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Welcome To Nathan Benderson Park

Welcome to
Nathan Benderson Park

PARK HOURS: 6 a.m–6 p.m.

Last Paddler Standing

Last Paddler Standing is an endurance SUP race. Unlike any other paddle race in the world, Last Paddler Standing is a race of stamina and strategy. Racers will paddle a 3.33-mile loop course, starting and finishing the loop within a one-hour period. The next loop will begin on the hour and the race goes until only one paddler is left standing. At the 48-hour mark, the length of the loop will be increased. Do you have what it takes to be the Last Paddler Standing?

Sarasota West Coast Half Marathon

The ninth stop on the South Florida Half Marathon Tour is the Sarasota West Coast Half Marathon and 5k on Dec. 18 at Nathan Benderson Park. The scenic course takes runners through and around the University Town Center area with nearly constant water views.


The NBP/Spirit Of America Foundation Safe Boater Education Camp is a unique opportunity for potential boaters ages 10-15 to get both classroom education AND practical experience, at a low price (but no child will be turned away — financial assistance is available). It will teach youths the lifelong skills of safe sailing, paddling and powerboating, with the ability to confidently teach others. The campers will be able to earn their Florida boating license.

NBP Paddling Teams 6x World Champions

Congratulations to NBP Paddling on winning six medals at the 2022 IDBF Club Crew World Championships!

NBP Paddling Classic

Feb. 4, 2023

The NBP Paddling Program welcomes all paddlers to join us in the inaugural NBP Paddling Classic!

This is a perfect opportunity to compete on a world-class course, the home of the 2023 USDBF Club Crew National Championships, and, of course, have fun!

Registrations now open!

Park Info

We are a 600 acre park with a 400 acre lake used for aquatic sports programs and competions. Paved and shell recreation trails surround the perimeter.


Venue Rental

We offer several indoor and outdoor spaces for birthdays, celebrations, 5Ks and more.


With everything from yoga to community rowing, dragon boat paddling and model sailboats we offer a variety of aquatic and fitness programs. 


We offer a variety of camps from summer camps, to day camps to boater safety camp with Spirit of America!

Equipment Rentals

Rent a variety of aquatic equipment such as kayaks or stand-up paddleboards.


Join us for a music festival, food truck rally or fireworks over the lake! We have a calendar full of events for you to enjoy.


Our world-class facilities and subperb service are perfect for teams looking to train in aquatic sports. 


Become a vendor at one of our many hosted and signature events.

Coming Soon

Other Events


Become a member of Nathan Benderson Park and take advantage of all NBP has to offer.

Receive full access to the Finish Tower as well as a parking pass, 10% off merchandise and access to boat storage. Additional benefits available for select perks members. 

The park is nice, there are biking and walking trails (covered with asphalt) and there is even a nature trail that runs parallel and close to the walking trail (covered in crushed shells and gravel). There are restrooms and a playground for kids. Overall, it’s a great place to get some fresh air, go for a stroll, and catch a glimpse of herons, limpkins, ducks, and egrets.

Stefan Ciosici

Fun for the whole family

Located in Sarasota, Fla., Nathan Benderson Park (NBP) is a unique 600-acre community park that includes North America’s premier 2,000-meter sprint rowing course and a regatta center.

One of a handful of sites in the United States identified as having all of the natural attributes that make up a world-class rowing and recreational facility, Nathan Benderson Park began hosting organized regatta competitions in 2009.

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Volunteer at NBP

Experience all the fun at Nathan Benderson Park while volunteering for one of our many events. You will get to work alongside great people and take part in some of our most exciting events of the year!