Bayfront Park
Bayfront Park
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, Illinois8,315 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Did you check out the Bioswale?
    Bayfront Park in Sarasota, Florida, doesn't remind of Central Park in New York or Lincoln Park in Chicago. But this waterfront green space with a promenade, playground, splash pad, Tiki bar, restaurant and a panoramic view of Sarasota Bay and the city is a popular go-to destination for joggers, bicyclists, fishermen, hikers, wildlife and bird watchers, picnickers, dog walkers, canoeing and kayaking and people who enjoy watching the sun set over the bay. Located at 5 Bayfront Drive, at Ringling Boulevard, next to Marina Jack, it is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Pets are allowed outside the Steigerwaldt-Jockey Children's Fountain area. Restrooms are available. After dining at nearby Marina Jack's, my wife and I enjoy walking to Bayfront Park and watch the fishing boats and tourist boats come and go. Some of the largest yachts you've ever seen moor at Marina Jack's, ocean-going cruisers that cost $2 million or more. In addition, don't forget to observe the Bioswale. It is a channel designed to concentrate and convey stormwater runoff while removing debris and pollution from hard surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, roadways and rooftops. In addition to preventing erosion and improving water quality inside a Bioswale, native plants provide essential food and habitat for local wildlife, birds, butterflies and other insects. At Bayfront Park, visitors are encouraged to see if they can spot such native plants as Cabbage Palm, Railroad Vine, Mangrove Spider Lily, Trailing Porterweed and Sea Purslane.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • James B
    14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for a stroll
    Nice walking area with great views of the bay and downtown. Calm waters and little sandy beach areas alongside the walkway. Much of the park was blocked off with huge fences, otherwise 5/5.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Mike F
    Antigo, Wisconsin414 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Park is closed off, but neat area!
    Really cool place! Plenty of parking, nice scenery all around! Unfortunately the park was closed off, hopefully done soon but that took a little away from the experience for my boys. But we did catch a few fish and really liked the area, we'll be back.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 4, 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a very nice cape shape park in the very center of downtown Sarasota in the middle of its bay. It's a great place to visit and it's pretty easy, as there's a big parking lot just in front of it.
The park has a nice path offering great views of downtown and the marina as well. Nice kids playground and banyan trees.
Close by is an Unconditional surrender sculpture, a great photo op.
Written February 18, 2020
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Thomas S
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
One of the best parks you will find anywhere. Beautiful views, great for walking or biking, see many ocean birds, etc. There are also several restaurants to enjoy. As visitors who enjoy taking a walk, we went there everyday and sometimes twice a day.
Written January 18, 2020
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Patricia
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My friend and I visited this park and had a lovely time looking at the boats in the marina, people watching, and enjoying the lovely day. Then we walked over to the park part, swung on the metal bench swings, read all the banner displays on diversity, etc., then sat for an hour watching the pelicans diving for food. Finished our visit with a cocktail outside of O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and grill.
Written February 14, 2020
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Dave B
North Naples, FL226 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The park was surprisingly empty (a positive) given the population density of driving thru Sarasota to get to it. Allow an extra 20-30 minutes on a weekend from I-75to Longboat Key ( a huge negative!) In the park, there is a nice play area for children nearby the water and nice walking/riding paths. It suited our needs with young grandkids. You knew there was a dog park as you would occasionally hear a pack of dogs barking together. The issue for me after not going to Lido or Longboat Keys in 35 years is all the car and people traffic!
Written March 22, 2021
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James B
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Nice walking area with great views of the bay and downtown. Calm waters and little sandy beach areas alongside the walkway. Much of the park was blocked off with huge fences, otherwise 5/5.
Written January 1, 2024
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Jessica S
Sarasota, FL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I take my kids here regularly. It is really nice to get exercise and feel the cool breeze off the water. I would avoid during any special event due to crowds. The splash pad has been closed for a while now, and though I've heard that they are planning to remodel it, I would love it if they did it sooner rather than later. Because of the pandemic, my 4-year-old sons have barely had a chance to enjoy it and now it is closed!
Written July 5, 2022
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PetraFL88
Naples, FL28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This was my first time in Sarasota and decided to take a stroll through this park because it was close to a hotel where we were staying at. It is a great park for a walk, run or to take some pictures on the bay. Saw some people sitting on the bench and just reading a book and enjoying the day. Parking was free and we also had lunch in one of the restaurants there. The living seawall is a great tourist attraction!
Written September 7, 2020
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Edward Milligan
Poole, UK152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Great park to visit, we saw a wonderful art exhibition around the park.
Good views and Banyan Trees.
A relaxing sea view and the famous kiss statue which celebrates VE Day.
Good facilities and parking.
Written February 11, 2020
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Maria del Carme... Z
Quito, Ecuador195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
This is an amazing place to watch the sunset with your furry friend. The dog park is a pretty good size, parking is free and there is a Tiki bar that has a decent menu. All right in Sarasota. There is a marina and you can walk and see the boats. They have free yoga classes too. I am new to the area and this is park I will definitely comen back to.
Written December 22, 2020
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Michael A
Toronto, Canada634 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Terrifically well maintained, very central to the town, lovely place to sit, walk, jog, ponder. It seems to be a big draw, and is well used. Many benches to sit on, all with pleasant views over boats, water, and the skyline.
Written March 6, 2022
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