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Parks and Recreation


Parks and Recreation

Venice and Sarasota County are leaders in the preservation of the natural Florida environment. Our beaches, parks, and wildlife are protected for all to enjoy.

County Parks

County Parks

Parks and Recreation…The beaches, parks, trails, and recreation facilities are in demand. Sarasota County contains more than 200 parks, 109 athletic fields, 16 recreation and community centers, miles of soft, sandy beaches and more than 2000 acres of open space parkland! Facilities are available for private events and…
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Legacy Trail

Legacy Trail

The Legacy Trail is a 25 mile-long linear park which runs from Casperson Park to Sarasota. It opened in March of 2008 and was the result of the public purchase of the CXS railroad corridor. The trail includes 25 miles of blacktopped trail which includes trestles over both Donna Bay…
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Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park…one of Florida’s oldest and largest state parks. The “Florida Wild and Scenic Myakka River” flows through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands. This beautiful setting and Florida’s pleasurable climate makes Myakka a popular destination for hiking, fishing, camping, and canoeing wildlife observation. Enjoy the…
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Oscar Scherer State Park

Oscar Scherer State Park

Oscar Scherer State Park…more than two square miles of preserved nature in a rapidly developing area. This state park provides resource-based recreation for over 130,000 visitors annually. A large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes this park one of the best places to see Florida scrub-jays, a threatened species found only…
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Venice Area Audubon Rookery

Venice Area Audubon Rookery

The Venice Area Audubon Rookery is known world-wide. It is a small island in a pond which is home to a myriad of nesting birds. The rookery is close enough to the shore line to give bird lovers and photographers a terrific vantage point. Some of the birds that reside…
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West Blalock Park

West Blalock Park

West Blalock Park is also known as the Venice Arboretum. It is home to numerous bigger than life bronze sculptures including Dorothy the Manatee, sea turtles, panthers, and more. The grounds are handicap accessible as sidewalks wind under beautiful shade trees and tropical gardens. The moment you walk through the…
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Woodmere Paw Park

Woodmere Paw Park

Woodmere Paw Park…Fun for pups from dawn ‘til dusk! Located off of Jacaranda Blvd, this dog park has plenty of space for dogs of all sizes to run and play. A large fence runs around the play area with the entrance and exit double-gated for the pups’ protection. Waste bags…
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