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 SRQ Kids
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Bayonne

This 11.2-acre preserve was purchased in 2002. The Bayonne parcel provides important cultural resources as well as a refuge for gopher tortoises and o ...

Area: South Sarasota
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 water viewing, kayaking, and wind surfing. It also ...

Area: Barrier Islands
West End of John Ringling Causeway, Sarasota, FL, 24236
Restrooms: No
Boyd Park

This 1-acre neighborhood park was donated to Sarasota County as a park in 1982 by Mrs. Henry D. Sharpe, Jr., in memory of her father, E.S. Boyd who wa ...

Area: Barrier Islands
4300 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, FL
Restrooms: No
Carlton Reserve (T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve)

There are more than eighty miles of hiking trails on the Reserve. The twelve mile Myakka Island Wilderness Trail, connects the Carlton Reserve with My ...

Area: Venice/Nokomis
1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Celery Fields

The location of the site and the large number of diverse bird species make the Celery Fields an ideal location for wildlife watching and passive recre ...

Area: North Sarasota
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 dogs are allowed. There is a small section of ...

Area: North Sarasota
1059 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Centennial Park Venice

Centennial Park in Venice offers an ADA accessible gazebo, picnic tables, benches, restrooms, memorial to veterans, Venice MainStreet information kios ...

Area: Venice/Nokomis
200 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Charles Ringling Park

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

Area: North Sarasota
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 American elm. Visitors may see woodpeckers, box turt ...

Area: North Sarasota
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 amenities include: Education Area - Outdoors Pavilions ...

Area: North Sarasota
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 Florida habitat, pioneer buildings, and heritage farm ...

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

This 82-acre park is located in the residential community of Palmer Ranch. This peaceful nature park provides recreational opportunities such as acces ...

Area: South Sarasota
7301 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL
Restrooms: No
Curry Creek Preserve

This 80-acre preserve, purchased in 2002 through the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program, is named after the Curry Family, early pionee ...

Area: Venice/Nokomis
1075 Albee Farm Road, Venice, FL
Restrooms: Yes
De Soto National Memorial Junior Ranger

De Soto National Memorial, 5 miles (8 km) west of Bradenton, Florida, commemorates the 1539 landing of Hernando de Soto and the first extensive organi ...

Area: West Bradenton
8300 Desoto Memorial Highway, Bradenton, FL, 34209
Restrooms: Yes
Deer Prairie Creek Preserve

This 6,439-acre preserve, located along the wild and scenic Myakka River, was purchased between 2000 and 2004 through a partnership with the Southwest ...

Area: Venice/Nokomis
7001 Forbes Trail, Venice, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Dr. Fred Albee Park

Dr. Fred Albee Park is a pocket park that offers picnic tables and benches.

Area: Venice/Nokomis
245 Saint Augustine Ave, Venice, FL
Restrooms: No
Dr. Martin Luther King Park

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

Area: North Sarasota
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 located in the eastern part of the County and contains t ...

Area: North Manatee
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 Bay. Explore the preserve's unique history and wande ...

Area: North Manatee
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 Rest Rooms Trash Receptacles

Area: North Manatee
1605 Ft. Hamer Road, Parrish, FL, 34219
Restrooms: Yes
Fountain Park

A cast iron Italian fountain, landscaping and benches add a European charm at the intersection of three streets.

Area: Venice/Nokomis
Nokomis Avenue, Pedro Street and Ponce de Leon Street, Venice, FL
Restrooms: No
Fredd Atkins Park

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

Area: North Sarasota
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 nature walk.

Area: North Sarasota
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.

Area: Barrier Islands
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 effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasu ...

Area: North Manatee
3708 Patten Avenue, Ellenton, FL, 34222
Restrooms: Yes
Garden of the Five Senses

Upon entering the gates of the Garden, you will be transported into a serenely beautiful environment. Some of the unique features you will find at ...

Area: North Port/Englewood
4299 Pan American Boulevard, North Port, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Geocaching

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locat ...

Heron's Nest Nature Park

This is a tranquil natural park set on 110 acres. Two lakes, Heron and Summerfield, are 12 and 27 acres. Fishing and boating are encouraged. Soft mulc ...

Area: Lakewood Ranch
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.

Area: North Manatee
12th Street between 17th and 20th Avenue, Palmetto, FL, 34221
Restrooms: No
Jelks Preserve

This 614-acre preserve was purchased in 1999 through the 1% county sales tax and a very generous contribution from the Jelks Family Foundation, for wh ...

Area: Venice/Nokomis
2300 N. River Road, Venice, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Jigg's Landing

Jigg's Landing on the Ever's Reservoir offers freshwater fishing and canoeing opportunities on the Evers Reservoir and Braden River. The property was ...

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

Ken Thompson Park is a waterfront park providing many recreational opportunities, including boardwalks through mangroves and tidal marsh restoration a ...

Area: Barrier Islands
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 three miles along the south shore of beautiful Lak ...

Area: East Bradenton
20007 State Road 64 East, Bradenton, FL, 34212
Restrooms: Yes
Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center

Lemon Bay Park is a 210-acre nature-based park located in Englewood with 1.7 miles of shoreline on the beautiful Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve. Enjoy ...

Area: North Port/Englewood
570 Bay Park Blvd., Englewood, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Letterboxing

Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with delightful "treasure-hunts" in beautiful, scenic places that the whole family ca ...

Little Five Points Park

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

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

Lukewood Park is a great place for a nature walk.

Area: North Sarasota
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 Intracoastal Waterway. This is an ideal site to spend leisu ...

Area: Barrier Islands
8570 Manasota Key Road, Manasota Key, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Manasota Scrub Preserve

This 154+ acre preserve was purchased through the county’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program. Florida Communities Trust, a state prog ...

Area: North Port/Englewood
2695 Bridge St, Englewood, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Manatee Palms Park

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

Area: East Bradenton
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 Gardens is horticultural haven for rare tropical plan ...

Area: North Sarasota
900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL, 34236
Restrooms: Yes
Marius Park

The half-acre park boasts majestic live oaks along with crepe myrtle, Norfolk pine, eucalyptus, orchid, bottle brush, bamboo and several varieties of ...

Area: North Port/Englewood
6890 Marius Road, North Port, FL, 34209
Restrooms: No
Mcclennan Park

Mcclennan is a small passive park.

Area: North Sarasota
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 the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commiss ...

Area: North Manatee
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 areas. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wi ...

Area: Myakka
13208 State Road 72 (Clark Road), Sarasota, FL, 34241
Myakka State Forest

The Myakka River, designated as an Outstanding Florida Water, flows through the northeast portion of the forest, dividing the forest into two tracts, ...

Area: North Port/Englewood
2000 South River Road, Englewood, FL, 34223
Restrooms: Yes
Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park

Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park is a natural area park where visitors can enjoy an Old Florida nature experience. Winding rustic paths, footbri ...

Area: North Port/Englewood
6968 Reistertown Road, North Port, FL
Restrooms: Yes
Mystic Mines

Mystic Mines is the area’s ONLY Gemstone Mining Adventure! Become a prospector as you mine for crystals, fossils and gemstones. All the action takes ...

Area: West Bradenton
1017 12th Avenue W, Bradenton, FL, 34205
Nathan Benderson Park

Nathan Benderson Park is a unique recreational venue which provides the public access to several lakes for non-motorized boating, fishing, bird-watchi ...

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

Neal Preserve’s 120 acres include both coastal habitats, such as mangrove forests and salt terns, as well as pockets of oak hammock uplands. Acquired ...

Area: West Bradenton
12301 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL, 34209
Restrooms: No