One of the perks of buying a home or condo in Sarasota or in one of the several attractive neighborhoods like The Meadows is how close you’ll be to one of Sarasota’s most casual, and at the same time, most inviting parks. Bayfront Park (also known as Island Park), is practically surrounded by water with a marina on its northern side, views of Sarasota Bay, directly west across the Bay, Bird and Lido Key and the John Ringling Bridge and Causeway and to the south smaller boats in a small harbor area with Siesta Key behind them. Turn around to view the Sarasota mainland skyline.
The famous “Dolphin Fountain” is one of the more memorable features of the park and is a “must see” as is the “unconditional Surrender” kissing sailor statue nearby. At various times of the year, Bayfront Park is also home to a variety of arts and cultural events including the annual "Season of Sculpture" which draws sculptors from both locally and internationally
The park has comfortable benches under old Florida Banyan trees and in the center, there’s a large area of lawn for those who wish catch a few rays, toss a Frisbee or just relax in the warm Sarasota sunshine,. Your children and grandchildren will love Bayfront Park for its playground and spray fountain wafting water into the air from playful animal statues. If you have dog, this is the perfect place to take it for a walk as the park is dog-friendly. Many bring their pets here for a waterfront stroll or even a bit of exercise playing in the water.
Hungry? For seated dining , Marina Jack’s is located right at Bayfront Park. For more casual fare, O'Leary's offers burgers, sandwiches, and such plus a tiki bar where a range of tropical drinks, wine and beer is available as you listen to live music, sit at picnic tables and do a little people-watching of those walking, rollerblading or biking past on the half-mile long paved walkway encircling the park.
Feeling ambitious or playful? The park has a canoe/kayak launch and paddleboats and wave runners can be rented at O’Leary’s. Or, enjoy a dolphin or manatee cruise from right in the park at Marina Jack’s on LeBarge which offers everything from morning dolphin and manatee watch and nature cruises to a tropical sunset cruise with a light fare menu, full bar and live entertainment.
For more information on the many other attractions here in Sarasota Florida, visit my Sarasota real estate website. Or, if you wish, call me at 941-266-2512. I'f be happy to help you plan your move to the "Sunny Paradise" that is Sarasota Florida.