Established in 1855 from portions of Hillsborough and Mosquito Counties, Manatee County was named after the gentle sea cow, "Manatee", which was seen frequently in the area's waterways.
Manatee County is located in Central-west Florida bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Hillsborough, Hardee, DeSoto and Sarasota Counties. Manatee County features 150 miles of pristine shoreline boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The South Fork State Park is a rare natural wonder of Florida. The park is very underdeveloped making it ideal for Wildlife viewing, birding, or exploring its hiking trails. The park is home to many rare plant life including its rosemary scrub habitat which is only found in Florida; as well as many rare plants and animals which are not commonly observed.
Visitors can request a gate code to visit the Wingate Creek State Park and explore its rare and untouched natural habitats. Currently hiking and biking in the park is limited and it is primarily used for nature research, birding, or simply exploring nature.
The Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park is the only surviving plantation house in South Florida. Once a 16-acre sugar plantation, the preserved mid-19th-century Antebellum mansion is now a portal to the past, allowing visitors to experience a bygone era in Florida's history.
Lake Manatee State Park is located 15 miles east of Bradenton, bordering the south shore of the lake that lends it its name. Although you won't be able to view manatees from this location, the park features a beautiful swimming beach, camping and picnicking areas, freshwater fishing from your boat or the park's fishing docks, and a variety of hiking trails through pine flatwoods, sand pine scrub, and hardwood forest.
Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site is a ceremonial mound composed of sand and shells. Archaeologists have found at least three periods of Native American Cultures on this lush coastal landscape. This ancient site was the first in Florida to be considered an archaeological site, and has been dated back as far as 2000 years. This site is located in Terra Ceia, Florida and has picnic tables available for use currently and interpretive exhibits available.
Manatee County Public School District is located near 27 miles of pristine beaches next to the Gulf of Mexico. The school district consists of 54 public schools and currently serves over 42,000 students.
A 2,000 acre preserve undergoing habitat restoration, full of mangroves, saltwater and freshwater wetlands, and uplands communities. The primary activity at the park is kayaking, but hiking is also available at this historic site.
A visit to the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum is a trip back into old Florida. The museum displays artifacts, photographs, and maps that show the Island's history. The museum's exhibits tell the story of the first settlers on the Island and the legacy they left behind. Kids and parents can enjoy walking and biking tours of Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach.
Centerstone Hospital is focused on tailoring services around individual needs and choices, delivering the right services at the right time to the right person, providing increased access to consumers, and proactively moving to innovate and improve services due to the changing landscape of behavioral healthcare.
Charley's Boutique in Bradenton is one of the most popular local-owned shops in its area! At Charley's, you can find on-trend fashion and cute trinkets. Come to Charley's Boutique for your next prom or formal dress!
Detwiler's Farm Market is a family owned company known for providing quality food and customer service. There are weekly and monthly deals available year long. Plus, you can find just about everything on your shopping list at Detwiler's Farm Market!
FitLife Foods is your stop to pick up on-the-go, pre-prepared, health-conscious meals and snacks. All food at FitLife is made from scratch with 100% all-natural ingredients. With 39 original sauces, 13 spice blends, and over 60 food items to choose from, your taste buds will be on an adventure. Go from pumpkin french toast in the morning, to Bayou shrimp and grits at night, topped off with their Fit Fudge Brownie for dessert. Healthy and delicious is what FitLife Foods is all about. They also offer delivery and a free one-on-one health and wellness training program.
Florida Rail Road Museum offers one of the most unique museum experiences in the world. Located in Parrish, a small town in Manatee County in the Central West region of Florida, This museum preserves the history of the railroad with trainrides and even special events that enact stories in history such as a train robbery or a trip to the North Pole.
Manatee County is home to a variety of locations that invite its visitors to participate. The G.T. Bray Recreation Center welcomes guests the chance to improve their physical health while working in a cooperative environment. The Agriculture and Extensive Service serves to educate the residents of Manatee County with education from the University of Central Florida. Finally, the Florida Maritime Museum educates its visitors with important records of the essential relationship with Florida has always had with the ocean.
The Manatee County Public Library System has 6 branches, 3 in Bradenton, and 1 each in Ellenton, Palmetto, and Holmes Beach. This system also includes the Talking Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapper library in Daytona Beach.
Pinnacle Academy is a private, non-denominational school, specializing in the education of children with autism and related behavioral disorders. Our goal is to provide children and families with a unique, supportive setting-a place to call “home”.
Originating in Bradenton, Poppo's Taqueria now has six locations and quite a following. Poppo's is a Mexican style restaurant known for having organic, high-quality ingredients and unique beverage options. Poppo's offers kombucha, Virgil's sodas, and different craft beers.
Port Manatee is located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, South Tampa Bay, the closest U.S. deepwater port to the Panama Canal. One of Florida's largest and fastest growing seaports, Port Manatee offers services for a wide range of cargo.
Established by Karen Solem in 2001, Spencerhill Associates is a literary agency dedicated to representing new and experienced authors. Spencerhill Associates specializes in fiction and works diligently to connect its authors with a suitable publishing company. The Spencerhill Associates agents take their authors through the process of publishing and educate them on the business side of publishing.
Non-profit/ non-traditional private umbrella school offering assistance, support, encouragement and monthly opportunities for homeschoolers and their families in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Created through the growing educational needs of homeschooling families like yours in our community. Education is changing and The Bridge offers a unique option for home educated and parent directed education.
Christian Home School organization serving home school families located primarily in Sarasota and Manatee Counties in Southwest Florida. Currently, Learning and Families (LAF) provides: Co-op classes for grades K – 12, small groups for all school aged children, an annual curriculum fair, parent meetings, a high school prom, a yearbook, and a Senior Graduation ceremony, field trip opportunities and so much more. Joining LAF also provides discounts when joining FPEA and HSLDA.