Launch your kayak, boat, paddleboard or kiteboard!

Get out and explore Sarasota’s beautiful waterways and coastal environment. Home to numerous bird and marine species, our waterways and coastal environment offers many opportunities for wildlife viewing.

You can boat, swim, paddleboard, fish, waterski, wakeboard, tube, kiteboard or paddle your way around the waterways of Sarasota County. Be sure to use the Blueways Paddling Guide as you get into the flow of Sarasota’s kayak, canoe and paddleboard trails.

Wharf P canoe launch

  • Bayfront Park

    BayfrontPark
    1. Address:4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive
      Longboat Key, FL 34228
    2. Phone:(941) 316-1999
    Amenities:
    1. Basketball
    2. Birding
    3. Canoe/Kayak Launch
    4. Dog Park
    5. Dog-Friendly (leash required)
    6. Fishing
    7. Fishing Pier
    8. Grills
    9. Pickleball
    10. Picnicking
    11. Playground
    12. Recreation Building
    13. Restroom
    14. Shelter / Pavilion
    15. Tennis
    16. Trail - Paved
    Categories:
    1. Trails
    2. Water Access Parks
  • Facility Hours of Operation5 a.m to 11 p.m.

Park Hours: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Bayfron tPark Playground under the trees.

The Town of Longboat Key in collaboration with Sarasota County are pleased to announce the opening of the 3.54-acre Bayfront Park addition.

Completed improvements include a

  • playground,
  • restroom,
  • picnic shelters,
  • docks,
  • sidewalks,
  • parking,
  • rain garden,
  • stormwater treatment facility,
  • portions of a pedestrian bridge and landscaping.

Additional proposed improvements include a crosswalk with sidewalks to the Gulf-side parcel, where a dune walkover and observation platform will be constructed. The construction was managed by the Town of Longboat Key.

The Bayfront Park Recreation Center is a public recreation facility operated by the Town of Longboat Key, and provides affordable, wholesome recreation for the entire community. This includes leisure and recreational sports, organized sports leagues and activities, educational programs, cultural classes and seminars, social functions, and special events for all ages and interests.

This Gulf-to-Bay parcel was acquired in 2007 as part of the Neighborhood Parklands Acquisition Program (NPP) at a cost of approximately $8 million. In 2016, Sarasota County entered into a project agreement for up to $2 million with the Town of Longboat Key to make construction improvements to the Bayfront Park addition, utilizing a combination of funding sources including NPP, Tourist Development Tax and Surtax III funds. 

 

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