Although Longboat Key is a locale that prizes its tranquil nights and lazy beach days, it also offers active vacationers plenty of chances to stir things up. With more than 30 golf courses throughout Sarasota county, golfers of every ability flock to the area. The Longboat Key Public Tennis Center is one of the premier public facilities in the state, with ten soft clay courts, daily events, tennis pros, and a player-matching service. Nearby, the Myakka River State Park offer outdoorsy types hiking, canoeing, and fishing adventures. Fans of Major League Baseball enjoy catching the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles in their spring training games. Fans of fishing love catching prize grouper, speckled trout, tarpon and snook in Longboat Key's offshore and back country waters.
Lido Key is ideal for lazy beach days, but active vacationers will find plenty of ways to break a sweat. Although there are no golf courses on the key, golfers enjoy a short drive to any one of Sarasota County's thirty championship courses. Lido Key's wide beaches are ideal for sunrise jogs. South Lido Park Nature Center is located at the southern tip of Lido Key, and offers great views of Sarasota's downtown skyline. Visitors looking for quiet retreats can take a canoe trip on the park's meandering trails, or picnic beneath the shade of Australian pines. Parasailing, jet skiing, and snorkeling are great ways to enjoy the warm waters of the Gulf and bay. Tennis courts abound, so avid players will have plenty of opportunities to practice their swings. Fans of Major League Baseball enjoy catching the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles in their spring training games, and fans of fishing love catching prize grouper, snapper, and snook in the bay.