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Old 09-08-2011, 06:51 PM
 
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I find the "Hidden Sarasota" section in the Herald-Tribune to be very informative for tourists and residents alike. There are descriptive articles and many photographs of some lovely 'off-the-beaten-path' places to visit.

Hidden Sarasota: Crowley Museum and Nature Center | Thomas Becnel | Ticket Sarasota

Has anyone been to the Bay Preserve in Osprey? It looks lovely. I haven't been there yet. I live nearby in Nokomis - so that is on my list of places to visit.
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:05 PM
 
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I'd like to add Oscar Scherer State Park (in Osprey) to the list. A great place for nature and hiking.

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Old 09-08-2011, 08:43 PM
 
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The great thing about Oscar Scherer park are the Scrub Jays.
They're not afraid of people, and they'll get pretty close.
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:06 PM
 
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If you want to go to a beach on Siesta Key - but are not in the mood for the crowds on the world-famous Siesta Key beach - then Turtle Beach on Siesta Key is worth a look. It's a quiet secluded beach (with plenty of parking) on the Southern end of Siesta Key. The sand isn't as white as the sand on Siesta Key beach - but the snorkeling is better. It's also a good place to find sea shells.

Turtle Beach - Siesta Key Florida
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Old 09-11-2011, 01:19 PM
 
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If you like birding and scrub jays in particular, here's a small little gem in Englewood.
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Old 09-11-2011, 02:22 PM
 
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If you like birding and scrub jays in particular, here's a small little gem in Englewood.
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Thanks for the tip.
Will have to check it out - combine a visit here & the Rookery.
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