The Elling Eide Center is located on a 72-acre historic preserve overlooking Little Sarasota Bay. One of the largest undeveloped bayside parcels in Sarasota County, the preserve is home to a carefully chosen mix of native and exotic plants that thrive on the water’s edge. Visitors will see birds and wildlife, stands of Kapok, Bombax, and an ornamental Amherstia from tropical Asia. The large and diverse range of plant life ensures that vistas change with the seasons and something is always in bloom.

The landscape surrounding the Center retains an Old Florida feel. To stroll along the trails and picturesque lagoon is to enter a contemplative scholar’s retreat. Seven historical buildings dating from circa 1899 to circa 1948 give visitors a keen sense of time past.