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Most locals go to nearby Brandon or Tampa to the north or Bradenton to the south for entertainment. Each year in May, Ruskin holds the Annual Tomato and Heritage Festival with attractions like a farmer's market, an antique tractor show, a classic car show, gardening seminars and workshops and the crowning of the Tomato Queen.
The Little Manatee River runs right through Ruskin, flowing out to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Along the bands of the Little Manatee River in Ruskin is Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center where you will find hiking and birding trails, a canoe launch, butterfly garden, native plant nursery, native village and paleo musuem. Perfect place for groups. The 2nd closest place to get onto the river is the Canoe Outpost in Wimauma. To get there you will drive through Sun City Center (about five minutes) and turn right on 301. It is on the right side of the road. Sun City Center and Ruskin meld together with Ruskin on the west side of Interstate 75 (mostly) and Sun City Center on the east. Watch out for the golf carts - they are street legal in Sun City Center and have the right of way. Little Manatee River State Park is just a little further down the road. It is a day fee park.
On the east side of interstate 75 but still within the Ruskin city limits is the Golf Club at Cypress Creek, an 18 hole course on 640 acres of lush cypress and oaks.
There is a small but pretty beach on Tampa Bay connected to the Tropics restaraunt but call ahead for restrictions. Posted "Don'ts" on this beach may make it worth your while to make the thirty minute trip to St. Pete Beach or Siesta Key.
Just north of Ruskin in Apollo Beach, the Tampa Bay Electric Company maintains a Manatee Viewing Station. Two piers extend out into the warm waters beside the electric plant where manatee gather in the winter. Check out their interactive webcam.
Port Manatee, the fifth largest of Florida's deepwater ports, is just a few miles down Highway 41 from Ruskin.
This and the nearby areas to the south have lots of ground fog in the morning. A landscape photographer with a camera in this area at daybreak could make a career out of photographing it along the fields and the river.