The Ringling museum is an excellent day trip from Anna Maria Island into Sarasota that would make everyone in the family happy! The museum is located right off Sarasota Bay in North Sarasota and just a short 30 minutes drive from Anna Maria Island.
John and Mable Ringling built their estate and museum in 1927 and left their beautiful grounds and buildings to the State of Florida. The museum opened to the public in October of 1931. The history behind this gorgeous waterfront property is incredible, to read more please go to www.ringling.org.
The museum offers complimentary tours with admission of the Ringling Museum and the Circus Museum, but it is $4-5 for a tour of the Ca d’Zan mansion.
Saturdays at the Ringling Museum are family fun days with story time, exploration stations, family friendly exhibition tours and more all complimentary with paid admission.
Dining at the Ringling Museum is made easy with the Banyan Café and the Treviso Restaurant, which are both located on the grounds.
Open Daily from 10am to 5:30 pm
Admission is $7-20, Children under 6 Free.
Located at the end of University Parkway on beautiful Sarasota Bay, check here for directions and parking instructions.
For more things to do on Anna Maria Island or Sarasota visit our top ten list of things to do while vacationing in paradise.