10 Things to Do Around Lido Key

Gorgeous and tranquil Lido Key offers more than just proximity to the popular Siesta Beach. Here are ten things that make this lesser-known strip of sand a worthy destination of its own.


Get lost amid the labyrinth of mangrove tunnels and explore their unique ecosystem aboard a rented kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

Cup or Cone?

Go on an ice cream tasting tour of St. Armand’s. Hint: the chocolate peanut butter cup at Kilwin’s is a worthy contender for best ice cream

Refresh and Refuel

Enjoy an outdoor feast of the famous "1905" Salad and sangria at Columbia Restaurant. Nothing quite hits the spot after a day of sun and shopping.

Wade for a Lunker

Grab a pole and some bait and fish on the beach for whiting, snook, jacks, sheepshead, mackerel, maybe even a shark! Don’t feel like getting wet? Head out to Ken Thompson Parkway.

Frolic at the Park

Venture to the end of the Key and spend a day at South Lido County Park. Grill up some burgers, play some volleyball, and watch the boats pass from this secluded party park.

Embrace Your Gillian

Walk south down the sand – not the road - and grab a drink at the Lido Key Tiki Bar. Doesn’t get much more Florida than walking down the sand to a palapa-covered bar and enjoying a cool drink in your swimsuit and bare feet.

Catch a Wave

Lido is the area’s best bet for surfing. The calm waters of the Gulf are perfect for beginners or those who want to simply enjoy the tide-riding show.

Don’t Go Anywhere

Stay at the Lido Beach Resort. Beach – check. Pool – check. Great restaurant – check. Bar overlooking the beach – check. Sunset from your window – check. You never need to leave.

See the City from a New View

Trek across the Ringling Bridge and enjoy the stunning views from the top. Keep an eye out for manatees, tarpon, sting rays, and dolphins.

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem

Walk a few steps from your beach blanket and enjoy a Lido Lobster roll and sweet potato fries at Lido Beach Restaurant. Make the kids happy with a PB&J, grilled cheese, or bag of chips. Just please don’t feed them to the seagulls.

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