Manasota Key and Englewood are great area to get away and find truly natural area of nature. A survey of visitors to Florida showed that over 50% of people who come to Florida came for the beaches and nature parks.
Manasota Key has Stump Pass State Park at the end of the key. For a small parking fee, you can walk the approximately ¾ mile of natural island landscaping and at the end of the walk see Stump Pass and across the water Palm Island. You can also walk to Stump Pass Park on the beach or road from Englewood Beach and Yacht Club and Sea Oats Beach Club (about 3/4 mile).
On the mainland, you have three other nature parks.
The first is Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and The Cedar Point Nature Park. They offer self-guided walks of about 1 mile with different types of trees and flowers. You might even see an Eagles Nest. They also have a main building where they also offer information and tours at different times of the week.
The second nature park is Lemon Bay Park. Located on Lemon Bay this park is famous for many different types of flowers and butterfly’s. Lemon Bay is named because in the early parts of the 19th century Lemons were grown here.
The third park is Indian Mounds Park. A great place to launch a boat, Indian Mounds Park Is the burial ground of the Calusa Indians. The Calusa Indians blessed this area and it is said that no strong hurricanes will ever disturb the Englewood area because of the burial grounds.