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The Robinson Preserve in Bradenton / HERALD-TRIBUNE ARCHIVES

Take a walk on the riverside, swing into action along the treetops or how about hanging out with some gators? We've got you covered for action and adventure.

Bradenton Riverwalk
452 3rd Avenue W., Bradenton; realizebradenton.com
This pristine park featuring tirelessly appealing views of the Manatee River and, in the distance, the Gulf of Mexico, swiftly became the pride of Bradenton since opening in the fall of 2012. Riverwalk, which courses along the Manatee for a mile and a half, includes an interactive splash fountain, a state-of-the-art skate park, tidal discovery zone, kayak launch, beach volleyball, fishing pier, rowing venue, shaded areas that are perfect for picnic-ing and a 20-slip day dock. Riverwalk can be entered from various locations between Old Main Street to the west and Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar to the east. – Wade Tatangelo

Myakka River State Park
13208 State Road 72, 361-6511; myakkariver.org
This huge nature preserve east of Sarasota draws both locals and tourists from around the world. The many things to do there include cycling, renting a cabin or pitching tent, the canopy walk offering one of the best views in Sarasota, riding an airboat, bird watching and dgator watching. For many paddlers, gator-watching is the whole idea. Strong paddlers follow the Myakka River south of State Route 72 to the sinkhole that is home for dozens of huge gators. Even for Myakka, this is a remarkable sight. Sometimes the park offers truck tours out to Gator Hole. – Thomas Becnel

Robinson Preserve
1704 99th St. N.W.; 748-4501; mymanatee.org
This pet-friendly, 487-acre preserve features hiking and biking trails including handsome boardwalks, a canoe/kayak launch, picnic areas, visitors center and an observation tower offering magnificent vistas of Tampa Bay and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. – Wade Tatangelo

Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 483-5956, floridastateparks.org/oscarscherer
With miles of scrubby flatwoods, Oscar Scherer is one of the best places in the state to see endangered scrub jays, with more than 15 miles of hiking trails to give you the opportunity. There are also well-appointed camping areas and easy paddling on South Creek – with either your own kayak or the canoes available for on-site rental. – Brian Ries

TreeUmph!
21703 75th Ave. E., Bradenton, 322-2130, treeumph.com
Florida’s only elevated adventure course, TreeUmph has challenges for people of all skill levels, from zip lines to bungee swings and a variety of courses that involve rope bridges, climbing, balancing skills and much more. Bring a group – it’s always easier to push yourself past the next challenge when you see the trouble your friends have. – Brian Ries

Last modified: February 19, 2014
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