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Parks and Recreation

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County Parks
Myakka River
Oscar Scherer
Venitian Waterway Park
Venitian Waterway Trail

Sarasota County is home to some of the most attractive beaches, trails, parks and recreation facilities in the world. Venice?s master plan calls for five acres of park area for each 100 residents. Presently, that means more than 200 parks, 109 athletic fields, 16 recreation and community centers, miles of pristine beaches and more than 2,000 acres of open space parkland. And Sarasota County Parks and Recreation offers something for everyone! Many of these facilities are in or near Venice. We have Paw Park which is the only Gulf Beach open to walking your dog in Sarasota County.

During your house hunting visit, you will want to take a break to see the alligators at Myakka River State Park, which is just 20 minutes Northeast of Venice. 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 Wild and Scenic River, flows through 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake, and then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway.

Oscar Scherer State Park is just a few miles North of Venice. A large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes this park one of the best places to see Florida scrub jays, a threatened species found only in Florida. The park protects scrubby and pine flatwoods that were once widespread throughout Sarasota County. Fifteen miles of trails through these beautiful natural areas provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along South Creek, a back water stream that flows to the Gulf of Mexico.

We also have the Venitian Waterway Trail right here in Venice that offers 10 miles of walking and biking along the Intracoastal Waterway. This has been a wonderful addition to our community.

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