Joan M. Durante Community Park, Longboat Key

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  • We had to check out the park as it is so close to where we are staying this winter on Longboat Key. There’s great boardwalks and seashell trails that wind around a mangrove forest and salt marsh with ...  more »
  • Beautiful & well maintained. There are maps you can pick up there showing all the different trails, but you won't get lost without a map. The trails are well marked and all somehow lead you back towar...  more »
  • We stumbled across this great park as we were driving along the coast. We enjoyed the trails and views.  more »
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  • Something for every nature lover here. The paths and boardwalk offer a close up look at a mangrove ecosystem. Great trails for walking, biking and flat enough to navigate with most strollers. Beautiful views of Sarasota bay. We saw jellyfish and horseshoe crabs. There was a great playground with restrooms and picnic tables. Great break from the beach.
  • Great place to get away and meditate. I went with friends in the evening and it was very peaceful and quiet. A handful of couples were going for a walk. It seems to be a nice spot for a romantic walk.
  • A mix of crushed-shell pathways and elevated walkways wind through the most beautiful mangrove thicket. There are scenic lookouts over Sarasota bay and benches scattered along the trail, along with a wide variety of subtropical flora. If you are not traveling with noisy kids you will see lots of the critters that reside in the thicket. If you are traveling with noisy kids you will still see quite a few. The ibis in particular seemed unfazed by the shouts of excitement from my 6 year old. The park also has a nice playground with a well-kept restroom nearby and a small pond at the entrance with a fountain and a few ducks. There is also a large pavilion in the center, providing shelter and shade with a beautiful view
  • Beautiful park with walkways through the mangroves, benches by the bay, a playground, and more. Plenty of geckos around, and, if you look closely, some impressively constructed spider webs.
  • I love this park because the bike/walking trails are super awesome! It is fun to explore the park, and to look at the botanical gardens. The park also has a play set and many places to rest along the exclusive trails.

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