Sarasota is home to a countless number of beautiful kayaking destinations. No matter what kind of kayaking experience you are looking for, Sarasota is guaranteed to have it. With miles of beautiful coastline and a seemingly infinite number of rivers and estuaries, Sarasota is truly a kayaking paradise.
Below we have put together a list of our favorite Sarasota kayaking spots that we are sure you will love!
Myakka River State Park
If you are looking to get up close and personal with Florida’s mesmerizing wildlife, then the Myakka River is the place to go. Paddlers can expect to see all kind of animals such as white-tailed deer, alligators, wild turkeys and a countless number of different bird species. The state park really is a nature lovers dream. If you are feeling very adventurous and do not mind being surrounded by alligators then be sure to request a permit and visit Lower Myakka Lake’s Deep hole. All we will say is that it is an experience you will never forget!
Lido Key/ Ted Sperling Park
Lido Key is an amazing place to take in the other side of Florida’s wildlife and nature. Being a saltwater environment, Lido Key gives its visitors the opportunity to see totally different types of animals and plants. This barrier island is home to dolphins, birds, and Florida’s most famous mammal, the manatee! Lido Key also contains Florida’s most important tree, the mangrove tree. In Ted Sperling Park kayakers will be able to see this magnificent tree up close as you paddle through miles of mangrove tunnels. Being completely immersed inside these winding and mazing tunnels will leave you speechless. The total time to traverse through all the tunnels is about 45 minute. Also, be sure to pay attention to the tides because at low tide the tunnels may be too shallow to enter.
Oscar Sherer State Park
Oscar Sherer State Park is the perfect location to paddle if you are looking for a nice relaxing time out on the water. Being only two miles long, it is great for young kids and elderly who do not have the energy to kayak for extended periods of time. The state park is also unique in that it has both freshwater and salt-water environments allowing you see an extremely diverse amount of wildlife. For easy access, we recommend you launch from the South Creek picnic area.