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DISCOVER natural sarasota county
DISCOVER natural sarasota county
D Discover the natural habitats of Sarasota county i iscover the natural habitats of Sarasota County an eclectic environment to hike paddle bike sh or ssit back and enjoy the scenery Parks preserves beaches bays and waterways span the county o ering aan array of ways to enjoy your preferred nature activities While barrier islands with miles of beaches nestled among majestic bays provide more than eenough coastal pleasures to ll any length of stay Sarasota s inshore destinations are treasures in their oown right Wetlands lakes and a river interconnect throughout Myakka River State Park one of the sstate s oldest and largest parks The Celery Fields o er exceptional opportunities to observe more tthan 300 species of birds nesting and foraging in their natural habitat This Th guide is your rst step toward experiencing all that natural Sarasota County has to o er How to use this guide This guide features information on hiking walking running paddle sports DZDMJOH XJMEMJGF WJFXJOH CJSEJOH BOE GJTIJOH MTP GFBUVSFE BSF QBSLT QSFTFSWFT BOE PUIFS OBUVSBM QMBDFT UP EJTDPWFS BOE FYQMPSF safety tips t 8IFO FYQMPSJOH BO VOGBNJMJBS QMBDF JU T CFTU UP USBWFM with a guide or a friend for companionship and safety t MXBZT CF QSFQBSFE XJUI TVOCMPDL JOTFDU SFQFMMFOU B snack and plenty of water to stay hydrated t 3FTQFDU UIF IBCJUBU PG BOJNBMT BOE EP OPU GFFE BOZ wildlife Feeding animals puts you them and future visitors to the area at risk t FFQ PVS OBUVSBM BSFBT CFBVUJGVM GPS FWFSZPOF UP FOKPZ Take out what you bring in t G ZPV EP HFU MPTU LFFQ DBMN BOE SFNBJO BXBSF PG ZPVS TVSSPVOEJOHT 3FGFS UP B USBJM NBQ LJPTL NBQ USBJM markers or ask other visitors for help In case of an emergency call 9 1 1 Clyde Butcher Our special thanks to internationally renowned photographer environmentalist and local resident Clyde Butcher whose exquisite photograph of Myakka River State Park graces our cover Butcher s work has been compared to that of Ansel Adams not only because he also produces large black and white photographs but because of the details their work unveils and the emotion it evokes in the viewer Museums across the world display Butcher s t PO U ESJOL VOmMUFSFE XBUFS GSPN SJWFST MBLFT BOE QPOET work but visitors to Sarasota County can experience his Each section includes an overview top spots frequently asked questions BOE BO i TL B PDBMw TFDUJPO EEJUJPOBM SFTPVSDFT TBGFUZ UJQT BOE DPOUBDU information are included in the guide as well t 5BLF CSFBLT BOE OFWFS QVTI ZPVSTFMG UP FYIBVTUJPO BUJHVF can dull your sense of awareness and put you at risk lush images up close at his Venice Gallery and Studio The gallery features a rich selection of his awardwinning limited edition For more information photographs each is Visit discovernaturalsarasota org floridastateparks org email info visitsarasota org or call 800 800 3906 or 941 706 1253 You can also visit the Official Sarasota County Visitor Information Center at 701 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota FL 34236 hand printed by the artist mounted and matted to archival standards signed and issued a limited edition number Get to know more about Butcher and his work at clydebutcher com DISCOVER NATURAL SARASOTA COUNTY 3
D  Discover the natural habitats of Sarasota county i iscover the natural habitats of Sarasota County   an eclectic enviro...
D Discover the natural habitats of Sarasota county i iscover the natural habitats of Sarasota County an eclectic environment to hike paddle bike sh or ssit back and enjoy the scenery Parks preserves beaches bays and waterways span the county o ering aan array of ways to enjoy your preferred nature activities While barrier islands with miles of beaches nestled among majestic bays provide more than eenough coastal pleasures to ll any length of stay Sarasota s inshore destinations are treasures in their oown right Wetlands lakes and a river interconnect throughout Myakka River State Park one of the sstate s oldest and largest parks The Celery Fields o er exceptional opportunities to observe more tthan 300 species of birds nesting and foraging in their natural habitat This Th guide is your rst step toward experiencing all that natural Sarasota County has to o er How to use this guide This guide features information on hiking walking running paddle sports DZDMJOH XJMEMJGF WJFXJOH CJSEJOH BOE GJTIJOH MTP GFBUVSFE BSF QBSLT QSFTFSWFT BOE PUIFS OBUVSBM QMBDFT UP EJTDPWFS BOE FYQMPSF safety tips t 8IFO FYQMPSJOH BO VOGBNJMJBS QMBDF JU T CFTU UP USBWFM with a guide or a friend for companionship and safety t MXBZT CF QSFQBSFE XJUI TVOCMPDL JOTFDU SFQFMMFOU B snack and plenty of water to stay hydrated t 3FTQFDU UIF IBCJUBU PG BOJNBMT BOE EP OPU GFFE BOZ wildlife Feeding animals puts you them and future visitors to the area at risk t FFQ PVS OBUVSBM BSFBT CFBVUJGVM GPS FWFSZPOF UP FOKPZ Take out what you bring in t G ZPV EP HFU MPTU LFFQ DBMN BOE SFNBJO BXBSF PG ZPVS TVSSPVOEJOHT 3FGFS UP B USBJM NBQ LJPTL NBQ USBJM markers or ask other visitors for help In case of an emergency call 9 1 1 Clyde Butcher Our special thanks to internationally renowned photographer environmentalist and local resident Clyde Butcher whose exquisite photograph of Myakka River State Park graces our cover Butcher s work has been compared to that of Ansel Adams not only because he also produces large black and white photographs but because of the details their work unveils and the emotion it evokes in the viewer Museums across the world display Butcher s t PO U ESJOL VOmMUFSFE XBUFS GSPN SJWFST MBLFT BOE QPOET work but visitors to Sarasota County can experience his Each section includes an overview top spots frequently asked questions BOE BO i TL B PDBMw TFDUJPO EEJUJPOBM SFTPVSDFT TBGFUZ UJQT BOE DPOUBDU information are included in the guide as well t 5BLF CSFBLT BOE OFWFS QVTI ZPVSTFMG UP FYIBVTUJPO BUJHVF can dull your sense of awareness and put you at risk lush images up close at his Venice Gallery and Studio The gallery features a rich selection of his awardwinning limited edition For more information photographs each is Visit discovernaturalsarasota org floridastateparks org email info visitsarasota org or call 800 800 3906 or 941 706 1253 You can also visit the Official Sarasota County Visitor Information Center at 701 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota FL 34236 hand printed by the artist mounted and matted to archival standards signed and issued a limited edition number Get to know more about Butcher and his work at clydebutcher com DISCOVER NATURAL SARASOTA COUNTY 3
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M walking running and hiking iiles of beaches parks and preserves make Sarasota County s natural lands a perfect place tto walk hike or run Myakka River State Park alone o ers nearly 40 miles of loop hiking DW WKH LGR HDFK 3DYLOLRQ DQG UXQ IURP WKHUH WKURXJK ttrails maintained by the Florida Trail Association Catch the sunrise as you jog over the 6W UPDQGV LUFOH UHFRPPHQG WKH JJohn Ringling Causeway Bridge or jog around the Celery Fields a parcel totaling more HDUO PRUQLQJ EHIRUH WKH FURZGV JHW WKHUH tthan 300 acres of wetlands that features a diversity of birds and wildlife Wherever you RYHU WKH 5LQJOLQJ ULGJH DQG EDFN 7KH YLHZ sstay a trail is never far away and features a great way to experience Sarasota County WKH IUHVK DLUfHYHU WKLQJ LV IDQWDVWLF top spots MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK ZBLLB 3JWFS 4UBUF 1BSL JT POF PG MPSJEB T PMEFTU TUBUF QBSLT 5IF TRVBSF NJMFT PG OBUVSF TFSWF BT QPQVMBS IJLJOH mTIJOH BOE camping destinations LEGACY TRAIL The Legacy Trail o ers a paved multi use trail more than 10 miles long connecting Sarasota and Venice for biking walking and running JOHN RINGLING CAUSEWAY BRIDGE AND BAYFRONT PARK PIO 3JOHMJOH BVTFXBZ SJEHF XBT OBNFE BGUFS PIO 3JOHMJOH PG DJSDVT GBNF XIP DPNNJTTJPOFE UIF mSTU CSJEHF DPOOFDUJOH 4U SNBOET JEP FZ BOE UIF DJUZ PG 4BSBTPUB JO CARLTON RESERVE 5IF 5 BCSZ BSMUPO S FNPSJBM 3FTFSWF IBT NPSF UIBO 80 miles of hiking and biking trails through dry prairie pine atwoods and seasonal wetlands RED BUG SLOUGH PRESERVE 3FE VH 4MPVHI 1SFTFSWF GFBUVSFT shaded nature trails underneath pines and palmettos dwarfed only by oaks coated in Spanish moss 4 V I S ITS A R AS OTA O RG RU D JRRG YH PLOH UXQ SDUN f7RPP ODXEHU DQ DYLG WULDWKOHWH DQG RZQHU RI 3ROR ULOO DQG 3DWWLJHRUJH V Q A Is there a cost to hike at these areas There are no entrance user or parking fees at any county or city park preserve or beach There is a small entrance fee at Myakka River State Park and Oscar Scherer State Park What should I bring For the best experience wear proper footwear Be prepared for extreme heat rain and insects occasionally Bring drinking water sunblock a rain jacket and insect repellent Is there dangerous wildlife Florida s parks are home to an entire ecosystem of diverse species including insects snakes rodents and alligators Be aware of your surroundings and always stay on the trail What other activities are available at these parks Some parks o er watersports such as canoeing kayaking and shing and land based activities such as biking camping concerts and bird watching For more information see page 2 DISCOVER NATURAL SARASOTA COUNTY 5
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M walking running and hiking iiles of beaches parks and preserves make Sarasota County s natural lands a perfect place tto walk hike or run Myakka River State Park alone o ers nearly 40 miles of loop hiking DW WKH LGR HDFK 3DYLOLRQ DQG UXQ IURP WKHUH WKURXJK ttrails maintained by the Florida Trail Association Catch the sunrise as you jog over the 6W UPDQGV LUFOH UHFRPPHQG WKH JJohn Ringling Causeway Bridge or jog around the Celery Fields a parcel totaling more HDUO PRUQLQJ EHIRUH WKH FURZGV JHW WKHUH tthan 300 acres of wetlands that features a diversity of birds and wildlife Wherever you RYHU WKH 5LQJOLQJ ULGJH DQG EDFN 7KH YLHZ sstay a trail is never far away and features a great way to experience Sarasota County WKH IUHVK DLUfHYHU WKLQJ LV IDQWDVWLF top spots MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK ZBLLB 3JWFS 4UBUF 1BSL JT POF PG MPSJEB T PMEFTU TUBUF QBSLT 5IF TRVBSF NJMFT PG OBUVSF TFSWF BT QPQVMBS IJLJOH mTIJOH BOE camping destinations LEGACY TRAIL The Legacy Trail o ers a paved multi use trail more than 10 miles long connecting Sarasota and Venice for biking walking and running JOHN RINGLING CAUSEWAY BRIDGE AND BAYFRONT PARK PIO 3JOHMJOH BVTFXBZ SJEHF XBT OBNFE BGUFS PIO 3JOHMJOH PG DJSDVT GBNF XIP DPNNJTTJPOFE UIF mSTU CSJEHF DPOOFDUJOH 4U SNBOET JEP FZ BOE UIF DJUZ PG 4BSBTPUB JO CARLTON RESERVE 5IF 5 BCSZ BSMUPO S FNPSJBM 3FTFSWF IBT NPSF UIBO 80 miles of hiking and biking trails through dry prairie pine atwoods and seasonal wetlands RED BUG SLOUGH PRESERVE 3FE VH 4MPVHI 1SFTFSWF GFBUVSFT shaded nature trails underneath pines and palmettos dwarfed only by oaks coated in Spanish moss 4 V I S ITS A R AS OTA O RG RU D JRRG YH PLOH UXQ SDUN f7RPP ODXEHU DQ DYLG WULDWKOHWH DQG RZQHU RI 3ROR ULOO DQG 3DWWLJHRUJH V Q A Is there a cost to hike at these areas There are no entrance user or parking fees at any county or city park preserve or beach There is a small entrance fee at Myakka River State Park and Oscar Scherer State Park What should I bring For the best experience wear proper footwear Be prepared for extreme heat rain and insects occasionally Bring drinking water sunblock a rain jacket and insect repellent Is there dangerous wildlife Florida s parks are home to an entire ecosystem of diverse species including insects snakes rodents and alligators Be aware of your surroundings and always stay on the trail What other activities are available at these parks Some parks o er watersports such as canoeing kayaking and shing and land based activities such as biking camping concerts and bird watching For more information see page 2 DISCOVER NATURAL SARASOTA COUNTY 5
M  walking, running and hiking iiles of beaches, parks and preserves make Sarasota County   s natural lands a perfect plac...
S Kayaking Canoeing and Paddleboarding aarasota County s beaches and waterways have an abundance of places to partake in paddle sports Whether upright on a paddleboard or sitting in a canoe or kayak these sports will give you a thrill W aand a great workout as you immerse yourself in beautiful natural Sarasota County Paddle as the sun slips beneath the horizon over the Gulf of Mexico Bring a rod and do some bay shing from the shoreline or slip sl ip ps be beneat iin n a boat Fish Lemon Bay for snook red sh and sea trout or sh the Gulf for grouper snapper and SSpanish mackerel Spend the day shing with a local guide and learn about all the hot shing spots Hire an out tter to paddle through a bayou and enjoy the beautiful mangrove habitat With azure H bblue waters and scenic views all around it s hard not to have a great time paddling in Sarasota County top spots SIESTA KEY 4JFTUB FZ JT B QFSGFDU TQPU UP USZ TUBOE VQ QBEEMFCPBSEJOH Standing upright or kneeling paddleboarding is a great workout BOE MPUT PG GVO 1SFSFRVJTJUF HPPE CBMBODF NEVILLE MARINE PRESERVE TRAIL 5IF FWJMMF BSJOF 1SFTFSWF 5SBJM MPDBUFE JO JUUMF 4BSBTPUB BZ XJOET BSPVOE UIF BDSF QSFTFSWF CFUXFFO 4JFTUB BOE BTFZ FZT This trail is perfect for novice paddlers MYAKKA RIVER CARLTON TRAIL 5IJT USBJM FYUFOET UIF FOUJSF MFOHUI PG UIF TUBUF EFTJHOBUFE 8JME BOE 4DFOJD ZBLLB 3JWFS XIJMF QBTTJOH UIF 5 BCSZ BSMUPO S FNPSJBM 3FTFSWF BOE 4OPPL BWFO 1BSL ZBLLB 3JWFS 4UBUF 1BSL POF PG MPSJEB T largest and most diverse state parks serves as a primary launch CASPERSEN TRAIL BTQFSTFO 5SBJM MBVODIFT BU BTQFSTFO FBDI 1BSL MPPQJOH UISPVHI UIF QBSL BOE TPVUI BMPOH UIF OUSBDPBTUBM 8BUFSXBZ P FSJOH UXP DSFFLT UP FYQMPSF BMPOH UIF XBZ SOUTH LIDO PARK 5FE 4QFSMJOH 1BSL BU 4PVUI JEP FBDI JT MPDBUFE BU UIF TPVUIFSONPTU UJQ PG JEP FZ 5IF QBSL USBJM JODMVEFT TFBHSBTT CFET NBOHSPWF tunnels and a shallow water bayou popular among foraging wading birds 6 V I S ITS A R AS OTA O RG OLNH 1RUWK UHHN DQG 6RXWK UHHN LQ WKH FHQWUDO SDUW RI WKH FRXQW 1RUWK UHHN UXQV WKURXJK 7KH 2DNV GHYHORSPHQW W V HDVLO DFFHVVLEOH DQG KDV VRPH PDQJURYH WXQQHOV 6RXWK UHHN ZKLFK UXQV WKURXJK 2VFDU 6FKHUHU 6WDWH 3DUN LV DEVROXWHO EHDXWLIXO DQG XQVSRLOHG f RQ 7KD WRQ XOI RDVW RPPXQLW RXQGDWLRQ DQG ORFDO HQYLURQPHQWDO DGYRFDWH Q A Where can I rent canoes kayaks and stand up paddleboards Numerous businesses in Sarasota County o er rentals with convenient drop o and pick up services as well as guided tours of some of the area s best blueway trails What wildlife should I look out for Florida s Gulf Coast is home to diverse species of marine life shorebirds and seabirds Manatees dolphins sea turtles and pelicans can often be spotted in the bays and the Gulf What should I bring Many marinas and watersport out tters rent boats kayaks and other gear by the hour half day or full day Life jackets and paddles are always included Bring sunblock a hat sunglasses and drinking water as you will be exposed to the sun I ve never gone canoeing or kayaking before Should I be concerned about waves and currents An introductory lesson is recommended for any novice paddler It s always best to bring a friend along for safety and enjoyment For more information see page 2 DISCOVER NATURAL SARASOTA COUNTY 7
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S Kayaking Canoeing and Paddleboarding aarasota County s beaches and waterways have an abundance of places to partake in paddle sports Whether upright on a paddleboard or sitting in a canoe or kayak these sports will give you a thrill W aand a great workout as you immerse yourself in beautiful natural Sarasota County Paddle as the sun slips beneath the horizon over the Gulf of Mexico Bring a rod and do some bay shing from the shoreline or slip sl ip ps be beneat iin n a boat Fish Lemon Bay for snook red sh and sea trout or sh the Gulf for grouper snapper and SSpanish mackerel Spend the day shing with a local guide and learn about all the hot shing spots Hire an out tter to paddle through a bayou and enjoy the beautiful mangrove habitat With azure H bblue waters and scenic views all around it s hard not to have a great time paddling in Sarasota County top spots SIESTA KEY 4JFTUB FZ JT B QFSGFDU TQPU UP USZ TUBOE VQ QBEEMFCPBSEJOH Standing upright or kneeling paddleboarding is a great workout BOE MPUT PG GVO 1SFSFRVJTJUF HPPE CBMBODF NEVILLE MARINE PRESERVE TRAIL 5IF FWJMMF BSJOF 1SFTFSWF 5SBJM MPDBUFE JO JUUMF 4BSBTPUB BZ XJOET BSPVOE UIF BDSF QSFTFSWF CFUXFFO 4JFTUB BOE BTFZ FZT This trail is perfect for novice paddlers MYAKKA RIVER CARLTON TRAIL 5IJT USBJM FYUFOET UIF FOUJSF MFOHUI PG UIF TUBUF EFTJHOBUFE 8JME BOE 4DFOJD ZBLLB 3JWFS XIJMF QBTTJOH UIF 5 BCSZ BSMUPO S FNPSJBM 3FTFSWF BOE 4OPPL BWFO 1BSL ZBLLB 3JWFS 4UBUF 1BSL POF PG MPSJEB T largest and most diverse state parks serves as a primary launch CASPERSEN TRAIL BTQFSTFO 5SBJM MBVODIFT BU BTQFSTFO FBDI 1BSL MPPQJOH UISPVHI UIF QBSL BOE TPVUI BMPOH UIF OUSBDPBTUBM 8BUFSXBZ P FSJOH UXP DSFFLT UP FYQMPSF BMPOH UIF XBZ SOUTH LIDO PARK 5FE 4QFSMJOH 1BSL BU 4PVUI JEP FBDI JT MPDBUFE BU UIF TPVUIFSONPTU UJQ PG JEP FZ 5IF QBSL USBJM JODMVEFT TFBHSBTT CFET NBOHSPWF tunnels and a shallow water bayou popular among foraging wading birds 6 V I S ITS A R AS OTA O RG OLNH 1RUWK UHHN DQG 6RXWK UHHN LQ WKH FHQWUDO SDUW RI WKH FRXQW 1RUWK UHHN UXQV WKURXJK 7KH 2DNV GHYHORSPHQW W V HDVLO DFFHVVLEOH DQG KDV VRPH PDQJURYH WXQQHOV 6RXWK UHHN ZKLFK UXQV WKURXJK 2VFDU 6FKHUHU 6WDWH 3DUN LV DEVROXWHO EHDXWLIXO DQG XQVSRLOHG f RQ 7KD WRQ XOI RDVW RPPXQLW RXQGDWLRQ DQG ORFDO HQYLURQPHQWDO DGYRFDWH Q A Where can I rent canoes kayaks and stand up paddleboards Numerous businesses in Sarasota County o er rentals with convenient drop o and pick up services as well as guided tours of some of the area s best blueway trails What wildlife should I look out for Florida s Gulf Coast is home to diverse species of marine life shorebirds and seabirds Manatees dolphins sea turtles and pelicans can often be spotted in the bays and the Gulf What should I bring Many marinas and watersport out tters rent boats kayaks and other gear by the hour half day or full day Life jackets and paddles are always included Bring sunblock a hat sunglasses and drinking water as you will be exposed to the sun I ve never gone canoeing or kayaking before Should I be concerned about waves and currents An introductory lesson is recommended for any novice paddler It s always best to bring a friend along for safety and enjoyment For more information see page 2 DISCOVER NATURAL SARASOTA COUNTY 7
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CYCLING W iith miles of scenic beauty along the coast and inland trails cycling is a ggreat option for traveling and sightseeing around Sarasota County Cruise top spots aalong Longboat Key and enjoy an ocean breeze as you pedal If you want an Old Florida adventure take a ride on the Legacy Trail connecting Sarasota O to Venice designated a Bicycle Friendly Community Whether you re a SIESTA KEY 4JFTUB FZ IBT NVMUJQMF CJLF SFOUBM CVTJOFTTFT BOE is a perfect place for a leisurely ride through Siesta FZ 7JMMBHF PO UIF CFBDI BOE BSPVOE UIF JTMBOE competitive cyclist or looking for a leisurely ride Sarasota County o ers co the opportunity for both Bike rentals are available at businesses throughout Sarasota County Sar LONGBOAT KEY POHCPBU FZ PGGFST VMG WJFXT BT XFMM BT TJHIUTFFJOH PG TPNF PG UIF NPTU MVYVSJPVT IPNFT and resorts in the area Q A How di cult are the trails Sarasota County and most routes have minimal elevation making trips accessible for everyone However not all trails are paved so street bicycles may not navigate well over grass dirt and mulch trails What should I bring Heat and sun can be extreme especially during the summer Always apply sunblock and bring drinking water Can I bike on the road Cyclists must obey the same tra c laws as motorists Many roads have designated bike lanes however beginners and rst time visitors might want to stay on trails and areas of less tra c 8 VIS ITSAR ASOTA O RG 0 IDYRULWH ELNH ULGH LV WKH HJDF 7UDLO IURP WKH 0F QWRVK 5RDG SDUNLQJ ORW GRZQ WR DXUHO 5RDG DQG WKHQ RXW WR DVH H
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CYCLING W iith miles of scenic beauty along the coast and inland trails cycling is a ggreat option for traveling and sightseeing around Sarasota County Cruise top spots aalong Longboat Key and enjoy an ocean breeze as you pedal If you want an Old Florida adventure take a ride on the Legacy Trail connecting Sarasota O to Venice designated a Bicycle Friendly Community Whether you re a SIESTA KEY 4JFTUB FZ IBT NVMUJQMF CJLF SFOUBM CVTJOFTTFT BOE is a perfect place for a leisurely ride through Siesta FZ 7JMMBHF PO UIF CFBDI BOE BSPVOE UIF JTMBOE competitive cyclist or looking for a leisurely ride Sarasota County o ers co the opportunity for both Bike rentals are available at businesses throughout Sarasota County Sar LONGBOAT KEY POHCPBU FZ PGGFST VMG WJFXT BT XFMM BT TJHIUTFFJOH PG TPNF PG UIF NPTU MVYVSJPVT IPNFT and resorts in the area Q A How di cult are the trails Sarasota County and most routes have minimal elevation making trips accessible for everyone However not all trails are paved so street bicycles may not navigate well over grass dirt and mulch trails What should I bring Heat and sun can be extreme especially during the summer Always apply sunblock and bring drinking water Can I bike on the road Cyclists must obey the same tra c laws as motorists Many roads have designated bike lanes however beginners and rst time visitors might want to stay on trails and areas of less tra c 8 VIS ITSAR ASOTA O RG 0 IDYRULWH ELNH ULGH LV WKH HJDF 7UDLO IURP WKH 0F QWRVK 5RDG SDUNLQJ ORW GRZQ WR DXUHO 5RDG DQG WKHQ RXW WR DVH H
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F BIRDING AND WILDLIFE VIE WING llorida s natural habitats provide shelter and food for many mammals reptiles lo bbirds and sh Along the beach one can witness stingrays sail across the Gulf s ssurface u bottlenose dolphins leap out of the water and sh jump into the air Take Ta ke aan inl inland trip to one of many natural areas and enjoy wonderful birding hotspots tthat h also play home to a bevy of other wildlife Sarasota County o ers opportunities to see rare Q A and d protect protected species such as sea turtles scrub jays and gopher tortoises Educational opportunities are available at area institutions such as Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Sanctuary Save Our Seabirds and the Wildlife Center of Venice Coast Sanc Where can I learn more about birding Sarasota County has two local Audubon Society chapters Sarasota Audubon sarasotaaudubon org and Venice Area Audubon veniceaudubon org Both are great resources for birding information Be sure to also check out Save Our Seabirds to learn more about bird rescue and rehabilitation top spots CELERY FIELDS The Celery Fields have more than 300 acres of wetlands and upland habitat making it a perfect place to go birding JIM NEVILLE MARINE PRESERVE This 118 acre preserve made up of mangrove islands and tidal ats features ideal bird watching and a maze of waterways The preserve is only accessible by water LEMON BAY PARK AND ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER This park includes nature trails a butterfly garden eagle nest viewing areas and an environmental center to learn about the area RED BUG SLOUGH PRESERVE 3FE VH 4MPVHI 1SFTFSWF JT B BDSF QSFTFSWF GFBUVSJOH B EJWFSTF natural environment Visitors may see marsh rabbits river otters an occasional alligator and an assortment of songbirds PINELANDS RESERVE 5IF 1JOFMBOET 3FTFSWF JT B BDSF SFTFSWF UIBU JT IPNF UP gopher tortoises bald eagles roseate spoonbills and many other species of birds 10 V I S ITS A R AS OTA O RG 9LVLW WKH HOHU LHOGV WR VHH PDUVK ELUGV DQG W SLFDO ORULGD ZDGLQJ ELUGV OLNH KHURQV DQG HJUHWV W OHDVW DFUHV RI ZHWODQGV WKHUH KDYH EHHQ UHVWRUHG W V DOVR D JRRG SODFH WR VHH EXWWHU LHV H KDYHQ W GRQH D EXWWHU FRXQW HW EXW ZRXOG H SHFW WKHUH DUH WR YDULHWLHV WKHUH f HDQQH XEL SUHVLGHQW RI WKH 6DUDVRWD XGXERQ 6RFLHW Is there an admission fee to these places There are no entrance user or parking fees at any county or city park preserve or beach There is a small entrance fee at state parks the state forest and non pro t attractions such as Mote Marine Aquarium Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Historic Spanish Point and Crowley Museum and Nature Center Are any animals in the area dangerous It s important to respect the habitat of other animals Be aware of your surroundings and keep a safe distance from wildlife What should I bring Wear sunblock and bring binoculars drinking water and a rain jacket For more information see page 2 DISCOVER NATURAL SARASOTA COUNTY 11
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F BIRDING AND WILDLIFE VIE WING llorida s natural habitats provide shelter and food for many mammals reptiles lo bbirds and sh Along the beach one can witness stingrays sail across the Gulf s ssurface u bottlenose dolphins leap out of the water and sh jump into the air Take Ta ke aan inl inland trip to one of many natural areas and enjoy wonderful birding hotspots tthat h also play home to a bevy of other wildlife Sarasota County o ers opportunities to see rare Q A and d protect protected species such as sea turtles scrub jays and gopher tortoises Educational opportunities are available at area institutions such as Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Sanctuary Save Our Seabirds and the Wildlife Center of Venice Coast Sanc Where can I learn more about birding Sarasota County has two local Audubon Society chapters Sarasota Audubon sarasotaaudubon org and Venice Area Audubon veniceaudubon org Both are great resources for birding information Be sure to also check out Save Our Seabirds to learn more about bird rescue and rehabilitation top spots CELERY FIELDS The Celery Fields have more than 300 acres of wetlands and upland habitat making it a perfect place to go birding JIM NEVILLE MARINE PRESERVE This 118 acre preserve made up of mangrove islands and tidal ats features ideal bird watching and a maze of waterways The preserve is only accessible by water LEMON BAY PARK AND ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER This park includes nature trails a butterfly garden eagle nest viewing areas and an environmental center to learn about the area RED BUG SLOUGH PRESERVE 3FE VH 4MPVHI 1SFTFSWF JT B BDSF QSFTFSWF GFBUVSJOH B EJWFSTF natural environment Visitors may see marsh rabbits river otters an occasional alligator and an assortment of songbirds PINELANDS RESERVE 5IF 1JOFMBOET 3FTFSWF JT B BDSF SFTFSWF UIBU JT IPNF UP gopher tortoises bald eagles roseate spoonbills and many other species of birds 10 V I S ITS A R AS OTA O RG 9LVLW WKH HOHU LHOGV WR VHH PDUVK ELUGV DQG W SLFDO ORULGD ZDGLQJ ELUGV OLNH KHURQV DQG HJUHWV W OHDVW DFUHV RI ZHWODQGV WKHUH KDYH EHHQ UHVWRUHG W V DOVR D JRRG SODFH WR VHH EXWWHU LHV H KDYHQ W GRQH D EXWWHU FRXQW HW EXW ZRXOG H SHFW WKHUH DUH WR YDULHWLHV WKHUH f HDQQH XEL SUHVLGHQW RI WKH 6DUDVRWD XGXERQ 6RFLHW Is there an admission fee to these places There are no entrance user or parking fees at any county or city park preserve or beach There is a small entrance fee at state parks the state forest and non pro t attractions such as Mote Marine Aquarium Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Historic Spanish Point and Crowley Museum and Nature Center Are any animals in the area dangerous It s important to respect the habitat of other animals Be aware of your surroundings and keep a safe distance from wildlife What should I bring Wear sunblock and bring binoculars drinking water and a rain jacket For more information see page 2 DISCOVER NATURAL SARASOTA COUNTY 11
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W FISHING 3RLQW RI 5RFNV RQ 6LHVWD H LV JRRG IRU VKLQJ PRVW RI WKH HDU EHFDXVH WKH VK iith t its healthy bays inlets creeks and river Sarasota County is an excellent place for FRPH LQ WR WKH URFNV WR IHHG 7KLQJV shing Recreational shing guides o er a number of shing trips including o shore YDU GHSHQGLQJ RQ WKH WHPSHUDWXUH RI WKH inshore tarpon and night snook trips You don t need a boat to sh but you may need in ZDWHU EXW RX PD JHW VQRRN EOXH VK a shing license Fishing can be done on beaches piers and bridges Another great way to 6SDQLVK PDFNHUHO DQG HYHQ RXQGHU QG ggoo shing is in a canoe or kayak Fishing is an excellent way to enjoy Sarasota County s GXULQJ WKH VXPPHU SHRSOH VK E ERDW waterways w ate and habitats while also o ering the chance to learn about local marine life top spots TONY SAPRITO PIER 5IF 5POZ 4BQSJUP 1JFS JT BEKBDFOU UP UIF PIO 3JOHMJOH BVTFXBZ SJEHF BOE B QPQVMBS QJFS GPS mTIJOH BSU T BOEJOH P FST SFOUBM equipment tackle and bait VENICE FISHING PIER 7FOJDF JTIJOH 1JFS JT B QPQVMBS EFTUJOBUJPO BU SPIBSE FBDI 1BSL on the south end of the island of Venice CITY ISLAND JUZ TMBOE QSPWJEFT HPPE CBZ BOE JOMFU mTIJOH BMM BSPVOE UIF QBSL IFDL PVU FX 1BTT SJMM BJU 4IPQ GPS CBJU BOE B CJUF UP eat before you go out TURTLE BEACH PARK 5VSUMF FBDI 1BSL IBT B UJEBM MBHPPO DPOOFDUJOH JUUMF 4BSBTPUB BZ 5IF QBSL JT OBNFE GPS JUT TFB UVSUMF OFTUJOH BOE HPQIFS tortoise habitats MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK ZBLLB 3JWFS 4UBUF 1BSL P FST GSFTIXBUFS mTIJOH GSPN CSJEHFT platforms and wading from the shore Fish include gar bass TVOmTI BOE NPSF 12 V I S ITS A R AS OTA O RG IRU WDUSRQ WKHUH f OHGLD 7XVK RZQHU RI V 6DOWZDWHU 2XW WWHUV Q A How do I get a shing license Licenses can be purchased online at myfwc com over the phone at 1 888 FISH FLORIDA or often at bait and tackle shops and marinas Fishing licenses are not required when shing with a licensed guide Can I keep what I catch There are various regulations for each species Consider purchasing a reference guide or visit myfwc com for more information What can I expect to catch Di erent species of sh can be found in di erent habitats throughout the creeks bays and Gulf Common shore sh include snook sheepshead sea trout ounder Spanish mackerel and red sh For more information see page 2 DISCOVER NATURAL SARASOTA COUNTY 13
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C camping amping can be a fun family activity and a wonderful way to experience parks in the early morning hours Oscar Scherer State Park and Myakka River State Park are great options to experience wild Florida in all its beauty Other options include camping at Turtle Campground where you really can spend a night on the beach and Sun N Fun Resort Beach Cam and Campg Campground o ering both tent and RV camping conveniently located close to a popular n nature area the Celery Fields The range of camping options is diverse enough to please tthe extreme adventurer and the causal observer top spots MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK ZBLLB 3JWFS 4UBUF 1BSL P FST FWFSZUIJOH GSPN GVMMZ FRVJQQFE DBCJOT UP TJNQMF DBNQJOH TJUFT JLF BOE DBOPF SFOUBMT BSF BWBJMBCMF at the park as well as wildlife tours Climb up to the canopy walkway for great views day or night OSCAR SCHERER STATE PARK 0TDBS 4DIFSFS 4UBUF 1BSL JT B QPQVMBS DBNQJOH TQPU MPDBUFE JO 0TQSFZ JO 4PVUI 4BSBTPUB PVOUZ DUJWJUJFT BU UIF QBSL JODMVEF mTIJOH swimming bird watching biking canoeing and more TURTLE BEACH CAMPGROUND 5VSUMF FBDI BNQHSPVOE JT BU UIF TPVUI FOE PG 4JFTUB FZ UhT B perfect place to spend the night on the beach wake up and swim LBZBL HP mTIJOH PS KVTU UBLF B TUSPMM PO UIF CFBDI SUN N FUN RESORT AND CAMPGROUND 4VO VO 3FTPSU BOE BNQHSPVOE P FST 37 DBNQJOH BMM ZFBS round and tent camping May through October The resort itself has a number of activities and amenities including a giant pool KNIGHT TRAIL PARK OJHIU 5SBJM 1BSL JT MPDBUFE JO PLPNJT BOE P FST BSDIFSZ IJLJOH and shooting sports The park has primitive camping available 3FTFSWBUJPOT BOE DBNQJOH QFSNJUT BSF SFRVJSFE 14 V I S ITS A R AS OTA O RG 0 DNND 5LYHU 6WDWH 3DUN LV RQH RI WKH QHVW VWDWH SDUNV LQ WKH FRXQWU W ZDV LQ DFNSDFNHU 0DJD LQH VHYHUDO HDUV DJR DV RQH RI WKH FRXQWU V WRS WHQ VWDWH SDUNV 7KHUH LV VR PXFK ZLOGOLIH W V RXU RZQ VDIDUL ULJKW KHUH LQ RXU EDFN DUG f RKQ URWHF RZQHU RI QYLURQHHUV LQ 6DUDVRWD Q A How much does it cost to camp Cost varies for camping sites but can be as low as 5 per night at Knight Trail Park and 70 for cabins at Myakka River State Park Are any animals in the area dangerous Remember that you are in the habitat of many animals It s important to respect all park rules and to keep a safe distance from wildlife Is group camping available Group camping is available at Myakka River State Park and Oscar Scherer State Park What should I bring Depending on where you decide to camp and for how long you ll need to rent or purchase any camping supplies It s always important to have plenty of water insect repellent and sunblock For more information see page 2 DISCOVER NATURAL SARASOTA COUNTY 15
C  camping amping can be a fun family activity and a wonderful way to experience parks in the early morning hours. Oscar S...
C camping amping can be a fun family activity and a wonderful way to experience parks in the early morning hours Oscar Scherer State Park and Myakka River State Park are great options to experience wild Florida in all its beauty Other options include camping at Turtle Campground where you really can spend a night on the beach and Sun N Fun Resort Beach Cam and Campg Campground o ering both tent and RV camping conveniently located close to a popular n nature area the Celery Fields The range of camping options is diverse enough to please tthe extreme adventurer and the causal observer top spots MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK ZBLLB 3JWFS 4UBUF 1BSL P FST FWFSZUIJOH GSPN GVMMZ FRVJQQFE DBCJOT UP TJNQMF DBNQJOH TJUFT JLF BOE DBOPF SFOUBMT BSF BWBJMBCMF at the park as well as wildlife tours Climb up to the canopy walkway for great views day or night OSCAR SCHERER STATE PARK 0TDBS 4DIFSFS 4UBUF 1BSL JT B QPQVMBS DBNQJOH TQPU MPDBUFE JO 0TQSFZ JO 4PVUI 4BSBTPUB PVOUZ DUJWJUJFT BU UIF QBSL JODMVEF mTIJOH swimming bird watching biking canoeing and more TURTLE BEACH CAMPGROUND 5VSUMF FBDI BNQHSPVOE JT BU UIF TPVUI FOE PG 4JFTUB FZ UhT B perfect place to spend the night on the beach wake up and swim LBZBL HP mTIJOH PS KVTU UBLF B TUSPMM PO UIF CFBDI SUN N FUN RESORT AND CAMPGROUND 4VO VO 3FTPSU BOE BNQHSPVOE P FST 37 DBNQJOH BMM ZFBS round and tent camping May through October The resort itself has a number of activities and amenities including a giant pool KNIGHT TRAIL PARK OJHIU 5SBJM 1BSL JT MPDBUFE JO PLPNJT BOE P FST BSDIFSZ IJLJOH and shooting sports The park has primitive camping available 3FTFSWBUJPOT BOE DBNQJOH QFSNJUT BSF SFRVJSFE 14 V I S ITS A R AS OTA O RG 0 DNND 5LYHU 6WDWH 3DUN LV RQH RI WKH QHVW VWDWH SDUNV LQ WKH FRXQWU W ZDV LQ DFNSDFNHU 0DJD LQH VHYHUDO HDUV DJR DV RQH RI WKH FRXQWU V WRS WHQ VWDWH SDUNV 7KHUH LV VR PXFK ZLOGOLIH W V RXU RZQ VDIDUL ULJKW KHUH LQ RXU EDFN DUG f RKQ URWHF RZQHU RI QYLURQHHUV LQ 6DUDVRWD Q A How much does it cost to camp Cost varies for camping sites but can be as low as 5 per night at Knight Trail Park and 70 for cabins at Myakka River State Park Are any animals in the area dangerous Remember that you are in the habitat of many animals It s important to respect all park rules and to keep a safe distance from wildlife Is group camping available Group camping is available at Myakka River State Park and Oscar Scherer State Park What should I bring Depending on where you decide to camp and for how long you ll need to rent or purchase any camping supplies It s always important to have plenty of water insect repellent and sunblock For more information see page 2 DISCOVER NATURAL SARASOTA COUNTY 15
C  camping amping can be a fun family activity and a wonderful way to experience parks in the early morning hours. Oscar S...
DISCOVER natural sarasota county LONGBOAT KEY SARASOTA LIDO KEY SIESTA KEY VENICE CASEY KEY MANASOTA KEY ENGLEWOOD NORTH PORT additional resources Additional resources for all activities are available at Official Sarasota County Visitor Information Center 701 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota FL 34236 discovernaturalsarasota org floridastateparks org Email info visitsarasota org Call 941 706 1253 Other great brochures and information are available at the Visitor Information Center including other Sarasota County and municipal parks where to stay and where to rent or purchase equipment for your outdoor activities If you re planning activities at county owned parks call 941 861 5000 for more information or visit scgov net Printing paid for by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenue Designed by Knight Marketing t knightmarketing com
DISCOVER natural sarasota county LONGBOAT KEY SARASOTA LIDO KEY SIESTA KEY VENICE CASEY KEY MANASOTA KEY ENGLEWOOD NORTH P...