Florida’s most beautiful asset is its 1350 miles of beautiful coastline views, and this asset becomes even greater when the view has been restored back to its natural state and an old Florida coastline has been preserved. Absent of hotels, housing developments, and busy highways, 637 acres of west coast Florida mangrove and marsh habitat in Bradenton, Florida, has undergone just such a restoration.
The multi-million dollar restoration project tucked away in the northwest corner of Bradenton, named Robinson Preserve, has successfully provided a natural habitat attracting the return of Florida coastal wildlife to the area.
The preserve offers numerous ways for visitors to observe and enjoy this magnificent example of Florida natural outdoors.
Paved trails for bikers and roller bladders, water trails for kayakers and paddleboarders and miles of paved, shell, and boardwalk trails for hikers and runners, can all be enjoyed by both the serious or leisure outdoor enthusiast.
Visitors can climb the forty foot observation tower for a breathtaking view of the preserve, the surrounding counties and the majestic Skyway Bridge that spans Tampa Bay.
There are plenty of scenic spots along the trails to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. Patient observers may spot a bald eagle, roseate spoonbill, wood stork, or countless other birds that frequent this natural environment.
Dazzling color is another exquisite feature of the preserve, with miles of trails lined with blooming plant life that attract many varieties of butterflies.
John and I thoroughly enjoyed hiking the trails at Robinson Preserve. There was something of beauty that caught our eye at every turn of the trail. The locals that take advantage of these trails often were extremely friendly and were quick to recommend spots in the trail where we might see a manatee or bald eagle.
The trails at Robinson Preserve are pretty sunny with some areas of shade. Because it is Florida and usually hot, we recommend morning hikes and remember to carry plenty of water as there are no water stations on the trail.
There are, however, areas in the shade where you may just want to stop and take in the wonder of this awesome representation of natural Florida Paradise.
Entry to Robinson Preserve is free and the entrance is located at 1704 99th Street Northwest in Bradenton, Florida. The preserve is open sunup to sundown 365 days a year.
Dogs are allowed as long as they are leashed and proper disposal of their waste is required. Fishing is permitted on bridges and piers only ( no cast nets).
Kayaks and Paddle boards may be rented at the entrance.