Ted Sperling Park
Ted Sperling Park
4.5
State Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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This park provide unique opportunities for visitors to enjoy natural Florida beaches. They are contiguous sections of a 100-acre property that interacts with four bodies of water; the Gulf of Mexico, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay and Brushy Bayou. Because of their convergence, currents run swift in some areas of the shoreline.
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Stefanie S
New York, NY43 contributions
Jan 2022
We had a great experience today. Our kayak outing was memorable, the weather even turned from dreary to sunny. Our guide, Orion, was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, eager to share info, and he ran a professional, well thought-out excursion. Highly recommend.
Written January 27, 2022
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Lois Rebecca M
241 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
This hidden gem at the end of Lido key was absolutely gorgeous today! Shelling at the tip of the key was fruitful. The beach is wide with plenty of room for children of all ages! There was a tree shaded playground for children as well as restrooms and shower stations! It was a great way to spend Christmas Eve. Social distancing was super easy. Meticulous cleaning of the bathhouse doorknobs, etc. was going on while I was there! I was grateful for the fresh water after saltwater and sand grime from shelling! Co vid 19 didn’t have a chance!!
Written December 24, 2020
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AMILocal
Holmes Beach, FL20 contributions
Jan 2020
Kayaking through the beautiful mangrove tunnels is a great way to spend a morning. We brought our personal kayaks and launched them at the very easy to access and use launch area. We enjoyed our packed in lunch at a nearby beach while watching some wading birds. If you enjoy nature you will love this place.
Written February 16, 2020
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Restores D
1 contribution
Jun 2021
Such a disgrace of a formerly beautiful, small-feel, protected park. Pulled in today after a couple of years and it felt like Corporate America in all its glory. Rental businesses took up half the parking (which is minimal at best to begin with) which tells me locals aren't really welcome anymore, especially those coming in with their own gear. Clearly this Sarasota park only wants wealthy tourists and vacationers which is what so much of "Authentic Florida" now feels like. Such a shame.
Written June 28, 2021
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Ridgewalkersss
Kerhonkson, NY162 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
This park has something for everyone. Beach, picnic areas, ample parking, walking/hiking paths, kayak rentals and areas to put your own kayak in, guided tours of mango areas. And yet it seems very peaceful and reserved while we were there. I’m sure in the busy months the park will be packed but for us it was just wonderful!
Written February 5, 2020
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515any
Haslett, MI365 contributions
Nov 2019
Been coming to Florida for over 30 years and this is the first time we tried this, Great for all ages and novice Kayakers. You will see a variety of wild life including Manatees. Guides are patient and informative. My wife and I are in our mid 80's and had no problems at all. DO IT !!
Written November 22, 2019
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kneel126
Longboat Key, FL229 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
Want serene water front views. Go here by car, bike or foot. Really nice place to relax. This is one of Sarasota's hidden gems. You need to seek it out, but it is worth the effort.
Written June 21, 2016
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Irina
United States10,145 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Ted Sperling Park is located near the southern tip of Lido Key, and it is famous for kayaking and canoeing, also guided tours - for enthusiasts exploring mangroves, learning about nature and its wildlife.

Being now a section of the South Lido Park, and given its activities the park displays various warning info boards, justifiably so, for tourists to use caution.

The park is named after the city commissioner Ted Sperling who's done a lot for the exploration and preservation of nature in this beautiful area.

The park was very quiet - we hardly saw anybody there.
Written May 31, 2019
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deena l
Venice, FL95 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
Launched our own kayaks with easy in and out, easy parking on weekday. Going through the mangrove tunnel was fun. Nice white sand at beach area south of the launch.
Written June 1, 2020
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Mark G
Sarasota, FL177 contributions
Oct 2019
This is a great place to launch a kayak; lots of room, and nice launching area, one for commercial, one for everyone else. You can also rent one there if you like, and even go on a guided tour of the mangrove trees.
Written November 10, 2019
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Ted Sperling Park is open:
  • Sun - Sat 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM