As a recreational capital unequaled anywhere, the Sarasota area offers some of the most in-demand beaches, parks, and recreational facilities in the country. Fishing and water sports, golf and tennis, walking and bicycling are only the beginning of the unlimited recreational opportunities the Sarasota area offers. More than 200 beautiful green parks, 100 athletic fields, and 35 miles of pristine white beaches provide something for everyone. The Sarasota community also hosts a number of privately-operated parks, gardens, museums, and community centers that annually draw thousands of visitors and add immensely to the area's quality of life. Health, recreation, and environmental and historical preservation are prevailing themes at many of these must-visit venues.
BIRD KEY PARK
200 John Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34236, Bird Key's tranquil beauty is on display at Bird Key Park, one of the area's favorite recreational venues. Bird Key Park is family-friendly, pet-friendly, and handicapped-accessible. Admission is free; hours are 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. Amenities include free parking, shaded picnic facilities, a kayak launch and wash rack, new bicycle racks, and four new water access points. Towering palms and native wildflowers adorn Bird Key Park. The central feature is a 10-foot-wide, 1,500-foot-long hiking-and-bike path which lets walkers and cyclists travel the length of the park from Ringling Bridge to Coon Key Bridge. It's a panoramic spot for fishing and a great spot to launch a kayak or canoe. Bird Key Park is located at the western foot of the Ringling Causeway Bridge and offers spectacular views of Lido Key, Sarasota Bay, and the Sarasota skyline. Dolphins are sighted regularly.