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South Lido County Park

  • 2201 Ben Franklin Dr. Map It
  • Lido Key
  • Beach–Sight

Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

At the southern tip of the island, South Lido County Park has one of the best beaches in the region, but there are no lifeguards. The 100-acre park interacts with four significant bodies of water: the Gulf of Mexico, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay, and Brushy Bayou. The sugar-sand beach has plenty of early morning sand dollars and is a popular place to fish. Picnic as the sun sets through the Australian pines into the water. Facilities include nature trails, canoe and kayak trails, restrooms, and picnic grounds. This park was purchased by John Ringling in 1920 as part of his ambitious plan to develop island properties. His plan collapsed with the great Florida Land bust of 1926. Because of swift rip currents, swimming here is not recommended. Amenities: showers; toilets. Best for: solitude; walking.

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2201 Ben Franklin Dr., Lido Key, Florida, 34236, USA

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Published 07/06/2017


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