Siesta Key is world-renowned for its beaches, but this Sarasota barrier island offers hundreds of ways for your family to enjoy themselves. You can spend your entire vacation sampling food from popular local restaurants or browsing the unique shops of Siesta Village – but we recommend that you also grab your bicycle and check out these five Siesta Key parks that are located right here on the island!

Beach and nature parks abound in Sarasota, but we love this list because your family can explore without ever getting into a car or crossing the Causeway. We recommend renting bicycles or scooters for your adventure.

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  1. Boyd Park: Located at 4300 Midnight Pass Road, Boyd Park is a hidden Sarasota County parks and recreation treasure. The park offers a scenic palm-lined beach area, a covered and shady playground, and public facilities. This Siesta Key playground is much less crowded than those found at the public beach and may provide the perfect respite for families staying close to Siesta Key Village. The park sits on a single acre and is dog-friendly.
  2. Nora Patterson Bay Island Park: This park is located at the northernmost section of Siesta Key, on the bayfront just before the North (Siesta Drive) Causeway. Offering ample parking and gorgeous views, it’s a great place to stop, have a snack, and enjoy the beauty of Siesta Key and the mainland. This is a popular fishing and crabbing spot, especially for those with kids. There are picnic tables for lunch and abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing and bird watching. The park is leashed dog-friendly and is a water-access park – launch your kayak or paddleboard for a quick paddle under the bridge! The park is located at 946 Siesta Dr.
  3. Turtle Beach Park: Turtle Beach is one of the most popular family parks on Siesta Key. The park has campsites available to pitch a tent and enjoy a night under the stars and provides access to both the beach and bay. It offers a playground for the little ones, but they may be more interested in the dolphins, manatees, and shorebirds that frequent the area. Located on the south end of the island, at 8862 Midnight Pass Rd, there are two restaurants across the street if you get hungry. Those who are familiar with kayaking on Siesta Key will also recognize Turtle Beach as one of the most utilized kayak launch areas on the Key.
  4. Glebe Park: This small sports park features a basketball court, soccer field, and concession stand during games. However, those looking for a pick-up game will find themselves in full sun, as little to no shade is provided. Therefore, come prepared for heat and rays. The Park can be found in the heart of Siesta Key at 100 Glebe Lane.
  5. Siesta Beach Park: The busiest park on Siesta Key is located directly on its world-famous public beach. In recent years, the city expanded the park to include an extensive playground area that caters to both younger and older children – a perfect diversion if a break is needed from the sand. There are restrooms, a small cafe and a covered pavilion with picnic tables. Between the beach, the playground, and the amenities, this park is typically full of families with children.

Rent Your Bicycle or Scooter at Ride and Paddle

When you are ready to explore all the great parks on Siesta Key, call Ride and Paddle to reserve bikes for the entire family. From kiddie carts to scooters and road bikes to beach cruisers, we’ll make sure you have what you need. Don’t forget to ask about our beach chairs, beach umbrellas, and kayaks!