St. Armand's Circle is Lido Key's biggest attractions, with over 130 upscale shops, restaurants, and galleries spilling into the street. At night, the sparkling outdoor lights give it a European feel. For classic American mall shopping, there's Sarasota's upscale Southgate Plaza. For designer threads at a fraction of the price the large Prime Outlets in Ellenton is a twenty-minute drive away. In downtown Sarasota, the picturesque Main Street offers a Rockwellian assortment of charming shops and boutiques. On the first Friday of each month, the boutiques stay open late, and shoppers browse while checking out live performances on the street. For trendier art galleries and shops, try the blocks around Palm Avenue and Pineapple Avenue.
St. Armand's Circle
300 Madison Drive, Lido Key
3501 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
5461 Factory Shops Boulevard, Ellenton