Getting out into nature has become more important than ever these days as a way to maintain physical, mental, social, and spiritual health. Over the years, numerous studies have linked spending time (about 30 min to an hour) in green spaces with lower rates of depression and blood pressure, reduced anxiety, increased production of immune cells and cancer-fighting proteins, increased self esteem and mood, enhanced working memory and cognitive performance, improved attention abilities, greater social cohesion, and a sense of place. The list goes on.

One of the many wonderful things about Phillippi Creek is that its watershed encompasses 18 different parks and preserves that are open for public use under CDC health guidelines for social distancing. Take a break from everything and safely enjoy all the benefits these outdoor places have to offer.

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1. Longwood Park

6050 Longwood Run Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34243

Amenities: Baseball Field, Basketball, Dog-Friendly (leash required), Picnicking, Playground, Restroom, Shelter/ Pavilion, Tennis Court

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2. Circus Hammock Preserve

4572 17th St. Sarasota, FL 34235

Amenities: Birding, Dog-Friendly (leash required), Picnicking, Trail – Unpaved, Wildlife Viewing

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Circus Hammock Preserve

3. 17th Street Paw Park

4570 and 4730 17th St. Sarasota, FL 34235

Amenities: Dog Park, Picnicking, Restroom, Shelter/ Pavilion, Soccer Field, Softball Field

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Dogs at the park

4. Bobby Jones Golf Club

1000 Circus Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34232

Amenities: Trails and Restrooms are open 6 AM – 6 PM

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sunset over Bobby Jones Golf Club

5. Fruitville Park

5151 Richardson Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

Amenities: Basketball, Outdoor Fitness Equipment, Picnicking, Playground, Restroom, Shelter / Pavilion, Soccer Field, Softball Field, Tennis Court, Trail – Paved

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6. Ackerman Park

400 Apex Road, Sarasota, FL 34240

Amenities: Birding, Dog-Friendly (leash required), Fishing, Picnicking, Playground, Shelter / Pavilion, Trail – Unpaved

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Ackerman Park sign

7. Celery Fields

6893 Palmer Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34240

Amenities: Birding, Dog-Friendly (leash required), Fishing, Picnicking, Restroom, Trail – Unpaved, Wildlife Viewing

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Celery Fields view from the top of the hill

8. Lockleer Park

821 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

Amenities: Birding, Dog-Friendly (leash required), Fishing, Picnicking, Playground, Restroom, Shelter / Pavilion, Trail – Unpaved

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Lockleer Park

9. Levee Trail Park

1027 Greer Drive, Sarasota, FL 34237

Amenities: Bicycling, Birding, Dog-Friendly (leash required), Picnicking, Shelter / Pavilion, Trail – Paved, Wildlife Viewing

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Levee Trail Park

10. Pinecraft Park

1420 Gilbert Ave. Sarasota, FL 34239

Amenities: Birding, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Fishing, Picnicking, Playground, Restroom, Shelter / Pavilion
Shuffleboard, Trail – Paved, Trail – Unpaved, Volleyball

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Pinecraft Park

11. Colonial Oaks Park

5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34232

Amenities: Basketball, Dog-Friendly (leash required), Multi-Purpose Field, Picnicking, Playground, Restroom, Shelter / Pavilion, Tennis Court

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Colonial Oaks Park

12. Urfer Family Park

4012 Honore Ave. Sarasota, FL 34233

Amenities: Bicycling, Birding, Dog-Friendly (leash required), Historical / Cultural Resource, Outdoor Fitness Equipment, Picnicking, Playground, Restroom, Shelter / Pavilion, Trail – Paved, Trail – Unpaved, Wildlife Viewing

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Urfer Family Park

13. Rothenbach Park

8650 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34241

Amenities: Bicycling, Birding, Outdoor Fitness Equipment, Picnicking, Playground, Restroom, Shelter / Pavilion, Trail – Paved, Wildlife Viewing

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Rothenbach Park

14. Lakeview Park

7150 Lago St. Sarasota, FL 34241

Amenities: Birding, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Disc Golf, Dog Park, Dog-Friendly (leash required), Petanque, Picnicking, Restroom, Shelter / Pavilion

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Lakeview Park

15. Bee Ridge Park

4430 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34231

Amenities: Basketball, Community Garden, Dog-Friendly (leash required), Grills, Horseshoes, Picnicking, Playground, Restroom, Shelter / Pavilion, Softball Field, Volleyball

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Bee Ridge Park

16. Red Bug Slough Preserve

5200 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34231

Amenities: Birding, Dog-Friendly (leash required), Fishing Pier, Picnicking, Playground, Restroom, Shelter / Pavilion, Trail – Unpaved, Wildlife Viewing

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Red Bug Slough Preserve

17. Phillippi Estate Park

5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Amenities: Birding, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Dog-Friendly (leash required), Fishing Pier, Historical / Cultural Resource, Picnicking, Playground, Restroom, Shelter / Pavilion, Trail – Paved, Trail – Unpaved, Wildlife Viewing

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Phillippi Estate Park


18. Twin Lakes Park

6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241

Amenities: Baseball Field, Basketball, Bicycling, Birding, Community Garden, Dog-Friendly (leash required), Fishing, Football Field, Grills, Horseshoes, Multi-Purpose Field, Picnicking, Playground, Racquetball, Restroom, Shelter / Pavilion, Soccer Field, Tennis Court, Trail – Paved, Trail – Unpaved

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Twin Lakes Park Baseball fields

Twin Lakes Park