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History of Siesta Key, Florida

Siesta Key, Florida, was first named Sarasota Key. Sarasota was named from the Amerindian word, Zarazote. The name was changed to Siesta Key in the 1920s. Point of Rocks is an unusual attraction for its limestone rock formation, which extends into the Gulf of Mexico. It is a habitat for a wide variety of fish. It could be considered the best snorkeling beach on the West Coast of Florida. Point of Rocks has a legendary history of being the starting point for maps to burial places for treasures. Siesta Beach attracts because of its forty acres is wide and deep and for public access. Snow mangroves surround a tidal lagoon and seashells dapple the shore of Turtle Beach. Should you wander around Siesta Key and Sarasota, you will find many mansions, state parks, gardens, aquariums, theaters, and more: Circus Sarasota, Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum, Florida West Coast Symphony, Gulf Coast Wonder and Imagine Zone, Gamble Plantation and Mansion, John Ringling Mansion, Lake Manatee State Park, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Mote Marine laboratory and Aquarium, Myakka River State Park, Oscar Scherer State Park, Ringling Museum of Art, Salvador Dali Museum, Sarasota Classic Car Museum, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Sarasota Opera, South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Venice Little Theatre, and Warm Mineral Springs.

 

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