Wicker Inn

Address: 5581 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228       Reservations: 1-800-285-3481  Fax 941-383-9780


Mote Marine Aquarium



Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year.

Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharksmanatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.

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Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix



Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix

June 24, 2017- July 4, 2017

The Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix is the longest continually run boat race in the country. Dozens of high performance boats participate in a downtown parade, exhibition and race in the Gulf of Mexico each July in Sarasota, Florida. Proceeds from the events surrounding the race benefit local children’s charities.

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2017 Sea Turtle Nesting Season begins May 1st through October 31st

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Sea turtle nesting season takes place from May 1-Oct. 31 on Southwest Florida beaches, which includes Longboat Key. On nesting beaches, light from waterfront properties can disorient nesting female turtles and their young, which emerge at night and use dim natural light to find the sea. Also, beach furniture, trash and other obstacles can impede sea turtles and their young.

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Longboat Key is Rated No. 9 in Top U.S. Islands


Conde Nast rated Longboat Key as the no. 9 best island in the US in their Traveler’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards. Longboat Key’s elegant and refined personality is what helped it get this ranking, as well as it’s hidden gems, such as Quick Point Nature Preserve. Only one other location in Florida made the list. You can read the full article here.

Mid-Summer Picnic

On Wednesday the Wicker Inn held a mid-summer picnic for all of our guests, including members of a 45-person family reunion. The pool-side gathering was the perfect way to celebrate the beautiful sunny days of summer. A great time was had by all!

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Sea Turtle Nests at Wicker Inn

It’s Sea Turtle season! There are currently three turtle nests on the Wicker Inn beach. Sea turtles are an endangered species and are highly protected on the Gulf Coast beaches. Longboat Key Turtle Watch volunteers walk the beach daily to ensure the endangered species’ nests are undisturbed. It is important to remove all of your garbage and belongings and leave only your footprints behind. No flash photography is allowed. Also it is important to turn off or shield lights visible from the beach.

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Wedding preparations underway at Wicker Inn!

We hosted a spectacular May wedding with the ceremony on the beach and the reception following under a beautifully decorated white tent spanning the back parking lot of the Wicker Inn. There was a delicious catered dinner and dancing following . The bride and groom and wedding attendants where very happy with the outcome! Be sure to keep checking back for the actual wedding photos…

Longboat Key Chamber Event at Wicker Inn

On September 25th, Wicker Inn hosted the “Business After Hours” Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce event.  The gathering took place poolside with featured tours of the newly remodeled Bougainvillea guest cottage, Hibiscus and Orchid suites.  Catered by the Lazy Lobster of Longboat Key and attended by roughly 65 members and friends, the event was a great success!