Sarasota is another Florida coastal town that knows how to throw a new year's eve party, with the annual tradition here being the Pineapple Drop, a very much Sarasotan interpretation of the more typical ball drop new year event that beings large crowds out onto the streets of downtown Sarasota for a lively party.
Sarasota is a popular holiday spot at this time of year anyway with the weather a big attraction for those from the northern US states looking for some winter sun, and if you decide to head here over new year be sure to check out the local beaches, Lido Key and Siesta Beach being 2 of the most popular, while Sarasota Bay offers a range of on the water activities.
The big new year party in Sarasota is the annual Pineapple Drop. The dropping of the big glowing pineapple comes at midnight and takes place at the intersection of Lemon Avenue and Main Street in downtown.
The actual pineapple drop is the highlight of a party that includes a wide range of entertainment and attractions throughout the day, starting from 1.30pm and running right through until 1.30am on new year's day morning.
There will be live music, with DJs and bands performing across 4 stages, carnival rides, games for the kids and of course plentiful food and drink, with special offers at local bars and restaurants. Get all the very latest on the Pineapple Drop official website here.
If you're looking for fireworks in Sarasota on new year's eve, then it looks like Marina Jack's is the place to head for, where they are hosting a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration, with various dining options as well as the option of a Marina Jack II Celebration Cruise on the bay. Get more details, including updates on the fireworks, here.
There are a wide range of other new year parties in the local area to look out for:
Main Street Live new year's eve celebration in downtown Bradenton
Starlight and Fire Family New Year's Eve Party at White Cottage at Historic Spanish Point, Osprey
New Years Eve at the Speakeasy at the Crosley Estate
Get more details on these and similar events here.
if you're looking for live views from Sarasota over the new year perios then there are a few live webcams to choose form, including a downtown skyline view and a live stream from Siesta Beach:
Being a tourist town there's no shortage of accommodation options to choose form in sarasota over new year, but be sure to book well in advance. Popular options include Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, Lido Beach Resort and La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota Downtown.
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.