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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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...

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...

Bay Preserve from the Bay
400 Palmetto Ave
Osprey, FL 34229

Bay Preserve is a private waterfront oasis on Little Sarasota Bay. The preserve features a performance pavilion, dock, boathouse with observation deck,...

Bayfront Park Entrance
5 Bayfront Dr
Sarasota, FL 34236

Open 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., daily. Pets are allowed outside the Steigerwaldt-Jockey Children’s Fountain area. Popular location to jog, enjoy the...

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 Skate Park, Circus Park, Cafe, Auditorium, and Amphitheater. Circus Park This playground is circus...

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,...

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....

Firehouse Park - This park has a fun “Firefighter” inspired design. Come “rescue” the day! Playground, swing-set, picnic tables & grill and allows leashed pets.
1232 36th St
Sarasota, FL 34234

This park has a fun “Firefighter” inspired design. Come “rescue” the day! Playground, swing-set, picnic tables & grill and allows leashed pets. Owned...

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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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Attractions alongside the Myakka River

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