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City Sightseeing Tour of Sarasota
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover the best of Sarasota, Florida as you embark on a sightseeing tour of the city. Climb aboard your air-conditioned vehicle and see several points of interest including the Ringling Museum and College, Selby Library, and the Sarasota Opera House. While you ride, learn about the vibrant history and culture of the city from your guide.
  • Get a comprehensive overview of Sarasota
  • See more than you would on a walking tour
  • Choose from several tour times to fit your schedule
  • Get tips on where to eat, drink, and explore
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Bottled water
1826 4th St , 1826 4th St, Sarasota, FL 34236, USA

Off Fruitville, behind the Breakfast House

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discover Sarasota Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on sanitization during City Sightseeing Tour of Sarasota?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by City Sightseeing Tour of Sarasota.

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338 Reviews

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It was a perfect day for...
Mimi_S
, May 2022
It was a perfect day for the tour, cloudy and humidity 😁. I booked this tour in the morning for an afternoon spot. It was the best use of my day, I learned a lot about Sarasota. Tour guide, Steve, was very entertaining kept the audience engaged. Overall, I enjoy every minute of it. Glad I did.
star-5
Do not hesitate!
Janice_P
, May 2022
Amazing entertaining tour! Do not hesitate to sign up! This city is going to grow. It is so unique and gorgeous! Very knowledgeable charming guide!
star-4
Got to know Sarasota more...
MaryElizabeth_M
, Apr 2022
Got to know Sarasota more and the history was just amazing. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and speaking clearly
star-3
Nothing, just drove...
Donna_F
, Apr 2022
Nothing, just drove around, guide talked about himself and some of John and mable. Also, John brothers.
star-5
Best tour ever
Kevin_H
, Apr 2022
What a great tour! We live here but because we moved during the pandemic, we didn’t know the backstory of Sarasota. This tour helped us appreciate this city even more!
star-5
Insightful and Fun Tour of Sarasota
Richard_N
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about Sarasota (past and present). He brought frequent humor to the narration that kept the audiences' attention so as not to miss the next subtle remark. My wife and I learned a lot on the tour and that is what we hoped would occur on the tour.
star-1
Disappointed
Cindy_P
, Apr 2022
We were excited to ride the trolley and see the sites, but it ended up being a jam packed Van and no trolley so we passed on the tour and no refund was offered. Very disappointing.
star-5
Sarasota's remarkable and memorable stories
Alexander_K
, Apr 2022
My wife and I came to Sarasota for a few days. We chose the City Sightseeing tour to get familiar with the city and its history. We were so fortunate to be taken on the tour by Chris (a driver) and John McDonald (a tour guide). John is an enthusiast and passionate about what he does. His stories about Sarasota were remarkable and memorable. We fell in love with Sarasota. Thank you, Tammy (the owner), Chris, and John. We will come back to Sarasota to take more of your tours.
star-5
Worthwhile
John_A
, Apr 2022
Even though I have lived here for 5 years of retirement, and been to many of the sites, I learned a lot of background information
star-2
Too much talk no picture opps
Elizabeth_M
, Mar 2022
I appreciated our guides historical knowledge but was overwhelmed with so much information. On hindsight, I would have preferred it if the experience was peppered with photo opps, the Unconditional Surrender Statue, for example. I was also a bit miffed that I had to drive back and take photos. I had assumed, incorrectly, that picture taking was part of the tour. My bad. As it was we didn’t even drive by the afore mentioned kissing sailor; something was said about too much traffic! This tour was not the best use of my hard earned hundred dollars (approx. price for 2 tickets.)
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
I’m confused about what you expected on a public art tour. There are more than 56 pieces of public art on this tour that change every week due to new installations and road construction. The Unconditional Surrender was moved last summer to a spot that is not accessible by vehicle as the guide explained. Photo oops are not something we stop for as the rest of the guests on our tours should not have to wait for one person who wants to take photos as we would get many complaints and waste a lot of time. All pieces of art are easily googled with images available online. The point of the tour is the history and stories of the art and the artists which is quite interesting. I’m sorry you did not understand that.
star-5
Great Tour
Leslie_B
, Mar 2022
Your guide was awesome! Sad traffic prevented a drive around St Armand’s 😢 . I have seen “cartoon style” maps (designed such for an ad agency years ago) These could be given out to guests and sold or returned at end of tour. Gives a better overall perspective and a visual to follow.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent Trolley Tour, narrator and driver.
Craig_W
, Mar 2022
Well worth the ticket and our time enjoying the sites and history of Sarasota, Florida. Beautiful new Trolley and booking ease for our day. All the people was just wonderful.
star-5
Great tour
Nelson_A
, Mar 2022
Great experience. Our guide had lots of knowledge about Sarasota, it’s history and current events. Totally recommend it.
star-5
Sarasota Tour of Fun!
Wanda_B
, Mar 2022
This was our first time to Sarasota and we wanted to see the town, well this is the place to come! From the moment we arrived to board the tour everyone was so nice. TJ was a great navigator around town while Steve kept us entertained with not only the sights around town but his own life stories about living in Sarasota. I don't think there is anything that man does not know. From the stories about the Circus and how it all began to the awesome places to eat ( The Columbia) we were impressed and kept saying to ourselves how much were enjoying the ride. If you are looking to learn about the area or just wanting to relax this is the tour. Fun without extreme exhaustion.
star-5
Steve was great! Loved...
Wendy_H
, Mar 2022
Steve was great! Loved his stories! The bus was on time, and the tour started and stopped on time. Thank you!
star-5
Highly recommended
trangn
, Mar 2022
Pat , The tour guide , was very humorous. He keeps the audience entertained all the time with short stories and fun facts . Highly recommended for first timers in a city. Should take this tour first few days of vacation to know where to visit the next few days
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
No refunds for cancellations within 24 hours of the tour.
Carolyn_W
, Mar 2022
No positives, here, at all. Even if you have a positive Covid test, within a few hours of the tour, you will not get a refund for cancelling. Read the fine print on the website before ticket purchase because there are no exceptions.
star-5
Excellent tour guide-...
Sergio_P
, Feb 2022
Excellent tour guide- great personality, very knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Great History!!
Whitney_M
, Feb 2022
Tour operator or guide was very knowledgeable! Tour started on time! Very nice set up and a nice cool and comfortable ride throughout Sarasota! If you are into history this is the tour for you. Perfect for adults. Not sure if it would be enough to keep a kid (anyone under age 16) entertained. This is a must do if this is your first time in Sarasota!
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Excellent Overview
ergcat
, Feb 2022
Great tour of Sarasota with guide Steve, a Sarasota native, and driver Dory. Excellent overview of the sites and history. Recommended!

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