7. Area attractions

If you can make time for it before or after the afternoon ballgames, Sarasota is known for its beaches. Siesta Key's beach was named Dr. Beach's top beach in 2011 and offers some of the whitest and softest sand in the world. The sand is composed of 99 percent quartz, which also makes it cooler on the feet. The John and Mable <a href="http://www.ringling.org/">Ringling Museum of Art</a> (5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 941-359-5700; ringling.org) is the official art museum of the state of Florida, containing more than 10,000 works of art, and the Circus Museum - yes, John was one of the Ringling Brothers - features a small-scale replica of the famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, circa 1919-1938.

( Sarasota/MCT Photo / July 7, 2009 )

If you can make time for it before or after the afternoon ballgames, Sarasota is known for its beaches. Siesta Key's beach was named Dr. Beach's top beach in 2011 and offers some of the whitest and softest sand in the world. The sand is composed of 99 percent quartz, which also makes it cooler on the feet. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 941-359-5700; ringling.org) is the official art museum of the state of Florida, containing more than 10,000 works of art, and the Circus Museum - yes, John was one of the Ringling Brothers - features a small-scale replica of the famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, circa 1919-1938.

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