LIDO & ST.ARMANDS KEY VACATIONS
On Fabulous Lido Key
John Ringling had purchased these islands with plans for a major tourist attraction. Although the reality did not arrive within his lifetime, Lido and St. Armands Keys maintain world-class status featuring elegant shops, award winning restaurants and fine hotels. The islands are linked with bridges to the mainland of Sarasota as well as the island of Longboat.
An average year round 75-degree temperature makes this island paradise very conducive for just about anything. Tennis and Golf enthusiasts will find first-class facilities near-by. Bikers and rollerbladers can travel along the shoreline or wend their way through park-like settings and tropical side streets. Charter a Boat with or without a captain and explore the area's many bays and backwaters, or take to the ocean for Deep Sea Fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling.
North Lido Beach is a pristine half-mile stretch of sand accented by towering Australian pines. Spanning an area behind a residential location, it is the least populated and perfect for walking.
Perhaps you prefer being around people, making new friends and enjoying the beach scene. Mid-key, the public Beach supports a swimming pool, playground, concession stand and shops. Lifeguards are on duty all year-round.
At the southern end of Lido Key, you'll find 100 acres of Australian pines, picnic tables, grills, a volleyball court and playground. Nature lovers enjoy the wooden walkways, trails and canoeing opportunities at South Lido Park.
Evening entertainment is only a short stroll away to St. Armands Key. A circular park dedicated to the memory of John Ringling, is flanked by sophisticated restaurants, nightclubs, exclusive shops and exotic boutiques.
Legendary Fine Dining can be found both on and off the Key. Whether your taste is for lobster bisque with a dash of sherry, roast rack of lamb accented with tarragon and fresh garlic, stone crab claws with tangy mustard sauce or simply a down-home juicy cheeseburger, the range of award winning fare caters to a multitude of appetite whims. Be sure to refer to the Restaurant Reviews for more information.
Nearby Sarasota offers a vast array of arts and cultural attractions.
The Asolo Theatre is home to one of the area's leading regional theatrical companies. Performances are scheduled from November through June on a turn-of-the-century stage. Professionals from around the United States gather to present a unique repertory ranging from classics to new works. They provide audio described performances for the visually impaired, wireless headsets for those with hearing loss, and wheelchair access and positioning on the ground level.
Sharing the stage with the Asolo is the acclaimed Sarasota Ballet of Florida offering a repertoire of classical and modern dance performed throughout the year. If you recall the sophisticated apparel worn by Joan Collins featured on the weekly series "Dynasty", then you will be astonished by the striking costumes worn by these dancers (same designer).
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, located at the south end of Longboat Key is a world-renowned marine research center. The aquarium offers a fascinating array of sea life for viewing. The 30-foot Touch Tank and 350,000-gallon Shark tank bring visitors face to face with a variety of shark species, fish and marine life.
The Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary located near Mote Marine in Ken Thompson Park, is a sanctuary that cares for injured shorebirds on two waterfront acres. A meandering boardwalk brings visitors through lush vegetation surrounding pens and pools filled with a variety of native and migratory birds. Admission: $4.00 donation (Children are Free)
A Cultural Haven with stunning beaches, acres of recreation, superb shops, galleries and restaurants…cause many to retire here or at least seek a second home. Be sure to check the Real Estate and Retirement Living sections.
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