Bradenton is on the Manatee River where Riverfront Park features, Cultural Events, a playhouse, river charters, fishing, boating, artist community restaurants, shopping and nightlife near Bradenton beaches on the Gulf of Mexico; accommodations, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.
Bradenton, Florida at the mouth of the Manatee River, Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico is ideal for boating, golf and tennis and expansive beaches.  Travel Lodging, hotels, motels, Inns and Suites, vacation condominiums, vacation homes and cottage rentals have easy access to the Manatee Riverfront Park, downtown attractions, entertainment, restaurants, nightlife and Beaches.
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BIRDING BRADENTON FLORIDA
Birding in & around Bradenton

The Visitor Information and vacation Travel Guide to Bradenton including
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Coquina Beach, Cortez Beach, Manatee Beach & Anna Maria Beaches



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 Nearby Communities
  (listed north to south)
  Anna Maria Island
  Longboat Key
  Lido Key
  Sarasota
  Siesta Key
  Casey Key
  Venice
  Englewood
  Manasota Key

Birding Bradenton

Although, Florida is home to more than 480 species of birds, several hundred species pass through during spring and fall migrations.

A helpful guide for migratory bird identification can be found HERE.

Spring: February through May
Fall: Mid August through November
Winter is the best birding season as the bird population explodes with winged visitors.

Lake Manatee State Park -

This 549-acre park offers a rich mixture of nature-based experiences and activities with 60 campsites for tents and recreational vehicle hook-ups for water and electricity. There’s also a picnic area, with a children’s playground, restrooms and showers and a lakeshore beach.

The park offers 6.5 miles of multi-use trails, the Bobcat trail (.69 miles), Campground Alley trail (.62) and Longleaf Lane trail (.53 miles) where visitors can observe bobcats, deer, gopher tortoise and a host of birds and reptiles in their natural habitats. The pine flatwoods and sand pine scrub is also home to the endangered Florida Scrub Jay.

Each year, Lake Manatee State Park presents its open house called Discover Lake Manatee. The yearly event occurs in February and features plenty of outdoor family exhibits like wildlife exhibits, kids fishing clinics, ranger guided tours and much more. The event is free and offers something for the whole family.

The state park is open 365 days a year, from 8 a.m. until sunset. More Information

Robinson Preserve -

This 400-acre Bradenton preserve offers a 50-foot-tall observation tower, a 500-foot boardwalk and 10 miles of shelled/paved biking and hiking trails. There are Waterways, marshlands and uplands including ecosystems of saltern, salt marsh, mangrove and coastal hardwood hammocks.

Two artificial platforms have been erected for an eagle pair who have fledged three sets of young in recent years.












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Attn. Intl. Visitors
Climb the tower and discover sweeping views of Tampa Bay, Anna Maria Island, Egmont Key, Fort DeSoto, as well as St. Petersburg and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Stroll through the preserve for some of the best birding on the Gulf Coast, no matter what time of day. With trails for hikers, cyclists, and paddlers to explore, this family-friendly preserve is an excellent coastal destination.

The preserve is open from 8 AM to sunset. The gate closes automatically, so be sure to return to the parking area well before the posted time. Dogs and bicycles are welcome. Up to 8 miles of hiking are possible by also following a paved bike trail to the Anna Maria Causeway and back. Trail maps are available at the trailhead. More Information

Egmont Key -

Although this park is primarily a wildlife refuge, it can be a personal refuge - a place to relax and collect shells along secluded, pristine beaches. Accessible only by Ferry or private boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. During the19th century, the island served as a camp for captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War and was later occupied by the Union Navy during the Civil War. In 1898, as the Spanish - American War threatened, Fort Dade was built on the island and remained active until 1923. After touring the historic sites and trails, visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. It is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach.

The Florida Online Park Guide is the State's official page on Egmont Key and contains valuable information and special notices. There’s a bird checklist, map of the Key and more.

Manatee River -

Take a boat tour from Regatta Pointe or Twin Dolphin’s Marinas for a Manatee River adventure. You’ll have opportunities to observe endangered wood storks and other threatened species like the snowy plover, bald eagle, Florida scrub-jay,and peregrine falcon. More common birds include cattle egret, white ibis, great blue heron, and yellow-crowned night heron.

For a complete list of birding opportunities Click: HERE.

Bradenton Florida with the beaches of Anna Maria on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive cool, soft white sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.  Bradenton Florida with the beaches of Anna Maria on the Gulf of Mexico with expansive cool, soft white sandy beaches, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.
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