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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5550 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key, FL 34228
Joan M. Durante Park, located at 5550 Gulf of Mexico Drive, is the result of a private/public partnership to enhance and restore...
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Lyons Bay
Venice, FL 34275
Rattlesnake Island is a popular picnic destination for area boaters. Trails follow the shoreline, and explorers will see a variety of plants,...
Whitaker Park Playground - The park has a restroom, playground, swing-set, picnic tables, and trails.
1455 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236

A waterfront park providing many recreational opportunities, including boardwalks through mangroves and tidal marsh restoration areas. Boat access is by a concrete...

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6799 Palmer Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34240
Celery Fields is an ideal location for wildlife watching and passive recreational use. The Celery Fields is on the Great Florida Birding...
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5200 Beneva Road
Sarasota, FL 34231
This 72-acre preserve was purchased in 2000 and 2001 through the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program with funding assistance provided by Florida...
Walkway & Fishing - Talk a walk along the bay or fish!
1101 10th St.
Sarasota, FL 34236

Home to the US Coast Guard Auxiliary building. Talk a walk along the bay near the VanWezel Performing Arts Center. This park...

Ken Thompson Park - This boardwalk has been sensitively designed to protect the environment while allowing public access and enjoyment of the mangrove canopy experience. As such, the visitor will encounter low branches and narrow corridors in some areas along the walkway.
1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236

Perfect for canoe and kayak launching, allows leashed pets, has a fishing pier & boat ramp, picnic area, water fountain, playground, bathrooms,...

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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

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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.