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Sarasota: 90-Minute Narrated City Sightseeing Trolley Tour

1. Sarasota: 90-Minute Narrated City Sightseeing Trolley Tour

Discover the sights of Sarasota on the city's only sightseeing trolley tour. Spend 1.5 hours exploring the city's landmarks and hidden neighborhoods in a historic air-conditioned trolley, and get a true overview of Sarasota's rich and interesting history with your informative guide. Travel through the historic downtown neighborhoods of Gillespie Park, Burns Court, Laurel Park, St. Armands Circle, and the Rosemary Design District. See Sarasota's world-class artistic and cultural organizations, such as The Ringling Museum, Ringling College, Asolo Theater, Selby Library, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Selby Gardens, Sarasota Opera House, Art Center Sarasota, and the Sarasota Symphony Orchestra. Delight in your guide's knowledgeable commentary about the architects and developers who designed some of Sarasota's most unique homes and buildings, like the Blue Pagoda, Crocker Memorial Church, and Splendida. Learn about circus history, Amish culture, real estate development booms and busts, and colorful stories about Sarasota's founders to get a full picture of the city's fascinating history. After the tour, browse the local operator's vintage gift shop to find unique Sarasota gifts, cards, books, t-shirts, and collectibles, or grab a bite to eat in the nearby Breakfast House restaurant. Please note that this tour is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.

Sarasota: Haunted Sarasota Ghost Tour

2. Sarasota: Haunted Sarasota Ghost Tour

Hop on board for a spellbinding narrated adventure. Hear ghost stories and see downtown Sarasota at night during this 90-minute tour with your ghost guide. Learn all about the ghost and ghouls of Sarasota's spookiest past 100 years. Stop off at sites including  the Rosemary Cemetery, Gator Club, Mummy House, Florida Studio Theater, and Keating Building on Ringling Campus, where ghosts roam the halls... This tour includes complimentary beer or wine at the Trolley Depot Tiki Bar before boarding.

Sarasota: Psychic Sunday Tour

3. Sarasota: Psychic Sunday Tour

Explore Sarasota with your guide, psychic and medium Michael Newton-Brown. Get in touch with Sarasota’s psychic influence on this fascinating trolley tour. Learn why Sarasota is called Sedona by the Sea, explore the tools used by psychics and mediums, hear about the history of the tarot and its symbols, and learn why Sarasota is known as a psychic and spiritual energy center. Visit Pixie Dust Metaphysical Boutique on Main Street, walk the white crystal sands of Siesta Key Beach, explore a labyrinth, and then enjoy a spirit gallery reading and a mini tarot reading with Michael on the trolley.

Sarasota: Circus History Tour

4. Sarasota: Circus History Tour

Learn about the vibrant history of Saratoga as a circus hotspot on a vintage, air-conditioned trolley. As you visit key city landmarks, you’ll hear stories of the colorful cast of circus characters, showmen, and performers who called Sarasota home during the heyday of “the greater show on earth.”  See where a family of little people lived, as well as the former enclosure of M’Toto the gorilla. Learn about John Ringling, Charles Ringling and Ida Ringling North and how they build Sarasota to be what it is today. Visit Bob’s Train, the St. Armands Key, and many other circus city stops as you traipse through beautiful Sarasota.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 38 reviews

Tom the narrator was excellent - lots of interesting stories in the midst of tour. Very familiar with area and history as well. Cannot remember driver name but always added into conversations. Excellent driver as well

A super informative city tour packed in a funny way. The whole team was very nice. But you should have a good knowledge of English, as the guide tells you a lot and quickly. Definitely do it.

Informative & entertaining - Steve & Pat made this the best 1 1/2 hour tour to share the history of Sarasota. I also highly recommend the Circus Trolley tour with Bob hosting.

Steve was a great guide! Saw parts of Sarasota that we were not familiar with.

Outstanding guide and tour. Highly recommend all their tours.