Oscar Scherer State Park RV & Campground Guide


The Oscar Scherer State Park was originally constructed to protect the ecosystem just outside Osprey, FL. The park is an unexpected natural oasis in the middle of an urban environment. Salt and freshwater fishing are both available. You can also swim in the water and hike or bike over 15 miles of paths during your stay. Located in Sarasota County along the Gulf Coast, this park is near Fort Myers, Sarasota, and Siesta Keys.

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Spring 62-82 F
Summer 72-91 F
Fall 70-90 F
Winter 76-55 F
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Nearby Cities
Osprey, FL
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Oscar Scherer State Park

With so many exciting things to do in the park and around it, this region is perfect for an RV trip. You'll be able to explore Oscar Scherer State Park as well as some of the relaxing campgrounds in the area. If you don't have a recreational vehicle, get a rental on RVshare.com

Oscar Scherer State Park Campground

Oscar Scherer State Park offers many camping spots with full hookups. You can reserve spots here up to 11 months in advance. You will want to reserve your spot as far ahead as possible to take advantage of everything this park offers, including snorkeling, swimming, and guided paddling adventures. Rates start at $26 a night. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: No 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other features: Ocean views, numerous park activities, laundry 

Turtle Beach Campground

You can stay under the palm trees at Turtle Beach Campground, which also has crushed-shell camping pads. Enjoy taking the open-air trolley into Siesta Village or stay in the campground and take in stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other features: Direct access to Siesta Beach, open-air trolley 

Sarasota Sunny South

Sarasota Sunny South is an ideal spot for seniors who want to relax. You can take your dog to play in the pet area before swimming in the pool with its own Tiki bar at this 55+ campground in Sarasota, Florida. Rates start at about $69 per night, and many weekly and monthly spots are available. 

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other features: Cable TV, pool, dog area 

Sun N Fun RV Resort

Here, you can swim in the heated Olympic-size swimming pool, do art projects in the craft center, fish, or let your children participate in the special summer camps. You can stay for about $66 per night at the Sun N Fun RV Resort

• Water hookup: Yes 

• Electrical hookup: Yes 

• Sewer hookup: Yes 

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other features: Craft room, fitness center, pool, community activities 

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What to Do at
Oscar Scherer State Park

Inside Oscar Scherer State Park

Oscar Scherer State Park is a unique habitat/species management area that's home to over 200 species of birds. When you visit, you can go on a ranger-led paddling adventure, swim, play on sandy shores, rollerblade, cool off by scuba diving, or enjoy a picnic. Legacy Trail runs right through this park, making it a great place for a bike ride. Look at the park’s calendar for organized events and activities happening throughout the year. Couples often choose this location as a wedding venue.

Outside Oscar Scherer State Park

If you happen to get tired of exploring Oscar Scherer State Park or need a great place to pick up dinner or go shopping, there are many terrific places nearby. Additionally, there are other attractions you might want to visit in the area. Osprey and nearby Sarasota are very popular with visitors.


Daiquiri Deck Island of Venice

While you can find great oysters here, you may also want to consider their grouper fingers, gator bites, conch fritters, peel-and-eat shrimp, or buffalo-style chicken wraps. If you're looking for a refreshing drink, you should definitely get one of their frozen daiquiris.

Type: Diner

Location: 300 West Venice Ave. Venice, FL 34285

Max's Table

Start your day with pancakes, eggs, French toast, or avocado toast at Max's Table. Come in to get a burger, gyro, or soft taco for lunch.

Type: Diner

Location: 115 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229-9211

Mad Moe’s Pub & Grill

Join the fun of watching live sports on 20 TVs or listen to the outdoor entertainment at this pub. It serves all your favorite sport’s bar foods, including nachos and fried mozzarella sticks, along with many craft-beer selections.

Type: Pub

Location: 106 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

Rosebud’s Steak & Seafood

Since 1995, this location has been serving black angus steaks that have been aged for a minimum of 30 days. You may want to come in and try their veal or chicken specials.

Type: Steakhouse

Location: 2215 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

Roessler's Restaurant

Located in a 3-acre garden, Roessler's Restaurant offers oysters on the half-shell, escargot, firecracker shrimp, and other seafood favorites. You'll love the relaxed family-friendly atmosphere.

Type: Seafood

Location: 2033 Vamo Way, Sarasota, FL 34238


Charming Shark Surf Jewelry

This company has been offering shark-inspired jewelry since 1984. Stop in to grab a unique gift or souvenir of your travels.

Location: 48 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

Daddy O's Record Rack

Regardless of your music style, you can find it within this store’s collection of more than 1,000 records and CDs. They also carry audiobooks and other items.

Location: 147 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

Your Farm and Garden

Owner Robert Albritton’s family opened their first business here in the 1880s. Today, you can visit them for all your gardening supplies and pottery.

Location: 735 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232

Beach Bazaar

Grab the supplies that you need for a day at the beach at Beach Bazaar. Don't forget to grab some souvenirs to take home with you.

Location: 5211 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242


Dabbert Gallery

View art from around the world at this gallery. It's located downtown in the Sarasota Arts and Theater District.

Location: 404 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34242

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

At Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, you can see over 5,500 orchids, 3,500 bromeliads, and 1,600 other plants.

Location: 900 South Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34232

Myakka River State Park

Florida’s first state-designated wild and scenic river flows through this state park. During your visit, you can enjoy a canopy tour, take wildlife boat and tram rides, and hike along the boardwalk.

Location: 13208 State Rd 72 Sarasota, FL 34241


This home was originally built for John Ringling, the co-founder of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Today, it welcomes visitors year-round. The five-story opulent home is filled with antiques.

Location: 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

People have been coming to watch animal and nature shows at Sarasota Jungle Gardens since 1938. You will not want to miss the opportunity to see the 200 native and exotic animals that live on-site.

Location: 3701 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34234

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How to Get to
Oscar Scherer State Park

Once you get on Interstate 75, it's easy to reach this park. Take the Venice/Osprey Florida 681 South exit. After getting on Florida 681 South, stay right at the fork to get on US 41 N. Follow that road for 1.9 miles to arrive at the park.

Entering Oscar Scherer State Park

Oscar Scherer State Park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset for day-use visitors. Camping and other activities are available year-round.

Oscar Scherer State Park Per vehicle (up to eight people) : $5.0

2-8 person occupied vehicle

Oscar Scherer State Park Per person : $4.0

Single person occupied vehicle

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