Your group can take it all in by private tour, but why not take it a
step further and make a day or evening of it? The major museums
in Central West Florida welcome private events, are convenient to
local hotels and convention centers, and have the added bonus of
artful decor built right in.
“Sarasota offers cultural sites for off-property soirees and events;
A wide assortment of
we’re known as ‘Florida’s Cultural Coast,’” notes Shelby Connett,
meetings and group manager for Visit Sarasota County. “[Among
the] cultural gems ripe for off-site parties are Marie Selby Botanical
Gardens and the Sarasota Opera House.”
Sarasota also is home to the John & Mable Ringling Museum
of Art, one of many inspired settings for gatherings in Central
museums draws groups to
Central West Florida
Nature’s palette is on beautiful display in Cen- tral West Florida, from award-winning beach- es to huge expanses of
woods and wetlands.
But culture kicks in its share of visual delights here;
and in fact, the area comprising Tampa, St. Petersburg/
Clearwater and Sarasota is one of the state’s most culturally minded enclaves, encompassing both masterworks
by Salvador Dali and a jaw-dropping miniature circus.
BY LISA SIMUNDSON
The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg