Anna Maria Island Preserves and Hiking trails.

April 9, 2019 By Tammy DeLosh

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Robinson Preserve :is one of the best-rated family-friendly activities for the outdoor adventurers. Travelers love the diverse options when trekking the the tropical surroundings. Whether you decide to hike, bike, fish, kayak, picnic, or even bring along your pooch,  you can spend the day exploring and discovering the wonders of the Coastal wildlife and shore birds.     Plan a day with a picnic lunch, maybe even a beach outing. There is plenty to keep you busy at this family favorite preserve. The kids will love climbing to the top of the tower and get the bird’s eye view, over Tampa Bay. These trails are open from 7 am to 7:30 pm. One of the aquatic entrances to the preserve is at , 9800 Manatee Ave. West Bradenton 34209, where you can rent kayaks and paddle boards, for Eco tour. Then the main entrance is East on Manatee Ave, Left on 75th to 17th street and left to 1704 99th Street NW Bradenton, 34209,

This wonderful launch site boast home to dolphins, manatees at play and many other wildlife that you won’t see at the other areas.

The Osprey loop, near the entrance, branches off near the Tower giving a 3-mile loop, passing the tower, around to the Raised boardwalk and along Tampa Bay. There you may opt to take a picnic, go fishing, or explore the beaches. The with shore birds at the water, and wading birds intertwining the trails and marshy areas, the photo opportunities are spectacular. Continue your trek as it reconnects to the main trail and back to your parking area.

Observation tower view from a kayak.

Observation tower view from a kayak.

Boardwalk path, intertwining the waterways

Boardwalk path, intertwining the waterway

Bring a picnic lunch, your beach gear, fishing tackle, or bikes. However you delight in spending your time, this preserve offers spectacular sights and surroundings. Bring your camera, to share the experience with your friends. If you want a new route, cross the Manatee Causeway to Neal Preserves.

Neal Preserve~120 acres of natural beauty on the south side of Manatee Avenue, just east of the Anna Maria Bridge. The preserve features a 20 foot tall observation tower, and raised boardwalks through the salt marshes.  If you are just looking to walk through the Mangroves and enjoy birdwatching, this trail is a nice alternative. For more information: Phone: (941)742-5923

Open from sunrise to sunset.

Open from sunrise to sunset.

The tower overlooks Sarasota Bay

The tower overlooks Sarasota Bay








Fort De Soto ~ Although it is 5 miles off from Anna Maria Island, the Adventures here may be worth your time and Family fun. Historical Nature tours are Forty-five minutes, guided Trail Walks are offered by Park Rangers all day, staff availability and weather permitting. Inquire at the Visitor Center. For tour availability, call (941)792-0458, ext. 105. Bring your bike, or walking shoes. Stay for the beach, Picnic or Birdwatching. The Tropical trails are another reason people love the Florida Gulf Coast.

Kayak Tours, Starting April 1, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 9:30 am. The tour is 100% free and all equipment and devices are supplied. The tour lasts one and a half hours and explores the park’s historic waterways. The kayaks are tandem sit on top ocean kayaks. Rangers take 10 people out for a standard tour. The Park Ranger stops several times along the trip where they will point our environmental, and historical features. Tours are subject to adverse weather and tidal conditions. There is no guarantee of tour reschedule. They ask that all visitors please wear appropriate attire, and bring a hat, sunscreen, and water. Shoes are required for the tour. water shoes, or sandals are preferred. For questions please call 941-792-0458.

Leffis Key, on the south end of  Anna Maria Island, has a prominent hill where one can get a panoramic view of beautiful Sarasota Bay. Site amenities include footpaths that circle and scale the hill, benches, and 1,500 lineal feet of boardwalks that meander through the mangrove forest, with strategically placed viewing platforms penetrating the open water. Interpretive signs describing the various habitats and the respective plant and animal life are located along the paths.

They have several options for outdoor activity.  If you are in the area from January through April, your family may enjoy historical re-enactments at Camp Uzita. With Period demonstrations, of weapons, blacksmiths, cooking and much more. These History lessons will not be soon forgotten.

Dogs are permitted within the park only when on a hand held leash. For all of our dog walkers and four legged friends make sure to come to our Dog Days at De Soto event held annually in March.

For more Preserves near you visit The Manatee County Preserves.

Sunset on the Star Marina 103

Enjoy 7 miles of uninterrupted public beaches to walk or run. The view is wonderful from every angle. You can run early for sunrise views from Coquina Beach around the bend up the coast to your Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental Home.

The beaches connect each city and are equally beautiful for the serenity you desire. Stay where the waters are blue and the sunsets are unbelievably spectacular. For Accommodations on Anna Maria Island choose the city,  that suits your needs and Click here for:  Bradenton Beach ~ Holmes Beach~ Anna Maria 

Other Hiking tips for the Beginner or Novice:

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The beginners Guide to hiking and  Health benefits at

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