Sarasota Parks and Trails


Sarasota has a little bit of something for everyone when it comes to parks and trails. Trails and paths for exercise lovers. Parks and playgrounds for the kids. Views and nature for the adventurers. Get outside and enjoy what the Sarasota community has to offer. Click on each park or trail below for more information.

Best Sarasota Parks/Trails for Fitness

Nathan Benderson Park: 3.5 mile paved and unpaved loops around a lake

Payne Park: ½ mile paved loop around the park, frisbee golf course

The Legacy Trail: Paved bike path stretching from Sarasota to Venice

The Celery Fields: Large hill with unpaved terrain walking paths

Bird Key Park: Head one way to exercise over Ringling Bridge or the other way down to St. Armands while enjoying views of Sarasota Bay.

Rothenbach Park: 5 miles of recreational trails through Florida habitat

Colonial Oaks Park: Tennis courts (2), basketball court (indoor and outdoor)

Potter Park: Tennis courts (4), basketball courts (2), nature trails

Nathan Benderson Park

Best Sarasota Parks for Kids

Bayfront Park & Marina: Playground with bay views, large fields, path for biking, picnic tables

Nathan Benderson Park: Covered playground, path for biking, covered pavilion

Payne Park: Large circus themed playground, large fields, path for biking

Urfer Family Park: Modern playground, path for biking, covered pavilion

Colonial Oaks Park: Playground, picnic tables

Potter Park: Playground, covered gazebo

Rothenbach Park: Playground, covered pavilion, biking paths

Ken Thompson Park: Small playground, nature path, small beach

Payne Park

Best Sarasota Parks for Nature Lovers

Bayfront Mark & Marina: Sarasota bay views

The Celery Fields: Scenic views from the top of the hill, bird watching

Red Bug Slough Preserve: Florida habitat hiking trails

Rothenbach Park: Florida habitat hiking trails

Bird Key Park: Sarasota bay views

Ernest "Doc" and Eloise Werlin Park: Sarasota bay views, fishing pier

Myakka River State Park: biking, birding, boat tours, camping, fishing, horse back riding, paddling

Oscar Scherer State Park: biking, birding, camping, fishing, hiking, paddling, snorkeling, swimming

Ken Thompson Park: Sarasota bay views, fishing

Bayfront Park