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Parks and Recreation

Sarasota boasts many area parks offering varying recreational and leisure activities, including fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, walking trails, bird-watching, bicycling, picnicking, volleyball and tennis.

Bird Key Park


200 John Ringling Causeway, Sarasota, Florida. Enjoy beautiful views and fishing, kayaking, swimming and picnicking. This is a pet-friendly park.

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Ken Thompson Park


Waterfront Park with 6 lane concrete boat ramp, bait shop, fishing pier, trails, picnic shelters, playground, restrooms.

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Celery Fields


A former celery farm, this park offers 300+ acres of biking and walking trails, wetlands, an observation mound, 5 lakes, 3 gazebos, and fantastic bird watching. Celery Fields is on the "Great Florida Birding Trail".

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Centennial Park


1059 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida. This waterfront park is located near downtown Sarasota, offering boat ramps, canoeing, kayacking, and fishing. There are restrooms on site.

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Nathan Benderson Park


This park offers access to several lakes for fishing and boating, and has hosted several rowing regattas. There is a boat ramp, picnic shelter, fishing pier, and walking trails. There are future plans to make this park a world class recreational venue.

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Payne Park


Offers a fitness trail, a skateboard park, and picnic facilities. A state of the art tennis facility with 12 lighted Har Tru Hydrogrid courts is onsite and includes locker rooms with showers and covered seating areas. Tennis lessons and Clinics are available.

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The Legacy Trail


The Legacy Trail is more than 10 miles long and runs from just south of the city of Sarasota to Venice. It follows the former CSX railroad corridor. There are several trailheads and rest area stops. Enjoy walking, biking, rollerblading and the natural surroundings.

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Whitaker Gateway Park


This park offers fishing, walking and fitness trail, a playground, picnic facilities, and restrooms.

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Potter Park


Located within Palmer Ranch, this is a 37 acre park which offers tennis and basketball courts, a playground, picnic tables, grills, a gazebo, nature trails and restrooms.

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