SARASOTA, Fla. (April 1, 2014) – Visit Sarasota County launches the second edition of the Discover Natural Sarasota guide. This hand-held paper guide provides fast facts and tips on the best way to discover Sarasota’s natural paradise. The guides are free and available at the Official Visitor Information Center located at 701 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236.
The first edition, developed in partnership with local parks and nature associations and organizations, was launched in 2008. The second edition, designed by Knight Marketing, with input provided by local associations and organizations, has a refreshed look and updated information.
The guide provides information on hiking, walking, running, paddle sports, cycling, wildlife viewing, birding and fishing as well as a list of parks, preserves and other natural places in Sarasota County to discover and explore. Each section provides an overview, top spots, frequently asked questions and their answers and an “Ask a Local” section. The “Ask a Local,” section provides insider tips on how to best enjoy the outdoor adventures in Sarasota County from individuals such as John Krotec, owner of Environeers; Jon Thaxton, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and local environmental advocate and Tommy Klauber, avid triathlete and owner of Polo Grill and Pattigeorge’s restaurants. Clyde Butcher, an internationally renowned photographer, environmentalist and local Sarasota County resident, provided the cover picture of Myakka River State Park.
In future months, VSC will update the discovernaturalsarasota.org website with refreshed content, images and information.
For more information, visit www.visitsarasota.org.
About Sarasota County
Located on Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sarasota County offers a vibrant arts and cultural scene, a diverse array of culinary experiences and a variety of opportunities to take advantage of the clear waters and the great outdoors. Sarasota County provides the quintessential, laid-back beach getaway with numerous sprawling, white-sand beaches, including Siesta Key Beach, named “America’s Best Beach” in 2011 by Stephen Leatherman, aka, Dr. Beach. Dubbed “Home of the American Circus,” Sarasota County served as the headquarters for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus for 75 years, and visitors can experience its unique circus heritage first-hand by following the circus trail or catching a performance by one of two local circus companies. For more information on visiting Sarasota County, visit www.visitsarasota.org or call (800) 522-9799.