John Ringling was the creator of The Greatest Show on earth (circus). In the 1920’s he was also one of the wealthiest men in America. Later on in his life he ran into some financial trouble. In order to avoid losing his home he turned it over to the the state in order to avoid foreclosure. The museum and his collection of art work remains one of the largest in the United States. His former mansion offers some of the best views in all of Sarasota and probably in all of Florida. Imagine and Italian Villa built on the waters of Florida. Take a walk through this spectacular home as it’s almost unfathomable to believe that someone actually lived there.
Everglades National Park
Did you know that Everglades National Park is the second largest National Park in the United States next to Yellowstone? It’s landscape is the home to thousands of unique birds. You will see alligators relaxing all over the place and in their natural habitat. It’s very different than the majority of the National Parks that you will see in the United States. That’s why it’s a must see for anyone passing through Florida!
I have never been to Miami before (if you can believe that). So I decided to see what all the hype was about. Long behold I was going to end up there during Art Basel! Talk about timing on that one. Luckily I ended up having some friends from New York City who were attending the event. Almost all of South Beach has been taken over by this event and some of Miami as well. It was the place to be seen for sure. I did love the art and it was mostly modern which I enjoy. However, the scene was very mixed. There was the wannabe’s who hope to meet the rich people to hang out and party with. Then were the rich people who come every year because it’s a scene that you must attend in the social circle. Lastly, you then had the genuine art collectors who were there to support the artists. It was worth going to and seeing what the hype was really about. I do think that I would go each year though.
and a whole bunch of history. This is definitely a great experience for all ages and you will not leave without learning something new!
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