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Lake Manatee State Park

Address: 20007 State Road 64, Bradenton, FL 34212
Phone Number: (941) 741-3028
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Ranked #13 of 18 Attractions in Bradenton
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Fee: Yes
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Fee: Yes
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Great little state park that makes you stop & relax ... take a few short walks, chat with a couple neighbors, enjoy Saturday morning coffee sponsored by the very caring camp hosts Jerry & Caroline while you mingle with the other residents (we were the rare camper mixed in to the group of residents :-)) and the dogs all say... More 

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Brampton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My husband and I just spent a week enjoying this lovely location. We are new to the RV world and this park was perfect for our first extended trip. Host Jerry and his wife are excellent ambassadors for the park. Jerry really maintains the facilities with military care. Our only negative is that there is no beach and I don't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

enjoyed the quiet time at the park. Everyone were friendly as well as the staff. My wife's sister and brother in law live in Bradenton, Fl. This is the closest park to Bradenton. Wy wife and I camped with my Daughter and our two dogs. We had a third dog which is my daughter's service dog. This is our second... More 

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London, Canada
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Lake Manatee is clear and fishing good. Fishing dock and playground nice. Paved roads/trails and sand sites. Quiet and well kept. No Wifi. Campground host Gerry is friendly and does a great job. Spots are a good size and fairly private with vegetation between. Five miles to town. Was half empty during the week. This is our second time here... More 

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Dunwoody, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

You won't see any manatees at Lake Manatee. The brochures make it clear that the dam which produced the lake keeps its namesakes out of the lake. From this tourist's perspective, there wasn't much else to see, either. The "beach" was tiny and clogged with water hyacinths. Facilities were OK, as was the campground, Our best time was spent playing... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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18 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Not much to see. The lake is beautiful but a little disconcerting with signs all over warning about alligators.

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Lakeland, Florida
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21 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I saw the park, and took a drive around, looks like a good place to take you dog for a walk, there spots for putting a boat it. I even saw a place ground. Looking forward to coming back here when its not raining, so I can spend more time. Looks like a nice peaceful place.

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Bradenton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Nice boat ramp no facilities. Kept lake natural a treasure in the rough. Camping is available. Doesn't open until 8 am so don't go early.Watch bank for alligators

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Sarasota, Florida
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143 reviews 143 reviews
62 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The kids were scared to death to swim as they were afraid of being eaten by alligators. It was a hot - hot day. Like 99 degrees. It was too hot to hike - there was a bit of shade - but not enough to keep the kids happy or busy!

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Bradenton, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This bit of wild FL is easily accessible from Sarasota and Bradenton. If you take the boat tour, you are very likely to see 20 to 50 gators. The land tour gives you a view of FL cattle country in the early 1900s. You don't have to take a tour though to enjoy the park. The foot paths allow delightful... More 

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