For boaters and fishermen, it’s hard to beat this scenic spit of land in far west Palmetto, where the Manatee River meets Terra Ceia Bay. Key West-style homes and Florida ranches dot the landscape; it’s unpretentious for the most part, but newish enclaves like Amberwynd have a smattering of million-dollar properties. Redfish Cove, an enclave of six riverfront homesites, is now under development.
What to Love:
Emerson Point Preserve is a popular outdoor destination. Kayak and canoeing trails wind through the 365-acre county-owned recreation area, and there are picnic pavilions, hiking trails and an observation tower with awesome views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
People & Lifestyle:
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Things to Do:
- 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