If you really want to see some stunning flowers and some nature, marking Southwest Florida as your next destination isn’t such a bad idea! Around a hour and a half south of Tampa Florida and 2 hours north of the Florida Everglades lies the attractive city of Sarasota County, Florida. The city of Sarasota consist of several towns such as Venice, Nokomis, and Siesta Keys, all part of the same county. Sarasota sits along the Gulf of Mexico and its pristine position makes it the great source for sightseeing, hiking, birding, and all things nature.
The Shamrock Nature Center in Venice, Florida
My first stop to see wildflowers was at The Shamrock Nature Center in Sarasota County. When hiking in this nature filled park you will see some of the most pretty cactus flowers and pink wildflowers. While looking at flowers you might stumble upon some of nature’s friends such as woodpeckers, bluebirds, butterflies, and even turtles. As you walk around the trails you will find yourself surrounded by hundreds of daisies and even water fronts that surely compliment the surroundings. The beggar’s tick flowers and Herbaceous Mimosa are just a few of many wildflowers you will see along a walk in the Shamrock Nature Center.
Oscar Scherer Park in Nokomis, Florida
Another nice spot to see wildflowers is at Sarasota counties Oscar Scherer Park along the highway 41. At this park you are nicely greeted with all sorts of wildflowers as you drive along the swirling paths before entering the hiking trails. You want to also be sure to pack your camera because once you’re on the winding trails you will see many species of wild flowers growing along the river. Kayakers on the river also have the pleasure of spotting a variety of flowers against the water way as well. In addition, wild brown rabbits and squirrels can also be seen at this park, as they run under the oak trees, palm trees and flower brushes. This is an abundant place to spot wildflowers this spring and a great place to bring the whole family as well.
Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida
The concluding location I stumbled upon is another habitation where you can spot a delightful variety of spring wildflowers. In Siesta Keys at the Sarasota beaches you are first welcomed with wire-grass and palms, but along the footpaths and along the palm trees are lots of wildflowers growing in abundance this spring. So not only do you get the pleasure of enjoying the beautiful white sand, and the restless ocean, but the wildflowers are there to appreciate too. While you’re adoring the flowers, you can also take a seat at the numerous seats on the beach to unwind and lookout to the flowers swaying in the indulgent ocean breeze.
Christina is a medical student and professional photographer who was raised in the South. She enjoys cooking, traveling to the mountains, and volunteering. On her free time she has fun documenting flowers and birds she photographs and she enjoys painting as well.
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