Staying in a beautiful long-term rental in Longboat Key is a wonderful vacation. Sure, there are so many places to find dining, entertainment and activities in Sarasota County, but sometimes when the adventure bug bites, it’s time to venture out a little further.
Here are five of the best day trip ideas while staying in Longboat Key:
1. Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island is just a short drive from Longboat Key but offers great beaches and a different shopping and dining experience. Anna Maria Island is a family-friendly 7.5-mile barrier island paradise for beach lovers. Located off Florida's southwest coast, on the Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Island is comprised of three communities: Anna Maria on the north end, Holmes Beach in the middle, and Bradenton Beach to the south.
Anna Maria is the most residential and the quietest of the three communities, while Holmes Beach is the largest, boasting the most residents and three miles of beach. Bradenton Beach is centered around its bay side pier area and Coquina Beach. Dining, shopping and beaches are abundant in all three areas.
2. St. Petersburg
Just south of Tampa, FL is St. Petersburg. Whether you choose to go for a big event, like the Honda Grand Prix, or you want to go to the Salvador Dalí museum, there is plenty to do to make a day out of this city.
Tampa, FL is about an hour and a half drive from Longboat Key, but holds so many different, fast paced activities. You can catch a sports game as Tampa houses the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team, Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team, and Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team.
If you’re here in late January or early February, you can catch the city’s big event, Gasparilla. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival celebrates the legend of José Gaspar, a Spanish pirate and captain who allegedly operated in Southwest Florida.
4. Historic Fort De Soto Park
Fort De Soto Park is made up of five keys or islands: Madelaine Key, St. Jean Key, St. Christopher Key, Bonne Fortune Key and the main island, Mullet Key. The keys are connected by either bridge or causeway.
At the heart of the park where the Gulf meets Tampa Bay, you’ll find the historic fort and Fort De Soto Batteries that give the park its name. Two piers, beaches, picnic area, hiking trails, bicycling trails, kayak trail, and a ferry to Egmont Key State Park are available for you enjoy during your voyage!
If you’re into combing the sands for sharks’ teeth, Venice is the place to be. The Venice area, just south of Sarasota, sits on top of a fossil layer that runs 18-35 feet deep. Storms and waves slowly drive these fossils into shallow waters and then up onto the beach.
Shark teeth collectors say the best places to look for the fossils are beaches south of the Venice Jetty, including Casey Key and Manasota Key.
These top day trip destinations can really wear you out, which is what makes coming home to your Longboat Key vacation rental to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate feel so luxurious. No cramped hotel and noisy guests.
If you’re ready to come down to Longboat Key, contact Jennette Properties to help you find the perfect luxury long-term rental for you.