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Welcome To Nathan Benderson Park

Nathan Benderson Park

The park remains closed. The NBP Conservancy team continues assessing damage and cleaning debris. Our goal is to reopen a safe, inviting environment for the communities we serve.
Please check here for the most up-to-date information.

NBP Trick Or Treat On The Lake

Join us for a special evening of trick-or-treating the whole family will enjoy!
Get into the spirit by enjoying Halloween favorites for the entire family by the lake on Regatta Island. Come dressed in your spookiest, silliest, star-studded costumes for an evening of trick-or-treating along a candy trail of not-too-spooky themed booths decorated by community organizations. Plus, there will be an area for interactive play, storytelling and live music, and “Hotel Transylvania” will play on our large video screen,
The event is free, but parking is $10 per vehicle on Regatta Island.
Sponsorships are available. Learn more here.

NBP Paddling Teams 6x World Champions

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

Florida Turkey Trot Presented By Publix

Thanksgiving Morning, 8 a.m.

 This 5K run/walk event — now in its fourth year — brings nearly 4,000 runners, joggers and walkers from across the Suncoast and beyond for what’s become a new Thanksgiving tradition. All participants receive a finisher medal and race shirt, as well as food and drink at the after-race party. The “floating final mile” of the run/walk takes participants over the park’s competition lake on the floating concrete wave attenuator, which is normally not open to the public

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.

Our Sponsors

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!