The Ringling, in Sarasota, Florida

I wanted to share a few more pictures from our road trip adventure at the Ringling in Sarasota, Florida. These are a few from John and Mable’s Bayfront Gardens.  These beautiful gardens are open daily from 9:30 am until 6:00 pm.

Be sure to check out the Banyan Trees that adorn the grounds!  “In some species, the prop roots develop over a considerable area that resembles a grove of trees, with every trunk connected directly or indirectly to the primary trunk. The topology of this massive root system inspired the name of the hierarchical computer network operating system “Banyan VINES”.”  (I love this definition of the Banyan Trees, it brings out the geek in me!  LOL)

“While visiting The Ringling you are welcome to explore the Bayfront Gardens at your leisure.  As awe-inspiring as any work of art, The Ringling Bayfront Gardens are a living treasure. Courting couples statuary watch over Mable’s Rose Garden. The shade the majestic Banyan trees provide. The delight inspired by the whimsy of the Dwarf Garden. The echoes from the past where the Circus King finally rests in the Secret Garden.”

This was a road trip destination for us, just 80 miles south of us.  The Ringling Museum will provide you with an entire day of activity. You can begin your journey at the Circus Museum, walk through the Bayfront Gardens, tour of the Ringling Mansion and enjoy the Museum of Art, all in one day and all nestled together in the same location!

There is so much to do here, you may want to spend the night and visit again the next day to take it all in again!  No worries, Sarasota abounds with fabulous restaurants (for every budget) and plenty of hotels!  If you spend the night, be sure to check out St. Armand’s Circle,!

Be sure to pack your swimsuit too, Sarasota also boasts of beautiful beaches for your enjoyment!

Be sure to check out my other posts on The Ringling, A little clowning around in Sarasota, Florida! and Part 2, the Ringling Circus Museum. The wonder behind the splendor.

Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered.  Where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others!  Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime!

All photographs in this post were taken by the author, Bill McQueen, amateur photographer, food enthusiast and sometimes traveler.

 

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