Florida’s Gulf Coast offers numerous parks that provide a diverse array of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy. From white sand beaches to green nature trails, there is something for every kind of outdoor enthusiast. These well-maintained parks are designed for community connection, recreational enjoyment, and environmental stewardship – and each offers its own roster of facilities and amenities. Kayak launches have been built into many of these parks, accommodation for one of the most popular pastimes in the Sarasota area.

We have previously discussed 5 of the most popular kayaking locations in the area in this post. Here are the rest. Click this link to see all Sarasota park information.

If you are looking for new areas to explore on your kayak, here is a list of the public kayak launches in the Sarasota area.

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Kayak Launches at Sarasota’s Parks

  • Bay Point Park: This Nokomis park has pedestrian-only access, and is located at 490 Lyons Bay Road.
  • Bayfront Park (Longboat Key): In addition to the kayak launch, this park offers fishing piers, a playground, picnic areas, basketball/tennis/pickleball courts, and restrooms. The park is located at 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
  • Blackburn Point Park (Osprey): This park offers a boat launch, canoe and kayak launches, a fishing pier, shelters, and restrooms. It is located at 800 and 421 Blackburn Point Road and is also dog-friendly.
  • Blind Pass Beach Park(Englewood): This park, located at 6725 Manasota Key Road, offers onsite fishing and swimming, beach access, shelters, and restrooms. It provides a Gulf-front beach day for those waiting for the kayakers to return.
  • Carlton Reserve (Venice): The reserve is popular not only for its kayak launch but also for camping, wildlife viewing, and birdwatching. There is historical and cultural markers and an equestrian trail for horses. Located at 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway.
  • Caspersen Beach Park (Venice):Caspersen is best known for the abundant shark teeth that can be found on its public beach, which also offers grills, outdoor fitness equipment and picnic pavilions. A fishing pier and a rinse station are also onsite. Located at 4100 Harbor Drive South on Venice Island.
  • Christopher Wheeler Park (Siesta Key): This tiny park is tucked at the end of a quiet street on Siesta Key. It is most often used for fishing and picnics, and it provides the perfect topography to launch a kayak. Feel free to bring your dog, but keep him on a leash. The park is located at 1300 Old Stickney Point Road, adjacent to the South Causeway.
  • Curry Creek Preserve (Venice): Curry Creek is best for wildlife viewing, birding and picnicking under a sheltered pavilion – as well as launching a kayak or canoe. Located at 1075 Albee Farm Road.
  • Deer Prairie Creek Preserve (Venice): This park offers fishing, bird-watching opportunities, and wildlife viewing and is (leashed) dog-friendly. It has an unpaved walking trail and an equestrian trail. It is located at 10201 South Tamiami Trail.
  • Lakeview Park (Sarasota): This park offers plenty of shady trees and picnic areas with grills. It is officially designated a dog park and even provides a disc golf course. Located at 7255 Hand Road.
  • Legacy Park (Venice): With picnic areas and a whimsical playground, Legacy Park is great for a day with the kids. In addition to the kayak launch, there are restrooms, shaded pavilions, and a paved trail. Located at 395 E. Venice Avenue.
  • Lyons Bay Park (Nokomis): This pedestrian only park is dog friendly, but has no other amenities. Located at 600 Bayview Parkway.
  • Nathan Bendersen Park (Sarasota): This park has a paved bike and walking trail around a lake, as well as a playground and restroom facilities. The site is also a world-class rowing venue that has hosted international events, and a practice venue for the Sarasota Circus. Located at 5851 Nathan Bendersen Circle.
  • Nokomis Beach Park: This beach and fishing site also has volleyball, a playground and a pavilion with concessions and a restaurant. Located at 100 Casey Key Road.
  • Nokomis Community Park: This park offers many sports opportunities, from pickleball, tennis, and volleyball to outdoor fitness equipment. There are bicycle trails, a sports building, pavilions for picnicking, and a community garden. Located at 234 Nippino Trail.
  • Nokomis Riverview Park: This park, located at 251 Riverview Drive S, offers a kayak launch, a paved walking and bicycle trail, and dog-friendly facilities.
  • North Jetty Beach Park (Nokomis): This is one of the most popular beaches in the area and therefore provides lifeguards. There is also great fishing, pavilions, restrooms, and a concession stand. Located at 1000 S, Casey Key Road.
  • Osprey Fishing Pier: This pier provides fishing, birdwatching and wildlife viewing – as well as an opportunity to launch your kayak. Located at 130 Main Street.
  • Phillippi Estate Park (Sarasota): The park offers a cultural center and a venue for events; as well as picnic areas, a fishing pier, playgrounds, and both paved and unpaved trails. Located at 5500 South Tamiami Trail.
  • Pinecraft Park (Sarasota): This park provides picnic areas with grills, shelters and restrooms, paved trails, volleyball and shuffleboard courts, and a playground. Located at 1420 Gilbert Avenue.
  • Bob Johnson’s Landing (Venice): This dog-friendly park provides paved and unpaved trails with bird and wildlife viewing, as well as a pavilion with grills, a fishing and rinse station, and restrooms. Located at 9083 S. Tamiami Trail.
  • Shoreland Park (Osprey): This waterfront park offers easy kayak access, is dog friendly, and is popular for fishing. Located at 251 Shoreland Drive.
  • Vamo Drive Park (Sarasota): Located at the end of a residential neighborhood, this park offers picnic areas and fishing. Located at 1690 Vamo Drive.
  • Venice Myakka River Park (Nokomis): Wildlife viewing, birding, and fishing are offered. There are restrooms onsite, as well as pavilions and picnic areas. Located at 7501 E. Laurel Road.

Are you ready to experience all Sarasota has to offer from the deck of a kayak? Call Ride and Paddle today to rent everything you need.