Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota

4.4
#11 of 25 in Parks in Sarasota
Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Nathan Benderson Park, previously known as North Metro Park and then Cooper Creek Park, is a 600-acre (240 ha) park that incorporates a 400-acre (160 ha) artificial lake in Sarasota, Florida, USA. The lake was excavated to provide fill for the construction of Interstate 75. The lake is a rowing venue and hosted the 2017 World Rowing Championships.

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  • Super nice unpaved trail that runs parallel with paved trail. My dog loves to go swimming there. Tons of parking.  more »
  • Our high school aged daughter recently competed in the Sarasota Invitational Regatta at Nathan Benderson Park. We were wowed by this facility! There are many excellent vantages from which to view the....  more »
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  • Excellent place to go if you want to get outdoors. There's a place to picnic and get out with the family. If you're interested in jogging, walking, bicycle riding you can go all the way around the lake. Nice concrete sidewalk. There's also the the world premier boat rowing races going on. Check website for list of next scheduled events and activities.
  • The paved paths are nice and the scenery is pretty good. My issue it that people are always using it for exercise (running, walking biking) and there is no shade. We live in Florida where it is super hot, even in the winter, and some shade would be fabulous. Not to mention more trees around the lake would make it more aesthetically pleasing.

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