Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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!

How to get there

Traveling to and around Palmetto

Fly into Sarasota, FL (SRQ-Sarasota-Bradenton Intl.), the closest airport, located 13.3 mi (21.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into St. Petersburg, FL (SPG-Albert Whitted), which is 13.9 mi (22.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Palmetto?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,353 vacation rentals near Palmetto. From 1,866 Houses to 1,727 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Palmetto for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Palmetto?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Palmetto:

  • Lido Key: 1,910 vacation rentals
  • Pass-a-grille: 1,589 vacation rentals
  • Sunset Beach: 1,138 vacation rentals
  • Gulf Shores: 455 vacation rentals
  • Isla del Sol: 226 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Palmetto?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Palmetto. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Manatee Convention Center: 8,645 vacation rentals
  • Imperial Lakewoods Golf Club: 6,301 vacation rentals
  • Emerson Point Preserve: 8,305 vacation rentals
  • Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site: 7,450 vacation rentals
  • Andersen Race Park: 6,880 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Palmetto listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Palmetto?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,866 Houses in Palmetto. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Palmetto include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,727 rentals available
  • Villas: 212 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 217 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Palmetto?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3,453 vacation rentals with pool available in Palmetto. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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