Island Park


Sarasota's marina is notable for Island Park, an attractive green space poking into the harbor: it has a great playground and play fountain, restrooms, tree-shaded benches, a restaurant and tiki bar; and kayak, jet-ski and boat rentals.

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1. Marina Jack

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2. Unconditional Surrender

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6. Mote Marine Laboratory

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