Experiencing Sarasota: A Comprehensive Guide to Walking Trails

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Sarasota has so much to offer visitors and locals alike, from its white sand beaches to its vibrant downtown and culinary scene. But if you’re looking for a different way to explore the natural beauty of this Florida gem, lace up your walking shoes and hit the trails. Sarasota boasts a variety of scenic walking trails that cater to all levels of fitness and interests.

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a more rigorous hike, here’s our comprehensive guide to the top Sarasota walking trails.

1. Eloise Werlin Park

420 John Ringling Causeway, Sarasota, FL

Eloise Werlin Park
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Located in the heart of Sarasota, Eloise Werlin Park is a popular spot for an easy, scenic walk. The well-maintained park features seven miles of walking trails with plenty of benches and open spaces for breaks. It also offers stunning views of Sarasota Bay and is a great spot to catch glimpses of wildlife.

The park is open from dawn to dusk every day and is great for families, with plenty of playground equipment and a picnic area. It’s also dog-friendly – just make sure to keep your furry friends on a leash.

2. Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex

2650 Waldemere St, Sarasota, FL 

Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex
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Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex is a great spot for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Here, you’ll find a half-mile walking path that winds through the park, as well as plenty of opportunities to witness the 350+ bird species that call Sarasota home.

The park also features an outdoor fitness area, lap pool, playground, and dog park. Plus, there are plenty of open spaces for picnics – so you can make a day out of your visit.

3. Ranch House Road

13208 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL

Ranch House Road Myakka Trail
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If you’re looking for a more rugged hike, Ranch House Road is the perfect choice. This five-mile trail winds through Myakka State Park and offers breathtaking views of Florida’s lush landscape. Along the way, you’ll find plenty of wildlife to admire – from alligators to turtles and more.

The trail can be a bit challenging, so it’s a great way to get a good workout. Dogs are also welcome, but they must be kept on a leash at all times.

4. Phillippi Estate Park

5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

Phillippi Estate Park
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For a peaceful stroll, head to Phillippi Estate Park. This 60-acre park is located on the waterfront and features lush landscaping. It’s a great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, as it offers plenty of secluded spots where you can relax and enjoy nature.

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful place to walk or a place to take the kids, Phillippi Estate Park is sure to meet your needs. There’s plenty of open space for playing games, having a picnic, or just enjoying the views.

5. Bayfront Park

5 Bayfront Dr, Sarasota, FL

Bayfront Park Sarasota
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Bayfront Park is one of the city’s most beloved outdoor spots. This beautiful waterfront park is located right in downtown Sarasota and features a variety of amenities. Here, you’ll find a playground, biking and walking paths, and surrounding restaurants.

On top of that, there are dozens of activities to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing stroll or an adrenaline-filled adventure, Bayfront Park has something for everyone. From paddle boarding and kayaking to sailing and beyond, the fun never stops at this waterfront gem.

Book a Helicopter Tour

After all that exploring, treat yourself to a unique experience with a helicopter tour of the city. There’s no better way to get a bird’s-eye view of Sarasota than with a scenic flight above the city.

At Sarasota Helicopter Tours, you can book a private tour of the city and its surrounding areas. From downtown to the beaches, you’ll get an unforgettable experience and a unique perspective of Sarasota. 

Contact us to book your tour today!

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