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- This was always a nice area to explore lately they have a new rubberized composite trail that goes all around the different areas and features
Great fields of grasses let the breeze meander through while the various fowl scoot around
There is a kayak launch which affords a very pleasant excursion of anywhere from one to four hours
There sre two rental outfits who are reliable They offer single and double sit in/sit uponWritten December 2, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Nice little museum with a great under water viewing of manatees. Interesting to see the history of the area from prehistoric to more modern times. Only down side is that the tickets are quite expensive given the size of the museum. Even given the price I still recommend giving this place a chance as even though fairly small there is a lot to see and good for a 2 to 3 hours.Written December 1, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The Riverwalk has beautiful Florida scenery. During our visit to the Riverwalk, I saw all the scenery and points of interest mentioned in other reviews, and I can add only one thing. Electric scooters are here to ride on the Riverwalk which is a wide cement pathway curving along the Manatee River. The scooters are placed along the Riverwalk for anyone who has a Smart Phone to use for a fee. First, you have to download the App for BIRD scooters and scan the bar code on the scooter of your choice. I paid for my ride-time using ApplePay on my iPhone. While riding the scooters, it was very easy to maneuver around joggers, bicyclers, pedestrians, dog walkers, and parents pushing baby carriages. There is a feeling of community on the Riverwalk.
Side note: Electric Scooters are also available locally on St. Armand’s Key, in the city of Sarasota, and in St Pete Beach. Each area uses scooters from a different company, and so an App must be downloaded for each company. I’ve also enjoyed riding Electric Scooters in the city of Orlando, and Washington, DC.Written September 24, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Had box row seats, had fireworks after the game. We will go again ! Prices are very reasonable. A lot of activates during the innings. Minor league team for the Pittsburgh Pirate, Single AWritten September 9, 2022
- Florida history in Tampa Bay providing informative displays, an excellent centre and pleasant walks through well laid out routes, with artefacts and informative displays.
Safer feeling than other locations since bicycles are not permitted!Written October 26, 2022
Quiet and relaxed
Short walk from parking
Preferred this to manatee beach -although this is where we visited regularly before. Will come here nowWritten July 2, 2022
- This is a free, beautiful garden to enjoy! The fruit trees are from multiple regions and they provide the information on each tree on the signs. Definitely worth a morning walk through the gardens!!!Written February 11, 2022
- This place is huge and there is also vendors outside as well. We got some great deals. I purchased a ring from Mr.Gold and had it sized. It still did not fit so I will have it sized at my jewler when I get home. We shopped until we dropped.Written December 2, 2022
- Had a great night and lots of fun here in January. Meal was delicious great selection of wines and beverages. Service was great,Written February 25, 2020
- Fantastic asset to the area, the historical park is very well set up and presented, with friendly staff and volunteers on site. Everything is so well done, and the Stephens House is a treasure, as well as Old Cabbage Head. We've visited twice in recent months, and plan to return again soon. Highly recommended!Written September 13, 2022
- We had a great time at the pumpkin festival (opening day). We picked Hunsader Farm as Our family (ages 4-83) Fall fest this year and will definitely go back. We were there for several hours and still didnt get to do it all. The kids loved the new village. Petting zoo was still muddy from hurricane but that made them like it even more. the kids wanted to do the corn maze but when they found out there was a hay maze for their size-it was perfect. The music and entertainment was wonderful. The food trucks was like being at the fair-lots of them, so no big lines. Some very good in price. For some great lemonade and iced tea, at a super price -there is a booth open in back of craft area right behind the homemade wooden toy booth and across from them was a big bag of kettle corn at a great price. The only negative was line to get in to the parking (which there is plenty of), NO HANDICAP parking-but it is a farm. The parking was very muddy (still from hurricane-it should be much better next weekend) and we saw couple vehicles get stuck but eventually with help got thru it.. Thanks Hunsader family for a great day.Written October 17, 2022
- Bradenton's Village of the Arts is a charming area about 10 blocks South of the Riverfront. Lots of quirky shops and artsy paint jobs on houses and sidewalks. Several restaurants are here too. Park the car and walk about for a bit. Not a huge amount to do but worth a few hours stroll.Written May 6, 2021
- I ride a Giant Talon T3, 29er.
If you’re camping to ride bike trails, there is one in the park that is challenging - to the Equestrian Center. The other trail is fun/work after a good rain and goes from the campground to the west perimeter fence. I included Strava maps of both rides.
The EQ is the adjoining park to the east. You can ride the highway to get there (no fun) OR take the trail. The trail starts at the Ranger station or opposite the camping area road entrance. The camping road entrance has about 800 feet of sugar sand. Just for kicks, I rode the sugar sand loop twice, no clue why, but it was tough. From the parking lot behind the Ranger station, ride the trail and look for a narrow unused path to the right. It leads to the barbed wire park boundary fence. Make a left and cross the first wooden bridge. Continue the trail to the second bridge which is rotted. (Photo op only) Don’t give up!!!! Look at the last post of the fence line behind you near the large blueish pipe. A palmetto palm is growing there. You can go around the post and back to get on the street side/guardrail side of the pipe. Crossing on the cement between the pipe and guardrail is interesting if you like an adrenaline rush and the possibility of not bring found. When you ride east on the highway to the other side of the guardrail make a left and ride toward the fence and a left to go back around the boundary fence and reenter the park. More rotted bridge photo ops. Continue riding up the hill to the Equestrian entrance. From there you can access the perimeter trail. Water is available at the eye wash station and outside sinks at the left side of the building in the restricted area. It’s definitely a mountain bike trail. I carry two 20 ounce bottles of water. One with Pedilyte sport the other Arizona sweet tea. I didn't ride the Equestrian trail as I cooked myself on the sugar sand. There is an outer and inner perimeter trail on the EQ side that add about two extra miles. Elevation gain - 100 feet.
The other challenging trail runs from the campground to the park side of the boundary fence parallel to Dam Road on the west side of the park. After a rain it’s muck and a mile of work to get through. I'm guessing dry would be easier. But on the bright side, your bike will stand up by itself if you stop. You don't even have to get off; however, you will begin sinking if you stop.Written November 9, 2022
- This is a quiet nature preserve that favors walkers. There are some areas for biking, and no dogs are allowed. We enjoyed the trail through scrub and wetlands with several bird blinds along the way. We only saw a few other people and that was a plus!Written February 7, 2022
- We attended a show in the Stone Hall at this facility. It’ a wonderful place for any show. This theater doesn’t seat as many as some but the layout is perfect allowing a great view of the stage from any seat. The particular show we saw was not one I would recommend but the theater is definitely one I would go to againWritten March 1, 2020
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