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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189 Pocono Trail
Nokomis, FL 34285
This 8.2-acre preserve, purchased in 2002 through the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program, shares the same name as the street where it...
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,...

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...

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2300 North River Road
Venice, FL 37292
The preserve has more than eight-miles of trails, including the 3.3-mile outer loop trail.
The trails are unpaved but accessible for...
Bird Key Park - One of two picnic pavilions.
200 John Ringling Causeway
Sarasota, FL 34236

This park is a popular location to fish, bike, enjoy the sunset, launch a canoe or kayak or walk your leashed pet....

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,...

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