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Discover Palmetto, FL

Palmetto is a smaller city in Manatee County, Florida and was named after the palmetto trees that originally stood near the town's initial site. It was incorporated in 1897 and moved its town center from the waterfront to the train station in 1902, after the railroad had arrived. The area around Palmetto was first settled in 1842, the first two arrivals being Joseph and Hector Braden from Northern Florida. Their intention was to build a sugar plantation but Hector was drowned during a hurricane, when he tried to cross the Manatee River on horseback. Joseph continued on and built their sugar plantation and later built Braden Castle, which would eventually become a popular tourist attraction. Sugar is an important industry in Manatee County and there were several plantations dedicated to it. Start your vacation with a self-guided tour of the area in your Palmetto travel trailer rental; don't forget to take photos to show everyone back home.

When Manatee County was originally created in 1855, Charlotte County, Desoto County, Glades County, Hardee County, Highlands County, Sarasota County and Lee County were all of a part of Manatee but were later divided into these smaller communities.

Book an RV in Palmetto and you are all set to see and learn about this natural and unspoiled area. Other nearby cities worth checking out are Clearwater, Tampa, Brandon, Arcadia, and Sarasota, and your Palmetto camper rental is the perfect vehicle to ferry you to these destinations.

The Great Outdoors

Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve is a huge protected wetland with thriving habitats ranging from seagrass to mangroves and salt marshes. Oyster bars and clam beds are additional occupants of the preserve. The earliest signs of human occupation of this area extend back to 8,000 B.C. and European explorers discovered the area in the 16th century.

Lake Manatee Lower Watershed is the recipient of water from the Braden and Manatee Rivers. It is downriver from the Ward Lake and Lake Manatee reservoirs, which provide potable water for the city of Bradenton (Ward Lake) and Manatee County (Lake Manatee). There is an extensive variety of wildlife and bird species that can be seen in the area. The Manatee River Estuary is a managed area that is host to a large commercial fishing industry. Your Palmetto RV trailer rental is the perfect blind to observe the wildlife without being seen.

Lake Manatee State Park is a freshwater waterfront park where visitors can go boating, fishing, and camping. The park is open daily, all year round, and anglers can fish from boats (there is a boat ramp for launching rowboats or powered boats, canoes, and kayaks) or from a dock. Powered boat engines must not be bigger than 20 horsepower. Swimming is also allowed but there are no lifeguards so swimmers do so at their own risk. Pine flatwoods, sandy pine scrub, depression marshes and hardwood forest make up the terrain, and provide a wondrous backdrop for hikers and campers, who will find camping spots near the lakeshore.

RV Parks

Fiesta Grove RV Resort is a large RV campground with restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, a swimming pool, social activities and wireless internet. The sites have concrete pads with full hookups (30 and 50 amp outlets). It is open year round.

Lone Oak Park is an older smallish RV resort with restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, a pet area and recreation room. It is within walking distance of shopping and a short drive from an outlet mall. There is shopping close by. Sites have full hookups, concrete pads with picnic tables and some shade; some sites are pull through. The park is pet and child-friendly, but it is a 55+ park; some homesites are rented long term but the RV sites can be rented by the day, week, month or longer.

Exploring The City

There is a lot to see and do in Palmetto, starting with nature preserves and a historical park, and continuing with a convention center and agricultural museum. The museum has displays covering the type of agriculture that was conducted (citrus, dairy, vegetables, and cattle ranching), the types of equipment used, and regularly scheduled special events. There are boat tours (for sightseeing) and fishing charters, scuba diving and snorkeling guided tours, game and entertainment centers (batting cages and go-karts), and more. Those who wish to move slower and take in the ambiance can go golfing (there are several local courses), do some shopping or visit a craft brewery to see what is on tap (the choices may surprise and delight you). At the end of the day, your luxury RV rental near Palmetto awaits you, offering all the creature comforts of home before the dinner trek begins.

This is Florida, so it is no surprise that the culinary scene is extensive and wonderful. Much of the local cuisine consists of seafood, with a few more mainstream entries vying for attention, but if there is anywhere to try seafood, this is the place. Other cuisines on hand include Mexican, Greek, Mediterranean and Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai, steakhouses, pizzerias, pub and bar restaurants, bistros, cafes and diners, and more. Prices are reasonable, so there is no guilt in eating out every night if that is your desire.

If it isn't, do some quick shopping and head back to your Palmetto motorhome rental to throw together a quick and simple home-cooked meal. Bring out the lawn chairs and enjoy your repast in the warm evening breeze, watching the sun go down and the stars come out. And, enjoy.

RV Rentals in Palmetto, FL

Palmetto, FL is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Palmetto. Outdoorsy's Palmetto RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to Palmetto are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Canaveral National Seashore, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, and J N Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

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Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Balm Boyette Nature Preserve Trail Riverview Florida
Alafia State Park Trail Lithia Florida
Lettuce Lake Regional Park Loop Trail Tampa Florida
Lake Myakka Trail Sarasota Florida
Little Manatee River Loop Wimauma Florida
Weedon Island Preserve Trail St Petersburg Florida
Robinson's Preserve Trail Bradenton Florida
Morris Bridge Park Thonotosassa Florida
Six Mile Cypress Slough Trail Fort Myers Florida
Pine Island East Loop Trail Orlando Florida

Nearby Dumpstations

Dream RV

6120 E State Road 64 Bradenton, FL 34208
General Repair, Parts Sales, Parts Installation, Rentals, Holiday Rambler, Thor Ind (D)

Rest Stop

Rest Area NB Lutz, FL 33559
Northbound, 60 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap, Security, Nov 2014: Separate truck and RV Parking lots so lots of space for RV parking. Spent the night there, no problems. No signs to say no overnights were found. (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area SB Ruskin, FL 33570
Southbound, 40 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap, Security (R)

Horizon Coach

1442 SW Hwy 17 Arcadia, FL 34266

Rest Stop

Rest Area Lutz, FL 33559
Southbound, 53 truck parking spaces, 27 RV parking spaces in separate area, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap, Security, Pay Phones, There are two separate dog runs on the north side of the property. One is for small dogs only and the other is for large dogs only. (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area NB St Petersburg, FL 33715
Northbound, Southbound, 25 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap (R)

Johnsons Camper Sales

3201 1st St. E. Bradenton, FL 34208
General Repair, Parts Sales, Parts Installation (SR) (D)

Rest Stop

Rest Area NB Palmetto, FL 34250
Northbound, Southbound, 20 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area NB Ruskin, FL 33570
Northbound, 40 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap, Security (R)

Gauthiers RV Repair

6120 State Route 64 East. Do not visit location. Please call. Bradenton, FL 34208

Nearby Campgrounds

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

attraction Sarasota, FL
A world class research and education center, it is also a frequented horticultural exhibition. Visitors come to learn and experience the living collection of tropical plants. There are 15 acres encompassing 12 buildings, which include the Children?s Rainforest Garden, which is the only outdoor elevated rainforest display in the world, where you can feel what?s like to live in the canopy, visitors can also enjoy the Towering Bamboo Garden the Banyan groves, and so much more.

Oscar Scherer State Park

campground Siesta Key, FL
Rigs up to 36 feet will find themselves right at home at Oscar Scherer State Park, a fantastic location for outdoor recreation and family fun. It's a fantastic park for wildlife viewing and birding ? birders won't find a better location to spot rare Florida Scrub-Jays in the area. Bring all your gear, Oscar Scherer State Park has excellent paddling, hiking and biking opportunities. Lots of trees in the campground means you need to pick a smaller RV rental and take your time getting in to the site.

Bay Bayou RV Resort

campground Tampa, FL
The Bay Bayou Resort has a heated pool, 247 RV spaces, clubhouse and recreation facilities are some of the amenities guests will find here at the RV Resort. While you rent your RV in Tampa through Outdoorsy, the world is your oyster on where you take your RV rental. The RV park is located on Double Branch Creek, and guests can kayak to their hearts content or fish from the dock. Some owners rent their kayaks and other goods while you rent their RV from them. A great destination book one of the water facing sites for your RV rental night and enjoy a scenic location close to all the Tampa fun. Rent your RV in Tampa and enjoy all the great sights that brings such a great family adventure!

EG Simmons Regional Park

campground Ruskin, FL
A county park with some of the most amazing RV sites in the country. Camp amongst mangroves with the Bay waters as your backyard. A very popular destination make sure to book your site early. The park is very family friendly and very easy to navigate to and within in your RV rental. Hookups are available including water and electric. A great get away without going to far away.

Mote Marine Laboratory

attraction Sarasota, FL
With more than 100 marine local species to learn about, visitors can see sharks, manatees, sea turtles, seahorses, rays, seahorses, and invertebrates including cuttlefish, jellyfish, and sea anemones. You can also get up close and touch baby sharks and participate in interactive games as you learn about sea life cycles. This is a chance to learn from a world renowned research facility about the wonders of the sea.

Siesta Key Beach

attraction None, FL
You can't come to Siesta Key and not experience the beach. In fact, there are three named beaches here on this 8-mile stretch of coastline ? Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach. All offer a fantastic island experience, with coral formations, white sand that stays cool under your feet and fantastic shelling opportunities. If you are looking for a great family beach, this is it.

Lazydays RV Resort

campground Seffner, FL
Lazydays RV Resort, which is part of the Lazydays RV dealership, is the epitome of convenience and comfort. Lazydays also has their RV rental fleet on Outdoorsy with very close proximity to Tampa. The Lazydays park has 300 campsites that have full utility hookups, and its restaurant and recreation and laundry facilities provide everything guests need for a comfortable stay. Guests even enjoy fresh coffee and morning newspapers daily. Be warned that if you do enjoy your RV rental this is a bad place to stay... what with all the awesome RVs for sale just next door!

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

attraction Sarasota, FL
The official state art museum of Florida offers over 10,000 works which include paintings, photographs, sculptures, drawings, prints and decorative arts. Within its 150,000 square feet, you can also find a circus museum, the Ca' d'Zan a famous Gothic Venetian house and the Ringling?s mansion. You can also watch world class performances here.

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