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Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota
(4.3/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
Nathan Benderson Park is located in Sarasota, Florida. It is North America’s premier 2,000-meter sprint course and regatta center. Over $40 million is committed to the facility’s future development, including a multi-function boathouse and athlete training center, starting huts and finish towers, grand stands and a state of the art boat maintenance and testing facility. Most of these facilities will be constructed on a first of its kind “regatta island” – an Olympic Village type setting which will provide competitors the support and focus which rowing demands, and spectators a viewing and entertainment platform unparalleled at sprint courses elsewhere in the world.

The Park will also be home to numerous other paddle sport competitions, from dragon boats to canoe and kayak races, as well as triathlon and cross country events. And to top it all off, the Park is located immediately adjacent to University Town Center – Southwest Florida’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination opening in October 2014!

Park History

Nathan Benderson Park is a unique 600-acre park which provides the public access to a 400-acre lake. The county purchased the site in the early 1990’s. Before that, the property had been an active shell excavation pit for road construction fill. Cooper Creek enters the east side of the large lake and exits at the northwest corner.

Nathan Benderson park is situated west of Interstate 75 and east of The Meadows residential community. The newly constructed Cattlemen Road extension provides access to the park from Fruitville and University Parkway. One of a handful of sites in North America identified as having all of the natural attributes that make up a premiere rowing facility, Nathan Benderson Park began hosting organized regatta competitions in 2009.
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  • We visited in November and spent an afternoon paddling our kayaks around the area. It was nice and beautiful on the day we were there. There were lots of others in kayaks and on paddle boards. We saw ...  more »
  • Get a good bike or run in with the comfort of knowing you are relatively safe! Have done some triathlons here and they are great! 
  • I love living close to this place! If you like to row, this is a great place for you! But it's also a peaceful lace to ride your bike or just take a walk! 
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  • Parking is sometimes chaotic but once you get to the park, it's a lot of fun. I never have trouble finding a spot to view the boat races. Bathrooms are clean and easy to find, scores are posted at various locations and quickly. The park is also a nice place to walk or run around in a semi-serene setting despite its proximity to the interstate.
  • Clean park, no wood chips which is great o hate those, has swings, play ground, other cool toys, what I found very nice is a phone charging station bring the USB cord and charge you phone, tablets etc.....
  • After renting paddleboards and/or bikes from Drive SRQ this was a great place to ride and paddle.
  • Great location for rollerblading and walking around the lake. Good place to watch rowing
  • Love this place....looking for a nice stroll around the park this is the place...you can bring your dogs too