Things to do in Sarasota When Your Flight is Delayed

When it comes to travel, there's a lot that can go wrong. Luggage gets lost, hotels run out of room, traffic gets backed up. Among the worst of these is a flight delay. No one wants to loaf around the airport for hours attempting to nap or using up all the data on their phone plan. The good news is if you're stuck in Sarasota, there are some terrific close-by options to pass the time while you wait for your plane.

1. Ringling Museum

The #1 Sarasota attraction on Trip Advisor just happens to be across the street from the airport. The Ringling Museum campus houses a world-class art gallery, the circus museum, The Ca' d'Zan Mansion and tons more. Adult tickets are $25. Students with ID are only $5. Mondays are free!

2. Yummy House

Rated the best Chinese Food in Tampa Bay by Yelp users, Yummy House has five locations in Florida. One is down the road from SRQ. Their portions are enormous so take a group or be prepared to eat (delicious) leftovers for days.

3. Smuggler's Cove

Smuggler's Cove is a local mini-golf establishment with a distinctly Florida flare. They have a pond with live alligators you can feed from makeshift fishing poles. Just attach a pellet of food onto the paper clip and lower it into the pen. A gator will rise out of the water to happily chomp the bait. If you want, you can then play 18 holes of pirate-themed putt-putt.

4. Downtown

Just a few blocks south of the airport is downtown Sarasota. Beautiful libraries, historic opera houses, live music, boutique shopping, comedy clubs, fine dining, a movie theater: there's plenty of diversions downtown to keep delayed travelers busy. Downtown is built on the bay so even a leisurely stroll can be a beautiful experience.

5. Lido Key

If you're stuck in Sarasota for a few hours you'll regret missing an opportunity to see the top rated beaches in the country. Our white sand and turquoise water attract tourists from around the world every year. The closest to the airport is Lido Beach, a seven-mile drive. Traffic out to the key can be a bear so make sure you have time.

Asia Dekle studied media arts at Brigham Young University and runs a professional writing business from her home in Sarasota, Florida. She enjoys exploring local beaches, museums and other points of interest so readers know what's fun and unique about her hometown. She also loves to sing, dance, and read. Follow her on Instagram: @asiadekle and Twitter: @asiadekle.