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Lake Manatee State Park

20007 State Road 64, Bradenton, FL 34212
(941) 741-3028
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Ranked #12 of 14 Attractions in Bradenton
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Fee: Yes
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Fee: Yes
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London, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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93 reviews 93 reviews
13 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
19 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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62 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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Sarasota, Florida
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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 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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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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