Sarasota Bradenton International Airport | Lakewood Ranch's #1 Airport | Our Trip and Review!
We are on the road today to show you how easy it is to travel from the Sarasota international airport and take off. So let's go!
One question we constantly get asked is: Where is the closest airport to Lakewood Ranch? Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport is Lakewood Ranch's #1 Airport! We share our trip and review of the airport in this video, above.
You do have options when traveling from the Lakewood Ranch area, as Tampa is about one hour, Orlando is about 2 hours, and Fort Myers isn't too far, but SRQ is definitely the closest!
Fun Fact: The airport code is "SRQ" because of radio communication issues dating back to WWII era. The original Sarasota code was "SSO", but over the radio it sounded too similar to "SOS", so the code was changed to include a filter letter that was used less often and became "SRQ". Read the full story here.
The Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport is a quick 20 minute ride from mostly anywhere in Lakewood Ranch. They have some great routes and more flights being added as the airport continues to expand.
Current Airlines Available at SRQ:
We took a trip home to visit family and flew out of SRQ, so we used it as an opportunity to show you the ins and outs of the SRQ airport, and to highlight how easy it makes traveling from the Lakewood Ranch Area!
Inside the airport, you will find some great options to grab a bite before your flight. For a smaller airport they have a good variety, both in the main concourse and within the gate terminals. One grill features local brews from Kona Brewery.
There are plenty of convenience stores and stands to grab a quick snack, too! Airport employees are always friendly and super helpful. TSA Pre Check is available, as well as rental cars and Ride Share pick up locations.
It is easy to see why it is Lakewood Ranch's #1 Airport!
Non Stop Destinations from SRQ include: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Hartford, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and so many more!
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One of the questions we get asked most often is: How close is Lakewood Ranch to other cities and things to do?
Well, good news! Sarasota is an amazing city less than 30 minutes away from Lakewood Ranch with TONS of dining options, bars, happy hours, theater, and more!
In this video, we highlight a few places we have visited and love, but there are so many more to discover!
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse –
Entering this restaurant is like stepping back in time to the gilded age – all rich wood, plush velvets, and ambient lighting. It reminds me of an older, swanky New York steakhouse, and that vibe is not created by accident. The Happy Hour menu at the bar is one of the best in Sarasota with bar bites starting at $5 and crafted cocktails starting at $7. There is an extensive wine list and amazing a la carte menu in the dining room, as well, in case you want to extend your stay beyond Happy Hour!
Our Faves: The Rose All Day cocktail and the Calamari App.
Check out the full menu here:
Grand Cru Wine Bar –
If you love trying different types of wine and beer, this is the place for you! Featuring a unique self-service pouring system, this wine bar offers a great variety on tap, as well as in bottles. They have a Pint Night special on Tuesdays for the beer lovers out there, and a Ladies Night special each Thursday, which includes a great deal on a charcuterie board. (Because who can have wine without cheese?!)
Our Faves: Naughty Monk Brewing Blonde Ale (local beer!) and Fiorelli Winery “Chill” (local wine!)
Plan your visit here: https://www.gcwinebar.com/
State Street Eating House & Cocktails –
The vibe in this Mid-century Industrial chic lounge cannot be replicated anywhere. It is truly a testament to its original glory days. As their website claims, “The space, that was recently a defunct bakery has been restored to its Mid–Century bones. From the utilization of its original exposed rafters to the use of reclaimed lumber, iron and concrete features”, this is one place you NEED to experience. The hand-crafted cocktails are extremely unique (and award-winning!) and the food is innovative and fresh.
Our Faves: YAAAS Queen cocktail and the Charcuterie board. Also the fries with pink sea salt. Also the Brussel sprouts. Also the… you get the point.
Start drooling here: https://www.statestreetsrq.com/dinner.html
Also featured in the video is the Gator Club, a Sarasota staple that features live music each night, and Boca Sarasota which is an amazing farm-to-table spot with Happy Hour all night on Tuesdays!
We can’t wait to share more of Sarasota with you. If you are looking for other great spots to visit, this article lists some more amazing options: https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/articles/2019/10/29/best-restaurants-sarasota
Thanks for joining us on this journey and stay tuned for more Sarasota fun!
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