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Major Attractions of St. Armands, FL Area and Around

St. Armand’s Circle lies at the heart of Lido Key and Longboat Key, and is known as a major shopping destination. Its central park usually gets quite busy on weekends with displays of local exotic and classic cars presented by car clubs' members, featuring some truly fine pieces of auto-making, as well as art and craft shows, plus many other different venues coming to the park on weekends, without any cost. Just a minutes walk from here is the world famous Lido Key Beach. The area abounds in multiple condos and resort facilities of both low and high rises, offering terrific waterfront views to its inhabitants. The nearby parks cater for various water sports, including paddle boarding and more. The Lido Pavilion houses a swimming pool. Visitors to the area are warned against pulling any of the natural sea plants and disturbing the local turtle and sea bird population, whose nests are plainly marked. Driving around and parking might be difficult during the season due to heavy traffic, so patience and carefulness are highly recommended.

Bird Key FL

Bird Key is a spectacular island in Sarasota Bay, found between mainland Sarasota and St. Armands Key, to the south of the Ringling Causeway. The island is a prominent boating destination, housing a private yacht club and a number of deep-water canals. It is also home to a magnificent gated community; 291 out of its total 511 estates are on the bay front. Situated just off the John Ringling Causeway, the community is just minutes away from downtown Sarasota with all its amenities, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

Lido Key FL

Lido Key is a barrier island off the coast of Sarasota, Florida in the United States. To its north is Longboat Key, to its east is Bird Key, and St. Armands Key and to its south is Siesta Key. It is part of the city of Sarasota.

Mote Marine Laboratory

Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent not-for-profit marine research organization based on City Island in Sarasota, Florida. Founded in 1955 by Eugenie Clark in Placida, Florida, it was known as the Cape Haze Marine Laboratory until 1967
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The Old Salty Dog

One on long term established restaurants in Sarasota; I would believe that all of the native Sarasota has dined there. It sits on Sarasota’s Bayfront at the entrance to Ken Thompson Park and on the way to world renowned Mote Laboratory. I have read the reviews, and decided to just post the link to yelp for the comments of others (good and bad). The only comment I will interject is that regards the ones directed at the slow service. Obviously, I don’t know when those diners were there; however, any time during the “season” in Sarasota, every restaurant is slow and extremely busy, depending on which roads you use, the traffic comes to a standstill.

Ken Thompson Park and Boat Ramp

Wide open space for you and your friends to have a weekend game of football, and a place for kids to romp with the dog or workout on the playground full of kid friendly equipment, nature walks, adjacent restaurants, bring your wind surfer or paddle board, or simply take a seat in park with the cool breeze of the Bay front, don’t leave your paddle board or wind suffer at home, oh I must not forget that the fishing piers waiting for you and your pole.

The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees

The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees is a non-commercial organization uniting talented amateurs who specialize in delivering coordinated water skiing synchronized stunts. Some of their feats are truly awe inspiring. The group performs offshore to the Ken Thompson Park and has been in operation for decades.

Overlook Park

Overlook Park is a part of Ken Thompson Park, abundant with biking and walking paths, fishing docks and picnic facilities, as well as - most notably - the habitually swimming by dolphins (often willing to perform for food). The place is a peculiar mixture of mangrove estuary, tidal swamps and uplands, all carefully preserved in their natural state. En route from the parking lot, heading under the bridge, you fill find yourself on a short trail system that follows stretches of Sarasota Bay. This conjunction is particularly loved by birdwatchers, as it hosts a large population of waders - herons, egrets, ibises and spoonbills. Standing on the beach, one can also observe “flyovers”, such as ospreys, gulls and terns. At low tide, the boardwalk is teeming with shorebirds and peeps, and in spring it serves a migration stop over for warblers and flycatchers.

Bird Key Park

Bird Key Park is located before St. Armands Circle on the right after you cross the bride coming from downtown.

Bird Key Park provides good proximity views of the Causeway Bridge in Sarasota. Bird Key Park has picnic tables, benches, and many thought out parking spots. A lot of people fish on both sides of the bridge. Lots of users park there and walk across the bridge and back for exercise.

Lido Beach

Lido Beach is a 3,000 plus-foot strip of spotless white sand on Lido Key, situated just one and a half miles southwest of St. Armand's Circle. Other than its natural beauty, the beach also provides some amenities, such as concession and gift shop, toilets, picnic tables and a pool.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Located at Ken Thomson Park, slightly thru the St. Armands Circle and north of the Lido Key Beach. Located near the public restroom across from Mote Laboratory, near the playground area.

In January 2009, the company's first charging stations were deployed and installed by REJ Electric Co. in downtown San Jose that drivers can access through a prepaid plan. The company is working with entities in Las Vegas Nevada, New York and Florida to do something similar there.

The first ChargePoint charging stations are installed and available for charging in downtown San Jose. Since its first charging station installation, Coulomb charging stations have been in more than 27 US states, Canada and Europe.

1,800 planned 240-volt charge stations are being built through the ChargePoint America project. Sponsored by Coulomb Technologies, the $37 million project is backed by a $15 million DOE grant, provided through the Recovery Act. ChargePoint America is expected to provide 4,600 networked charging stations to homes and public locations by October 2011, adding to the existing ChargePoint Network. The ChargePoint America project will collect data on vehicle use and charging patterns, which will be analyzed by DOE's Idaho National Laboratory. Coulomb announced on 16 June 2010 that Orlando, Florida, was the first to install a ChargePoint networked charging station under the program.

Nathan Coon

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Major Attractions of St. Armands, FL Area and Around