I live near Sarasota Florida, one of the best vacation spots in the world. Siesta Key beach has been name the top beach in the country so many times I’ve lost count. With amazing museums like The Ringling, fantastic restaurants, great shopping like St. Armand’s Circle, fun activities for the kids, and weather that is perfect almost all of the time, Sarasota has it all. And now, they’ve even got…pianos. What?
A 180-day pilot program was just approved to place up to six pianos on public sidewalks for anyone to play. Local artists will be decorating the spinet pianos. Similar programs in London and New York inspired the program to be started in Sarasota. There is concern that the pianos could create a nuisance, but they will be taken indoors at night, so it’s not like people can sit down and play at all hours. I like the idea. Doesn’t it sound like fun?
It looks like the Sarasota-Manatee area is going to be getting another influx of visitors, too. Events for a modern day pentathlon will be held at Nathan Benderson Park off University Parkway and Selby Aquatic Center at Potter Park. Chosen over cities such as Cairo, Rome, Buenos Aires, and Acapulco, southwest Florida will be the first region in the country to host a world cup modern pentathlon final. A modern pentathlon is the oldest sport in the Olympic games, consisting of five events: 200-meter freestyle swimming, equestrian show jumping, fencing, and a final event combining pistol shooting with a 3,200-meter cross country run. That…is…crazy! I’m going! By the way, Nathan Benderson Park was also recently chosen to host the 2017 World Rowing Championships.
If all these sporting events and the best beach aren’t enough to get you excited, Sarasota Florida has a couple of new movie stars, too. In the new Martin Scorsese film, The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio might have some competition for the limelight. A 600 pound lion named Handsome and a four-year old chimp named Chance from The Big Cat Habitat are also starring in the film. You can see both animals live and in person at The Big Cat Habitat on Palmer Boulevard in Sarasota Florida.
What will you do when you visit Sarasota? I’d love to read about your Florida adventures in the comments below!