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Ken Thompson Park

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Treasure of Sarasota

This park has a beautiful boardwalk through the mangroves and playground units. A lovely place to... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2018
Rebecca F
Sarasota, Florida
Great views of Sarasota and the Causeway

A quick Google search reveals that I am far from the only devotee of this park. It is shaded, has a... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2018
Jonathan G
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Reviewed 19 July 2018

This park has a beautiful boardwalk through the mangroves and playground units. A lovely place to fish or barbecue. Truly a beautiful place to visit or to bring visitors.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Rebecca F
Reviewed 12 July 2018

A quick Google search reveals that I am far from the only devotee of this park. It is shaded, has a playground and lots of trees and picnic tables, and it has one of the best views of the city of Sarasota across the Bay....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jonathan G
Reviewed 7 January 2018

Beautiful Park with a gorgeous view of Sarasota Bay. There is a playground for kids and a picnic area. Also a boat ramp. A great place to go before or after visiting Mote Aquarium. Don't forget to visit the Save The Seabirds Sanctuary as well...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank CazilleFamily
Reviewed 15 July 2017

this park is impressively taken care of. You will not believe the view and the cleanness. We visit this park every time we visit the town and plan a BBQ day on it. Be aware of mosquitos, thought.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Julio M
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We went for a short walk here and there is nothing really special about the park itself in terms of landscaping and flower gardens. But the views are lovely. You can see Sarasota Bay and the Ringling bridge connecting the Key with the mainland.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Michael K
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Most people who visit Sarasota don't even know this place is here, but if you are biking on Longboat Key or Lido Key, take a ride out to here. It is just beautiful with wonderful views back of Sarasota and the John Ringling Bridge.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank William15222
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This area has many offerings, Mote Marine exhibits, Ski A Rees waterski shows on Sundays, picnic park and dog run, as well as very clean restrooms. All that with an incredible view of the Bay and downtown Sarasota. Many days you can also watch sailing...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Carl0999
Reviewed 23 December 2016

This park is surrounded by water- beautiful!! There are two play areas (one is more suited to young children and the other for older) and a restroom. There is a walking trail and many shaded picnic tables right on the water. The Mote Aquarium is...More

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed 11 December 2016

A quiet place to relax, take a seat and take in the Bay views and have a picnic or after visiting the Mote Marine Lab or the Salty Dog.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Ken H
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Unless I missed them this park is not well sign posted. It's past the Mote - you just keep driving till you get to the turn circle. There are benches and some covered areas also public washrooms open from 06.00 - 22.00. Lots of opportunities...More

Date of experience: November 2016
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Response from Ken H | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, can't help. Suggest contact with Longboat Key town council or Chamber of Commerce who might be able to point you to someone who will know. Ken H