Dearborn Street in Englewood Fl
Dearborn Street in Englewood Fl
Manasota Beach
Manasota Beach
Lemon Bay Park
Lemon Bay Park

10 Summer Activities in Englewood, FL.

Enjoy 10 summer activities to do while visiting Englewood, FL, this summer. Englewood is located in Sarasota/Charlotte County on the Gulf Coast of Florida and offers plenty of outdoor activities to indulge in.

Mango Bistro
Mango Bistro

Dearborn Street and Olde Englewood Village

Downtown Englewood's Dearborn Street and Olde Englewood Village contain some of the city's most bohemian hotspots, such as Mango Bistro (for crepes, panini and coffee) and Vino Loco Wine & Tapas Bar and Bottle Shop (for more than 300 wine varieties from around the world). Walk, browse and get into the Euro vibe.

Royal Palm Marina

Sunsets along the Royal Palm Marina are incomparable, especially when experienced from a barstool at the Old Florida-esque Zeke's Bayside Bar & Grille. This waterfront retreat--beloved for its smoked beef brisket tacos and frozen libations--is at Mile Marker 30 on the Intracoastal Waterway, only two blocks from Olde Englewood Village.

An outdoor basketball court at Englewood Sports Complex. Photo courtesy of Sarasota County Government.
An outdoor basketball court at Englewood Sports Complex. Photo courtesy of Sarasota County Government.

Englewood Sports Complex

Athletes, congregate at the 136-acre Englewood Sports Complex for softball and soccer fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, an 11,000-square-foot multi-purpose gymnasium, and a fitness room with cutting-edge equipment. Recreate inside or reserve a picnic shelter.

Lemon Bay Playhouse.  Image courtesy of Lemon Bay Playhouse.
Lemon Bay Playhouse. Photo courtesy of Lemon Bay Playhouse

Lemon Bay Playhouse

Founded in 1987, the Lemon Bay Playhouse showcases concerts, comedy sketches and other coveted performances in its 95-seat venue. The community theater invites locals and snowbirds to the stage and behind the scenes to volunteer, usher and train.

Manasota Key Beach

At the west end of Manasota Beach Road is Manasota Key Beach, tucked between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. It is a hub for boating, fishing, shelling and swimming, where 620 feet of dockage winds through the mangroves and provides an idyllic boardwalk for sandy strolls.

Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center.

Become one with the Southwest Florida landscape at Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center--a 210-acre nature park with 1.7 miles of shoreline on the Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve. There is a black mangrove forest, pine and scrubby flatwoods, a butterfly garden, and even a canoe and kayak launch.

Lock N' Key Restaurant and Pub

Coconut cream pie and crab-stuffed lobster incite drools as live bands play at the Lock N' Key Restaurant and Pub on Manasota Key, which is one of many tropical hangouts in this patch of Englewood. It has been a fixture in the city much longer than its neighbor, Flounders Restaurant and Tiki Bar, but a trip back and forth between the two beachy spots is a must.

Englewood Beach/Chadwick Park

Basketball and volleyball courts, children's playgrounds, swimming areas, grills, birding and fishing spots, and picnic tables comprise Englewood Beach/Chadwick Park on Beach Road. Big group? The area's three pavilions, with the capacity to seat 200 people, are available for rental.

Englewood Art Center

A division of Sarasota's Ringling College of Art and Design, the Englewood Art Center (EAC) hosts educational events and exhibitions that are open to the public. There are four gallery spaces, two 2D studio classrooms, a pottery and a digital media studio, and a lending library. Try your hand at creative expression this summer.

Indian Mound park. Photo credit: Beth Luberecki
Indian Mound Park. Photo credit: Beth Luberecki

Indian Mound Park

Historically rich, Indian Mound Park dates back to 1,000 B.C. and encompasses 10 acres. Picnic, hike, fish and possibly even stumble upon Native American artifacts. The park offers access to Lemon Bay and is one of South Sarasota County's main boat-launching sites.

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