Post Tagged with: "Sarasota"

Venice Municipal Beach

Venice’s beaches: Shark’s teeth to be found in the sands of time

There are six fabulous beaches in the Venice area, including one set aside for canines. But the big attraction are ancient shark’s teeth that wash ashore in the surf.

Cortez: Charming fishing village, perfect place for classic seafood shack

Cortez: Charming fishing village, perfect place for classic seafood shack

This authentic fishing village near Bradenton is the perfect place to find classic Florida seafood shacks — open air, casual with the freshest fish.

Cortez Fishing Festival celebrates its maritime roots: Feb. 18-19

Cortez Fishing Festival celebrates its maritime roots: Feb. 18-19

This tiny fishing village wedged between Bradenton and Anna Marie Island celebrates its rich heritage as a commercial fishing hub.

A gator seemed to protect the entrance to the mud flats that attracted roseate spoonbills, stilts and storks, among other birds. This is along the river in Myakka Lake State Park.

Myakka River State Park: Expansive, abundant, Sarasota home to wildlife & nature

Myakka is one of the oldest and biggest state parks, a great place for seeing wildlife, from huge gators to flocks of birds in winter. Go here for its log cabins, appealing camp sites, excellent kayaking, extensive hiking and good bike trails. It’s also a good spot for nature neophytes, who enjoy the airboat ride and canopy walk.

The rooster joined us at our picnic table at the Crowley Museum & Nature Center

Crowley Museum & Nature Center: Charming stop near Myakka with animals, history

While neighboring Myakka River State Park lets you experience the natural beauty of this prairie country, the Crowley introduces you to the people who lived and settled here. Farm animals and historic houses help visitors picture the pioneer lifestyle.

Legacy Trail passes through Oscar Scherer State Park

Ride through forests, prairies and quiet neighborhoods on Legacy Trail

The paved 11-mile Legacy Trail follows an abandoned railroad bed from Sarasota’s suburbs to Venice, where it links up with another 10 miles of trails in Venetian Waterway Park. At the halfway mark, the trail hooks into 15 miles of offroad trails within Oscar Scherer State Park.

Typical campsite at Oscar Scherer

Oscar Scherer State Park a wild oasis amid urban sprawl

By mid- October, days have cooled a bit in Sarasota, making it an ideal time to explore a lesser known state park — Oscar Scherer State Park. What makes it special? The vast array of things to do in a very scenic setting. It has excellent kayaking, camping and this is the best place to spot the rare scrub blue jay

Tent sites at Camp Venice

Best camping near Sarasota: Camp Venice on Myakka River

Camp Venice is a tree-shaded, privately owned campground nestled in oak hammocks on the banks of the Myakka River. It has a state-park ambiance — unusual among private campgrounds.

Photo by Joseph Steinmetz via Florida Memory Project

Nostalgic images from Old Florida holidays, thanks to master photographer

It’s hard to imagine the world then – Florida before Disney; life before the Internet. But the photos of a Sarasota photographer, Joseph Janney Steinmetz, can help transport you.

Spanish Point "Window to the Past"

Indian mound unwrapped at historic Spanish Point

Witness 5,000 years of history through a glass wall at this Indian midden at Spanish Point, and learn about the Palmer family’s profound impact on Sarasota County.

Golden light at sunset along the Myakka River in Myakka River State Park.

Myakka River State Park: Camp at this playland on the prairie

Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s oldest and largest state parks with three main campgrounds, as well as backcountry campsites, miles of hiking and biking trails, endless opportunities for kayaking and canoeing, and abundant wildlife.

Gamble Mansion in Ellenton, Florida

Gamble Mansion: Civil War history near Sarasota

The Gamble Mansion has white columns to rival Tara and was the site of a dramatic Civil War event. It’s the only antebellum mansion left in South Florida.

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