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Best things to do in Longboat Key

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Beach
“It's a great place to walk, ride bikes, picnic, grill, and enjoy the beach!”
23 locals recommend
Bar
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“Rustic seafood spot in an early-1900s beach house with an Old Florida vibe & patio views.”
25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great views of Sarasota Bay. It has an elegantly casual atmosphere. The menu is moderately priced for being near Saint Armand's Circle and Longboat Key.”
18 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“ Yummy picnic style breakfasts on the dock, open super early for the fishermen, right under the bridge to Longboat Key. A special unique historical Sarasota hang.......”
10 locals recommend
Bar
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“A historic cottage with global fine dining plus an informal space with live music & a smaller menu. ”
6 locals recommend
Bar
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“A casual, family restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining. Serving seafood, steaks, and fresh Maine lobster”
3 locals recommend
Lodging
“Beatiful white sand beaches with all amenities for an awesome day on the beach.”
1 local recommends
Bar
“Harry's Deli - great place to pick up gourmet fixings and wine for a wonderful, stay at home meal!”
6 locals recommend
Gym / Fitness Centre
“Sports Academy - IMG Academy offers athletes the opportunity to improve their sport and educational performance on our 600 acre, world-class campus.”
5 locals recommend
Café
“A Short Walk From The Cottage. Breakfast and Lunch, Dine Outside on The Water.”
2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Go here for an elegant lunch or dinner- a huge salad bar overlooking​ beautiful scenic views on the water. then explore anna maria island or lido key close by. ”
8 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Low-key sand bar with a rustic, powdery beach for picnics and parties, typically reached by boat. This tiny little island open to the public only by way of boat is a great place to pull right up into the sand hop out with your chairs, tents, large shade umbrellas, or whatever else you brought with you and hang out for a while and have a good time. There are usually maybe three to six other people on the island at the time. If you're not coming by boat you can take Broadway Street or North Shore Road until you see signs for the beach. We came in via North Shore Road, parked on the street, and then walked north for a bit on the beach to get to Beer Can Island.”
4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Nice short trail with bayside overlooks at the end of AMI across from Coquina Beach. ”
6 locals recommend
Park
“Its a nice stop on Longboat Key if you are driving North to Anna Maria Island. Nice trails with some nice views of the beach”
4 locals recommend
Café
“This is the second location for Blue Dolphin. Chuck can usually be found working here. Go say HI.”
3 locals recommend
Corner Shop