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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Laurel Park Playground - Includes a central tree trunk with two spiral slides and climbing areas. There is also a  swing set, sand box and grassy play area.
1725 Laurel St
Sarasota, FL 34236

This park has a beautiful gazebo, newly designed playground and sandbox. Sorry, only trained service animals are permitted here. Owned and operated by...

The Doughboy - A bronze World War I soldier known as the “Spirit of the American Doughboy” was unveiled on May 25, 1998, in a Memorial Day ceremony. It was reproduced by Sarasota sculptor Frank Colson from an original created in the 1920 by Ernest Moore Visquesney.
The soldier’s charge across “No Man’s Land’ on a European battlefield completed an extensive monument restoration project commissioned by the Patriotic Observance Committee of the Sarasota County Veterans Commission. It was funded by public and private donations.
199 Bayfront Dr
Sarasota, FL 34236

"In loving memory of the valiant of Sarasota County who gave their lives to preserve for their loved ones and you the...

Mary Dean Park Cornhole Game - Don't forget your beanbags for a fun game of cornhole!
1506 Central Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236

This beautiful park allows leashed pets, has a shaded picnic table, a basketball court, cornhole game set up, bike racks, and provides...

Lukewood Park North - Fountain, historic marker & walking paths.
1851 Mound St.
Sarasota, FL 34236

Fountain, historic marker & walking paths. Home to the Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain. Built in memory of Mable Ringling, John Ringling’s wife....

Links Plaza Park - Play fountain, golf statue, and historic marker.
1880 Main St
Sarasota, FL 34236

Play fountain, golf statue, and historic marker.

Links Plaza is where, in 1905, Col. John Hamilton Gillespie created the...

David Cohen Park - A walking trail with work-out stations, two sheltered playgrounds available for party rentals.
1845 John Rivers Street
Sarasota, FL 34234

Associated with the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex. This unique park has a "Green" Eco-Friendly Environment! - Made From Everyday Household Recycled...

13208 State Rd 72
Sarasota, FL 34241
Myakka River State Park is one of the best wildlife observation spots in the Florida State Park system offering the chance to...

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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.