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Lake Manatee State Park

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Address: 20007 E State Road 64, Bradenton, FL 34212-9431
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weekend sneak away

never stayed here before, we usually stay at an RV resort when we camp. but the state parks are more like camping, if you can call a trailer camping. The lake is huge and has a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
John D
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Clearwater, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The trails were not marked well and didn't match map. There was limited view of the river. There are definately better parks out there. Campground seemed private with shade.

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

never stayed here before, we usually stay at an RV resort when we camp. but the state parks are more like camping, if you can call a trailer camping. The lake is huge and has a nice boat ramp if you're into that, a nice playground for the kids, we didn't bring any. we were so busy playing golf and... More 

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Palmetto, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

Fish and Wildlife wait by the boat dock and search boats as they come in. I had everything but the wrong type of life vests. Not worth the $5 or the $90 ticket.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

My husband and I camped here in February and had a wonderful experience. The campsites are far apart and very private, with lots of vegetation between. The campground was also very quiet. (I saw almost no kids - not that I have anything against kids at all, but they do tend to be on the loud side when camping.) The... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Found this park during the evacuation of hurricane Matthew and needed a place to let the dogs do their thing. Note the real park is east of the mapped park.

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Thank Steve P
tampa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

Very peaceful and calm. Sites were spacious with native brush between them. Lake was beautiful. Was surprised there were not a lot of mosquitos. As far as the mouse from the speedway that several people complained about in other reviews, we did not hear a thing in our RV. Would definitely stay again. Clean bathrooms and showers.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016

We went to the Lake for a few hours of relaxation but I don't think it is really that sort of place. If you are going to do fishing or boating then it's probably fine, but for a casual visit there are much better places locally – try the Rye Preserve. There is a shady picnic area with restrooms a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

Not much out here, Trails are short & plain, but, they have a very good boat ramp! Some good fishing out on Lake Manatee.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

Went once and there was nothing really to it. You can swim in the lake but have to watch out for the alligators. Other thank walking thats about it.

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

For the RV'ers looking for destination travel I have to say this is not the place. Rangers were great. Lacking in scenic appeal, the trails are are short and one was like walking in an open field. There is two loops of which one was closed not sure why, the facility for camper use is aged in looks on the... More 

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