Sarasota County Parks  Map


There are a number of beautiful parks in Sarasota County, and the majority allow dogs while on leash. There are as well as a number of "dog friendly" restaurants & hotels. Please be aware that the County leash law states that dogs are only allowed to "run free" inside dog parks that are fenced in. In addition, dogs are not allowed on any beach in the County except for Brohard Paw Beach in Venice.

Click here to go to the Brohard Paw Beach Website.


Payne Park   Map
Park Amenities
  • Amphitheater
  • Cycling
  • Disc Golf
  • Dog Friendly
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Food & Beverage
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Public Art
  • Rental Venue
  • Restrooms
  • Transportation
  • Walking Path
  • Water Feature

Payne Park is a former baseball field from 1924 to 1990. The stadium and field were built on a portion of 60 acres (0.24 km2) of land donated by Calvin Payne and his wife, Martha in 1923. Payne Park today is a 29-acre (0.12 km2) public park used for recreational events.

The ballpark was erected in 1924 and was a long time spring training and minor league site for baseball clubs such as the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants. The Los Angeles Dodgers played their home spring training games at Payne Park in 1959.

Circus Park: Hop, climb, and explore the younger aged zone and “ride” a tiger as you dodge those big kids soaring down the slides. Accident-prone? Rubber underfoot saves the day from knee scrapes and tears that may lead to going home.

Skate Park: Admission is free! Located behind the cafe, the skate park is configured with vert ramps and various curbs, flatrails, ledges, miniramp, halfpipe, poles, pyramids, etc. Open Daily 7 am - 10 pm.

Café in the Park: captures the spirit of the great tradition of the Urban Cafe Terrace. Conveniently located for the downtown community, stop in for a great coffee and a fantastic sandwich, seating inside or out - "al fresco", or on the go. They also have a beautiful selection of beer and wine.

Circus Park Entryway: This playground is so cute, with so many fun things to play on, that even as an adult you are going to want to go inside and play !

Duck Pond: If you parked in the Laurel Street Parking lot, then this little pond is directly in front of you. Birds of all varieties gather here to play, drink and have fun.

Disc Golf Course: (AKA Ultimate Frisbee) Mostly open with undulating terrain. Most baskets are positioned on hillsides and water is in play on a couple of holes. Busy park with walkers and families - please respect other park users.

 Click here to view our Payne Park Image Gallery.

 Click here to visit the Payne Park Website.

 Click here to view the Wikipedia Page for Payne Park.

Arlington Park   Map
Park Amenities
  • Aquatics
  • Barbecue
  • Basketball
  • Cycling
  • Dog Friendly
  • Dog Park
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Fishing
  • Fitness Center Outside
  • Gymnasium
  • Outside Lighting
  • Pickleball Inside
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Rental Venue
  • Restrooms
  • Tennis Court
  • Transportation
  • Walking Path
  • Water Feature

Conveniently located less than two miles from downtown Sarasota, Arlington Park was selected as one of the South Florida locations on the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail. This city park offers residents and visitors a 50-meter lap pool, 25-yard instructional pool, outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, playground, outdoor fitness gym, ½-mile walking trail, and dog park. This park is owned and operated by the City of Sarasota Parks & Recreation District.
Click here to go to their website for more information including hours and other amenities.

Brohard Beach Park   Map
Park Amenities
  • Benches
  • Dog Park
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Drinking Fountains For Dogs
  • Litter Receptacles
  • Picnic Tables
  • Shower(s)

The fenced-in area of the dog park is comprised of a larger area for big dogs, and a smaller area for smaller dogs. There is a number of shady trees and picnic tables for dog owners to enjoy their stay while their dogs play. There are several dog waste bag stations, and owners are required to cleanup after their dogs. All fenced entrances are double-gated, to allow for owners to be able to not have other dogs join their arrival or exit.

Brohard Beach and Paw Park is the only beach area where canine companions are allowed to join their human friends on the beach. Amenities include picnic tables, benches, showers, drinking fountains and more. Open daily 7 a.m. to dusk.

Dog Beach access is via the western gate in the large dog area, and a short walk to the beach area. The dog beach area has a specific boundary sign at the northern and southern ends of the dog beach - do not go beyond those signs with your dog or you could be given a citation.

Many people take their own beach chairs and snacks, including water for their dogs (there is currently no water source at the beach). Taking dog toys together with snacks, insures that your dog will have as much fun as possible.

 Click here to view our Brohard Park Image Gallery.
 Click here to go to the Venice Parks page for more information, hours and other amenities.
17th Street Park   Map
Park Amenities
  • Dog Park (some agility training equipment)
  • Picnicking
  • Restroom
  • Shelter / Pavilion
  • Soccer Field
  • Softball Field

We may not have been to all of the Sarasota County Parks, but we have been to all of the "Paw Parks" and the 17th Street Paw Park is H U G E ! Fenced in areas for large & small dogs, tree shade and seating for dog owners, a considerable amount of parking and a couple of porta-potties. If you have a dog that likes to run then this is the dog park for you !

Bird Key Park   Map
Park Amenities
  • Cycling
  • Dog Friendly
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Fishing
  • Kayak / Canoeing
  • Pavilion
  • Picnic Tables
  • Rental Venue
  • Transportation
  • Walking Path

This park is a popular location to fish, bike, enjoy the sunset, launch a canoe or kayak or walk your leashed pet. Located just before you exit the south side of the John Ringling Causeway. It also has two pavilions, and picnic tables. Park is open 5 a.m. – 11 p.m., daily.

Lakeview Paw Park   Map
Park Amenities
  • Birding
  • Canoe/Kayak Launch
  • Disc Golf
  • Dog Park
  • Dog-Friendly (leash required except in the Paw Park)
  • Petanque (Lawn Bowling)
  • Picnicking
  • Restroom
  • Shelter / Pavilion
  • Drinking fountain for dogs
  • Separate fenced areas for small and large dogs
  • Waste disposal bags and trash cans

This 16 acre neighborhood park located east of I-75 between Bee Ridge Road and Proctor Road features a playground, picnic area, canoe/kayak access to the lake and a paw park.
Click here to visit their website.

Bayfront Park   Map
Park Amenities
  • Aquatics
  • Dog Friendly (on-leash only)
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Fishing
  • Food & Beverage
  • Kayak / Canoeing
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Public Art
  • Rental Venue
  • Restrooms
  • Transportation
  • Walking Path
  • Water Feature
Hours

Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day): 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Winter Hours (Labor Day to Oct. 31 & Apr.1 to Memorial Day): 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

Closed: Easter, Independence Day & Nov. 1 – March 31

Gillespie Park   Map
Park Amenities
  • Bicycle Trails
  • Equipment/Facility Rental
  • Hiking Trails
  • Pet Friendly Park
  • Picnic Facilities (grills & tables)
  • Playground
  • Wildlife/Bird Watching
  • Family-Friendly
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Pet-Friendly

This park honors John Hamilton Gillespie, first mayor of Sarasota. It has two basketball courts, an off-leash dog park, picnic tables, playground, Police sub-station, fitness trail, three tennis courts, outside fitness areas and a pond. Leashed pets allowed outside of dog park.

Woodmere Park   Map
Park Amenities
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Birding
  • Dog Park
  • Gymnasium
  • Horseshoes
  • Indoor Rental
  • Pickleball
  • Picnicking
  • Recreation Building
  • Restroom
  • Shelter / Pavilion
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Trails - Unpaved
Myakka State Park   Map
Park Amenities
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Birding
  • Dog Park
  • Gymnasium
  • Horseshoes
  • Indoor Rental
  • Pickleball
  • Picnicking
  • Recreation Building
  • Restroom
  • Shelter / Pavilion
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Trails - Unpaved

The Myakka State Park is one of Florida's oldest and largest parks (58 square miles), easily accessed from I-75 via Clark Road (SR 72). This was Florida’s first state-designated wild and scenic river, and it flows through a vast expanse of unspoiled wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands that make up Myakka River State Park. Boating, fishing, canoeing and kayaking are popular activities on the water while hikers and bicyclists explore miles of trails and backroads.

The Park has 100 person pontoon boats that offer tours seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Click here to go to the Tour Boat Park information page.

The above images were taken at the bridge that crosses over the Myakka River. This white bird walked all around that alligator several times, and at no time did the alligator move. Eventually the bird decided to move on, and by doing so, it probably avoided becoming that alligator's lunch.

 Click here to go to the State Park Page.

 Click here to view our Myakka State Park Image Gallery.

Urfer Family Park   Map
Park Amenities
  • Bicycling
  • Birding
  • Dog-Friendly (leash required)
  • Historical / Cultural Resource
  • Outdoor Fitness Equipment
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Restroom
  • Shelter / Pavilion
  • Trail - Paved
  • Trail - Unpaved
  • Wildlife Viewing

We have driven past this park numerous times, and have repeatedly said "we need to visit this park" - in fact we thought of this park as "small" until we went there for the express purpose of exploring it. It is quite a bit larger than we thought, a generous amount of parking, restroom facilities, etc. Dogs are welcome here as long as they are on leash, and the water fountains have dog bowls built in.

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