The Venue

Nathan Benderson Park

Situated on Florida’s West Coast just one hour south of Tampa and two hours from Orlando, in beautiful Sarasota, Florida, Nathan Benderson Park is a unique 600- acre community park providing public access to a picturesque 400-acre lake and an exciting world of recreational pursuits.

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The facility has a wave attenuation system which is designed to accommodate TV Camera production vehicles which will remove additional motor boats from the water. In addition,absorb all natural and manmade wave action and not allowing to reflect back into the racing course. Athletes look forward to rowing on the park’s world-class 2,000-meter rowing and training course, while families and visitors can get on the water in a kayak, rowboat or stand up paddle board, find a scenic spot to enjoy an afternoon picnic, or walk, run or bike our peaceful, neatly manicured trails encircling the shimmering lake. The choices are virtually endless, and every moment takes place amid the sights and sounds of Engage in the elegant entertainment of award-winning arts and culture. Dine at delectable, world-renowned local restaurants featuring a flare gulf coast fare. Explore a Florida wilderness, a rural agricultural farm or a quartz-sand beach just minutes from a bustling cityscape.

This is Sarasota and Bradenton — a place just south of Tampa and St. Petersburg bursting with museums, attractions, shopping and much more. Well-known by many for the casual elegance of its thriving beaches, the area also attains cultural significance with an abundance of amenities, rivaling offerings of much larger metropolitan communities.

Imagine sand in your toes and the calm sound of a tide brushing the beach; the splash of an oar as you row along any of our beautiful waterways; the roar of the crowd from a sporting event. Few places can match the beaches, the sunshine and the opportunities to explore in so many ways.

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Florida’s pristine natural beauty – with the possibility of seeing an osprey, splashing fish or blooming flowers along the way. Nathan Benderson Park is home to a range of international championships as well as a host of recreational activities for anyone who enjoys the outdoors – from rowing, dragon boat, canoe and kayak races to triathlon and cross-country events, 5- and 10k runs, wakeboarding, corporate training events and more. The community park is also conveniently located immediately adjacent to University Town Centre – Southwest Florida’s newest shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Whether you’re an athlete in training or just looking for fun things to do outdoors, come spend some time with us at Nathan Benderson Park – the perfect backdrop for any recreational outing.