Explore the Lido Key Mangrove Tunnels

If you’re searching for a way to enjoy the great outdoors on your next trip to Lido Key, don’t miss the chance to experience the Lido Key mangrove tunnels located in nearby Ted Sterling Park.

Ted Sterling Park

Nestled on the southern tip of Lido Key, Ted Sterling Park is a hidden gem that offers stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. The park earned its name from Ted Sterling, a former city commissioner who was instrumental in its development. 

A playground, a covered pavilion, and a walking trail wind through the mangroves for visitors to explore. Picnic tables and grills are available for those who want to enjoy a meal with a view.

Ted Sterling Park is the perfect place to enjoy a day in nature, and it’s a great spot for watching dolphins and manatees. One of the most popular places to visit is the tidal marshlands. You can spot a dazzling array of bird species as they flock by in the hundreds. 

Another highlight of this park is its gorgeous beachfront, soft white sand, and clear waters that are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, and more. Whether you want to relax on the sand or get up close and personal with wildlife, Lido Key rentals offer everything you need for a truly memorable outdoor adventure at Ted Sterling Park.

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Florida is an incredible destination for people who love spending time outdoors. With a wide range of natural environments, from pristine beaches to lush mangrove forests to winding bayous, there is always something exciting and beautiful to explore in this great state. When you’re staying at one of our Lido Key rentals, you’ll never run out of things to do. Here are a few activities to experience at Ted Sterling Park! 

Mangrove Tunnels

For an incredible and unique experience, check out the mangrove tunnels at Ted Sterling Park. These mysterious waterways are lined by massive mangrove trees and their root systems, which grow up high above your head and block out virtually all sunlight. 

Navigating through these winding channels is like exploring a secret world straight from a movie. The real magic happens when you venture under the trees, where you’ll feel like you have entered another dimension. The water here is completely still and quite clear, allowing you to see all of the fascinating aquatic life that calls this place home. 

Our favorite ways to explore the mangrove tunnels in Lido Key are by stand-up paddleboard or kayak. Whether you’re a first-time paddler or a seasoned pro, the mangrove tunnels at Ted Sterling Park are sure to delight and amaze you. Grab your board (or rent one) and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!


When it comes to birding, there is simply no better place than Ted Sterling Park. With its diverse ecosystems and sprawling acres of untouched wilderness, this park offers the perfect conditions for a wide variety of birds to flourish. 

Towering groves of trees provide shelter and nesting spots. At the same time, lush patches of shrubs offer a continuous supply of insects to feed upon. To make things even better, swaths of open water give the birds unparalleled views of their surroundings, so they can find their next meal while you observe from a distance. 

There are over 29 species of loons, ducks, cormorants, and more in the mangroves of Florida. Whether you are an experienced birder or just a casual observer, there is no doubt that Ted Sterling Park offers some truly unbeatable birding opportunities. So, mark your calendars and prepare to fill your journal with all the feathered friends you can imagine!

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Canoe and Kayak Launch

The canoe and kayak launch at Ted Sterling Park is located just south of the Mangrove Tunnels Canoe & Kayak Rentals shop. It’s an easy launch with just a few steps down to the water. 


This scenic park offers prime fishing opportunities from several vantage points, including the shoreline and boats in the water. This park is truly an angler’s haven with crystal-clear waters and plenty of shade trees. 

Common catches here include snapper, trout, pompano, and catfish, all of which can be enjoyed with a cold beverage and good company. There are plenty of places nearby to rent equipment if you need it. 

Pack up your gear and head on down to your Lido Key rental for some unforgettable fishing fun in Ted Sterling Park! You won’t regret it. Trust us – it’s guaranteed to be awesome!

Wildlife Watching

You’ll find yourself enveloped at Ted Sterling Park in a web of wildlife. This vibrant ecosystem is teeming with activity and life, from dolphins and manatees to turtles and other marine life. 

Whether strolling along the beach or kayaking through the nearshore waters, you’ll be sure to encounter all types of feathered friends and finned creatures.

Book Your Lido Key Rental

If you’re looking for an exciting adventure or a relaxing day by the water, Ted Sterling Park is the perfect place for your next vacation. Be sure to add exploring the mangrove tunnels to your list of things to do when you stay in one of our Lido Key rentals!