Friday, May 11, 2018

Lake Manatee State Park–Bradenton, FL

Someone described this park better than I ever could when they said “It’s a great spot to go camping especially if you’re looking for a quiet spot to relax and do nothing.

Lake Manatee Swimming Area-1
Swimming Area on Lake Manatee

Our site was on the southern portion of the first camping loop; there are shadier spots on the northern parts of the loop, but this was a great spot for us.  While we were here, we went canoeing on the lake – though the website didn’t mention it, they do have canoes available for rent.  There are a couple of (very) short hiking trails, but they go through mostly scrub land.  The trails really aren’t long enough to bother with a day-pack… a bottle of water is fine since I don’t think they were less than two miles long.

Photo Montage of our Trip

While in the area we visited the Gamble House to see some old Florida History, and also stopped by to see the ruins of “Braden Castle”.  The Gamble House was kind of interesting, but I’d suggest passing on visiting the Braden Castle ruins.  They’re pretty much just a pile of coquina with a placard on them, in the middle of a trailer park.

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