Nathan Benderson Park

Nathan Benderson Park is a 600-acre community park that offers a wide range of recreational water and land activities located in Sarasota, Florida. It’s a premier aquatic destination best known for its 2,000-meter sprint rowing course and regatta center, alongside their sports programs and competitions. They also offer summer camps, fitness classes, venue rental, and more.

The Park At A Glance

  • 400-acre lake that is perfect for rowing, kayaking, and paddleboarding
  • 2,000-meter sprint rowing course and regatta center
  • 7 miles of trails perfect for walking, running, rollerblading, and cycling
  • Playground & summer camps for children
  • Private & public events


Nathan Benderson Park is home to world-class rowing facilities and offers unparalleled opportunities for rowing enthusiasts of all levels. With a 400-acre lake and a 2,000-meter, ten-lane championship course, the park attracts national and international rowing competitions.

The park’s facilities also cater to local rowing clubs and offer programs for beginners and advanced rowers alike, including their signature “Learn to Row” and “Community Rowing” programs.

Summer Camps

During the summer, children ages 6-14 can attend day camps hosted at Nathan Benderson Park. Camp is a fantastic way for kids to stay active, make friends, and have fun in a safe and supportive environment. With a focus on water sports and outdoor activities, campers will have the opportunity to learn new skills in rowing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and more.

With experienced and enthusiastic counselors, state-of-the-art facilities, and a beautiful natural setting, summer camp at Nathan Benderson Park is the perfect place for kids to have a summer to remember.

Aquatic & Fitness Programs

There are many fitness classes – such as yoga and Zumba – facilitated at Nathan Benderson Park, while also offering a variety of self-guided water activities like kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing.

Events at Nathan Benderson Park

Nathan Benderson Park hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including rowing competitions, dragon boat races, triathlons, and running events. The park also hosts cultural events, such as music festivals and art shows, as well as community events like food truck rallies and farmers markets.

Be sure to check out their community calendar for upcoming events.

Event Hosting

Nathan Benderson Park is also available for hosting small or large scale events and offers a variety of event spaces to suit any occasion including:

  • 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and triathlon courses
  • 4,000 square feet of indoor meeting space
  • Wedding receptions & parties
  • Teambuilding experiences
  • Music, food, & community events
  • Canoe/kayak/paddleboard/dragon boat rentals
  • And much more!

Whether you’re looking for a place to enjoy or learn water sports, exercise in the outdoors, or attend an exciting event, Nathan Benderson Park has something for everyone. Come visit today and experience all that they have to offer!

Smoking cigarettes and filtered cigars will be prohibited at all Sarasota County beaches and parks beginning October 1, 2023.