Sarasota County Parks offer recreational opportunities for virtually every type of user.  As a community, Sarasota County is connected by more than just the people who live here and come to visit.  Public parks and open spaces help define a community's priorities and values. Parks and recreational spaces are resources and services provided for the purpose of leisure, entertainment and recreational pursuits.  Here in Sarasota, our dozens of parks and natural lands feature public gathering places, nature preserves, greenways, trails, infrastructure - such as baseball, soccer or football fields, tennis and basketball courts, etc. - to support sports/recreation as well as arts programming.

For more information, contact Sarasota County Parks & Recreation at
or call 941-861-5000

Conceptually, family reunions are wonderful ideas, unless they occur in your own house. Perfect for such get-togethers (or club cook-outs, company picnics and birthday parties) are the area parks which have shelters for rent starting at $20. A bargain, not to mention a savings to your domicile and sanity.

Reservations can be made 12 months in advance; minimum two weeks’ notice required to allow for department authorization and payment processing. Please note: Shelter rentals do not include exclusive use of our parks; you’ll have to learn to share.


Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex
2650 Waldemere St.
Air-conditioned gym, locker rooms, showers. 7/10 mi. trail, duck pond, 50-meter pool, instructional pool, baby pool, playground, fitness center, four lighted, hard-based tennis courts, lighted racquetball/handball courts, multipurpose field, picnic areas with barbecue grills and tables.

Bee Ridge Park
4430 Lockwood Ridge Rd.
Basketball court, horseshoes, picnicking, play equipment, rest rooms, shuffleboard, softball fields, volleyball courts.

Colonial Oaks Park
5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd.
Basketball, indoor rental space, picnicking, medium shelters, grills, play equipment, garden deck, recreation building, tennis, restrooms.

Fruitville Park
5151 Richardson Rd.
Fitness/nature trail, football/soccer, three small shelters together, picnicking, play equipment, softball, tennis, volleyball, grill, restrooms.

Gillespie Park
710 N. Osprey Ave.
Basketball, picnicking, large shelter, grill, play equipment, tennis. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

Ken Thompson Park
1700 Ken Thompson Parkway
Lido Key, FL

Lakeview Park
7150 Lago St.
Picnicking, canoe launch, fishing, petanque court, disc golf.

Longwood Park
6050 Longwood Blvd.
Basketball, picnicking, large shelter, grill, indoor rental space, recreation building, play equipment, softball, tennis, restrooms.

Newtown Estates
2800 Newtown Blvd.
Basketball, baseball, indoor rental space, large shelter, picnicking, play equipment, recreation building, tennis, Little League fields and restrooms.

Pinecraft Park
1420 Gilbert Ave.
Basketball, canoe and small hand-carried boat launch, fishing, horseshoes, shuffleboard, large shelter, grills, picnicking, play equipment, restrooms.

Siesta Beach Gazebo or Shelter
948 Beach Rd., Siesta Key
Concession stand, fitness/nature trail, football/soccer, picnicking, medium/large shelters, grill, play equipment, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, restrooms.

South Lido Park
S. Blvd. of Presidents at north end of Taft, Lido Key
A great place to get away, without going too far. Three nature trails (two for walking, one for canoes) plus volleyball and swimming. Free admission, daylight to dusk.

Turtle Beach
8918 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key
Large shelter, grill, boat ramp, picnicking, canoeing, fishing, horseshoes, play equipment, swimming, volleyball, restrooms.

Twin Lakes Park
6700 Clark Rd.
Meeting rooms, dining facility, picnicking, grill, large pavilion, fishing, tennis, handball/racquetball, canoeing, football/soccer/baseball, restrooms.

Youth Athletic Complex
2810 17th St.
Baseball, football/soccer, large shelter, picnicking, play equipment, tennis, restrooms.

Venice Area

Blind Pass Beach
6725 Manasota Key Rd., Manasota Key
Play equipment, canoe launch, nature trail, large picnic shelter.

Carlton Reserve
1800 Mabry Carlton Pkwy.
Picnicking, restrooms, hiking, nature trails: wet prairie trail (3/4 mi.), forested wetland trail (3/4 mi.), pine flatwoods/hammock trail (1/4 mi). Environmental tours, bird watching (over 100 species).

Dallas White Park
5900 Greenwood Ave., North Port
Heated 25-meter pool, fitness center, restrooms/shower, wheelchair lift, boating, tennis, ball fields, play equipment, volleyball, picnicking, fitness trail.

Englewood Recreation Center
101 N. Orange St., Englewood
Tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, multipurpose field, picnicking, play equipment, shuffleboard, softball, restrooms, recreation building.

Indian Mound Park
210 Winson Ave., Englewood
Boat ramp, fishing, fitness/nature trail, large shelter, picnicking, volleyball, restrooms.

Laurel Park
509 Collins Rd., Laurel
Basketball, picnicking, large shelter, grill, play equipment, softball, tennis, indoor rental space, restrooms.

Lemon Bay Park
570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood
Large picnic pavilion, nature trails, environmental exhibits, educational butterfly garden, daylily/rose garden, guided nature tours, scenic bay boardwalk, canoe launch, bald eagle habitat, community meeting rooms.

Manasota Beach
8570 Manasota Key, Englewood
Boat ramp, fishing, swimming, picnicking, large shelter, grill, volleyball, restrooms.

North Jetty Park
1000 S. Casey Key Rd., Nokomis
Concession stand, fishing, horseshoes, picnicking, large shelter, grill, swimming, volleyball, restrooms.

Shamrock Park & Nature Center
3900 W. Shamrock Dr.
Picnic pavilion, nature trails, environmental exhibits, guided nature tours, Florida scrub jay habitat, pesticide-free play equipment area.

Woodmere Park
3951 Woodmere Park Blvd.
Tennis courts, basketball court, nature trail, picnicking, play equipment and tot lot, restrooms/showers, sand volleyball court. 

Check It Out!

Friends of Sarasota County Parks, Inc.
6700 Clark Rd
Sarasota FL 34241
Phone: 941-861-9831

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