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Parks & nature in Sarasota

Garden
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“Beautiful gardens and trees throughout. Nice history of a Sarasota landmark. Kids will love the play area too.”
91 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Ringling museum is a surprisingly diverse collection of fine art from Europe, circus memorabilia, and beautiful gardens. Situated on the ocean side of Sarasota, FL, it is a must see for locals and visitors alike!”
95 locals recommend
Garden
“The sweetest zoo I know. Relax and stroll through the jungle. Kids and adults love this place.”
49 locals recommend
Beach
“Lido Key Beach is one of the easiest beaches to reach from Sarasota downtown. Situated less than 5 miles southwest of the city center, Lido Key Beach offers more than 3,000 feet of white sand. Several recreation areas, with amenities like picnic tables and a pool (which can be enjoyed for a fee), are also available. What's more, Lido Key Beach sits within walking distance of St. Armands Circle, where various shops and eateries reside.”
31 locals recommend
Park
“Amazing park and marina right on the water with beautiful sunsets, views of the city and the Ringling Bridge. There is a a big grassy area to hang out in. A side walk loop if you want to walk or take a run. A playground and water fountains during the day for kids. ”
22 locals recommend
Park
“South Lido Park is a Sarasota County park located on Benjamin Franklin Drive. It is a waterfront park on Lido Key just north of Big Sarasota Pass. The park is located on the former land of Otto Schmidt Zoldan, a pioneer who applied for a homestead at the southern tip of Lido Key in 1904. His claim was granted in 1910 and included most of the land that is now South Lido Park. Lido Key was originally known as Sarasota Key until the Ringling Isles development in the 1920’s when it was renamed. Established in 1974, the park features trails, picnic areas, bird-watching, kayaking, and swimming.”
15 locals recommend
Park
“Once a ballpark, this area features a fitness trail, skateboard park, tennis courts & picnic space.”
11 locals recommend
Park
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“Complete your day is Sarasota with a visit to the Selby Gardens. A more beautiful place to stroll on the water can't be found....”
8 locals recommend
Park
“Park featuring trails, picnicking, swimming, restrooms and a playground, boat ramps, and Lido Key Mangrove Tunnels. A trek through the mangrove tunnels at Ted Sperling Park at South Lido Beach Nature Park gives kayakers and stand up paddle boarders unique routes for exploration a unique ecosystem.”
8 locals recommend
Park
“12-acre park and beach adjacent to the Ringling Bridge, with fishing—bay and city views. The Ringling Causeway is a tall, long bridge that spans Sarasota Bay, connecting downtown Sarasota with Bird Key, St. Armand's Key, City Island, Lido Key, and Longboat Key. The bridge features waterfront parks at each end, as well as a pier and close proximity to Bird Key Park. Walkers, runners, cyclists and even skaters relish the opportunity to scale its height and enjoy the unsurpassed view of Sarasota Bay and the surrounding area. Looking west, from the peak of the north side of the bridge, you can spot the Gulf of Mexico. After dark, walking toward the mainland (east) down the south side of the bridge provides a fabulous view of downtown Sarasota, the buildings appearing to burst right from the water.”
7 locals recommend
Park
“for someone looking for a little exercise coupled with a spectacular view of the Sarasota Waterfront, head on down to bird key Park. Park your car and walk the bridge, the Ringling Causeway is a connecting bridge between downtown Sarasota and bird key Lido Key and st. Armands Circle. it is a local favorite in the cooler months to go walk the bridge. then head on over to st. Armands Circle for incredible dining and a stroll on the beach after dinner”
7 locals recommend
Park
“beautiful downtown Sarasota Waterfront featuring Marina Jack's restaurant, O'Leary's restaurant a beautiful fountain or just stroll around the marina. it is a great spot to grab a blanket something to read and enjoy an afternoon of Scenic Beauty at absolutely no cost. about 5 miles away”
7 locals recommend
Park
“5-7 minutes away, this Paw park is spacious, and usually well cared for. Parking lot gets a bit bumpy in raining season. There’s an agility course, a few shade trees, and separate fenced areas for small and larger dogs. ”
3 locals recommend
Park
“Swimming pools, gym, basketball courts, tennis courts, playground, picnic area, .5 mile walking trail”
2 locals recommend
Playground
“Perfect place for the kids and within walking distance from our carriage house! Complete with fairy houses and pirate ships.”
3 locals recommend
Park
“Five Points Park is in the heart of downtown Sarasota. This park is nearby the Sarasota Opera House, Selby Public Library and several downtown shops and dining. A very nice downtown park across from library. Near many restaurants. Perfect for a coffee and talking with friends on the green spaces.”
2 locals recommend