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Self Guided Activities

From walking, and biking to stunning sunsets every day, The Bay has something for everyone.

Take a Walk

Did you know that The Bay was listed as one of the best walks in town?

That’s right! The Mangrove Bayou Walkway was voted Best New Walk in Sarasota Magazine’s Best of Sarasota 2021: Outdoor Experiences.

The walkway is an ADA-accessible, half-mile-long nature trail that winds through the natural beauty of The Bay’s mangroves, native plants, and waters. Come for a sunset stroll, take a tranquil moment by the water, or practice spotting the hidden wildlife living in the Florida-friendly flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees.

Want to Walk Your Dog?

Run by yourself, with a friend or with a pup!

We love pup pictures! Email your photo or video to [email protected] or tag us on social at @TheBaySarasota!

Want to know where to walk?

View some routes below! Click on the maps for more information.

Exploring The Bay: 1.5 Miles
A Walk Around the Neighborhood: 5 Miles

Read a good book in the Reading Room!

Watch the Sunset

The Bay is one of the most popular spots in town to catch one of our beautiful Sarasota Sunsets. So grab a friend, take a breezy sunset stroll, pull up a chair or have a seat right on the lawn as you take in the natural beauty of The Bay.

Here’s a look back at some sunsets that were captured at The Bay. You can capture the magic at The Bay by hashtagging #thebaysarasota. Not on social media? Just send your photo in to [email protected]

Bike The Bay

A New Way to Explore The Bay

The Bay and surrounding areas provide safe pathways to bike The Bay.

Paddle The Bay!

A New Way to
Explore The Bay

Bring your paddle board or kayak and experience The Bay’s restored Mangrove Bayou.

Want to join us on a guided group tour? Learn more here!

Self Guided Activities

Family Fun & Exploration

Download our self-directed scavenger hunt and field guides for a fun way to explore The Bay with the whole family.

Family Fun Guide

Download The Bay’s Family Fun Guide to explore new ways to experience The Bay with the whole family!

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