Downtown Sarasota

A Coastal Oasis of Amenities and Energetic Vibes

A gem along the waterfront, Downtown Sarasota beckons with its vibrant blend of urban allure, scenic landscapes, and coastal charm. Here, the city's energy meets the soothing rhythm of the waves, offering residents an enticing lifestyle where art, entertainment, and natural wonders converge in perfect harmony.

Downtown Sarasota is a dynamic hub of activity, brimming with amenities and attractions, including theaters, galleries, and museums. The waterfront lifestyle adds another layer of allure, inviting residents to indulge in scenic views, waterfront dining destinations, and a myriad of recreational activities, from leisurely strolls along the Bayfront to exhilarating boat rides along the Gulf Coast.

What to Love

  • Theaters and galleries showcasing Sarasota's artistic vibes
  • A waterfront lifestyle with scenic views and a plethora of recreational adventures at parks and beaches
  • Historic elegance and beautiful architecture
  • Many entertainment and dining options for every taste and preference
  • Urban living with walkable amenities, fostering a convenient and accessible lifestyle
  • Community events and festivals celebrate the city's vibrant spirit and create a sense of togetherness.

Local Lifestyle

In Downtown Sarasota, residents embrace a dynamic and cosmopolitan lifestyle where every day brings new opportunities for exploration and enrichment. Whether attending a performance at the historic theaters, browsing the latest exhibits at art galleries, or savoring culinary delights at waterfront restaurants, life here is an endless adventure filled with new discoveries and memorable experiences. The community spirit thrives through regular events and festivals, fostering connections and camaraderie among residents who share a passion for the city's endless energy.

Dining and Shopping

Downtown Sarasota boasts an eclectic culinary scene, with an array of excellent restaurants offering everything from seafood specialties to global cuisine. Indulge in fresh seafood in a Southern-style setting at Owen's Fish Camp, savor innovative Peruvian dishes at Selva Grill, or experience modern fare and trendy cocktails at Sarasota Modern, a Tribune Restaurant.

Drunken Poet Cafe Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar offers an unforgettable dining experience with its Thai-inspired cuisine, while Indigenous promises only the best in New American dishes. After a day of exploration, unwind with a cocktail or craft beer at one of the local bars or breweries, soaking in the vibrant ambiance of downtown.

Entertainment and Things to Do

From festivals celebrating art, music, and culture to outdoor adventures along the waterfront, Downtown Sarasota offers a wealth of entertainment options for residents to enjoy.

The Sarasota Film Festival is a highly anticipated annual event that celebrates the world of cinema, drawing filmmakers, industry professionals, and movie enthusiasts from around the globe.

Don’t miss the Sarasota Music Festival in June. This prestigious classical music event showcases the talents of top young musicians and distinguished faculty members. Held in various venues across Downtown Sarasota, the festival offers a program of concerts, masterclasses, and chamber music, captivating audiences with virtuoso performances and exquisite musical interpretations.

Experience the adrenaline rush of the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival, a thrilling spectacle that combines high-speed offshore powerboat races with an energetic atmosphere. Spectators line the waterfront to witness the adrenaline-pumping races while live music, vendor booths, and entertainment add to the excitement of this action-packed event.

The Downtown Sarasota Art & Craft Festival is a beloved annual tradition on Central Avenue that showcases the creativity of talented artists and artisans. For a taste of live music and local talent, head to Thunder by the Bay, a motorcycle festival with a charitable cause. Marvel at the creativity of artists during the Sarasota Chalk Festival, which transforms the streets of Downtown Sarasota into a mesmerizing outdoor gallery.

Whether you're exploring the vibrant arts scene, cheering on powerboat races, or soaking in the sights and sounds of downtown, there's never a dull moment.

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Overview for Downtown Sarasota, FL

53,786 people live in Downtown Sarasota, where the median age is 49 and the average individual income is $48,380. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

49 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Downtown Sarasota, FL

Downtown Sarasota has 23,984 households, with an average household size of 2.1. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Downtown Sarasota do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 53,786 people call Downtown Sarasota home. The population density is 3,659.66 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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46.69 / 53.31%

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Schools in Downtown Sarasota, FL

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The following schools are within or nearby Downtown Sarasota. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Alta Vista Elementary School
PreK - 5th
Suncoast School For Innovative Studies
PreK - 8th
Sarasota Military Academy
6th - 12th
K - 8th
No rating available
Achievement Center Of Sarasota The
7th - 12th
No rating available
9th - 12th
Bay Haven School Of Basics Plus
K - 5th
9th - 12th
Sarasota School Of Arts/Sciences
6th - 8th
Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School
9th - 12th
No rating available
St Martha Catholic Schcol
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Tuttle Elementary School
PreK - 5th
Sarasota County Acceleration Academies
9th - 12th
No rating available
Hershorin Schiff Day Schools Of Tomorrow Inc Dba G
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Agape Christian School Of Sarasota
K - 12th
No rating available
Brookside Middle School
6th - 8th
Southside Elementary School
PreK - 5th

Around Downtown Sarasota, FL

There's plenty to do around Downtown Sarasota, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including S & T Barbecue, The George, and Coastal Coin Company.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.09 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.9 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 0.72 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 0.18 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.32 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.91 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

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