Lido Key is a popular vacation destination on Florida's west coast. It's known for its beaches, world-famous St. Armands Circle, bountiful outdoor recreational activities and is the perfect setting for those who enjoy the natural Florida landscape and endless sunshine. Lido Key is a quick 20 - 25 minute commute from the local Sarasota-Bradenton Int'l Airport (SRQ) or a just over an hour's commute from the larger Tampa Int'l Airport (TPA). To view information about planning your flight(s) and/or rental car, view our Getting to the Area page.
Kayak Launch at Ted Sperling Park (south Lido Key)
The main attraction on Lido Key is St. Armands Circle, which is a large circular roundabout surrounded by 130+ boutique retail stores, upscale dining establishments, ice cream and chocolate shops, art galleries, salons, spas and the like. In the center of the large circle is a park like setting which often is home to many exotic car shows, arts and craft festivals, and outdoor performances each year. Originally conceived by circus Magnate John Ringling in 1925, the modern day Circle has long surpassed his original vision and dream of a premier shopping and dining district. Many of the Circle's popular names are restaurants including The Columbia, Crab & Fin and Cafe L'Europe which have lined its circular street for decades. For your convenience, visit our St. Armands restaurants page.
If you're more interested in outdoor activities while visiting the Key, the most popular watersports include kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, also known as SUP. Via a kayak or paddleboard, you can easily navigate the protected mangroves and see manatees, Florida wild birds and make memories that are sure to last. Most of the kayak and paddleboard rental companies are located at the Ted Sterling Nature Park on the south end of the Key. If you're new to the sport, lessons and guided tours are also available to help you navigate your way around the mangroves and nearby Intracoastal waterway. For a full overview of all the activities that Lido Key offers by water, land and air, visit our activities page.
Kayak Launch at Ted Sperling Park (south Lido Key)
History of Lido Key, FL
In the late 1800's, the modern day bustling St Armands Circle on Lido Key was nothing more than mangroves and natural Florida landscape. The early roots of the Circle and surrounding area are tied to a Frenchman and first resident by the name of Charles St. Amand. He originally purchased the land for $21.71 for 3 large tracts which was just over 130 acres. Charles St. Amand homesteaded the land and in later land deeds, his name was misspelled "St Armand" and this spelling has contiuned to present day.
In 1917, circus magnate John Ringling purchased the St. Armands property and planned an upscale development which included both a large circular shopping center and surrounding residential lots. Eight years later in 1925, he commenced work on a causeway which connected his St. Armands Circle property to the Sarasota mainland which retains his name to this day, the "John Ringling Causeway."
With an average of 251 sunny days per year and an average temperature of 73 degrees, Lido Key has ideal weather climate for tourists. During the summer months, Lido Key has an average high in the low 90's and in the winter months, the average high drops to the low 70s. Most important, the humidity or dew point of the air drops considerably in the winter months making for very enjoyable weather conditions to enjoy outdoor activities such as biking or just taking a stroll along the beach or across the Ringling Bridge.
Annually, Lido Key receives an average of 51.8 inches of rain (roughly 4 1/3 ft) and experiences 107 days with preciptation throughout the year. Unlike the north, an intense rainstrom in Lido Key can quickly turn back into bright sunshine and blue skies in minutes as the Gulf currents keep the weather in constant motion.
When looking at the demographics data for the Lido Key area (based upon to 2014 data), one gets a good synopsis of the area. We can clearly see that the majority of the population (97.1%) is white; the median age (56.9 years) is above the Florida average of 41.5 years; the average household size of 1.6 persons is much less than the state of Florida average at 2.5 persons and that the median Lido Key household income of $84,964 is well above the Florida average household income of $46,036. See exact breakdown of the statistics below.
Population & Household Data
Population Lido Key Population (2014) * Sarasota County Population (2014)
* includes full & part-time residents
Population Change The percent change in the city's population since 2010.
Household Size (2013 Data) Lido Key, FL State of FL
1.6 people 2.5 people
Gender Ratio (2014 Data) Male Population Female Population
Median Age (2014 Data) Lido Key, FL State of FL
56.9 years 41.5 years
Race & Ethnic Origin
Race (2013 Data) White 1,064 Hispanic 31 Black 0 Asian 0 Two or more Races 0 American Indian 0 Other 0
97.1% 2.9% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Median Household Income (2013 Data) Lido Key, FL State of FL
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