Tuesday, February 22, 2011

scenes from sarasota: island park

one of my favorite places to walk around here in sarasota is downtown's island park. flanked by a tiki bar (o'leary's), a marina and an upscale seafood restaurant/bar, island park sits directly on beautiful sarasota bay and boasts some of the prettiest views in the city. it's also home to parrots, which you can see in the first picture if you look closely (who knew?!), and a children's playground/water park, and it's one of the best places in town to lay down with a big blanket and a picnic lunch or a good book -- after which you have to walk over to o'leary's for a pitcher of beer and a platter of peel-'n-eat shrimp with friends, of course. 

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