Florida Nature

Robinson Preserve etc.

Robinson Preserve

Robinson Preserve consists of 682 acres that is a mix of preserved mangrove, tidal marsh, and former agricultural lands which have undergone an incredible transformation to replicate the coastal wetland habitat. This pet friendly preserve is great for hiking, bicycling, fishing and a 40 ft. observation tower for viewing Florida`s natural coastal and breathtaking views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Location: 1704 99th Street Northwest Bradenton, FL 34209
Phone: (941) 742-5923


Fort Desoto Memorial Park

Fort Desoto Memorial Park 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.
Location: 8300 Desoto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton, FL 34209


Egmont Key

Egmont Key is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay and is accessible only by boat. The island has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. In addition to touring the historic sites and trails, visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing and picnicking. Due to the remote nature of the island, there is no drinking water on the island and there are no stores, so when you visit please remember to bring water, food and sunscreen.
Location: Mouth of Tampa Bay


Palma Sola Botanical Park

Palma Sola Botanical Park is a great wedding venue and showcases collections of rare palms, fruits, and flowering trees and hold annual rare plant sales. It has three lakes, a butterfly garden and playground for the kids and offer Yoga classes in the park. Open daily and no admittance fee.
Location: 9800 17th Ave. NW Bradenton, FL 34209
Phone: (941) 761-2866


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens provides 45 acres of bayfront sanctuaries connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and our regional history. It is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns, and other tropical plants. There is a significant focus on botany, horticulture, education, historical preservation, and the environment.
Location: 1534 Mound St, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: (941) 366-5731