Parks And Walking Trails

Neal Preserve

12301 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209

Neal Preserve’s 120 acres include both coastal habitats, such as mangrove forests and salt terns, as well as pockets of oak hammock uplands. The site features passive outdoor recreation opportunities including a 20-foot tall observation tower, shell trails, and boardwalks that wind through the coastal environment. Located on the south side of Manatee Avenue, overflow parking is available on the north side of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.

Neal Preserve is a very historically significant site. As you walk, imagine the active Native American culture that once existed here. Your route will move past reconstructed burial mounds (the originals were excavated in the 1930s by the Smithsonian) through an area inhabited from 3000 BC to 1400 AD.  Remember all of these are protected and collecting is not allowed in this “open-air museum.”

Due to the sensitive nature of the habitat and nesting bird sites, pets are not allowed at Neal Preserve, and bicycles are not allowed on trails and should be parked at racks provided. We encourage visitors to explore the half-mile of shell and boardwalk trail on foot and enjoy a peaceful recreation experience.

Things to do:

Pavilion, and Trails 

G.T. Bray Park

5502 33rd Ave Dr. W, Bradenton, FL 34209

G.T. Bray Park in Manatee County’s recreational hub and the centerpiece of an impressive Parks and Natural Resources Department. 

Things to do:

Pets welcomed, Amphitheater, Baseball fields (lighted), Basketball Courts (lighted), Benches, Bike Racks, Bleachers, Disc Golf – G.T. Bray Disc Golf Map, Laurie Crawford Dog Park

Fitness Center, Football Field (lighted), Horseshoe Courts, Little League Fields (lighted), Multi-Purpose Field, Multi-Purpose Trail – 1.25 miles, Pavilion Rentals (7), Pickleball Courts (two permanent), Picnic Tables, Playgrounds, Pool Olympic Size, Dive-well, Kiddie Pool and Splash Pad, Racquetball Courts (8), Recreation Center, Restrooms, Skate Park, Soccer Fields (lighted and unlighted), Softball Fields, Tee Ball Field, Tennis Courts – (7) Hard Courts and (8) Clay Courts, Trash Receptacles, Water Fountains

Robinson Preserve & Expansion

17th Ave NW North Entrance (w/Valentine House)
1704 99th Street Northwest
Bradenton, FL 34209

9th Ave NW South Entrance (“The Expansion” w/NEST and Canopy Zone)
10299 9th Ave NW
Bradenton, FL 34209

Robinson Preserve is located in northwest Bradenton, with entrances at the West end of 9th Ave NW and 17th Ave NW.  Including the recently acquired “Expansion” and Winston tract properties, the preserve now consists of 682 acres that is a mix of preserved mangrove, tidal marsh, and former agricultural lands which have undergone an incredible transformation to coastal wetland habitat.  This process continues with the “Expansion” which brings to you loads more coastal wetlands and other habitats, a 2.5k rubberized pedestrian-only trail, additional kayak launches and trails, restrooms, picnic areas, and the NEST and Canopy Zone, our brand-new and already iconic educational/event space.

For rules and more information please check out the Robinson Preserve brochure and trail map.

Things to do:

Hiking and nature trails, Kayak/canoeing trails and launch, Outdoor education, Non-motorized bicycle trails, Rollerblading, Managed fishing,

Picnic areas and pavilions ,  grills, Wildlife viewing areas, Group camping, Observation tower, Dog walking 

Tom Bennett Park

280 Kay Rd, Bradenton, FL 34208

Bennett Park, located near I-75, combines classic park recreational opportunities with conservation areas perfect for nature walks and wildlife viewing. Manatee County purchased the majority of the 200-acre park in April 2003 with assistance from the Florida Communities Trust under the Florida Forever Program.

Things to do:

Benches, Bike Rack, Canoe/Kayak Launch , Fishing Pier, Nature Trail, Open Play Field, Pavilion Rental, Picnic Tables, Playground with Rope Challenge Course, Recycle Containers, Restrooms, Sand Volleyball Courts, Soccer Field, Trails – 1.2 Miles.


Emerson Point Preserve

5801 17th Street West Palmetto, FL 34221

Emerson Point Preserve is situated on the West end of Snead island on the North shore of the Manatee River with Terra Ceia Bay to the north. It offers a network of hiking and kayak trails to experience a wide variety of coastal Florida wildlife and habitats. Ancient and historic remains of its inhabitants are accessible and well interpreted to give a sense of what life in Manatee County was like prior to and during its settlement.

Things to do:

Beach, Fishing, Grills, 3-Pavilions, Restrooms, Trails, Picnic & Parties – Pavilion Rentals Hiking (Map) ,Dog Walking,

Kayaking/Canoeing (Map),Fishing, Outdoor Education Observation Tower

DeSoto National Memorial Park

8300 Desoto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton, FL 34209

De Soto National Memorial, in Manatee County 5 miles west of Bradenton, Florida, commemorates the 1539 landing of Hernando de Soto and the first extensive organized exploration by Europeans of what is now the southern United States. The memorial includes 26 acres, where the Manatee River joins Tampa Bay

Things to do:

Trails, beach, tables, Pet friendly, Fishing, Bird watching


Riverview Pointe Preserve

8250 Desoto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton, FL 34209

Riverview Pointe Preserve is an 11-acre site located in northwest Bradenton, Florida. The site is adjacent to the DeSoto National Memorial but is managed by Manatee County’s Natural Resources Department.

Although small in acreage, the preserve is home to a variety of wildlife and uplands, and coastal habitats including the rare scrub habitat, oak hammock, and mangrove forest.

Things to do:

Hiking and Nature Trails, Dog Walking, Wildlife Viewing, Fishing

Perico Preserve

11700 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209

The restoration of Perico Preserve is a story of transformation. The land has undergone significant changes from its original acquired state of farmland to the beautiful mix of habitats we see today. Featured at this site are the coastal wetlands expected in this area as well as carefully planned scrub hills and upland areas that hearken back to historical coastal Manatee County.

Things to do:

Park the Bikes and Leave the Dogs at Home

Hiking, Biking (on some designated trails), Bird Watching, Outdoor Education