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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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...

Dedication Wall - Honors:  Fredd “Glossie” Atkins, Delores D. Dry, Carolyn J. Mason, Jerome Stevens, Neil Humphrey, Sr., Dorothye G Smith, Jerome Dupree, Mrs. Janie Jackson Poe, Professor Roland W. Rogers, Booker High School First Graduation Class 1935 - Annie Blue McElroy, Marthena Riley, A.L. Williams and Nacomi Williams; First BHS Principal - Professor James R. Dixon., Emma E. Booker, John Henry Floyd, Wright and Sarah Bush, Joe and Elizabeth Holton, Charlie Jones, Sam Morgan, Shep and Annie Albright, Neil Humphrey, and Charles N. Thompson. Walk along the wall to read about their accomplishments!
2431 Washington Ct
Sarasota, FL 34234

This park is named after Fredd “Glossie” Atkins, the first African-American City Commissioner and first African-America Mayor.

Dedication Wall: Fredd “Glossie” Atkins,...

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...

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...

Eastwood Park - Come play at our soccer inspired park, complete with netted goals. Leashed pets allowed, swing set, covered picnic tables and playground.
422 W Cornelius Circle
Sarasota, FL 34232

Come play at our soccer inspired park, complete with netted goals. Leashed pets allowed, swing set, covered picnic tables and playground. Owned and...

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,...

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...

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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!

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