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Lake Manatee State Park

20007 State Road 64, Bradenton, FL 34212
(941) 741-3028
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Ranked #15 of 29 attractions in Bradenton
Type: State Parks
Fee: Yes
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Bradenton, Florida
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Sarasota, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Nice sites, water, electric with dump station not far. Friendly staff. Small lake walking distance but I wouldn't swim there. Clean bathroom. Noise from highway, gun range and local racetrack but not all the time. Spring break brought local family's with tons of kids and bikes. I would guess 13 or 14 young kids on the 3 a joining sites... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

Great park camp there for a week there where really cool trails and loved the campsite set up the only problem was it said on website swimin put when you got there there was a sign that says harmful bacteria

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
43 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

It is a nice enough park and campground, clean bathrooms and friendly staff. Vegetation between the sites provides enough privacy to feel comfortable. The trails are nothing special just easy walk around the park. I think you can rent canoes and there are some other activities to do but we did not bother to find out. After one night we... More

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Sammamish, Washington
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106 reviews 106 reviews
74 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

This is one of the best kept secrets of central Florida!! Absolutely pristine lake waters, private good-size camping spaces, beautiful surroundings. Everything about being there only translates into peace of mind and spirit! Go renew yourself in front of this marvelous lake. Can't wait to go back again.

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Montreal, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a beautiful campground. It is well kept, clean with friendly staff. The huge problem is that it is 1.5 miles from a car race track. On weekends the noise is Omni-present. They start around 8am and finish late in the evening, Thursday thru sunday.

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Winter Haven
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5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We just finished a weekend camping trip here. There is not much to do at the park unless you have a boat or canoe/kayak to enjoy the lake in. However, for a short camping trip it is great just for a nature get-away! The campsites are really nice and large with a lot of vegetation in between for privacy. The... More

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Tampa, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good space between campsites. Nice to have a swimming spot on site. Ants at the site were somewhat annoying. Nice clean rest room facilities, and pretty convenient to grocery store. Don't take the canoes to the dam... it is considered trespassing if you go past the bouys near the dam.

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Bradenton, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We have visited this park many times for picnics, walks, and even camped here one weekend. It is not a place that requires much time. The trails are very limited and short. Other than fishing on the lake (from a boat), there is very little to do here. Last time we went, there were bacteria warnings near the lake. It's... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Spaces are far enough apart to ensure your privacy. Park was very clean and well kept. Staff was very friendly and helpful. We will stay there again. We stayed 3 days from Sunday to Wednesday.

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