Introduction to Longboat Key, Florida
Longboat Key, Florida, in Manatee county, is 9 miles NW of Sarasota, Florida (center to center) and 39 miles S of Tampa, Florida. The town, which is considered part of the Sarasota - Bradenton metropolitan area, has a population of 7,603.
Longboat Key History
The town of Longboat Key, divided equally between Sarasota and Manatee Counties, was officially incorporated in 1955. It is a barrier island community. Manatee County, established in 1855, was inhabited by the Native Americans for many years, and it is said that the county may have been the De Soto Expedition’s landing site. The name of the county, 'Manatee', is a term for the sea cow. Sarasota County, founded in 1921, is said to have been named after a word in the indigenous language of Calusa.
Longboat Key and nearby Attractions
- Little Manatee River State Park
- DeSoto National Memorial
- Lake Manatee State Park
- Pinellas County Heritage Village
- Egmont Key State Park
- Saint Petersburg Museum of History
Things To Do In Longboat Key
There are a number of museums in the area, such as the Florida International Museum, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Saint Petersburg Museum of History, and the Tampa Bay History Center. These museums have interesting exhibits that shed light on the history and culture of the region. Visitors may also consider day-trips to Beer Can Island, Coquina Beach, and Whitney Beach. The Harbourside Golf Course and Islandside Golf Club offer recreational opportunities for golf enthusiasts. The nearby animal parks and aquariums, include The Jungle and the Mote Marine Aquarium.
Longboat Key Transportation
Sarasota/ Bradenton International Airport offers air transportation.
Longboat Key Higher Education
The institutions offering courses in higher education are Saint Leo University, the University of South Florida, and Manatee Community College.