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“Fine if you live here, but no way a top attraction in Sarasota, Like a paved trail anywhere.”
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Legacy Trail
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Wild Myakka Bike Ecotour
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$49.00*
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Mysteries of Native Florida Hike
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$120.00*
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Full-Day Wild Myakka River Kayak plus Bike Ecotour
Ranked #14 of 143 things to do in Sarasota
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Sarasota, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Fine if you live here, but no way a top attraction in Sarasota, Like a paved trail anywhere.”
Reviewed March 16, 2012

If you are visiting Sarasota, there are so many better things to do. Myakka State Park, Siesta Beach, kayaking in mangroves, Ringling Museum, and more. Nothing against the paved bike trail but it just isn't a must see or do in Sarasota.

Visited March 2012
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venice
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Very Cool”
Reviewed March 12, 2012

Safe and lengthy (about 40 miles round trip. The new overpass bridge is beautiful! Links South Venice Caspersen Beach (intercoastal) to mid-Sarasota (McIntosh area :)

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Sarasota, Florida
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380 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
“Great place to ride, walk or skate”
Reviewed March 9, 2012

Finally the Legacy Trail is complete and provides a nice place to bike ride safely away from traffic. The trail goes all the way from Sarasota (around Palmer Ranch) to the Venice Train Station. If that ride isn't enough for you---you can continue to ride along the Venetian Waterway Park which spans both sides of a waterway. The Legacy Trail goes past several parks where you can stop to use the restroom or get a drink of water or just take a rest. There are several rest stops too with benches and trash receptacles---where you can have a picnic lunch. They have really done a nice job with the trail. We are lucky to have it.

Visited March 2012
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Venice, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
“Great place for a ride”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

If you are coming from out of town, I recommend you start in Venice by the train station. Actually the most scenic ride is right in Venice, but if you are into speed or distance, head north towards Sarasota. The first miles are some of the most scenic. You will cross over hwy 41 on the new bike bridge and continue to the lovely bridges over Dona Bay. These really are gorgeous. As you continue north the scenery gets less spectacular. If you decide to ride in Venice you can ride on the bike path along the Intracoastal waterway. In parts, this is beautiful and in parts its just a ditch. Keep a watch out for gopher tortises and various wildlife. If you cross the Circus Bridge you can bike to Casperson Beach for a break, then continue along Beach Road, past the airport (that part is definitely not scenic) but it will lead you to the lovely neighborhoods in Venice where you can bike along enjoying the lovely homes and landscapes. Take a break at Venice Beach and then continue to the Jetty to watch the pelicans and fishermen. Wind around keeping the water to your left and you will end up in the quaint dowtown business area. Take the bridge back over to your starting point at the Train Depot.

Visited March 2012
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Linden, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great Rail Trail”
Reviewed February 28, 2012

Beautiful bike ride from Sarasota to Venice - easy to access from Sarasota, Siesta Key and trail well maintained.

Visited February 2012
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