Arts & Entertainment

Longboat Key

Lazy beach days on quiet Longboat Key are interrupted only by the occasional round of golf or shopping trip. But with busy downtown Sarasota just minutes away, visitors can stave off the rare case of vacation boredom. Thanks in large part to the efforts of arts-minded developer and circus magnate John Ringling, Sarasota has long been considered Southwest Florida's "Cultural Capital." A happening theatre district, world class museums, scores of galleries, and the yearly Asolo Theatre Festival keep artsy types busy for days on end.

Lido Key

Lido Key attracts visitors looking for sun, sand, and world-class shopping. Elegant St. Armand's Circle draws shoppers from all over the world with its huge assortment of high-end boutiques and hip bistros. On the north end of the key, the Mote Aquarium delights visitors with fascinating exhibits and shows. On the south end, the South Lido Park is a popular spot for picnics, hikes, and canoeing. Just minutes from the beach, downtown Sarasota's bounty of attractions await. Thanks in large part to the efforts and arts-minded developer and circus magnate John Ringling, Sarasota has long been considered Southwest Florida's "Cultural Capital." A happening theatre district, world class museums, scores of galleries, and the yearly Asolo Theatre Festival keep artsy types busy for days on end. Fans of major league baseball enjoy catching the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles playing spring training games.

Longboat Key Employee Pick

Longboat Key Center for the Arts
6860 Longboat Drive South, Longboat Key
(941) 383-2345
www.lbkca.org

Lido Key Employee Pick

Mote Marine Aquarium
600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota
(941) 388-4441
www.mote.org

Longboat & Lido Key

Circus Sarasota
8251 15th Street East, Sarasota
(941) 355-9335
www.circussarasota.org

John and Mable Ringling Museum Complex
5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota
(941) 359-5700
www.ringling.org

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota
(941) 366-5731
www.selby.org

Myakka River State Park
13207 State Road 72, Sarasota
(941) 361-6511
www.myakkariver.org

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
(800) 826-9303
www.vanwezel.org

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