PHOTO BY TOM NEWTON
31420 Gasparilla Pines Blvd.
This unique habitat has a diversity of
ecosystems and is administered by the
Lemon Bay Conservancy. The preserve
features guided walks with a learning focus.
MANASOTA SCRUB PRESERVE
2695 Bridge Street/Manasota Beach Road
941-861-5000 (ask for Natural Resources)
This nature preserve allows one to
observe a variety of upland and wetland
communities along a system of trails. There
is a marked trail that is about one-mile long,
and limited parking is available.
VETERANS MEMORIAL & PAVILION
10 Harbor Lane
The Veterans Memorial, dedicated
on Veterans Day 2014, is located on the
waterfront at the west end of Dearborn Street,
and includes a pavilion, restrooms, picnic area
and boat docks.
MANASOTA BEACH PARK
8570 Manasota Key Road
The furthest north of the public beaches
in Englewood, this 21-acre park offers access
to the beach and the bay. A cement boat
ramp as well as a dock on the Intracoastal
Waterway side of the park makes this an
ideal spot for all kinds of boaters. Shelter
space is limited so it’s a good idea to reserve
in advance. You’ll find a new restroom
facility with improved ADA access, a family
restroom, paved walkways, a ramped dune
walkover, beach showers, seating, updated
pavilions and picnic areas, more parking and
a new pedestrian boardwalk and docks.
Insider Tip: Pack a lunch to enjoy at one
of the picnic pavilions, as this beach is far
removed from any restaurants or shops.
BLIND PASS BEACH
6725 Manasota Key Road
Drive along the tree-lined curves of
Manasota Key Road to Blind Pass Beach,
known to the locals as Middle Beach. There’s
plenty of free parking and lots of room to
spread out on the nearly 3,000 feet of Gulf
beach. There is no lifeguard on duty. There
are rest rooms, but no shops or restaurants
Insider tip: Follow the parking lot away
from the beach and you’ll find a nature trail
and a playground.