Palmetto, FL, USA

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Palmetto, FL, USA

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The Need-To-Know on What to See and Do in Palmetto

Exuding an Old Florida charm, the town of Palmetto is located north of Sarasota along the wildlife abundant Manatee River. Here you can visit the only remaining antebellum plantation in southern Florida dating from 1872 or take advantage of the area’s wealth of parks and water activities including going after the elusive Grand Slam. But if your catch eludes you, you can always enjoy any number of fresh seafood restaurants. Riverside Palmetto vacation rentals are popular as you’ll be close to all the main attractions while still being able to soak up those water views.

Fish Tales: Going After the Grand Slam in Palmetto

Many of the activities in and around Palmetto are naturally focused on water. Whether it be paddle boarding or jet skiing with bottlenose dolphins, or kayaking along the river mangroves, you’re bound to enjoy the area’s waters just as the locals do. But if you really want to be like a local, try your hand at fishing for the Grand Slam, where you’ll need to catch 3 different types of fish in a single day. It's harder than you think! The Palmetto area is also known for it's great snorkeling and scuba diving sites, including adventurous wreck diving.

Discover the Serenity of Old Florida in Palmetto

A trip to Palmetto Historical Park and Manatee County Agricultural Museum is a great way to start off your Palmetto vacation. After exploring days gone by, truly step back in time by visiting Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, where you can explore the oldest surviving antebellum mansion in Florida's south. You can shop for designer bargains at Ellenton Premium Outlets mall, or play a round of golf at Terra Ceia Bay Country Club. If you have a need for speed, check out Andersen RacePark where go carts clock in at up to 50 mph.

242 Days of Sunshine with Little Chance of Rain in Palmetto

When choosing Palmetto vacation rentals, weather is one thing you don’t generally need to worry about. Sporting average winter temperatures in the mid 60s, and summers at around 82, Palmetto offers a great year-round climate for everyone to enjoy. And with a reported 242 sunny days per year, you really don’t need to worry about the chances of rain either, but remember to bring your sunblock! The most popular time of year to visit Palmetto is during the winter months when travelers are trying to escape the colder weather conditions up north.

Palmetto: Dolphins, Manatees and Bird Watching, Oh My!

Set along the Manatee River at the edge of Tampa Bay, the town of Palmetto, with a population of roughly 13,000 residents, is included in the metropolitan area of Bradenton, Sarasota and Venice. Emerson Point Preserve is a 365-acre nature lovers' paradise with boardwalks and trails for exploring, while Felts Audubon Preserve is known for its’ abundance of bird watching opportunities. Enjoy area beaches, take a riverside cruise in search of dolphins, or a wildlife viewing excursion to nearby Lake Manatee State Park where you'll find turtles, alligators and opportunities for swimming, if you dare!