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South Lido Park

2201 Ben Franklin Dr., Lido Key, Sarasota, FL
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Ranked #17 of 88 attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks
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Jefferson, Maryland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Beautiful park complete with beaches, nature trails and awesome paddling opportunities. We brought our kayaks and paddled the mangroves. Park has an easy area to launch your kayaks. You can also rent paddle boards there. Gorgeous way to spend a morning! We look forward to going back.

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Omaha, NE
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We like trying various beaches while on vacation, and while this wasn't the best (Siesta Key Beach was) it was out of the way, not as crowded, and great views of the shoreline unlike any other. And its a beach. How great is that. :-)

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Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

FREE parking ! Bring your picnic basket and your charcoal and have an awesome barbecue. A quick walk to the beach to cool down, then take a stroll on the nature trails (some boardwalk, some paths). You'll find fiddler crabs, egrets, cranes, you may even see an otter.

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Dallas, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This park was just down the road from our hotel. Everyday we saw many (12) people walking to that park until we decided to check it out for ourselves. It was an extension of our beach area.

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Sarasota, Florida
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72 reviews 72 reviews
54 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This park is the hub for kayaking, paddle boarding, etc. Can be crowded in peak season but it's the best place to rent/launch a kayak for beautiful mangrove tunnel touring.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Very nice place for kayaking, you can see manatees, dolphins, and paddle through amazing mangroves tunnels, just a beautiful place, I would definitely comeback, very worth the trip, you won't be disappointed.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Beautiful beach with white sand. The water was very calm for swimming. Lots of parking. Had a great time there and the kids really had fun.

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Fairview, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We love coming here! Great place for kids. Really nice people and really clean beach. The sand is like dust! Needs closer bathroom access.

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White Pigeon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Well kept beach. Looks just like the pictures. Parking was a bit of a challege, but we'll worth the drive.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Great sunset or quiet reading spot during the week, a little loud (and fun) on the weekends. The South side of the beach is NOT for swimming as it is a water way with a swift current. It is perfectly safe for a shoreline dip but stick close to the shore. The west side swimming is just fine so park... More

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