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The Best Walking Trails for Staying Active in Sarasota

by Sarasota Bay Club

Hiking or walking is an activity enjoyed by many. It's a great way to get outdoors and enjoy nature while also staying active. Whether you're looking to prevent weight gain, improve balance, or strengthen muscles, there are many trails in Sarasota designed to offer you the best experience.

Sarasota's sun-kissed shores welcome those who wish to venture out on foot. For more serene scenes, take a relaxing, easy walk. To get your blood flowing, go for a brisk and refreshing run. No matter what you choose, the reward is a healthier you!

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Enjoy several walking trails in Sarasota. Although you can walk alone, it can also be a great way to get together with friends and family. We've highlighted some of our favorites below.

Earnest "Doc" and Eloise Werlin Park

Walk along the Sarasota Bay and underneath the John Ringling Causeway Bridge at Ernest "Doc" and Eloise Werlin Park.  It features seven miles of walking trails and some of the city's best-shaded areas to sit back, relax, and enjoy the public art. Built for those who enjoy the outdoors, this park is dog-friendly and has a playground for the grandkids. Located right next to Hart's Landing, the oldest bait shop in Sarasota, Earnest "Doc" and Eloise Werlin Park is also a great spot to do some fishing.


Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park is full of vibrant nature and wild life, and consists of unspoiled wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. You'll find yourself walking along the scenic Myakka River and streams that flow through 58 square miles of this expansive park.  

Although the park's hiking trail includes 38.9 miles of maintained paths, it was designed with backroads and crisscrosses that allow hikers to shorten or lengthen their trip based on their fitness level. Myakka River State Park is a great place for biking, bird-watching, fishing, or even a boat tour.


Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex

Experience a natural Florida oasis just minutes from downtown Sarasota. The park is home to more than 350 bird and alligator species, butterflies, and rare wildflowers.

Additionally, the city park respects the natural beauty of Florida by being nestled in an oak hammock. Arlington Park has plenty of facilities for residents and visitors to enjoy, including a lap pool, free-weight room, playground, outdoor fitness gym, hiking trail, and dog park.

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The Bay

For a shorter walk with lots of things to do along the way, The Bay is a great community park to visit. The bay is filled with beautiful architecture, fitness classes, places to eat and drink, and breathtaking views of the sunset. Located on the Sarasota Bay, you can walk along the shoreline, sunset deck, or the 1/2 mile Mangrove Bayou Walkway. 

If you're looking for a place to go with friends and family, check out the Ibis Playground and Picnic Area. The Bay is a great place to explore, whether you're going for a quick walk or planning a fun day outside.


Cherish an Active Lifestyle at the Sarasota Bay Club

Sarasota Bay Club is your home away from home. From beautiful sunsets that wash over our heated pool to a breathtaking view of Sarasota Bay, our gardens, terraces, and courtyards make every day an open invitation to experience Florida.

Whether you are out for a stroll or enjoying a sunny day on the bay deck, we invite you to relax and indulge in life's simple pleasures.

We take pride in offering our residents a stress-free lifestyle, enhanced by unmatched amenities and impeccable service.

We're confident that once you've seen the lifestyle at Sarasota Bay Club, you'll agree this is a place where you can indeed cut loose and live the life you've imagined.

We offer a friendly and professional team with a well-rounded ability to lead you to all sorts of activities and opportunities. Contact us to arrange a personal tour.New Call-to-action

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