La Musica provides FREE valet parking at the Sarasota Opera House (tipping encouraged). We hope you will use this easy and convenient service, which has been underutilized in prior seasons.
Public parking is available at the Palm Avenue garage located directly behind the Opera House. Parking rates in the Palm Avenue garage per the City of Sarasota website: “First 2 hours complimentary parking. $3.00 for hours 2-3, then $1.00 for each hour thereafter or part there of up to $23.00 daily. During busy periods and big events, there will be a pay on entry charge of $5.00. The City reserves the right to activate ‘pay on entry’ or ‘special event’ parking when deemed necessary and without notice.” If you park in this garage, please pay BEFORE returning to your car to save time for you and other patrons. Then when you exit, simply insert your paid ticket into the machine at any of the exits.
Public parking is also available on the second and third floors ONLY of the 2nd Street parking garage, near Whole Foods. Parking is free for up to four hours in this location, and it is within two blocks of the Opera House.
Sarasota offers world-class attractions such as The Ringling, the award-winning Siesta Beach, and Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Take in a play at one of the many theaters. Shopping opportunities include everything from vintage and farmers markets to high-end stores and the popular St. Armands Circle. Restaurant options are endless, and you can “eat like a local” to suit your budget and tastes.
Neighboring Manatee County has much to entertain a visitor as well. Get a feel of island life by taking a Gulfside drive through Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria Island. Robinson Preserve gives the nature lover plenty to do and offers a spectacular view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Village of the Arts is a destination diverse with eateries and art galleries occupying colorful old Florida cottages. For the avid bargain shopper, Ellenton’s Premium Outlets is a must.
La Musica is grateful to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, John J. Weiss Memorial Fund grant for making this website possible.