Exercise and Fitness


Getting outside to enjoy a beautiful day isn’t a personal indulgence. It’s a good idea that's also good for you.  Throughout Sarasota County, fitness enthusiasts can choose from dozens of locations and scenery to correlate to their recreational interest - whether its yoga or tai chi to mountain biking or kiteboarding. For more information, contact Sarasota County Parks & Recreation at or call 941-861-5000.

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Arlington Park
2650 Waldemere Street
Sarasota FL

Caspersen Beach
4100 Harbor Drive
Venice FL 34285

Developed sandy beach on south side between Venice Municipal Airport and the Intracoastal Waterway and Gulf of Mexico, connected to Brohard Park Beach; southern two-thirds of beach is primitive. One of the great shelling beaches in the area. 177 acres of land including 9,150 linear feet of gulf beach frontage. Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, nature trail, dune walkovers, handicap facilities. No lifeguards. 

Colonial Oaks Park
5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd
Sarasota FL

Fruitville Park
5151 Richardson Rd.
Sarasota FL

Island Park
U.S. 41 at the bayfront
Sarasota FL

North Lido Beach
400 Ben Franklin Drive
Lido Key FL 34236

77 acres of land including 3,000 feet of primitive sandy beach located on the north end of Lido Key on the west side of West Way Dr., a quarter-mile west of John Ringling Blvd. Another access is on Emerson Dr. No lifeguards — swift currents — be careful. Very limited parking; public transportation drop off/pick up. Just as a point of interest, nude sunbathing was allowed here until 1986.

Payne Park
2050 Adams Lane
Sarasota FL

Pinebrook Park
1251 Pinebrook Rd
Venice FL

Potter Park
8587 Potter Park Dr.
Sarasota FL

Shamrock Park
3900 Shamrock Drive
Venice FL

 Shamrock Park and Nature Center offers more than 80 acres of natural area land providing opportunities for nature study, educational hikes, environmental programs as well as facilities for active recreation. Guided bird hikes, butterfly garden tours, and nature hikes are offered throughout the year. The Nature Center has two large meeting rooms that can be reserved (rented) for educational and training seminars, including business, organization, community and public meetings. There is a large recreation pavilion that can be reserved for large group picnics.
Shamrock Park serves as the trail head access for the south east portion of the Venetian Waterway Trail. The 10.2 mile trail offers Park visitors the opportunity to walk, bike or roller blade from Shamrock Park to downtown Venice, the historic train station and Caspersen Beach.

The Friends of Shamrock Park Volunteers offer many opportunities for those who world like to become a park volunteer. The group meets every third Saturday at 9 a.m. at the nature center.

indoor rental space
nature center
1.2 mile multi-use trail
picnic tables
picnic pavilion
basketball courts
tennis courts

Siesta Beach
948 Beach Road
Siesta Key FL 34242

Widest, most popular beach in Sarasota County. About a half mile of developed, unique sandy beach located along the south side of Beach Rd., west of the Midnight Pass Road intersection on the Gulf of Mexico. One of the most beautiful beaches found anywhere, officially rated as “The Whitest, Finest Sand in the World.” Shallow water depth in the near-shore area, together with year-round lifeguard protection makes this one of the safest beaches in the county.
Plenty of parking with 800 spaces available—available if you get there early, that is. Restrooms, showers, picnicking, lifeguard stations, group size and small size shelters (for reservations call 346-3207), tennis courts, ball field, volleyball courts, concession stand, group facilities, handicap facilities, 20-station fitness trail, playground equipment and public transportation drop off/pick up.

The perfect beach? It just doesn’t get much better than this. The grains of sand on Siesta Beach are so fine, the beach itself is like powder.
The Upside — You’ll have “happy feet”—your toes will love trotting on this beach.
The Downside — The sand is so fine it gets into everything. Leave your valuable watches and electronics at home.
The Funnyside — Since the sand on Siesta Beach is actually 99 percent quartz, you may run into the occasional “new age hippie” who thinks the whole beach is one big cosmic tuning fork. Although not as ubiquitous as they were in the early 80s, they are easy enough to spot. You’ll see them dancing in the sun, like Aztec lunatics — harmless, even when provoked.

But never mind all of that: Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, Tom Cruise and Hulk Hogan have reportedly walked on Siesta Beach. You should too.

South Lido Park
2201 Ben Franklin Drive
Sarasota FL 34236

A 100-acre park interacts with four significant bodies of water: The Gulf of Mexico, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay and Brushy Bayou. This park presents a unique opportunity to visitors to enjoy natural outdoor resources of Sarasota. The southern beach portion of the park offers expansive views of the emerging skyline of downtown Sarasota and the Gulf of Mexico. Parking, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, grills, playground equipment, volleyball court, fitness trail, handicap facilities. Lifeguard station open weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Woodmere Park
3951 Woodmere Park Blvd
Venice FL

Dedicated on Sept. 22, 1994, Woodmere Park sits on 36 acres just off Jacaranda Boulevard in southeastern Venice.
A special feature of this park is our 2.5 acre "Paw Park". Dogs and their best friends are welcome from dawn to dusk to walk, run, play and enjoy. Mutt mitts are provided as well as benches, picnic shelters and shade. Instead of everything being under "one roof" there are four structures with covered, lighted walkways.

In all, Woodmere Park is family and pet friendly - an exciting and comfortable place to enjoy outdoor activities, indoor sports, educational opportunities, private parties and many Sarasota County Government programs and special events.

indoor rental space
three all-purpose rooms
indoor gymnasium
Paw Park
reservable picnic pavilion with grill
open-area picnic tables with grills
shaded playground
basketball courts with lights
horseshoe pits
outdoor restrooms 

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