Manatee County provides some of the best recreational activities and facilities in the state with 33 parks, 12 preserves, and miles of beaches. The County also maintains 4 stand-alone tennis courts (listed under Parks), 4 dog parks, and 9 boat ramp facilities.
Sea turtle nesting season is May 1 to October 31. It is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests. Help us protect these magnificent creatures. For more information about sea turtles or to learn how you can help protect them, visit Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring.
All parks allow dogs on-leash. Dogs are not allowed at the beaches or the following preserves: Leffis Key, Moody Branch, Neal, and Perico. Please visit our Pet Policies page or individual preserve pages for additional information.