Arts / Entertainment
Biking & Hiking
Boats - Kayaks
Dog Parks / Beaches
Fun Things To Do
Parks - Preserves
Relocate & Re-invent
Snorkeling / Scuba
Sporting - Events
(listed north to south)
Anna Maria Island
Desoto National Park - From mid-December to the mid-April, De Soto National Memorial offers living history talks
and demonstrations at Camp Uzita, located in the Western portion of the park. Here visitors can experience the life of
16th Century Spanish explorers and American Indians first hand. Guests can also try on reproduction 16th century armor
The Gamble Plantation - This antebellum mansion was home to Major Robert Gamble and headquarters of an extensive
sugar plantation. It is the only surviving plantation house in South Florida.
Manatee Village Historical Park - Explore pioneer life in early Manatee County. Walk through our Historical
Village, learn about the importance of boat builders in the community, the life of a one-room school teacher, pioneer
justice and how homes were designed to combat the Florida heat.
Cortez Fishing Village - Hosting two festivals yearly, this is the last remaining fishing village on Florida's
Robinson Preserve - Robinson Preserve features numerous recreational opportunities for rollerblading, hiking,
biking and fishing as well as canoe/kayak trails with storage and launch area. Additional amenities include an
observation tower with views of Tampa Bay and the Skyway Bridge, platforms for eagle nesting, picnic and camping areas,
and a historic visitors center.
Emerson Point Preserve - Emerson Point Preserve is a 365 acre preserve located at the tip of Snead Island in
western Palmetto. At Emerson Point, visitors can take in the beauty of Florida's wildlife and native plant communities
while exploring both prehistoric and historic sites. Recreational opportunities include rollerblading, hiking, biking
and fishing as well as two canoe & kayak launch areas. Additional amenities include an observation tower and two picnic
Rye Preserve - At over 21,000 acres, the Duette Preserve is the largest Preserve in the County system. It is
located in the eastern part of the County and contains the headwaters of Manatee River. Many diverse species of game and
non-game animals can be found on Duette Preserve, including the burrowing owl, snowy egret, white ibis, gopher tortoise,
and at least two endangered/threatened species, the Florida scrub jay and the eastern indigo snake.
Leffis Key - An island preserve with a prominent hill offering panoramic views of Sarasota Bay. Site amenities
include footpaths that circle and scale the hill, benches, and boardwalks that meander through a mangrove forest.
Strategically placed viewing platforms penetrate the open water with interpretive signs describing various habitats and
respective plant and animal life.
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