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Theme parks and other scenic Florida sites make day-trips easy!Our residents and guests don’t need to journey into the wild to experience and learn about Sarasota’s natural splendor. Mote Marine Laboratory takes you under the sea, while several botanical gardens feature the best and brightest of local plant life. Sarasota’s abundant natural and modern history are on exhibit at numerous museums, exhibits and historic sites.

Big Top Tours
The Children’s Garden & Art Center  (3 miles)
Circus Sarasota (4 miles)
Bush Gardens Tampa (61 miles)
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (5 miles)
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium (8 miles)
Sarasota Kennel Club (4 miles)
Historic Spanish Point (12 miles)

Fine Arts

Manatee Players, Van Wezel Performing Arts, Sarasota Opera House, Banyan Theater, Anna Maria Island, BradentonThe visual arts have continually played a vital role in Sarasota, donating significantly to the quality of life and economic and social expansion of the region. Sarasota County is renowned as the cultural capital of Southwest Florida with its own opera and ballet companies, an admired symphony, various theaters, and unique art festivals.

Banyan Theater Company (4 miles)
Manatee Players Theatre (12 miles)
Sarasota Opera House  (5 miles)
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (4 miles)


Need a break from the sunshine? Explore the many museums of Hillsborough, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties!Local galleries provide community education in the form of lectures, forums, panel discussions, and performing arts events. Participants may include exhibiting local artists and designers, visiting historians, and critics. These exceptional museums represent an integral part of the economic, cultural, and social fabrics of Sarasota County.

Crowley Museum and Nature Center
G.WIZ – The Science Museum
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium
Tampa Museum of Science & Industry
Glazer Children’s Museum
Classic Car Museum


Bay Area Sporting Attractions

Need a break from the endless relaxation?  Superior sporting events up and down the coast will get your adrenaline pumping!

West Central Florida is the Spring Training and Minor League home for many Major League Baseball teams.  Fulfill your dream of being an amateur baseball scout by following your team throughout the Spring season!


And don't forget to enjoy the area's four professional championship teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lightning, Rays, and Storm.

Movie Theaters

December heatwave?  Better to take in a movie at a local theater than to complain to your friends up north about how warm it is!  Enjoy all of the blockbuster hits and remember just how little snow you have to clear from your driveway to get to these great theaters!

AMC Sarasota 12 (10 miles)
Regal Cinemas Hollywood Stadium 20 (3 miles)
Burns Court Cinema (4 miles)
Parkway 8 (2 miles)
Lakewood Ranch Cinemas (6 miles)
Royal Palm 20 (8 miles)
Ruskin Family Drive-In (39 miles)


Challenging golf destinations await!Florida is known for having exquisite golfing conditions year round and is therefore known as an international golfing mecca. The avid golfer is able to challenge themselves at all skill levels. There are a variety of courses that appeal to each level and handicap.

Bobby Jones Golf Club
Gulf Gate Executive Golf Club
Serenoa Golf Club

Or try some of the other fantastic courses in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Parks and Recreation


Sarasota and its local surroundings have a variety of world class shopping options to choose from. Numerous boutiques, beach shops, salons, restaurants and night clubs are all within a stone’s throw. A shopping favorite is St Armands Circle, which is located west of downtown Sarasota, over the Ringling Causeway. Additionally, the Prime Outlets in Ellenton offer a wide selection of goodies to purchase.
The newest fashion and dining destination, The Mall at University Town Center, features approximately 880,000 square feet of retail space with Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Dillard's and more than 100 stores and restaurants.

Fabulous shopping destinations are only minutes away from Palm Terrace!Ellenton Prime Outlets
St. Armands Circle
Westfield Sarasota Square
Westfield Southgate
The Mall at University Town Center

Medical Facilities

Fantastic local medical facilitiesAccess to quality healthcare is something you can't afford to take for granted when spending extended time in a new place.  When you consider the close proximity of the local hospitals to Palm Terrace and combine it with their stellar reputation nationally, you and your family can spend more time enjoying your retirement quality of life and less time worrying about it.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota  (8 miles)
Sarasota Memorial Hospital  (5 miles)
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (6 miles)


Within short range of local airports

Palm Terraces central location affords easy access to your favorite major airline. Only a short drive to and from international airports, your Florida lifestyle remains close to friends and family in other parts of the world!

Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (5 miles)
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (47 miles)
Tampa International Airport (55 miles)
Punta Gorda International Airport (57 miles)
Ft Myers International Airport (90 miles)