There’s a little secret garden on Long Boat Key called the Joan M. Durante Park. It’s located at 5550 Gulf of Mexico Drive, just a hair north of Euphemia Haye restaurant.
On a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, the park was lightly populated with runners, walkers and a few bikes. Biking was not so easy as most of the paths were gravel. We were delighted to see the sign: Leashed Dogs are Welcome.
The park looks a little bit like a manicured bayou. Fountains and ornamental grasses line the walkway to the pavillion. Beyond lays a stretch of path out to the bay.
This great facility offers residents a safe place for dog walking away from the road and for visitors to the Key it should be a go to spot to get some exercise for their pup! Open from dawn to dusk.
Joan M. Durante Community Park
5550 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key, Florida 34228
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