Longboat Key is the ideal beach settings for the ultimate Florida vacation. Stretching between the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico and serene Sarasota Bay, these keys attract many visitors who come to enjoy the average year-round temperature of 73 degrees.
The area is appreciated by wildlife as well, so these waters are home to manatee, dolphins, and fish, while pelicans, osprey, and a variety of shorebirds find sanctuary here. Tennis and golf enthusiasts will find first-class facilities here, and there are several parks on the Keys to visit for a relaxing afternoon.
Whether you like to spend your time shelling, biking, shopping, fishing, golfing, or dining, opportunities for these activities are boundless on Longboat Key. Well known as private island paradises, there are accommodations here to suit everyone, from deluxe suites in plush resorts and condominiums to beachfront cottages and modest hotel rooms.
The Longboat Key Center for the Arts, with a permanent collection and changing exhibits of juried and invitational shows, hosts art classes, workshops, and cultural events here on Longboat Key. Sarasota’s many cultural centers are only minutes away over the south bridge, including Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Asolo Theater, Ringling Museum, Sarasota Ballet and Opera, and several other live theaters.
You’ll find terrific shopping on Longboat Key and St. Armands Key. Anna Maria Island and Bradenton, over the north bridge, both also offer a variety of shopping, theater, and cultural experiences.
Check out our Activities Page to see some of the many activities you can enjoy while staying at the Wicker Inn.