Local Attractions

"Excellent stay in a fantastic townhouse at Cedars Tennis Resort. The resort is close to beach access and some great restaurants (recommend the Blue Dolphin for breakfast) and is a short drive to St. Armand's Circle and Sarasota." -A TripAdvisor Guest
Arts & Entertainment
Circus Sarasota . 2075 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota . website
John & Mable Ringling Museum Complex . 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota . website
Longboat Key Center for the Arts . 6860 Longboat Drive South . website
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens . 811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota . website
Mote Aquarium . 600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota . website
Myakka River State Park . 13207 State Road 72, Sarasota . website
St. Armand's Circle . 300 Madison Drive, Sarasota . website
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall . 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota . website
 
Dining
Cedars Café and Tiki-Bar (Membership Required) . 645 Cedars Court . website
Blue Dolphin Café . 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive . website
The Dry Dock Waterfront Grill . 412 Gulf of Mexico Drive . website
Euphemia Haye Restaurant & The Haye Loft Lounge & Dessert Room . 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive . website
Harry’s Continental Kitchens . 525 St. Judes Drive . website
Pattigeorge's . 4120 Gulf of Mexico Drive . website

Shopping
Avenue of the Flowers . 5525 Bay Isle Parkway
The Centre Shops . 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Ellenton Premium Outlets . 5461 Factory Shops Blvd., Ellenton . website
St. Armand's Circle. 300 Madison Drive, Sarasota 
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Westfield Southgate Plaza . 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota . website

Spa & Wellness
The Met Day Spa & Salon . 35 S. Boulevard of the Presidents, Lido Key . website

Fishing & Watersports
Economy Tackle & Dolphin Dive Center . website
Enterprise Sailing Charters . 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota . website
Longboat Key Fishing Charters . 601 St. Judes Drive

The Beach
The white sandy beaches of Longboat Key stretch for 11 miles along Florida’s west coast. Tall palms and flowering tropical plants line well-groomed streets that lead to world-class restaurants, resorts, elegant condominiums and spectacular homes. Located at Longboat’s northern tip is Beer Can Island, also known as Greer Island. This peninsula has 2,000 feet of primitive, sandy beach and is accessible by shallow draft boat. Beach-goers will enjoy walking the island at low tide, but must remember to walk back to the mainland before the Gulf comes in at high tide. There are two public beach accesses on Longboat Key, Neptune Avenue and Mayfield Street beaches. Both are marked by blue and white “Beach Access” signs and are considered well-manicured and secluded.