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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Palmetto, FL


Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Emerson Point Park Loop Trail Palmetto, FL
Desoto National Memorial Park Trail Bradenton, FL
Robinson Preserve Paddle De Soto National Memorial, FL
Robinson's Preserve Trail Bradenton, FL
Spoonbill Trail and Osprey Loop Bradenton, FL
Egmont Key from Anna Maria Island Anna Maria, FL
Heron's Nest Nature Park Loop Sarasota, FL
Mullet Key Trail Anna Maria, FL
Fort De Soto Park Nature Trail Anna Maria, FL
Red Loop Trail Lake Manatee State Park, FL

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Lake Manatee Campground Manatee County, FL
Little Manatee River Campground Hillsborough County, FL
St. Petersburg / Madeira Beach KOA Pinellas County, FL
Oscar Scherer Campground Sarasota County, FL
Myakka River Campground Sarasota County, FL
Bay Bayou RV Resort Hillsborough County, FL
Alafia River Campground Hillsborough County, FL
Clearwater / Lake Tarpon KOA Pinellas County, FL
Clearwater / Wells Gray KOA Thompson-Nicola, BC
Winter Quarters Pasco RV Resort Campground Pasco County, FL

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Recommendations for Palmetto, FL from Outdoorsy Owners


Nice atmosphere on the water, friendly staff and good food. A great place to stop and enjoy a drink on the weekends/vacation.

Oct 9, 2018

I have previously delivered and setup my trailer here for renters and it is a very clean, well kept campground. It's a great spot for fishing as well!

Oct 9, 2018

peaceful and beautiful views. great place for family and friends...and dogs!

Jul 10, 2018

We love Ft. DeSoto Campgrounds! It's beautiful, close to home and the kids love it there as well!

Jun 19, 2018

St. Petersburg/Clearwater beaches are rated one of the best in USA!

May 1, 2018

Fantastic campground located at the southern tip of Pinellas county on the Gulf of Mexico. Beautiful pristine beaches down the road at the park. Great for biking, kayaking and fishing.

May 1, 2018

St Petersburg Grand Prix March 9 to 11, 2018 Fast and loud. Indy cars to Honda's it is great fun. Bring your earplugs!

Scenic
Jan 31, 2018

Voted one of the TOP beaches in the United States by TRIP ADVISOR, TRAVEL & LIESURE MAGAZINE, and AAA.

Dog-friendly Cheap Hiking Fishing Kid-friendly Historic Sightseeing Good weather Overnight Day trip
Mar 30, 2017

Let Sun-N-Fun host your next Sarasota camping adventure! With beautiful large bath houses and 600 50 amp RV sites from pull-thru Deluxe to spacious Standard sites, it is no surprise that we're a favor

Dog-friendly Game Room Bike Rental Snack Bar Glamping Elbow Room Social Scene Quiet Happy Hour Swimming Pool Wi-Fi Hookups Onsite Laundry Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful Scenic
Mar 30, 2017