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Oscar Scherer State Park

1843 S Tamiami Trl, Osprey, FL 34229-9663
+1 941-483-5956
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Fantastic for camping & being near beaches!

We stayed here so that we would be near all of the beautiful beaches & it was the perfect location... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Pamela S
Not much here, I’d skip this park!!!

Trails are very sandy and poorly maintained. Wild life is something that we saw very, very little... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sarasota, Florida
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  • Average10%
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“nature center” (25 reviews)
“legacy trail” (18 reviews)
“small lake” (9 reviews)
1843 S Tamiami Trl, Osprey, FL 34229-9663
+1 941-483-5956
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We stayed here so that we would be near all of the beautiful beaches & it was the perfect location! We were close to the Venice beaches, including Caspersan Beach (our favorite) and the Sarasota area beaches, including Siesta Key, Lido Key) and the beaches...More

Thank Pamela S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Trails are very sandy and poorly maintained. Wild life is something that we saw very, very little of and one turtle and a few birds were it. Would recommend skipping this spot and going elsewhere.

Thank rockydogz1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For just $5, you can spend a few hours or more. Close to Sarasota and Venice, the park highlight is renting a kayak for 10 bucks for an hour and exploring the black waterways. It is a spooky ride because the water is pitch black...More

Thank perryaam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for a one night outing in July. Timing is everything. The mosquitos, especially the ones that are so small that they resemble a hypo with wings were numerous. several cans of OFF or industrial repellant are suggested. So was the poison ivy (no...More

Thank DeliverUsfromLiberal
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Did the 3 mile hike that was pretty much walking through open field. Saw some eagles nest and a large tortoise. Hardly shade and just plain hot. Campground looked decent as we cut through to end our hike sooner. Guy at nature center was very...More

Thank ReneeA35
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

We spent a week camping; great park to explore despite the rainy week. Brian and Brian at the Ranger Station were very knowledgeable and helpful. Spent time at the Venice area beaches looking for shells and shark teeth, shopping and enjoying the beautiful location. We...More

Thank J T S
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed camping in our travel trailer with our four week old goldendoodle. Campsite was really nice with tree coverage backing up to a nice creek filled with schooling mullet really enjoyed hiking area with wife and puppy. Saw big tortoise, lots of nice...More

Thank Joe D
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

One of the best Florida State Parks! The site was wide and equip with everything we needed! Bathroom clean! Washer and dryer good! Not too pricey! You can walk in the park or we Scuba​ dove and only 15 minute drive to shop. Grocery stores...More

Thank Mboggs
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We camped for 4 nights, 5 days. Campsites are well secluded with vegetarian but short in length. We enjoyed the bike trails and hiking with our dog. The Legacy Trail is beautiful if you want to bike on pavement for miles! Hubby took a dip...More

2  Thank LexiGirl2
Reviewed 13 April 2017

I hardly consider this a park. it is an overgrown, nothing to see, underutilized patch of woods. Oscar Scherer is a missed opportunity for something better than a spot for dog walking.

Thank kayakdaddy
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Questions & Answers
22 January 2017|
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Response from Larry S | Reviewed this property |
In March there are few if any mosquitos, in September there will be some especially at dawn and sunset.
28 November 2016|
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Response from 0scarScherer_SP | Property representative |
Yes, there is a bus stop! It's about a mile walk in to get to Lake Osprey and the Nature Center, but there is the South Creek Picnic area and multiple trails on your way in!
22 September 2016|
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Response from 0scarScherer_SP | Property representative |
Sorry we didn't get to this question in a timely manner (it's a busy season for events here at the park!). In spring, summer and early fall, you can generally come into the park and there will be a site available, but there... More