Parks

Venetian Waterway Park  offers a 10 mile trail along both banks of the Intracoastal Waterway where joggers, bikers and strollers with four legged friends can travel all the way to Caspersen Beach.

Legacy Trail Totaling more than 12 miles in length the trail runs from just south of the City of Sarasota to Venice following the former CSX railroad corridor. The trail provides 15 areas to stop, rest, learn about its history or just enjoy the natural beauty. The rest stops include 7 trailheads which offer access points with free parking. The trailheads are located at Potter Park in Sarasota, Bay Street Park and Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey, Laurel Park in Laurel, Nokomis Park in Nokomis, Patriots Park and the historic Venice Train Depot in Venice. In addition to the trailheads, users will find eight rest station areas that offer restroom faculties and places to sit and relax.

Myakka River State Park With 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands, Myakka is popular for hiking, fishing, camping, and wildlife observation. Suspended 25 feet above the ground is a wooden walkway extending 100 feet through the hammock canopy. There’s a tower soaring 74 feet in the air providing spectacular views of treetops, wetlands and prairie/hammock. This is where you can look down on eagles, hawks, vultures and the tops of live oaks and palms. There’s also fourteen miles of the Wild and Scenic Myakka River flowing through so, bring your kayak or canoe. It’s possible to rent one from the Myakka Outpost as well.

Oscar Scherer State Park Fifteen miles of trails through natural habitat provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing. This park is one of the best places to see our Florida scrub-jay, a threatened species found only in Florida. Canoeists and kayakers will enjoy paddling along South Creek, a black-water stream that eventually flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Rentals are also available.