Things To Do

While You're Here

Sarasota is noted for its beautiful public beaches, theater, art and music. Average temperatures in March are a pleasant high of 77F/25C and a low of 57F/14C. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, next door to New College, offers tours arranged for conference participants. A few further local attractions are listed below; guidebooks and online resources will quickly supplement this list.

Interested in a night out?

March is the height of "the season" in Sarasota, which is known for its restaurants, cultural institutions, and outdoor recreation amenities, many of them nationally renowned:

The Sarasota Opera

The Sarasota Ballet

The Sarasota Orchestra

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

The Asolo Theatre

Bringing your kids?

If you are visiting with young children, the Ringling Museum next door has a great playground (pictured above), and does not charge admission for access to the grounds. We also recommend the classic Jungle Gardens and Smuggler's Cove Mini-Golf (both right in the neighborhood of the College). In the marina downtown, Island Park (in aerial photo at top of page) has a playground and family-friendly tiki bar.

If you need childcare while you are here, please contact one of the committee chairs; the on-campus preschool employs many New College students and we can usually hook you up with a great babysitter.

Looking for outdoor fun?

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and Historic Spanish Point

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

De Soto National Memorial

If you're into kayaking or paddleboarding, we particularly recommend the mangrove tunnels of South Lido Key—several local companies offer equipment and/or guided tours out of Ted Sperling Park.

Love baseball?

Major League Baseball's Spring Training season usually coincides with the conference: The Pittsburgh Pirates (Bradenton) and Baltimore Orioles (Sarasota) are local, while the Devil Rays, Yankees, and Red Sox are all within an hour's drive.