South Lido Park
South Lido County Park is a breathtakingly beautiful, 100-acre park and nature preserve at the southeast tip of Lido Key. The north end of the park offers a beautiful nature trail with hiking paths and observation decks. Paddleboard, kayak, and canoe rentals and tours are also available at the north end of the park on Taft Drive. The southern part of the park features a beach area with grills, picnic tables, a volleyball court, a children's playground, convenient restrooms, and the beautiful, powdery-white sand that makes Lido Key famous. The picnic area is shaded by magnificent Australian pines. In the summertime, lifeguards are on duty during weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Mangrove forests and majestic pines, complemented by hiking paths, dominate the lush interior of the park.
Location of South Lido Park
A Great History
Otto Schmidt Zoldan, one of the Sarasota area's earliest pioneers, settled on the southern tip of Lido Key in 1904 and applied for a homestead which included much of the land that is now South Lido Park. The park was established in 1974 when Sarasota County acquired the property. In 2009, the park was dedicated to former county commissioner Ted Sperling, a leader of the historic Save Our Bays movement, so South Lido County Park is also known to many as Ted Sperling Park. The park is bordered by four bodies of water: Big Pass, Sarasota Bay, Brushy Bayou, and the Gulf of Mexico.
South Lido County Park is open from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., 365 days a year. Children are welcome and much of the park is handicapped accessible. Admission is free, and plenty of free parking is available at both entrances. Sorry, but no pets are allowed.