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Florida's State Parks... Voted America's Best
Prestigious State Parks Gold Medal Presented to Florida
Florida’s diverse 151-unit state park system, managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Recreation and Parks, was named America’s Best State Park system when it received the National Gold Medal State Park Award. The Gold Medal awards program, sponsored by the National Sporting Goods Association and the National Recreation and Park Association, recognizes "excellence in park and recreation administration."
Siesta Key (Sarasota County) Florida Area State Parks Guide

Baseball - Sarasota Red Sox (Farm team) games in Sarasota
Home games are held at the Ed Smith Sports Stadium, on the corner of 12th St. and Tuttle Ave.

From North: Exit I-75 at University Parkway; go west on University to Tuttle; turn left and head south on Tuttle: stadium is located on the right at the intersection of 12th and Tuttle.
From South: Exit I-75 at Fruitville Road; go west on Fruitville to Tuttle; turn right on Tuttle to 12th; the stadium is on the left.

Grand Banks Trawlers have proven themselves on the oceans of the world. Gold Burmese teak throughout! With a range of 800 miles, large fuel capacity, generous water supply and plenty of Florida sunshine, the West Coast can be explored in comfort.

DeSoto National Memorial - Bradenton
This memorial commemorates the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who landed on the Southwest Florida coast in 1539. He brought with him 600 soldiers and was under orders from the King of Spain to explore, colonize and pacify the Indians of the area known as "La Florida". The park depicts 16th century Spanish cultural values and the clash with the native cultures that the expedition encountered. The main visitor season is from December through April. Dogs (on leash) are allowed on the one half mile self-guiding interpretive trail which leads through mangrove and coastal environments. From late December to early April, there is a reproduction of the 16th Century Indian village with park rangers dressed in period costume. They give demonstrations of blacksmithing, cooking, armor repair and military weapons. Phone 941-792-0458

Florida Fishing Regulations
Special Conditions, measurements and maximum limits.

Florida Vessel Owners Facts
Rules and regulations for Florida Vessel owners.

Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Detailed listing of area golf courses and country clubs. Number of holes, and phone numbers.

Myakka River State Park
One of Florida's oldest and largest state parks. The Myakka River flows through forty five square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands. Myakka is popular for hiking, fishing, camping, biking, and wildlife observation. The park is open every day from 8 AM until sunset. Myakka River State Park located on S.R. 72 in Sarasota, 9 miles east of I-75.

Things To Do: Rent one of five rustic log cabins: Within walking distance of the Myakka River. Reservations taken by phone or in person only. Cabins include kitchen with stove and refrigerator, bathroom with shower, large sleeping room with two double beds, a sleeper-sofa, air conditioning, heater, and a fireplace. Linens and kitchen utensils included. The cabins were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Try Myakka State Park for a little flat-land biking, there are miles of gorgeous scenery and varied wildlife as the major attractions at Florida's largest state park. Along with rideable nature trails through wetlands and a rare dry prairie ecosystem, there are also plenty of service roads and adjacent country roads for roadies or for an easy ride at the end of the day. You might see wild turkeys, ibis, and deer somewhere along the Myakka River, and an array of waterfowl calls the park's floodplain marshes home.

Family Campsites: Campsites accommodate tents, trailers, or motorized campers up to 35' long. Each site includes a picnic table and grill. Water and electric available. Dump station for sewage disposal. Reservations taken by phone up to 11 months in advance. Rates: Dec-April $15 per night; May - Nov. $11 per night. Electricity $2 per night.

Primitive Camping Sites: Camping sites located along a 39-mile hiking trail. $3 per person per night for adults. Children under 18 are $2.

Airboats rides, canoeing, bicycling, Tram Safari Tour and much more!! 13207 State Road 72 Sarasota. Call (941) 361-6511 for more info & reservations.

Tampa Bay Lightning
A site devoted to the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey.

Tampa Bay Rays
The official site for the Tampa Bay Rays Baseball.

Sarasota Kennel Club + Poker Room
Live Greyhound racing, 6 days a week. Matinees, 3 days a week. Simulcast Greyhound racing, Horse racing and Harness racing. Thursday night is Ladies night when women get free admission. Greyhound Racing season begins December 29th through April 14th. Sarasota Kennel Club has been open since 1929. While there, check out the "One Eyed Jacks" Poker Room.

Sarasota Scuba Club
Providing access to diving experiences around the state and other opportunities around the world. The reduced prices of diving events in the organization is driven by the efforts of our members.

Siesta Key Drum Circle
Every Sunday in Sarasota, about 1 hour before sunset, located just south of the main pavilion between lifeguard stands 3 and 4 on Siesta Public Beach. Just follow your ears. This is not a commercial event but local phenomenon that began sponteneously and now has a life of its own.

Lakatchka Archers, Venice (941) 497-3675
Manatee River Archers, Bradenton (941) 751-1442
Sarasota Archery Club, Sarasota (941) 377-7005 or 351-3011

Bait and Tackle Shops:
C B's Bait & Tackle. 1249 Stickney Point Rd. Sarasota. (941) 349-4400
Economy Tackle. 6018 S Tamiami Trail. Sarasota. (941) 922-9671
Hornet Sports Supply. 5633 Sarah Ave. Sarasota. (941) 925-7972
Mr B's Fishin' Hole. 5919 Palmer Blvd. Sarasota. (941) 377-2706

Girls Inc. Basketball League (941) 366-6646
Sarasota Boys & Girls Club (941) 366-3911
Suncoast Youth Basketball, (First Baptist Church). (941) 365-2846
Sarasota County Parks & Recreation, Arlington Park (941) 316-1346

Cincinnati Reds Spring Training (941) 954-4101
Sarasota Red Sox (941) 954-4101
Central Sarasota Little League (941) 358-8526
Cal Ripken League (941) 955-5051
Englewood Area Little League (941) 474-7660
Manatee County Little League (941) 746-0172
Newtown Little League (941) 953-4518 or (941) 359-3010
Sarasota Babe Ruth League (941) 955-9301
Sarasota Christian League (941) 379-1929
Sarasota County Little League (941) 924-0209 or (941) 473-0907
Venice Little League (941) 486-8006

BMX Track, Sarasota Youth Athletic Complex (941) 957-4393
Sarasota/Manatee Bicycle Club (941) 753-8850 or (941) 373-6611
The Coastal Cruisers, Venice (941) 497-2736

Myakka River State Park (941) 361-6511
Oscar Sherer State Park (941) 483-5956
Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary (941) 388-4444
Sarasota Audobon Society (941) 364-9212
Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, Maitland, FL. (407) 644-0190
Audubon Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries, Tampa, FL. (813) 623-6826

Osprey Oars (Skullers) (941) 966-4474 or (941) 539-1905
PaddlePack Adventures, Inc. (Kayaking/Canoeing) - (941) 359-0248
Ray's Canoe Hideaway and Kayak Center (on the Manatee River) - (941) 747-3909
Sarasota Paddles Group (941) 371-3784
Sarasota Rowing Program (941) 362-2739
Sarasota Skullers (941) 966-2244 or (941) 284-7111, or (941) 921-8600
Sarasota Youth Skullers (941) 966-2244
Silent Sports Outfitters - Nokomis (941) 966-5477

Boys & Girls Club (941) 366-7940
Florida (Sarasota) Appalachian Trail Club (941) 955-7613 or (941) 921-1467
Sarasota YMCA, Evelyn Sandler Jones Branch (941) 922-9622

Sarasota International Cricket Club (941) 373-9041

EcoTours/Wilderness Adventures:
Miss Explorer Private Boat Cruises. Cruise Sarasota Bay & the Gulf of Mexico with a local naturalist and licenced USCG Captain. (941) 388-4200 - COUPON
Sarasota Bay Explorers Narrated cruises. Daily at 11:00am, 1:30pm, & 4:00pm. (941) 388-4200
Sarasota Bay Explorers Guided Kayak tours. 5 hour backwater adventure. (941) 388-4200 - COUPON
Sunset/Dolphin watch cruise on LeBarge. Choose from a Tropical sunset, Dolphin watch, or a Sightseeing/Nature cruise. (941) 366-6116 - COUPON

Capt. Kevin Chamberlain. Flats & backcountry fishing. - (941) 366-FISH
Capt. Jerry Chitwood. Chitwood Charters (Grand Banks Trawlers). - (800) 769-1399
Capt. Jack Hartman. Lucky Dawg Charters. - (941) 951-0819
Capt. Jason Ramsey. Saltwater Fishing Guide - (941) 722-1645
Capt. Jim Roberts. Flats & backcountry fishing. - (941) 366-8992
Catch the Spirit, Sport Fishing - (941) 376-8669
Sarasota Hunting, Fishing and Boating Licenses - (941) 951-5600
Sunshine Skyway Fishing Bridge (813) 865-0668

Sarasota Junior Football Association (941) 317-0620
Sarasota County Athletic Program (941) 316-1172

Florida Adaptive Golf (941) 957-0310
Greater Sarasota Jr. Golf Assoc. (941) 366-0445
Suncoast Sports Club, Inc. (941) 346-2823
Sarasota area Golf courses and Country Clubs

Horseback Riding:
Andy Moorman Woodmere Farms, Venice (941) 483-3131
Churchill Farm, Sarasota (941) 927-7433
Fairwin Farm, Sarasota (941) 922-0631
Fox Lea Farms (941) 485-0486
Greenfields, Sarasota (941) 739-6273
Harmony Farms, Bradenton (941) 741-2527
Laurel Valley Ranch, Sarasota (941) 377-6226
Myakka Valley Campgrounds, Sarasota (941) 924-8435
Paragon Farms Inc., Sarasota (941) 322-2006
Schomburg Farms, Palmetto (941) 729-2884
Wishful Thinkin' Farms, Myakka City (941) 322-1074

Marinas/Boat Ramps:
Blackburn Point Marina. Casey Key. - (941) 966-3735
Boathouse Marina. Longboat Key. - (941) 383-7778
Cannon's Marina. Longboat Key. - (941) 383-1311
Caroline’s on the Bay. Osprey. - (941) 966-4822
CB's Saltwater Outfitters. Siesta Key. - (941) 349-4400
Gulfwind Marine. Sarasota - (941) 388-4411
Helmsmen Marine. Sarasota - (941) 366-3357
Marina Jack. Sarasota - (941) 955-9488
Marina at the Landings. Siesta Key - (941) 922-6100
Midnight Pass Marina. Siesta Key - (941) 349-9449
O'Leary's Sarasota Sailing School. Sarasota 953-7505
Osprey Marine Center. Osprey - (941) 966-5657
Phillippi Shores Marina. Sarasota - (941) 924-6864
Siesta Key Marina. Sarasota - (941) 349-8880
South Pointe Marina. Sarasota - (941) 924-9693
Sarasota Fishing and Boating Licenses - (941) 951-5600

Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Boat Ramps
Causeway Park. 420 John Ringling Causeway, Sarasota
Centennial Park. 1059 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota
Dallas White Park. 5900 Greenwood Ave., North Port
Higel Park. 1330 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice
Indian Mound Park. 210 Winson Ave., Englewood
Ken Thompson Park. 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy., City Island, Sarasota
Manasota Beach. 8570 Manasota Key Rd., Englewood
Marina Boat Ramp Park. 215 E. Venice Ave., Venice
Marina Park. 7030 Chancellor Blvd., North Port
Nokomis. 901 Casey Key Rd., Nokomis
Pine Craft Park. 1420 Gilbert Ave. on Phillippi Creek, Sarasota
Turtle Beach. 8918 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key

Pet parks and pet approved beaches
Sarasota is a very friendly pet area, although there are no dogs allowed on Siesta Key Beach, there are several parks, waterfront areas, and beaches dogs are allowed on;

Parks/Beaches which allow pets. (Animals must be on leashes):
Arlington Park. 2650 Waldemere Street. Near Tamiami Trail.
Bay Front Park. U.S. 41 and Ringling. Next to Marina Jack Restaurant. (Some water)
Bird Key Park on the John Ringling Causeway. (Beach front)
Gillespie Park. 710 N. Osprey Avenue. Downtown at Gillespie and N. Osprey.
Ken Thompson Park - 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway. On City Island, by Mote Marine Lab. (Beach front)

Paw Parks (Animals can be let off leashes):
17th Street Park. 4570 17th Street. East of Beneva Rd & West of Honore Ave.
Woodmere Park. 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice.
Woodmere Park. 1600 Harbor Drive S., Venice. Designated a Paw Dog Beach, Open 7 days a week from 7am

Englewood Public Fishing Pier. Beach Rd. at Tom Adams Bridge, Englewood
Ken Thompson Park Pier and New Pass Pier. City Island, Sarasota
Osprey Fishing Pier. West end of Main Street, Osprey
Tony Saprito Pier. Causeway Park 420 John Ringling Causeway, Sarasota
Turtle Beach Pier. 8918 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key
Sarasota Fishing Licenses - (941) 951-5600

O'Leary's Sailing School - (941) 953-7505
Siesta Key Watersports - 941-921-3030

Sarasota Polo Club (941) 907-0717

Lakewood Ranch Park 5350 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.
Jewish Community Center, Sarasota (941) 378-5568
Sarasota Family YMCA (941) 955-8194
South County Family YMCA (941) 493-6130

Running/Hiking/Jogging/Fitness trails:
Appalachian Trail Club of (Sarasota) Florida (Hiking). (941) 955-7613 or (941) 921-1467
Bradenton Runners Club (941) 750-8572 or (941) 713-4246
Florida Trail Association (Hiking). (941) 349-7171
Manasota Running Club (Sarasota/Bradenton). (941) 955-5495 or (941) 356-6302
Arlington Park - 2650 Waldemere St, Sarasota
Englewood Park - 101 North Orange Ave., Sarasota
Fruitville Park - 5151 Richardson Road, Sarasota
Lido Beach - 400 Ben Franklin Dr., Sarasota
Luke Wood Park - U.S. 301 & U.S. 41, Sarasota
Pinebrook Park - 1251 Pinebrook Rd., Sarasota
Potter Park - 8587 Potter Park Drive, Sarasota
Siesta Beach - 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key
Shamrock Park - 4100 W. Shamrock Dr., Sarasota
Twin Lakes Park - 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota
The Meadows - 3401 Longmeadow, Sarasota
Woodmere Park W. - 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Sarasota
Youth Athletic Complex 2810 17th Street, Sarasota
Greenways, Blueways and Trails of West Central Florida

Bradenton Beach Sailboat Rentals - (941) 778-4969
Enterprise Sailing Charters - (941) 951-1833
O'Leary's Sarasota Sailing School - (941) 953-7505
Sailing Alternatives, Inc. (941) 377-4986
Spindrift Yacht Charters - (941) 383-7781
Sarasota Fishing and Boating Licenses - (941) 951-5600
Sarasota Sailing Squadron (941) 388-2355

Sarasota County Swimming Pools (Public, Private, & Semi-Private):
Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex - 2650 Waldemere St (941-364-4655)
Bent Tree Golf & Racquet - 4700 Bent Tree Blvd
Boys Club of Sarasota - 3100 Fruitville Road
Forest Lakes Country Club - 2401 Beneva Road
Girls Club of Sarasota - 201 South Tuttle Ave
Laurel Oak Country Club - 2700 Gary Player Blvd
Lido Beach and Pool - 400 Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Key (941-364-4655)
Newtown Community Center - 1845 34th Street (941-355-3338)
North Port Pool - 5900 Greenwood Avenue, North Port (941-423-1986)
Players Club - 4409 TPC Drive
Sarasota Bath & Racquet - 2170 Robinhood St
Sarasota Lakes Camping - 1674 University Pkwy
Stoneybrook Golf Club - 8801 Stoneybrook Blvd
Sun-N-Fun RV Resort - 7125 Fruitville Road
The Meadows - 3401 Longmeadow
YMCA-Sarasota - 8301 Potter Park Drive (941-922-9622)
YMCA-Sarasota - 1075 South Euclid Ave (941-955-8194)

Shooting (Pistol/Rifle) Ranges:
Bullseye Indoor Pistol Range, Palmetto. 1012 10th St. East. (941) 729-7906
Manatee Gun & Archery Sports Park, Myakka City. 1805 Logue Road. (931) 322-0055
Rugged Sportsman's Club, Venice. 450 Hauser Ln. Outdoor Pistol, Rifle, Trap, Skeet, & Airgun. Private. (941) 497-3119
Knights Trail Park, Nokomis. 3445 Rustic Rd. Outdoor Trap, Skeet, Rifle & Pistol. (941) 488-3223 or (941) 486-2350
Take Aim Shooting Range, Sarasota. Indoor Pistol Range. 1865 61st St. (941) 351-4867

Braden River Soccer Club (941) 727-1689
Englewood Youth Soccer (941) 474-8634, or (941) 697-9126
Sarasota United Soccer League (941) 925-7679
Venice Area Youth Soccer (941) 493-6465, or (941) 492-9530
Women’s Sport League of FL. (941) 921-2133

Manatee Girls Softball (941) 761-1818
Miss Sarasota Softball (941) 379-1919
Sarasota Co-ed Softball League (941) 378-9350
Sarasota Softball Assn. (941) 351-7170
Venice Little League Softball (941) 486-8006
Women’s Sport League of FL. (941) 921-2133

Arlington Park Pool (941) 316-1346
Boys & Girls Club (941)
G.T. Bray Park (941) 742-5932
Lido Beach Pool (941) 316-1348
Sarasota Sharks YMCA Swim Club (941) 365-4271
Sarasota Family YMCA (941) 955-8194
Sarasota YMCA, Sadlier Branch (941) 922-9622
South County Family YMCA (941) 493-6130
Swim America (Arlington Park Pool) (941) 371-1887
Swim Florida (941) 360-0362
Swim Florida Masters Team (941) 358-3122

IMG Academies (941) 752-2505
Sarasota Clay Court Classic (941) 928-9952
Sarasota County Parks & Recreation (Payne Park) (941) 954-4884
Sarasota County Parks & Recreation (Woodmere Park) (941) 486-2780

Water Sports and Windsurfing:
Aqua Sports Unlimited - (941) 359-8598
Don and Mike's Boat and Ski Rental - (941) 966-4000
Gulf Water Sports Center - (941) 383-7692
Island Style Windsurfing - (941) 954-1990
Ocean Blvd. Sailboarding - (941) 364-9463
PaddlePack Adventures - (941) 359-0248
Sarasota Beach Service - (941) 351-5909
Sarasota Paddles Group (941) 371-3784
Surfing World - (941) 794-1233

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