The Rainbow Lakes Estates was established in 1959, originally comprised of 16 square miles and includes three sparkling lakes (Lake Bonable, Little Lake Bonable, and Tiger Lake.) These lakes constitute approximately 330 acres of water for our members' fishing and watersport pleasure, with access to a fishing pier and boat ramp as well. While Rainbow Lakes provides quality recreational opportunities and facility use to its residents and property owners, non-residents may also purchase memberships and enjoy use of amenities such as the Youth Center.
As part of Orange County's Parks and Recreation division, Meadow Woods Park and Recreation Center is dedicated to preserving the environment and providing exceptional recreation for the well-being of our communities. Meadow Woods offers numerous programs for all ages, from toddlers to adults. In addition to after school programs, camps, and youth and adult athletics, Meadow Woods has started an archery program as well!
Shamrock Park and Nature Center encompass some of the last remaining scrub habitat in the coastal area of Sarasota County. It includes a 1.2 mile paved multi-use trail that winds through the central portion of the park. The park trail system connects to the Venetian Waterway Trail, which further connects to the 10.6 mile Legacy Trail. This network of trails offers park visitors the opportunity to walk, bike or roller blade from Shamrock Park to downtown Venice, the historic train station, Caspersen Beach, and north to Sarasota with several parks to visit along the way.
The Coldwater Nationals is a fox dog field trial designed to introduce more young people to hunting and conservation by providing safe, educational, mentored youth hunts. The youth accompanied by a parent or guardian can learn outdoor skills from a mentor during organized hunts. We hold our annual fox dog field trial event at the Coldwater Creek Recreation Area. What is a Fox Dog Field Trial? It is a 3-day hunt for 5 hours each day, where dogs are cast into the field to pursue game animals and their skills are assessed by judges.
Cypress Pillar Healing Arts is dedicated to helping "grow a healthier you" through programs and services that support the mind, body, and spirit. We believe very strongly that connecting people to nature as well as teaching traditional outdoor activities such as archery, kayaking, fishing, environmental education, mindfulness, and outdoor survival can truly help improve health. These types of programs are a vital part of our Healing Arts Center's offerings. We provide programs at our center, online via virtual classes, and also offsite at parks and preserves.
Acquired by the Indian Trail Improvement District in 2006, the Hamlin House is an indoor facility used for public rentals and recreation programming. With a maximum capacity of 78 people, the Hamlin House features an open concept indoor space with two restrooms and can be used for a variety of rental purposes including but not limited to: meetings, weddings, baby and bridal showers, as well as dance and educational classes.
The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches began in 1957 with our Ranch in Live Oak, FL. Our Camping Services department begin in 1983 in Barberville, FL at our Youth Camp. As of 2020 there are 4 residential ranches, 3 overnight camps, and one day camp. During our summer program we offer 7 mobile camps through out the state every week.We work with youth in need of services who would not have the opportunity to go to summer camp. Our camping motto is "Law enforcement officers are your friends". Alongside our camp counselors, deputies volunteer a week at a time to come spend time with our campers.
The Sanctuary features a fully functioning wildlife hospital, an interactive discovery center, and nature trails that are home to rescued native Florida animal ambassadors. We offer field trips, outreach, and virtual programs for school children, adults, homeschool groups, etc. as well as a variety of daily public programs. We also offer a Junior Naturalist program for nature nerds ages 5-12.
At Caruth Camp, campers experience many different therapeutic activities including paddle sports, high ropes, archery, swimming, and many other recreational activities, which allows them the opportunity to build basic teamwork and peer communication skills. Additionally, they can spend the week enjoying the beautiful, tranquil outdoor environment.