Longboat Key Travel Tips
If you are looking for a vacation destination that includes white sandy beaches and a great mix of activities for the whole family to enjoy, make plans now to visit Longboat Key, FL. With the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Sarasota Bay on the other, there are miles of beach to be explored. The neighboring attractions in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Anna Maria Island offer more opportunity to explore the area while enjoying the Caribbean-like beaches of Longboat Key. Plan your family vacation today with VacationHomeRentals.com and enjoy your visit from any of the many Longboat Key rentals on the island. When making your family travel plans, call ahead and schedule visits to attractions in advance whenever possible. Many Florida attractions offer family packs at a discount that include fun for all ages.
Longboat Key Attractions
While it is no secret that the main attraction of Longboat Key is the easy access to many popular beaches, you can find many family centered adventures within nearby parks. Longboat Key offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy first class shopping and dining. Continental cuisine, fresh seafood, coffeehouses, and more are all available near vacation rental by owner homes. Enjoy shopping at Longboat Key's Avenue of Flowers shopping area, the specialty boutiques at The Centre Shops or explore the galleries and shops at St. Armand Circle. If you are a collector of beautiful antiques you will want to be sure and visit the Soma District, located a short drive from Longboat Key.
The entire island is only 11 miles long but includes easy access to some of the most beautiful beaches in the state. While it may be hard to decide on a favorite beach during your first visit, you can find Longboat Key vacation rentals to choose from that provide you with the ideal starting point for access to one or several of the following beaches.
- Greer Island
- Cortez Beach
- Holmes Beach
- Manatee County Beach
- Ann Marie Beach
- Coquina Beach
- Lido Key
When you go online to reserve your Longboat Key vacation rental early, you have your choice of home from a wide selection of Longboat Key condo rentals located within a short drive to local beach access. Early reservations also mean you have a choice of a Longboat Key house rental that offers all the comforts of home while allowing you to enjoy local dining and other attractions such as these:
South Lido Park
South Lido Park a beautiful park covers 100 acres and offers attractive views of the Gulf of Mexico and the city of Sarasota. The whole family will enjoy kayaking, picnics, cookouts, nature trails, and many more seasonal outdoor activities. When you stay in any Longboat Key rentals you are ideally based for a fun trip to the park without a long commute.
Blind Pass Beach
Blind Pass Beach may be one of the best kept secrets in the Longboat Key area. Located approximately 12 miles from many Longboat Key vacation rentals this beach is a bit isolated, but offers the seclusion you might expect to find on a Caribbean vacation! Plan a day to enjoy the water, free parking, playground equipment to keep the younger family members busy and much more. You and your family can wander along the nature trail that includes dunes, rent a canoe or kayak to launch from the beach, or try your luck at fishing.
Other attractions you and your family may enjoy while relaxing in any of the ideal vacation rentals Longboat Key has to offer include Quick Point Nature Preserve
and Islandside Golf Club. Additionally, you and your family are sure to enjoy are the Chartered Fish Tours and Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus
. The circus winter headquarters are in Bradenton which is a short drive from Longboat Key. Kids and adults alike will enjoy a tour of the museum and an opportunity to tour the grounds and enjoy regularly scheduled shows and exhibits.
Longboat Key Events
As a small town, Longboat key doesn't have a lot of events aside from their annual Holiday Night of Lights which features Christmas carol sing-alongs and a parade, but neighboring cities such as Bradenton provide ample entertainment and opportunities. Every Sunday you can enjoy Jazz Brunch on the Beach in Anna Maria. On New Year's Eve, a big celebration happens on Main Street in Bradenton.
Plan your family vacation travel today with VacationHomeRentals.com and see for yourself why so many families like yours return to Longboat Key every year!