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.
PHOTO BY TOM NEWTON
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
PHOTO BY TOM NEWTON
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
Insider tip: Follow the parking lot away
from the beach and you’ll find a nature trail
and a playground.
2100 N. Beach Road
941-681-3742 (for reservations)
This is where the action is. Families, high
school students, retirees, locals and visitors
flock to this beach and the surrounding
restaurants and shops. There is plenty
to do besides worship the sun, including
horseshoes, volleyball, basketball and a
playground. Beach yoga and a sunset drum
circle are open to all and can attract more
than 100 people in season. With not a high
rise or condo complex in sight, this bustling
beach retains its charm and is especially
popular at sunset.
Insider Tip: There is a parking fee here and
payment is enforced.