges, coffeemakers, plus balconies with city or bay views. Amenities contain a refined restaurant, rooftop terrace with a pool, a bar, and an eatery. Other amenities include a lobby bar, a spa, and a gym.

5- Star | The Ritz | 0.6 miles

Overlooking the bay, this luxury hotel offers stately rooms with smart TVs and 24-hour room service. Notable amenities include three chic restaurants and a tiki bar, along with poolside food service. Other amenities include a refined spa, an 18-hole golf course, and an outdoor pool.

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Top-Rated Restaurants — Sarasota Visitor’s Guide

4.8 Stars | Circo  | 0.5 Miles

Circo caters to the taco and bourbon lovers of Sarasota. Born from the marriage of two deeply interconnected cultures— Mexican & American— taco slinging & craftsmanship is what they do best. This restaurant is a spot for fun cocktails, classic margaritas, and rare and interesting mezcals and bourbons. Voted Sarasota’s magazine best of 2020.

4.4 Stars | Boca | 0.5 Miles

With a focus on farm-to-table cuisine that prioritizes taste and service, Boca restaurant is set apart from the rest. The menu is based on the locally sourced ingredients from nearby farmers and specialty food purveyors. Enjoy American comfort cuisine in one of downtown Sarasota’s favorite hotspots.

4.5 Stars | Station 400 | 0.9 Miles

Station 400 is a locally sourced American breakfast and lunch joint, serving customers in a restored train depot dating back to 1852. Enjoy innovative twists on all your favorite breakfast and lunch classics, and try one of their specialty mimosas offered in a variety of flavors.

4.6 Stars | Indigenous Restaurant | 1.0 Miles

Indigenous is fixated on local and proudly sourced ingredients with a commitment to sustainable, high-quality seafood. Their dishes are innovative American cuisine served in a warm, sophisticated restored home.

4.5 Stars | State Street Eating House + Cocktails | 0.5 Miles

This popular, rustic-chic restaurant is well known for its craft cocktails, sandwiches, and new-style American entrees. All dishes are creative, fresh, and very tasty. Voted best cocktail, nine years in a row (2013-2021).

4.6 Stars | The Toasted Yolk Cafe | 3.3 Miles

Located in Sarasota, FL, The Toasted Yolk Cafe serves up a mouthwatering selection of chef-inspired breakfast, brunch, and lunch favorites. Indulge in specialty dishes that perfectly complement their brunch cocktails for a delightful dining experience.

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Activities & Attractions Near The Show — Sarasota Visitor’s Guide

St. Armand’s Circle | 2.8 Miles

Enjoy an island-style shopping experience featuring upscale shops, boutiques, salons, and delicious eateries. Enjoy the warm Florida weather as you stroll along the circle admiring the exquisite statuary. Catch the sunset at Lido beach, just a short walk away.

Siesta Key Beach | 7.1 Miles

Voted the #1 Beach in the U.S. in 2020 by TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards. You will understand why the moment you step foot on the white quartz sand and take in the sites of the aqua blue ocean. Siesta Key beach also offers a large parking area, concession stands, a free trolley to get around on the island, and the fun nearby Siesta Key Village.

Mote Marine | 4.0 Miles

Grab the kids and get ready for a marine experience unlike any other. Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Their amazing animal and marine science exhibits and tours offer an up-close and personal experience with marine life. From their open water Shark Zone exhibit to the stingrays, reef animals, sea turtles, manatees, and more, Mote Aquarium offers a blend of entertainment and education.

Ringling Art Museum  | 2.0 Miles

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the official state art museum of Florida. The museum is home to one of the preeminent art and cultural collections in the United States. Established in 1927, the legacy of Mable Ringling and John Ringling lives on through the collective museum with exhibitions, programs, and events going on regularly.

Big Cat Habitat | 9.2 Miles

Lions, tigers, and bears are just a few animals you can see at Sarasota’s Big Cat Habitat. This Gulf Coast sanctuary is an ever-growing large animal rescue site founded in 1987. It is a nonprofit refuge for exotic cats and other native and exotic wildlife in need of a permanent home.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens | 0.8 Miles

This 15-acre rainforest-like, botanical garden connects people with air, plants of the world, native nature, and regional history. This is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, ferns, and other tropical plants.

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