Sarasota - Manatee

Nature Adventures

This page lists nature parks, botanical gardens, environmental centers, and other places where kids can study and enjoy nature in the Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida area.
Kids Sarasota and Bradenton: Nature Adventures - Fun 4 Sarasota Kids
Bayfront Park

Bayfront Park is located on the marina near downtown Sarasota. The park boasts a playground, childre ...

4052 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Sarasota, FL, 34228
Restrooms: Yes

This 11.2-acre preserve was purchased in 2002. The Bayonne parcel provides important cultural resour ...

8050 Springfield Drive, Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: No
Bird Key Park

Bird Key Park is located at the west end of the John Ringling Causeway. It is a wonderful spot for w ...

West End of John Ringling Causeway, Sarasota, FL, 24236
Restrooms: No
Blind Pass Beach Park

Blind Pass, also known as Middle Beach, offers Gulf-to-bay access, almost 3,000 feet of beach fronta ...

6725 Manasota Key Rd, Manasota Key, FL, 34223
Restrooms: Yes
Boyd Park

This 1-acre neighborhood park was donated to Sarasota County as a park in 1982 by Mrs. Henry D. Shar ...

4300 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, FL
Restrooms: No
Celery Fields

The location of the site and the large number of diverse bird species make the Celery Fields an idea ...

6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Centennial Park Sarasota

This park offers three double-lane boat ramps with a roundabout lane for trailer turnaround. Leashed ...

1059 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Charles Ringling Park

Charles Ringling Park is a small shady park perfect for a picnic.

Ringling Blvd. & Pine/Rawls, Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: No
Circus Hammock

The preserve’s walking trails will lead you under a canopy of oaks, red maple, hackberry, and Americ ...

4572 17th St., Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: No
Conservatory Park

Conservatory Park is a 55 acre site with a focus on outdoor and nature-based recreation. Park amenit ...

8027 Conservatory Drive, Sarasota, FL, 34243
Restrooms: Yes
Crowley Museum and Nature Center

Crowley Museum and Nature Center is a 190-acre farmstead established in 1878. Site includes rare Flo ...

16405 Myakka Road, Sarasota, FL, 34240
Restrooms: Yes
Culverhouse Nature Park

This 82-acre park is located in the residential community of Palmer Ranch. This peaceful nature park ...

7301 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: No
De Soto National Memorial Junior Ranger

De Soto National Memorial, 5 miles (8 km) west of Bradenton, Florida, commemorates the 1539 landing ...

8300 Desoto Memorial Highway, Bradenton, FL, 34209
Restrooms: Yes
Dr. Martin Luther King Park

Dr. Martin Luther King Park is a passive park offering a few benches.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way & Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: No
Duette Preserve

At over 21,000 acres, the Duette Preserve is the largest Preserve in the County system. It is locate ...

2649 Rawls Road, Duette, FL, 34219
Restrooms: Yes
Emerson Point Preserve

Emerson Point has a special location at the mouth of the Manatee River where it meets Lower Tampa Ba ...

5801 17th Street West, Palmetto, FL, 34221
Restrooms: Yes
Fort Hamer Park

Fort Hamer Park in Parrish offers the following amenities: Boat Ramp Dock Pavilion Picnic Tables ...

1605 Ft. Hamer Road, Parrish, FL, 34219
Restrooms: Yes
Fredd Atkins Park

Fredd Atkins Park is a small passive park great for a picnic.

Washington Court & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: No
Fruitville Road Park

Fruitville Road Park is located at Fruitville Rd and Beneva Rd and is a perfect spot for a leisurely ...

Fruitville Rd. & Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: No
Galvin Park

Galvin Park is located at Siesta and Higel Ave. It's a pocket park and has an urban garden.

Siesta & Higel Ave., Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: No
Gamble Plantation Historic State Park Geo-Seeking

Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effecti ...

3708 Patten Avenue, Ellenton, FL, 34222
Restrooms: Yes

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equ ...

Heron's Nest Nature Park

This is a tranquil natural park set on 110 acres. Two lakes, Heron and Summerfield, are 12 and 27 ac ...

Lake Heron, Lakewood Ranch, FL
Restrooms: No
Hidden Lake Park

Hidden Lake Park is a nice nature park with lake, picnic tables, and walking trail.

12th Street between 17th and 20th Avenue, Palmetto, FL, 34221
Restrooms: No
Jigg's Landing

Jigg's Landing on the Ever's Reservoir offers freshwater fishing and canoeing opportunities on the E ...

6106 63rd Street East, Bradenton, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Ken Thompson Park

Ken Thompson Park is a waterfront park providing many recreational opportunities, including boardwal ...

1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, Lido Key, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Lake Manatee State Park Geo-seeking

Lake Manatee State Park is located 15 miles east of Bradenton, Florida on State Road 64. It extends ...

20007 State Road 64 East, Bradenton, FL, 34212
Restrooms: Yes

Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with delightful "treasure-hunts" in ...

Little Five Points Park

Little Five Points Park has a natural fountain and a restaurant.

Pineapple Ave. & Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: No
Lukewood Park

Lukewood Park is a great place for a nature walk.

US.. 41 and U.S. 301, Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: No
Manasota Beach Park

Manasota Beach is located at the west end of Manasota Beach Road, between the Gulf and the Intracoas ...

8570 Manasota Key Road, Manasota Key, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Manatee Palms Park

Manatee Palms Park is a small park that has a few benches and picnic tables.

6510 1st Avenue East, Bradenton, FL, 34208
Restrooms: No
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Nestled inside the former home of Sarasota donors William and Marie Selby, Marie Selby Botanical Gar ...

900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL, 34236
Restrooms: Yes
Mcclennan Park

Mcclennan is a small passive park.

McClellan Parkway, Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: No
Moody Branch Preserve

Moody Branch, a 960 acre site, was purchased by Manatee County in 2004 in a cooperative effort with ...

13805 Taylor Grade Rd, Duette, FL, 34219
Restrooms: No
Myakka River State Park

One of the oldest and largest state parks, Myakka protects one of the state's most diverse natural a ...

13208 State Road 72 (Clark Road), Sarasota, FL, 34241
Mystic Mines

Mystic Mines is the area’s ONLY Gemstone Mining Adventure! Become a prospector as you mine for cryst ...

1017 12th Avenue W, Bradenton, FL, 34205
Restrooms: Yes
Nathan Benderson Park

Bicycling Birding Boat Ramp Canoe/Kayak Launch Dog-Friendly (leash required) Fishing Picnickin ...

5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL, 34235
Restrooms: Yes
Neal Preserve

Neal Preserve’s 120 acres include both coastal habitats, such as mangrove forests and salt terns, as ...

12301 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL, 34209
Restrooms: No
Nora Patterson Bay Island Park

​Nora Patterson Bay Island Park is a small park regularly used for recreational fishing, scenic view ...

946 Siesta Drive, Siesta Key, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Old Miakka Preserve

his 132-acre preserve, purchased in 2006 through the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Prog ...

251 Myakka Road, Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: No
Oscar Scherer State Park Geo-Seeking

This park’s large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes it one of the best places in southwest Florida ...

1843 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL, 34229
Restrooms: Yes
Osprey Junction Trailhead

Osprey Junction Trailhead is a dog-friendly park. Dogs must be leashed at all times (maximum 6-foot- ...

939 E. Bay St, Osprey, FL
Restrooms: No
Palma Sola Botanical Garden

Palma Sola Botanical Garden offers the following amenities: Benches Botanical Garden Gazebo Gril ...

9800 17th Avenue Northwest, Bradenton, FL, 34209
Restrooms: Yes
Palma Sola Botanical Park

Stroll through our 10-acre oasis, featuring lush tropical plants, rare fruit trees, 3 tranquil lakes ...

9800 17th Avenue Northwest, Bradenton, FL, 34209
Restrooms: Yes
Palma Sola Causeway Park

Palma Sola is a park located along the causeway and offers many amenities and great access to kayaki ...

9000 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Perico Preserve

Perico Preserve re-opened in May 2016 after a restoration. Perico Preserve offers a unique experienc ...

11700 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton, FL, 34209
Restrooms: No
Phillippi Estate Park

Birding Canoe/Kayak Launch Dog-Friendly (leash required) Fishing Fishing Pier Historical / Cult ...

5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL, 34231
Restrooms: Yes
Pineapple Park

Pineapple Park has a fountain sculpture and is a great picnicking spot.

Pineapple Ave. & Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: No
Pinecraft Park

Birding Boat Ramps for Motorized Vessels Canoe/Kayak Launch Fishing Picnicking Playground Rest ...

1420 Gilbert Ave., Sarasota, FL, 3423
Restrooms: Yes