A component of the Sarasota appeal is found in the vast selection of
leisure opportunities. Beyond the beaches, the waters of Sarasota
offer a wealth of activity. Numerous area parks feature fishing,
canoeing, swimming and other water sport activities.
Enjoy a wide array of area
tennis options, now Home of the
Sarasota Open at the
Longboat Key Club "Tennis Gardens."
the marvelous amenities at one of the 60 Sarasota area
courses, or immerse
yourself in history and natural beauty on The Legacy Trail.
Sarasota hosts numerous regattas for sailing enthusiasts and
spectators. Dock your boat at one of
the area's pristine
marinas, parasail, deep-sea fish, or
sail the majestic Sarasota Bay.
The tropical climate of Sarasota offers the perfect back drop for environmental protection,
numerous educational exhibits and research of
Florida's natural bounty. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a
showcase of over 6,000 orchids in a lush tropical paradise, while. Mote Marine
Aquarium combines research with hands-on learning exhibits. Numerous area attractions reveal an intense regard
for the environment, as well as the historical masterpieces and
South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium
Ed Smith Stadium
Gulfcoast Wonder and Imagination Zone
Mote Marine Laboratory
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Museum of Cars and Music
The Parker Manatee Aquarium
Sarasota Convention & Visitor's Bureau
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Sarasota Polo Club
great waterfront location, the area State Parks feature
boating, shelling and bird watching. The whole family will enjoy
airboat cruises, eco-cruises, an abundance of wildlife, kayaking
adventures, or a peaceful park picnic.
Historic Spanish Point, overlooking Sarasota Bay, provides a window
into 5,000 years of human history, with Native American shell
middens, preserved pioneer structures, nature trails and formal
River State Park
Myakka River State Park is Florida's largest natural park, offering
canoeing, fishing, camping, an airboat cruise, a canopy walk and
biking among a diversity of bird and wildlife. Safari tram tours of
the park’s back country are offered from mid-December through May.
The Myakka River flows through 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies
Oscar Scherer State Park
Oscar Scherer State Park is one of the best places to see Florida
scrub-jays, a threatened species found only in Florida. Hike or bike
through 15 miles of nature trails or kayak or canoe along South
Creek, a black water stream that flows to the Gulf of Mexico.
Fishing is available along the creek or the shores of Lake Osprey.
The park has picnic areas, pavilions, full-facility campsites and a