Joan M Durante Park is a gorgeous area to visit for nature viewing, walking and biking. Located at 5550 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key, the park runs along Sarasota bay and a quiet neighborhood. Durante Park is family friendly and does allow dogs. Durante Park is just a short drive south from Anna Maria Island.
Joan M Durante Park Trail
At Joan M Durante Park you will find a beautiful grass field, playground, trails and a large pergola. The walking trail is also a nice length taking you through uplands down to salt marsh and Sarasota Bay. The trail begins at the front of the park. Here you will find a beautiful flower garden, and a bike path. The path also offers views of the lake and playground equipment. Passing the play ground, the trail takes you into the upland areas of the park. Next you will make way down to the Mangrove boardwalks. There are also several places to stop along the path to rest under shade.
Durante Park is a great example of a natural Florida Park. Additionally, a great amount of work was done to restore the area to a more natural environment. Invasive species of plants have been removed then replaced with Live Oak, Button wood and other Florida natives. There are also many species of birds available for viewing. This gives the park a great Florida feel.
The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. You will find bathrooms in addition to dog waste stations, water fountain and plenty of parking.