A Look at Longboat Key's Active Lifestyle

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Meticulously landscaped and naturally beautiful, Longboat Key stretches alongside both Sarasota and Manatee counties. It is a popular destination on Florida’s gorgeous Gulf Coast for visitors and residents alike. Boasting approximately 14 miles of crystal-quartz beaches and lush vegetation. This magnificent length of shoreline offers the very best in beach and bay-front lifestyles. Including convenience to the vibrant, culturally rich city center of downtown Sarasota. Not to mention the world-class shopping opportunities of St. Armands Circle.

A 2021 survey found nearly 99% of respondents described the quality of life on Longboat Key as “excellent” or “good.” 

Longboat Key is occupied by some of the region’s most coveted residences. In addition to beautiful beaches, pools, tennis courts, golf courses, and luxury amenities, sunsets over the Gulf are incredible.  There are countless ways to fill your days, aside from just enjoying these endeavors, without ever having to leave the key. Let’s take a look into Longboat Key’s active lifestyle.

Get Involved

Get Social:  Many communities will host private get-togethers and events. Longboat Key also has public clubs for just about everything.  What better way to meet people with similar interests and make friends along the way.   Some of your options include the very active Longboat Key Garden ClubLongboat Key Rotary Club, Longboat Key Turtle Watch, and the world-renowned Longboat Key Club  (voted in Top 30 Resorts in Florida). 

Polish Up:  For those who love learning new things, there is no better place to cultivate that love than with the Longboat Key Education Center. This non-profit adult enrichment center provides a wide range of education and recreation classes to residents and winter visitors. Courses offered range from yoga and tai chi to foreign affairs and book clubs that last four to eight weeks. All courses are non-credit, and there are no prerequisites for admission. The center also offers lecture series, performing-arts series, and one-day workshops. In addition to guided day-long trips to interesting places throughout Southwest Florida.

What to keep up with world events?  Spend an hour in the morning reading local and regional newspapers, or check out your next beach read at the Longboat Library, located at 555 Bay Isles Road.  The library receives no funds from the local government, so is always looking for book donations and volunteers, as well.

History Buffs:  If you enjoy diving into and have a desire to assist in the preservation of historical artifacts, consider joining the Longboat Key Historical Society. This nonprofit organization focuses on preserving some of Longboat Key’s original cottages.

Foodies:  Of course, you can’t talk about Longboat Key without mentioning the restaurants. With The Lazy Lobster, Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, and Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, it’s safe to say that Longboat Key serves up some of the best seafood on the planet. When you further consider the grace, elegance, and style of restaurants such as the Chart House, the Longboat Key Club Restaurant, Euphemia Haye, and Maison Blanche, an argument could be made that Longboat Key is the best place on the planet to eat just about anything.

Volunteering:  This is a wonderful way to participate in your community, meet people, and do some good in the process. There are hundreds of nonprofit organizations in and around Longboat just waiting for you to make the commitment.  In fact, there are so many you may have a hard time narrowing down what you’re most passionate about.  Start your search with Volunteer Match. From Mote Marine & Laboratory to Save our Seabirds, there are endless opportunities to lend a hand. Get involved to meet new people with a like mind with who you can enjoy Longboat Key’s active lifestyle with.