October 30, 2014

Day tripping: 43 nostalgic shots of Sarasota

Just a two hour drive from Orlando, Sarasota is probably most well known for being home to the Ringling Family. There's more to this town than just the circus, though: Gorgeous beaches, an amazing annual chalk festival, breathtaking mid-century and Italian-inspired architecture and so much more. Hop in your car and take a road trip ... or just cruise down memory lane with these classic photos from the State Archives of Florida.

Related: 25 vintage shots of Cocoa Beach 44 sweet shots of Daytona Beach in the 1950s 52 vintage shots of Orlando from the ’50s and ’60s 38 classic shots of Orlando from the early 20th century 43 historic shots of Orlando in the late 19th century

Photos by State Archives of Florida http://floridamemory.com/
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Main Street view, 1954
Main Street view, 1954
Two circus performers from the Sarasota High School Sailor Circus, 1952
Two circus performers from the Sarasota High School Sailor Circus, 1952
View of wharf and Belle Haven Inn from the bay, 1910
View of wharf and Belle Haven Inn from the bay, 1910
Lido Beach, 1954
Lido Beach, 1954
Mira-Mar Hotel, 1926
Mira-Mar Hotel, 1926
Scene of Gulf Stream Avenue on the bayfront, 1894
Scene of Gulf Stream Avenue on the bayfront, 1894
Lower Main Street, 1947
Lower Main Street, 1947
View of the bayfront and city dock, 1893
View of the bayfront and city dock, 1893
Palm Avenue, 1920s
Palm Avenue, 1920s
A downtown street scene, 1926
A downtown street scene, 1926