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Oscar Scherer State Park

1843 S Tamiami Trl, Osprey, FL 34229-9663
+1 941-483-5956
Review Highlights
Superb camping and wildlife sightings.

Their is a ton of activities to do at Oscar Scherer State Park. My wife and I did some canoeing on... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Michael B
Very, very nice park, relaxing, clean, great rangers, kayaking

Lot's to do: hike, kayak, wildlife viewing, clean bathrooms rangers very courteous and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Stanley H
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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 5 days ago

Their is a ton of activities to do at Oscar Scherer State Park. My wife and I did some canoeing on South Creek. It was beautiful, peaceful and well shaded. Canoeing was VERY AFFORDABLE compared to my other places. The campsites are well shaded. This...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lot's to do: hike, kayak, wildlife viewing, clean bathrooms rangers very courteous and knowledgeable and clean park. This is an example of what a State (and Federal) parks typify and let's hope these crazies that want to privatize these national treasures don't get there way...More

Thank Stanley H
Reviewed 15 August 2017

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 30 July 2017 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 25 July 2017

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 24 July 2017

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 23 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 17 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
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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