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The Sarasota County Centennial Committee is pleased to announce the release of:
SARASOTA COUNTY AUTO TOURS
This new app is FREE thanks to our generous sponsors.
Explore Sarasota County's notable landmarks and places of interest.

As you travel from place to place we'll take you back in time. Hear the stories and see the sights that are part of the colorful history of Sarasota County, Florida.
Audio narration and travel directions will trigger automatically as you drive (with GPS location services enabled on your phone).
There are 8 newly produced Auto Tours:

BAYFRONT

BEE RIDGE

COURTHOUSE AREA

DOWNTOWN/5 POINTS

ENGLEWOOD

FRUITVILLE to MIAKKA

PHILLIPPI

VAMO to LAUREL

THE APP IS NOW AVAILABLE IN THE APPLE APP STORE & GOOGLE PLAY STORE!

SEARCH FOR "SARASOTA COUNTY AUTO TOURS"

OR CLICK THESE LINKS:

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"We took the Englewood tour Saturday afternoon. It was great. Easy to follow, and even though I represented Englewood on the Commission for over a decade, I still learned some new things. A wonderful way to spend an hour on a beautiful afternoon in a beautiful area.  Hope to take some of the other tours (Philippi, Bee Ridge and Fruitville-Miakka, etc) . Great job to you and the wonderful volunteer committee."

Shannon Staub
Founding Pres. Library Foundation for Sarasota Cty.

The BAYFRONT TOUR is sponsored by Florin Roebig and Mary & LeRoy Hasselbring

Stops include:

  • Bidwell-Wood House & Crocker Church:
    Daughters of American Revolution
    Pioneer Park
    Rosemary Cemetery
    Overtown-First African American Community
  • Muncipal Auditorium:
    Lawn Bowling
    Hazzard Fountain
    Art Center
    Chidsey Building
    Pagoda Building
    Garden Club
    Belle Haven
  • Island Park
    Golden Gate Point

The BEE RIDGE TOUR is sponsored by Mabry Carlton Ranch, Inc.

Stops include:

Urfer Family Park
Albritton Fruit Company
Gillespie School
Bee Ridge Baptist Church
Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church
Bee Ridge Woman’s Club
Phillippi Crest Club

The COURTHOUSE AREA tour is sponsored by Williams Parker, Attorneys at Law

Stops include:

  • Payne Park:
    Sarasota Mobile Home Park
    Sarasota Terrace Hotel
    First Golf Course
  • Courthouse
  • Atlantic Coastline Railroad Station
  • Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
  • Seaboard Air Line Railroad Depot (park in City Hall lot):
    Gator Club
    Kress Building
    First United Methodist Church
  • Burns Court:
    Williams Parker, Attorneys at Law
The DOWNTOWN/5 POINTS tour is sponsored by Larry Magill and Sarasota Scene magazine

Stops include:

  • Gulfstream Ave.:
    Hover Arcade
    Scots Landing
    Dough Boy/War Memorial
    Halton Sanitarium
    Church of Redeemer
    Mira Mar
    Halton Residence
  • St Martha’s Church
  • Five Points:
    Historic 5 Points Clock
    Edwards Theatre
    Halton Hospital
    Sarasota Women’s Club

The ENGLEWOOD TOUR is sponsored by Englewood Museum and the Lemon Bay Historical Society.

Stops Include:

  • Decagon Buildings
  • Buchan Airport
  • Yale Street
  • Englewood Museum/Lampp House
  • Veterans Memorial
  • Buchans Landing
  • Dearborn Street/Zeigler’s Hardware
  • Indian Mound Park
  • Green Street Church Museum and Lemon Bay Cemetery

The FRUITVILLE to MIAKKA TOUR is sponsored by: Collins Interiors LLC.

Stops include:

Sarasota County Fairgrounds
Pinecraft Park
Fruitville School
Original Friendship Baptist Church
Current Friendship Baptist Church
Sarasota County Historical Resources and Archives Center
Celery Fields and Audubon Nature Center
Old Miakka School
Old Miakka United Methodist Church and Cemetery

The PHILLIPPI TOUR is sponsored by Friends of Sarasota County Parks and Rick Benitez, Photography

Stops include:

  • Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar
  • Richard Capes Art Studio
  • St John’s Chapel Cemetery
  • Sarasota High School (currently Ringling College Museum Campus)
  • Nora Patterson Bay Island Park (portable restroom)
  • Phillippi Estate Park (restrooms)

The VAMO to LAUREL TOUR is sponsored by Paver Development and Floyd Rinehart.

Stops include:

  • Vamo Park
  • Marie Selby Botanical Garden Historic Spanish Point Campus
  • Blackburn Point Park, 421 Blackburn Point Rd (there are two parks & this one is on the left before crossing the bridge) (restrooms)
  • Nokomis Beach Pavilion (restrooms)
  • North Jetty Beach Park (restrooms)
  • Sandra Sims Terry Community Center at Laurel Park
  • Johnson Chapel