Outdoor enthusiasts truly appreciate the lifestyle that Bee Ridge provides thanks to its endless outdoor recreation activities, excellent year round weather, and of course, the gorgeous turquoise waters of the gulf. Families can spend the day parasailing or scuba diving, kayaking the Intracoastal Waterway, or teeing off at one of the many local golf courses. If you are in search of some retail therapy, head over to Sarasota to shop for some local crafts, clothing, jewelry, and more.
Local museums and historical attractions include the Selby Gardens, Jungle Gardens, Mote Marine Aquarium, Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota Museum of Art, and Historic Spanish Point in nearby Osprey.
Sports enthusiasts can cheer on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Plenty of events dot the calendar for Bee Ridge residents including the Sarasota Film Festival, the Sarasota Farmers Market, the Sarasota Blues Festival, the Annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash and the Taste of Sarasota.
Bee Ridge's public schools are part of the Sarasota County School District, which features low student to teacher ratios. Bee Ridge area schools include Ashton Elementary School (K-5), Sarasota Middle School (6-8), and Riverview High School (9-12). Private schools around Bee Ridge include Sarasota Lutheran School, Prew Academy, Closing the Gap School, West Florida Christian School, and Sonhaven Preparatory Academy.
Higher education is provided by the University of Tampa and Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota in nearby Bradenton, Eckerd College, University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, and St. Petersburg College in Clearwater.
Featuring a stable economy, the Sarasota area boasts a lower unemployment rate and greater job growth rate than the U.S. national average. Major industries in the area include tourism, retail, construction, education, manufacturing, healthcare and social services. The largest employers in the Sarasota metro area include PGT Industries, Tropicana, Publix, and Venice Regional Medical Center, to name a few.