Bradenton Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile-long public green space located along the Manatee River in Bradenton, Florida, between Business US 41 and South Tamiami Trail. The five-acre park opened to the public on October 18, 2012 and features a skatepark, 400-seat amphitheater, playgrounds, and a splash pad. The area is maintained by the city of Bradenton and the nonprofit organization Realize Bradenton.
Emerson Point Preserve is situated on the West end of Snead island on the North shore of the Manatee river with Terra Ceia Bay to the north. It offers a network of hiking and kayak trails to experience a wide variety of coastal Florida wildlife and habitats. Ancient and historic remains of its inhabitants are accessible and well interpreted to give a sense of what life in Manatee County was like prior to and during its settlement.
The Florida Railroad Museum is a railroad museum located in Parrish, Florida. The museum operates a heritage railroad and offers round-trip tourist excursions along six miles of the former Seaboard Air Line Sarasota Subdivision in Manatee County between Parrish and Willow.
Hunsader Farms got its start in 1967 when three Hunsader Brothers left their Wisconsin dairy farm to try their hand at growing vegetables in the sunny south. The brothers cleared the land by hand and planted their first crop of 80 acres of tomatoes in the fall of 1967. The operation prospered and grew, and in 1990 was handed down to their sons who gave it the name Hunsader Farms.
Through the years we have added many events and activities in an effort to share with the community a little piece of our farming heritage. In 1990 we built the barn style Farm Market, then added the petting zoo in 1991. In 1992 we kicked off our first Pumpkin Festival, while the summer of 1995 was spent building a playground and picnic area for families. The year 1997 brought the construction of our modern-day outhouse. In 2002 we built our craft and antique store, The Farmer’s Wife, and in 2005 turned it into an ice cream and gift shop. In 2013 we opened our antique barn. The old town was added in 2014.
We hope you come visit us as we help you catch a glimpse of days past when life was a little slower, a little sweeter, and a lot simpler.
Lake Manatee State Park is a 556-acre State Park in the U.S. state of Florida, located on the south shore of 2,400-acre Lake Manatee. It is 9 miles east of I-75 on State Road 64 in Bradenton. It is made up of pine flatwoods, Sand Pine scrub, marshes, and hardwood forests. Activities include canoeing and kayaking, camping, boating, picnicking, swimming. Among the wildlife of the park are alligators, turtles, osprey. Amenities include a 60-site campground, boat ramp, dock, and picnic area. The park is open from 8:00 am till sundown year-round.
Little Manatee River State Park is a 2,433-acre Florida State Park located 5 miles south of Sun City, off U.S. Route 301 on Lightfoot Road and along the Little Manatee River. Activities include kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and horseback riding, as well as camping, walking, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Among the wildlife of the park are Florida scrub jays, white-tailed deer, warblers, raccoons, nine-banded armadillos, bobcats, American alligators and North American river otters. Amenities include a 6.5-mile hiking trail, 12 miles of hiking and equestrian trails and four equestrian campsites, a full-facility campground, a primitive campsite along the trail and a youth/group campground. There is a picnic area along the river with tables, grills, and pavilions. The park is open from 8:00 am till sundown year-round.
Palmetto Historical Park is located in the heart of Palmetto Historic District in Palmetto, Florida, Manatee County, Florida. The Park includes Palmetto’s first Post Office, a cottage museum, a historic one room schoolhouse, a small military museum and a reproduction chapel representative of area churches. There is also a chapel, Military Museum and the 1914 Carnegie Library. Palmetto Historical Park is operated by the Palmetto Historical Commission, Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court, the Manatee County Board of County Commission, and the City of Palmetto. It is located in the Palmetto Historic District. The Manatee County Agricultural Museum next door is housed in a building formerly housing Palmetto’s police, fire and maintenance personnel.
Experience a slice of old Florida at the Rye Preserve. You don’t have to travel far, Rye Preserve is closer than you think. This 145 acre property located just northwest of the Lake Manatee Dam.
The preserve’s trail system leads visitors through four distinctive ecosystems, including sand pine scrub, xeric oak scrub, oak hammocks and the river community. A variety of interesting creatures can be seen in these areas including the rare gopher tortoise and Florida scrub-jay.
Rye Preserve is home to a piece of Manatee County’s early pioneer history. Within the preserve visitors can view the Rye Family Cemetery, the last remaining reminder of the old Rye river community.
The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, located in Bradenton, Florida, is a natural and cultural history museum specializing in the history of Florida’s gulf coast. It houses exhibits highlighting Florida history from the prehistoric to the present. The Museum also features regularly changing exhibits in the East Gallery, as well as in other small galleries throughout the first and second floors of the Museum. The Bishop also includes a Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat, the former home of Snooty the manatee. The Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat is a founding member of the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership and has rehabilitated 36 manatees since 1998. The Planetarium, which was opened in the mid-1960s, has since been entirely remodeled and received a significant technical upgrading in October 2013.
The Artists Guild of Manatee was formed in 1999 as a non-profit with a mission to build a community where artists live and work while enhancing quality of life and creating a harmonious environment. The Guild is primarily made up of Village residents and business owners, along with community members who share our vision. Over the past sixteen years the Guild together with Village residents have worked hard to make the Village of the Arts a thriving place while enhancing the quality of neighborhood life and nurturing the creative spirit.
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