Activities and Tours Near Lido Key, FL

Lido Key, FL, is the perfect vacation destination for you and your family. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and experience true relaxation along the beautiful Florida coast.

You’ll have great access to both Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, and you can explore all the beautiful beaches, mouthwatering food, unique shopping, and more. There’s a little something for everyone in Lido Key, and the gorgeous weather all year long makes it ideal for any season.

While it can be fun to find the hidden gems in a city, it’s also exciting to see the popular sites and explore what all the fuss is about. Lido Key is conveniently located near some amazing destinations like St. Armands Circle and downtown Sarasota, so you can find all the fun attractions in those locations as well. The Lido Key area has lots of popular destinations that draw crowds, and once you visit them all, you’ll understand why they are so beloved. Here is our guide for all the best things to do just minutes away from our Lido Key rentals.

Lido Key

While it may be an underrated vacation destination, Lido Key is full of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Head to Lido Key Beach for a fun afternoon splashing in the water or having a picnic, or swim and hike at South Lido County Park. One of the most fun and budget-friendly activities is the Farmer’s Market, where you can find fresh local produce and handcrafted jewelry and other pieces from the local artisans.

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Exploring the area with one of the many Lido Key tours is the best way to see the sights. South Lido Mangrove tours will take you and your family through the most gorgeous nature and will put you with an experienced guide to lead your way. You’ll also want to check out Lido Mangrove Kayak and Paddleboard Tours with the Sarasota Paddleboard Company, a fun experience for the whole family to get out on the water.

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St. Armands Circle

St. Armands Circle is just a few minutes’ walk from Lido Key, and it is the main shopping hub in the area. You will find everything from apparel and accessories and to home decor and more, and be sure to take the time to indulge in a great meal and relax with a massage or manicure. You’ll find familiar brands like Lilly Pulitzer and Ben and Jerry’s, as well as local vendors such as Influence Style and Little Bo-tique Children’s Wear. Have an upscale meal at Crab & Fin, get something more laid-back at Lynches Pub and Grub, and finish your meal with a sweet treat at Carousel’s.

St. Armands Circle has a perfect view of all the gorgeous water around, so you can browse the selection or enjoy your meal in front of the waves. Be sure to visit in the evening to experience all the live music, and check their website to see what fun event will be happening while you’re in town.  After your shopping is done, make sure you stroll through the historic Circus Ring of Fame to view the prized statue collection of John Ringling. St. Armands Circle provides you with the perfect dose of relaxation, history, and fun!

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Downtown Sarasota

The short drive or scenic walk to downtown Sarasota is an attraction in and of itself, as you will get to experience the Ringling Bridge. John Ringling was a vital part of this area’s founding, and you can feel his influence all around. In addition to his Circus Ring of Fame at St. Armands Circle, you will find attractions dedicated to him in Sarasota as well, such as the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the interactive Circus Museum at the Ringling. Sarasota is a haven of culture, where you can catch a show at the Sarasota Opera House or check out the local artwork at the Art Center Sarasota.

There are also tons of fun tours to experience in the Sarasota area as well. Discover Sarasota Tours will let you in on all the hidden secrets of the area on their daytime sightseeing trolley tours or the circus history tour. If you’re a foodie, you’ll love Key Culinary Tours, and if you want a unique way to see the sights, visit Sarasota by Segway. Sarasota Bike Tours provides a great way to get your exercise, while Sea Life Kayak Rentals and Kayak Tours allows you to become one with the water and leave your worries behind.

Choose Your Luxury Rental Home

Amidst all this fun, you need a reliable and relaxing place to rest your head at night. Look no further than our luxurious Lido Key vacation homes.

More to Do

You can find all of these great attractions and more just minutes from our Lido Key rentals, but this is not the extent of the fun day trips you can have. Visit Siesta Key for sites like the Siesta Key Beach and Drum Circle, Siesta Key Farmer’s Market, and Historic Spanish Point. You can also take a half hour drive to Anna Maria Island, where you can experience nature at Coquina Beach or Bean Point Beach, shop on Bridge Street or Pine Avenue, and get in touch with nature at Robinson Preserve or Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge.

No matter what you and your family are interested in, you can find it just minutes from Lido Key. The art scene is incredible, and the food is never disappointing. Whatever time of the year you visit, you’ll be able to find a fun farmer’s market or unique event happening near you. In the spring, be sure to check out the Lido Beach Spring Fine Art Festival, or if you’re visiting during the summer, check out the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival. Fall brings tons of fun Halloween events such as the Sarasota Oktoberfest, and you can enjoy the Siesta Key Village Parade around Christmas time. There are so many fun Lido Key activities, your only worry will be where to spend your time!

Where to Stay

We have options that will suit every party size, whether you’re just traveling with your family or you’re planning a large gathering. Spread out in the spacious bedrooms, take in the view from all of the decks, or feed the whole crew in the fully equipped kitchen. You will have access to our preferred vendor discounts and beach equipment provided right in your rental at no extra cost to you.

One of the best parts about our rentals is our Property Manager Service, giving you a one-on-one experience with our knowledgeable and friendly staff.

They will be able to help you navigate all of the best Lido Key things to do, as well as handling any issues with your rental. In your home, you will experience incredible amenities such as HDTVs, Wi-Fi, convenient parking, and more. Each rental is custom-designed and personalized for our guests, so you can rest assured knowing you are in the best hands. We can’t wait to show you why we love where we live and work! For more information on the Lido Key area and our full range of rentals, contact us today!

Island Hopping

Escape to the epitome of coastal luxury at this 3-level Lido Key Coastal Home, boasting elevator access, vaulted ceilings, and 6 bedrooms, 5 with private en-suite baths. Revel in panoramic balcony views, with St. Armand’s Circle just a short walk away. Dive into the private heated pool oasis with a sun shelf, spa, and covered gaming area, making it an ideal retreat for a family getaway in paradise.

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Ringling Cottage

Featuring a fully equipped kitchen, cozy living room, and outdoor dining, this homey retreat is just one block from Lido Key Beach and a short bike ride to St. Armand’s Circle. The screened-in lanai overlooking the private backyard with a hot tub provides a serene escape, perfect for morning coffee or evening cocktails!