Beaches & Parks

Sun, sand and water are three things Sarasota has an abundance of, but not all Sarasota beaches and parks are the same.

Let sun-drenched fun fill your vacation with a trip to Sarasota County's parks and beaches. Whether you want to dip in the water at one of the best beaches in the world or hike canopy trails in one of Florida's largest and oldest state parks, you'll walk away with an experience to remember!

 You can also check out our beach conditions at any time before visiting our gorgeous Gulf Coast beaches.

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2650 Waldemere St
Sarasota, FL 34239

Arlington Park was first established in 1979 with the development of the playground, named "Magic Park." Later that year the gymnasium and...

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948 Beach Road
Sarasota, FL 34242

History: The land was purchased in the 1950's through a referendum. The historic pavilion was designed by Edward J. Seibert of the...

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8570 Manasota Key Road
Manasota Key, FL 34223
In 1963, Manasota Beach consisted of a small beach (450 feet of Gulf frontage) with four concrete picnic shelters. Spoil from the...
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710 N. Osprey Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236

Gillespie Park honors John Hamilton Gillespie, first mayor of Sarasota. The Stottish-born aristocrat arrived in 1886 as agent for his father, Sir...

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2000 South River Road
Englewood, FL 34223
The Myakka River, designated as an Outstanding Florida Water, flows through the northeast portion of the forest, dividing the forest into two...
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7150 Lago St
Sarasota, FL 34241

?This 16-acre neighborhood park located east of I-75 between Bee Ridge Road and Proctor Road was once known as Sunshine Springs and...

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2300 North River Road
Venice, FL 37292
The preserve has more than eight-miles of trails, including the 3.3-mile outer loop trail. The trails are unpaved but accessible for most...
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2695 Bridge Street
Englewood, FL 34223
This 154+ acre preserve was purchased through the county’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program. The marked trail is approximately one-mile long. The...

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Learn More About Our Beaches & Parks

Explore Sarasota’s pristine parks and beaches

Take a dip at some of the best beaches in the world or hike the canopy trails at one of Florida’s oldest state parks. You’ll find a nature experience to remember!

Go Where the Locals Go

Enjoy this list of lesser-known beaches of Sarasota County.

Attractions alongside the Myakka River

Sarasota County is more than a beachside destination; it’s also a nature lover’s paradise. Learn more about the attractions along the Myakka River.