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Recreation in its purest form . . .

nature parks, trails, playgrounds, swimming,

tennis, skating and skateboarding, and

ball fields of all kinds.  Choose from city, county, and state parks from Bradenton to Venice and beyond.  There is truly something for

everyone - so many things to do in Sarasota -

and many of them are FREE! 

Check it out and share your experience.

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Encompassing the entirety of Manatee County and Bradenton City Parks, the list below includes some of our favorites.  Also listed are links to complete the county and city parks.


  • G.T. Bray Park and Recreation Center - A comprehensive recreational campus, GT Bray includes playgrounds, various playing fields, pavilions, an amphitheater, skate park, an Olympic swimming pool, fitness center, splash pad, tennis and racquetball courts, indoor gym, teen center, kids club, scheduled activities, and more.  Use of the park is free.  Use of the recreation facility and pool requires a fee-based day pass or monthly membership.

  • Palma Sola Botanical Park​ - A small local park positioned at the corner of 99th St. NW and 17th Ave. NW in Northwest Bradenton.  Supported in part by the Botanical Park Foundation, it includes a pavilion, gazebo, playground, grills, restrooms, and a small botanical park planted with fruit and nut trees and plumerias. 

  • Riverwalk - Opened in 2012, Riverwalk Park hugs 1.5 miles of the south shoreline of the Manatee River in the heart of downtown Bradenton.  As the centerpiece of downtown redevelopment and host to area festivals and concerts, the highlights of this park include a fishing pier, day dock, canoe/kayak launch, skate park, splash pad, amphitheater, pavilion, and other attractions.

  • Robinson Preserve - Through the cooperative efforts and funding myriad public and private entities, Robinson Preserve has been restored as a coastal and wetland habitat.  Visitors can enjoy hiking/biking trails, canoeing/kayaking trails, an extensive boardwalk with wildlife viewing stations, an observation tower, fishing, picnicking, and camping.  Located at 99th St. NW and 17th Ave. in Northwest Bradenton.

  • ​Lakewood Ranch Park - Primarily a sports recreation park, Lakewood Ranch Park features lighted football, baseball and soccer fields, lighted basketball and tennis courts, batting cages, bleachers, concessions, pavilions, playgrounds, and more.  The home of area youth sports programs, it is located on Lakewood Ranch Blvd. between LWR High School and the YMCA.

  • University Place Community Park - On Cooper Creek Blvd. about 1 mile north of University Parkway, UP Community Park offers a playground, tennis courts, multipurpose field, pavilion, picnic tables, grills, and restrooms.

Complete List of Bradenton Parks

Complete List of Manatee County Parks

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