Top 10 Things to See & Do in Longboat Key, FL

Longboat Key Florida has always been a special family vacation destination. My family loves going there for spring break or Christmas. We usually coordinate with extended family and all try to stay on the island at the same time. After many years of going to Longboat Key, I am excited to round up my Top 10 Things to See & Do in Longboat Key, FL.

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    Top 10 Things to See & Do in Longboat Key, FL

    1 Go to the beach

Going to the beach is pretty obvious… but here the top beaches to visit if you’re on Longboat Key.

The weather is amazing year round so don’t hesitate to visit during the winter. I was able to put my swimsuit on and layout in December, but it wasn’t warm enough to go swimming.

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2 Parasailing

I can’t think of a better way to see the island than parasailing. I went a few years ago through Bradenton Beach Parasailing and had a great time.

3 Shopping at St.Armands circle

St. Armands circle is a cornerstone of Longboat Key… well literally it connects the island to Sarasota, FL. It also has wonderful lunch spots and shopping. There are small business shops and also the bigger brands like Tervis and Lilly Pulitzer. Lilly Pulitzer is one of my favorite brands! I linked a few items that I wore in Florida below. They are on SALE on Amazon, up to 40% off!

 

4 Lunch on Bridge St.

Bridge Street is on the opposite end of the island and connects Longboat Key to Anna Maria Island. It’s a lot more low key than St. Armands and has great gift shops and dive bars. In between it all we found this amazing crepe place that is perfect for lunch: Island Creperie.

5 Go to the pool

If the beach is too cold- head over to a pool. We stayed at the White Sands of Longboat Key and they have two heated pools. Needless to say, I was in a swimsuit every day on this vaction.

The White Sands of Longboat Key is a great place to stay for an extended stay. They offer week-long rentals and all the condos have full apartments + Washer/dryer.

6 Ringling Museum

Definitely, take an afternoon to visit the Ringling Museum. It’s free entry on Monday’s!

There is an art museum, two building full of artifacts from the circus, and the best part is the Ringling house right on the waterfront. The mansion was built in the twenties and is over 36,00 sq ft. Take a tour of the house and walk through the museum featuring old circus memorabilia.

7 Walk around Joan M. Durante Park

This park is gorgeous! You can read all the reviews here on trip advisor, but believe me- this park is the perfect place to start your day with a morning walk. All the trails are well kept and the whole park is no more than 2 miles long.

I linked my outfit below, I got these cute shorts off Amazon from Lilly Pulitzer and this hat for $9:

8 Play tennis/Golf

Florida has no shortage of tennis courts and Golf courses bring your racquet and clubs to Florida and enjoy the outdoors.

9 Rent a boat

One year we had a great time renting a boat and taking a trip around the Sarasota Bay. There are also great fishing spots near Longboat Key. Be careful if you aren’t familiar with the area- there are a lot of sandbars to avoid in the bay.

10 Dinner at Columbia’s

Last but not least, go get dinner at Columbia’s. Columbia’s is in the middle of St. Armands Circle and a classic go-to dinner spot for my family. The Cuban sandwich with their famous 1905 salad is my favorite order.

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