Best State Parks around Bradenton, FL

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Lake Poinsett Recreation Area

Lake Poinsett Recreation Area
45617 S. Poinsett Drive
Arlington, SD
One of the largest lakes in the state, Lake Poinsett was named after Joel Poinsett who served as U.S. Secretary of War. He was instrumental in prom...
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Gamble Plantation Historic State Park

Gamble Plantation Historic State Park
3708 Patten Avenue
Ellenton, FL
This antebellum mansion was home to Major Robert Gamble and headquarters of an extensive sugar plantation. It is the only surviving plantation hous...
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Lake Manatee State Park

Lake Manatee State Park
20007 State Road 64 East
Bradenton, FL
Lake Manatee State Park is located 15 miles east of Bradenton, Florida on State Road 64. It extends three miles along the south shore of beautiful ...
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Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site

Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site
955 Bayshore Drive
Terra Ceia, FL
This ancient Native American site was the first in Florida to be designated a State Archaeological Site. Karl and Madira Bickel donated the mound a...
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Oscar Scherer State Park

Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 S. Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL
Surrounded by urban sprawl, Oscar Scherer State Park is an unexpected oasis providing visitors with a refreshing escape into natural Florida.Oscar ...
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Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park
13208 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL
In a scene reminiscent of what early Native Americans and Spanish explorers witnessed, arching palm trees and live oaks reflect on a winding tea-co...
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Little Manatee River State Park

Little Manatee River State Park
215 Lightfoot Road
Wimauma, FL
The river has been designated an Outstanding Florida Water and is part of the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate th...
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Egmont Key State Park

Egmont Key State Park
4905 34th Street South #5000
Saint Petersburg, FL
Accessible only by private boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. During the...
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Skyway Fishing Pier State Park

Skyway Fishing Pier State Park
4905 34th Street South #5000
Saint Petersburg, FL
Anglers love being able to park their cars or campers within a few feet of their favorite fishing spot. The bridge is lighted at night, so anglers ...
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Stump Pass Beach State Park

Stump Pass Beach State Park
900 Gulf Blvd
Englewood, FL
At the southwest corner of Charlotte County, there is a mile of beach where seashells and shark teeth wash up, and anglers fish the surf for prize ...
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Alafia River State Park

Alafia River State Park
14326 South County Road 39
Lithia, FL
Standing out from the relatively flat topography of Central Florida is Alafia River State Park, a reclaimed phosphate mine with some of the most ra...
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Don Pedro Island State Park

Don Pedro Island State Park
8450 Placida Road
Cape Haze, FL
Beautiful Don Pedro Island State Park is part of an extensive chain of barrier islands extending along Florida's Gulf Coast.Between Knight Island a...
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Ybor City Museum State Park

Ybor City Museum State Park
1818 E. 9th Avenue
Tampa, FL
Don Vicente Martinez Ybor came to an area of pine scrub and swamp to build what became the "Cigar Capital of the World."  From the opening of ...
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Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park

Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park
12301 Burnt Store Road
Punta Gorda, FL
Visitors can take advantage of opportunities to hike, fish, paddle and observe wildlife in the park's many natural communities, including mangrove ...
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Gasparilla Island State Park

Gasparilla Island State Park
880 Belcher Road
Boca Grande, FL
Separated from the mainland by Charlotte Harbor and Pine Island Sound, this island is part of a chain of Gulf Coast barrier islands.The centerpiece...
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Paynes Creek Historic State Park

Paynes Creek Historic State Park
888 Lake Branch Road
Bowling Green, FL
During the 1840s, tensions between the settlers and Seminole Indians prompted authorities to establish a trading post in Florida´s interior, ...
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Honeymoon Island State Park

Honeymoon Island State Park
#1 Causeway Boulevard
Dunedin, FL
A short drive from Tampa, beautiful Honeymoon Island offers visitors an escape from the bustle of city life.One of Florida’s best-loved state...
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Caladesi Island State Park

Caladesi Island State Park
Offshore Island
Dunedin, FL
One of the few untouched islands along the Gulf Coast, Caladesi Island State Park is accessible only by boat, but is worth the extra effort.Whether...
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Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park
15402 U.S. 301 North
Thonotosassa, FL
Except for occasional reenactments, the cannon and guns are now silent at Fort Foster. No longer do Seminole Indians have to fight to keep a footho...
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Cayo Costa State Park

Cayo Costa State Park
4 Nautical Miles West of Pine Island
Cayo Costa, FL
Cayo Costa State Park protects the Charlotte Harbor Estuary and provides visitors with a majestic piece of untouched Florida.An unspoiled Gulf Coas...
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