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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Hog Creek Watershed Restoration Project - Dedicated May 21, 2019. Designed & planted by Mrs. Lorienne Nickelson's 5th grade class of 2018-2019 at Bay Haven School of Basic Plus.
1260 12th St
Sarasota, FL 34236

Enjoy the brand new tree-top inspired playground, basketball & tennis courts! Home for the historic Bidwell-Wood House, Crocker Memorial Church and the...

North Lido Beach Park - The park contains an upland area with 49 acres of Australian pine woods, grassy savannahs and walking trails, plus 22.5 acres of beach and mangroves. Bird nesting areas on the beach are protected and visitors should be careful not to disturb the nests.
159 Emerson Dr.
Sarasota, FL 34236

Trails, hiking, beach access, swimming, no lifeguards on duty, is perfect for canoe and kayak launching. Pets, except trained service animals, are...

Canine Club at Gillespie Park - Located on the corner of North Osprey Ave & 10th Street. This dog park provides two fenced areas. Unleash and enjoy the day!
710 N. Osprey Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236

This park honors John Hamilton Gillespie, first mayor of Sarasota. It has two basketball courts, an off-leash dog park, picnic tables, playground,...

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...

Circus Playground - This playground is circus inspired! Featuring a small splash area, rock climbing, slides, music makers, swings, and so much more. Perfect for picnics and spending the day with your little ones. No pets allowed unless they are service trained.
2010 Adams Lane
Sarasota, FL 34236

This park is home to the Payne Park Tennis Center, Skate Park, Circus Park, Cafe, Auditorium, and Amphitheater. Circus Park This playground...

Orange Avenue Park - Spend the day at this wonderful park! It has a basketball court, picnic tables, a playground, swing-set, and benches to sit on.
1822 Orange Ave
Sarasota, FL 34234

Spend the day at this wonderful park! It has a basketball court, picnic tables, a playground, swing-set, and benches to sit on. Owned...

2720_640x480.jpg - Englewood Sports Complex. Photo courtesy of Scgov.net
1300 S. River Rd
Englewood, FL 34223

Englewood Sports Complex is considered one of Sarasota County's premier locations.

This 136-acre sports complex features outdoor sports amenities including eight little...

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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.