Oscar Scherer State Park
Oscar Scherer State Park is located between Sarasota and Venice on the West Coast of Florida and features a wide array of experiences and amenities. The park is a 1400-acre sanctuary to local wildlife, as it is surrounded by highways and housing developments. Referred to as one of Florida's hidden gems, 15 miles of hiking trails allow visitors to encounter the park's wildlife such as bald eagles, bobcats, North American river otters, alligators, gopher tortoises, and - most notably - the Florida Scrub Jay. The Florida Scrub Jay is endemic to Florida, meaning it is found no where else on the planet and requires the unique features of Florida scrub habitats in order to survive. This curious bird attracts thousands of visitors each year, with the park even offering 'Sunday Scrub Jay Walks'. Other amenities such as canoeing, biking, camping, hiking, snorkeling, and even wedding services are offered at the park.