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Lake Manatee State Park

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Address: 20007 State Road 64, Bradenton, FL 34212
Phone Number: (941) 741-3028
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Pretty afternoon close to home

Take a drive and walk around in the woods. It is very relaxing. We saw panther tracks! There had been a fire through there in the recent past, but all the animals were around. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Sarasota, Florida
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Columbus, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We visited this park to take children fishing. They didn't catch anything but this park was beautiful! I think we were the only ones there. The lake was quiet and peaceful. To our surprise while fishing we started to notice large gator swimming in the lake close to the dock! There was nothing on the website about gators...but swimming and... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Take a drive and walk around in the woods. It is very relaxing. We saw panther tracks! There had been a fire through there in the recent past, but all the animals were around. We went before dusk, and saw racoons, possums, and lots of birds. I got alot of nice pictures. Take bug spray or the mosquitoes may carry... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We visited for a Sunday afternoon picnic and found that it had very nice picnic areas. As with many other FL state parks, it offers a very wide range of activities. However, we have not taken advantage of them yet. We do plan to go back for an overnight stay and we're sure we'll enjoy them.

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Sarasota, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This is our drinking water source. The place is very natural and the campground and day facilities are nice. I'd kayak here or picnic, or just watch nature

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Nice, shaded campsite (we had 55), fun bike trails. A little disappointed that the beach was overgrown. We had fun canoeing. Yes, there are gators, (get used to it whiners, this is Florida) and really nice rangers. They have bike rentals for a nominal fee and canoe rentals too.

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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

It is a small state park but the grounds are rundown and the facilities were in poor condition; ie. boat launch area was cluttered with brush and debris from the lake, the swimming area is over grown with vegetation in the water and no beach, there are no multi-use trails and the walking trails are basically unimproved...

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Well maintained park and campground. Good hiking trails and picnic pavilion with plenty of tables. Campground sites feature privacy, fire ring, electric and water hook-ups. Only (minor) negative is that the engines from the speedway can be heard here...

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

We periodically try out parks we have never visited. This was one and so glad we did. Individual campsites are private and perfectly maintained. In our experience Florida Rangers and parks are the best.

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Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Need to have more help.. Nice campgrounds , nice staff just not enough of them.. Ranger station closes before gates do and so people can just show up in camping area and we have no way of know if they belong or not.. Seems that word has gotten out and this is a party on the week end and show... More 

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Westville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We love this park. It rates in the top 3 (and we have been to 15 Florida State Parks). Nothing for kids in the park, but the surrounding area is rich in kayak and biking opportunities. No place to wash dishes, boo hoo.

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Address: 20007 State Road 64, Bradenton, FL 34212
Phone Number: (941) 741-3028
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Bradenton

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