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Parks & nature in Sarasota

Park
“72-acre wooded preserve offering trails, a butterfly garden and a small lake with a fishing dock. A small playground marks the Red Bug entrance on Beneva Road. Some people assume that's all there is to the slough, but there are several miles of paths through the woods and along a lake. Kids ride their bikes. People walk their dogs. Families take a stroll. You’ll see cat briars and bushy blue stems to loblolly bay and sabal palms. You can view everything from osprey and anhingas to woodstorks and white ibis. This is a wonderful park. It is very clean and pet friendly. A great place for a weekend picnic. The trails are good enough to run. There is fishing.”
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Park
“Located on the shores of Phillippi Creek, is a scenic, 60-acre natural area park south of downtown Sarasota and east of Siesta Key. The park features environmental, recreational, historical and archaeological amenities, including the historic Edson Keith Mansion. Dog-friendly park on 60 acres with a historic mansion. Great playground equipment, and plenty of trails to go hiking in the woods. Very convenient kayak launch as well, although it is a trek down to the water, but once you launch it is an easy paddle out to the bay, or up Phillipi Creek.”
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Campground
“Beach on one side and intercoastal on the other. Good spot to rent paddle boards (call a paddle board company before heading out, they can't rent them on the spot)”
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Park
“This is another great place to kayak or paddle board in the mangroves and in the bay. There are no rentals located here. You must rent elsewhere and transport. Ask me for more details if you're interested. ”
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Beach
“The only beach accessed snorkeling site in Sarasota. Park at beach access 12 and walk south until the beach dead ends.”
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Park
“This is an interesting beach area near Siesta Key. Landscape is different, rocks make for interesting snorkeling. ”
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