On its northwest shore is Manatee County’s second largest city, Palmetto. When Samuel Sparks Lamb arrived here by boat in 1866, he purchased considerable land holdings and named the new community after his home state of South Carolina, the Palmetto State. Wide, palm and oak-lined streets and gracious old homes, some from the turn of the last century, still characterize the town.What to Love:With a rich history and old Florida charm, the city of Palmetto has maintained a sense of quiet, human scale, living atmosphere. Surrounded by the waters of Terra Ceia Bay and the Manatee River.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment:
Located at the end of a wood pier that cuts through the middle of Regatta Pointe Marina, Riverhouse places patrons right on the north side of the Manatee River near the base of the Green Bridge and Palmetto’s Riverside Park. The Riverhouse features three distinctive dining and drinking spots with its first-floor restaurant and bar the Reef & Grill, and waterfront patio bar the Snook Deck. There’s also the newly opened dining experience simply called The Second Floor featuring a more upscale menu, live piano music, specialty cocktails, coffees and more open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 5 p.m.
- Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant 995 Riverside Drive, Palmetto; 941-729-0616; riverhousefl.com
Casual family-owned eatery serving locally sourced fish, clams & sushi, plus wine & craft brews.
Local chain of casual family restaurants serving Mediterranean-American breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- The Clam House Bar & Grill 304 7th St W, Palmetto 941-721-8774 theclamhouse.com
Ragù cucina italiana. 336 8th Ave W Palmetto, FL 941-776-7473
"Best authentic italian cuisine in palmetto and Bradenton. Perfect for family occasions and date nights"
Things to Do:
The Palmetto Historical Park is a beautiful slice of our past. Visitors can step back in time by visiting our 1914 Carnegie Library, turn-of-the-century cottage, one-room school house, replica Chapel, Military Museum and Palmetto’s first Post Office. Real life stories, immersive settings, and hands-on exhibits help bring history to life.
- Emerson Point Preserve 5801 17th Street West Palmetto.
Situated on the West end of Snead island on the North shore of the Manatee river with Terra Ceia Bay to the north. It offers a network of hiking and kayak trails to experience a wide variety of coastal Florida wildlife and habitats. Ancient and historic remains of its inhabitants are accessible and well interpreted to give a sense of what life in Manatee County was like prior to and during its settlement. Emerson Point Preserve is open daily 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset.
- Palmetto Charter School
- Palmetto Elementary School
- Manatee School For the Arts
- Imagine Charter School At North Manatee