Bradenton, between Sarasota and St. Petersburg, on the south side of Tampa Bay, has hikes to explore among the southernmost reaches of Hillsborough County – which offers some offbeat natural lands – as well as all of Manatee County, where there are city parks, beachfront parks, and parks along the Little Manatee and Manatee Rivers.
Activities by Map
- Tegus establish a foothold in Florida (7/31/2014) - It's big. It's colorful. And it's the newest non-native species to establish breeding populations in Florida. Meet the black and white tegu.
- A ramble through Robinson Preserve (12/2/2011) - Several years ago, while researching Exploring Florida’s Botanical Wonders, I stumbled across the newly opened Robinson Preserve in Palma Sola. Managed by Manatee County and directly across the road from Palma Sola Botanical Gardens, this preserve of mud flats and mangrove-lined shores has one of the best observation tower views in Florida, as well as […]
- How to backpack Myakka State Park (11/10/2011) - With 39 miles in four loops, the Myakka Hiking Trail at Myakka River State Park in Sarasota is one of the state’s finest destinations for a weekend or long weekend holiday hike. I frequently get asked about places backpackers can go during hunting season – deer season starts very soon throughout Central Florida – and […]