With over 150 parks and recreation centers in Sarasota (city and county combined), you'll find one for every mood - some with trails and playgrounds, some with playing fields and tennis courts, some with pools and fitness centers. Below are a few of our favorites, plus links to complete lists of parks.
Owned by the City of Sarasota and operated by Sarasota County Parks, Arlington Park is located at 2650 Waldemere St. Sarasota. Amenities include a playground, walking path, dog park, gym, outdoor lighted basketball/tennis/racquetball courts, 50-meter pool, and 25-yard pool. Fees required for use of the pools.
Beautifully positioned on Sarasota Bay, Historic Spanish Point one of the area's
original settlements and incorporates historic homes, a gazebo, chapel, packinghouse, and plush tropical gardens. Charming and peaceful, the setting takes visitors along meandering lanes and boardwalks throughout the settlement, mangrove, and ancient shell mound. Tour on your own or with a guide. A delightful surprise. On the west side of US41 in Osprey.
A Rails to Trails project, the smooth, paved, flat biking/walking/running/
rollerblading Legacy Trail extends north 10 miles from the Historic Venice Train Depot to Culverhouse Nature Park in Palmer Ranch. Free parking at several trail heads offer shorter trips. Mile markers from the former Seaboard Air Line Railroad help you keep track of your journey, which crosses through Oscar Scherer State Park and over US41 via a pedestrian/biker overpass.
Offering classes, guided tours, and bird walks along the shoreline and through the mangrove fringe and forest, Lemon Bay Park is located at 570 Bay Park Blvd. in Englewood. Other amenities include a boardwalk, kayaking/canoeing, fishing, butterfly garden, nature center, and restrooms.
Already the site for amateur/college/
world class rowing events, Nathan Benderson Park is still under development. In addition to an ever-busy schedule of international and local regattas, festivals, and fundraising events, local residents enjoy the park for practicing their own rowing skills/walking/running/biking/roller blading. Located off Cattlemen Road just south of University Town Center.
Covering 29 acres in the heart of downtown Sarasota, Payne Park was
one of homes of Major League Baseball Spring Training from 1924 to 1988. At Adams Lane and US301, the park features a walking/running/biking path, staffed tennis center, skate park, playground, auditorium, restrooms,
Café in the Park, and monthly concert series.
Just east of I-75 on Clark Road, Twin Lakes Park spans 123 acres and
features extensive sports facilities. Along with minor and major league baseball training, it serves as a base for area youth sports programs - from little league baseball to soccer and football. Area residents enjoy walking/running paths, playground, picnic pavilions, tennis courts, and a multipurpose field. Restrooms available.
On the corner of Bee Ridge Road and Honore Avenue, Urfer Family Park includes age-appropriate playgrounds, picnic tables/shelters, restrooms, outdoor exercise equipment positioned along a paved walking/biking trail, and a 1-mile nature trail winding through forested wetlands and pinelands. Located on the grounds is an historic residence dating back to 1906.
Just west of the intersection of Jacaranda Blvd and Woodmere Park Blvd, Woodmer Park is situated on 36 acres. Family and pet friendly park. Amenities include scheduled programs, special events, basketball, bicycling, dog park, rec building, horseshoes, pickleball, picnic tables/pavillions, tennis, trails, restrooms.