A short drive off key separates Longboat from Sarasota and neighboring attractions. A few are listed below. Our Vacation Planner provides a complete list including day trip adventures.
Peacocks – Head to Broadway Street at the north end of the island for a pleasant stroll through the neighborhood. You’re bound to see a bunch of show-offs strutting their stuff… even in the middle of the road.
Mote Marine Aquarium – Explore the ocean depths featuring sea turtles, dolphins, whales, sharks, jellyfish and much more. No ordinary aquarium, Mote has a sea turtle rehabilitation center, a dolphin/whale hospital and conducts scientific research for the preservation of our oceans. Two touch tanks allow children to handle sea creatures like starfish, horseshoe crabs and sting-less-rays. 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island.
Sarasota Bay Explorer – Cruise Sarasota & Robert’s Bays aboard a 40′ Pontoon Boat with a Marine Biologist and look for Dolphins, Manatees & more. Other tours include a Nature Safari Cruise or Guided Kayak Tour. Located at Mote Marine Aquarium.
Sarasota Ski-A-Rees – A FREE Water Ski Show every Sunday at 2pm, February – May. Come see the spectacular three tier pyramid! Also exciting jumps, barefoot skiing, ballet, swivel, trios and doubles! Located just beyond the Mote Marine parking lot at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – Explore the world’s most spectacular display of rare orchids and bromeliads in this 8.5 acre tropical oasis on the shores of Sarasota Bay. 811 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota.
Ringling Museum of Art – This 66-acre estate includes a Museum of Art offering 21 galleries of European paintings as well as Cypriot antiquities, Asian Art, American paintings, and contemporary art. Rubens, Dughet, van Dyck, Velázquez, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, El Greco, Gainsborough are featured as well as the Ca’ d’Zan mansion, fragrant gardens and the largest miniature circus. 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.
Lipizzan Horses – The pride of the Austrian Empire, these rare horses perform their classical equestrian moves every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Winter training sessions are open to the public the last weekend of December through the last weekend of April.
Village of the Arts – Bradenton is home to the largest artist community on the west coast of Florida. Galleries, studios, cafes, healing arts, jewelry, fashion and books can be found while strolling the brightly colored cottages and bungalows. Located on 11th and 12th Streets West., Bradenton.