Shopping

Longboat Key is sprinkled with small collections of upscale boutiques, galleries, and markets. A short drive away, St. Armand's Circle draws shoppers from all over the world with its large assortment of high end clothiers, jewelers, and sidewalk eateries. For even more shopping choices, Downtown Sarasota offers several eclectic shopping and dining districts.

St. Armand's Circle is Lido Key's biggest attractions, with over 130 upscale shops, restaurants, and galleries spilling into the street. At night, the sparkling outdoor lights give it a European feel. For classic American mall shopping, there's Sarasota's upscale Southgate Plaza. For designer threads at a fraction of the price the large Prime Outlets in Ellenton is a twenty-minute drive away. In downtown Sarasota, the picturesque Main Street offers a Rockwellian assortment of charming shops and boutiques. On the first Friday of each month, the boutiques stay open late, and shoppers browse while checking out live performances on the street. For trendier art galleries and shops, try the blocks around Palm Avenue and Pineapple Avenue.

Longboat & Lido Key Employee Pick

St. Armand's Circle
300 Madison Drive, Sarasota
(941) 388-1554
www.starmandscircleassoc.com

Longboat & Lido Key

The Centre Shops
5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key
(941) 387-8298

Avenue of the Flowers
525 Bay Isle Parkway, Longboat Key

Premium Outlets
5461 Factory Shops Boulevard, Ellenton
(941) 723-1150
www.premiumoutlets.com

Southgate Plaza
3501 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
(941) 955-0900
www.westfield.com/southgate

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