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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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Sharpsburg, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! The vegetation and the vast waterways are incredible for water sports.

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The air boat was not as loud as others that I have been on and I really liked that. It didn't have two motors so it wasn't as fast but I think it was more enjoyable. Our party of 5 all had a nice time and we saw plenty of gators! Lots of other wildlife too! The price was very... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Older kids love this place, but then again so did I. It was a long hot day but worth the visit. We loved the boat ride down the river, we saw so many interesting things especially the alligators.

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Columbus, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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

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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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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