When planning your trip to Lido Key, there are plenty of outdoor activities to partake in to enjoy the great outdoors. If you're seeking to explore the area by water, great opportunities include kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). These options enable you to get up close and personal with the Florida bird wildlife, manatees and to paddle through the many protected mangroves of South Lido, Ted Sterling Nature Park and the Intracoastal waterway. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous and you're not afraid of heights, experience the Key and its beauty via a personalized helicopter ride or a skydive. If your prefer a more relaxed outdoor experience, try exploring the boardwalks at Ken Thompson Park which allow you to meander through the mangroves via a raised boardwalk.
If you're seeking a good workout while on your Lido Key vacation, consider renting a paddleboard for your outdoor adventure. Unlike kayaks and canoes where the rider propels themselves forward in a seated position, the paddleboard is propelled via the rider in a standing position, hence the name "Stand Up Paddleboarding" or more commonly known as SUP. Stand Up Paddle boarding gets it origins from the surfboard and officially became recognized as an official sport in 2013. For your convenience, below are popular Lido Key Paddle Board rental companies.
Explore Lido Key paddleboarding in this video produced by the SUP Sarasota.
Experience natural Florida with a kayaking excursion at Lido Key's Ted Sterling Nature Park. If you're seeking that fun outdoor adventure, kayak through hidden lagoons, the Intracoastal waterway and get up and close with Florida's wildlife. There's a good chance you'll even seen a dolphin or a manatee. Kayaks come in single and double person sizes with the option to "sit in" or "sit on top" and have adjustable seats to fit persons of all sizes. For your convenience, listed below are popular Lido Key kayak rental companies.
Trek across the John Ringling bridge to Bird Key Park on Lido Key. Experience the sights and sounds of the area and feel the breeze in your hair while standing up on a guided tour. Tours are typically 1.5 up to 3 hrs in length allowing you to see all the popular scenes of the area.
Sarasota Executive Suites (office & meeting point) 677 N. Washington Blvd, Suite #21, Sarasota, FL 34236 Map
Sarasota by Segway
1370 Boulevard of the Arts C, Sarasota, FL 34236 Map
Lido Key Parks & Recreation
Lido Key offers nature enthusiasts the ideal setting to sit back and enjoy the natural beauty of the Florida landscape while seeing and hearing the native wildlife. The main parks on Lido Key are Ted Sperling Nature Park, South Lido Park, North Lido Beach Park and Ken Thompson Park. Ted Sterling Nature Park is the most popular destination on Lido for kayking and stand-up paddleboarding as it has many nearby mangroves and passageways to explore. Adjacent to Ted Sterling Park is the South Lido Park (pictured below) which is a perfect setting for picnics, outdoor games or just chillaxin' in the shade of the trees. North Lido Beach Park, at the opposite end of the key, provides a mix of shaded nature trails to walk as well as natural beach area to explore. And lastly, Ken Thompson Park, located past just Mote Marine offers nature walks through mangroves and scenic views of the Sarasota skyline.
Experience the awesome beauty of Sarasota and Lido Key from above with a personalized helicopter tour along the coast and Gulf beaches. Get a bird's eye view of downtown Sarasota, the spectacular waterfront homes and beachside resorts, the crystal white sands of the area's beaches as well as the bountiful marine wildlife. Tours are typically in thirty or sixty minute in duration.
SRQ Airport 1244 Clyde Jones Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243 Map
Lido Key Skydiving
If you're an extreme thrill-seeker and you want the ultimate outdoor experience, consider booking a Lido Key skydiving excursion. You will take off from a local airport and travel over to the South End of Lido which is a perfect beach setting to land, unobstructed by buildings. Most skydiving companies offer single and tandem skydiving options. Contact the companies below to book your skydive today!
Lido Key Skydiving
You will take off from Venice Beach Airport.
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