An integral part in Manatee County, Palmetto is a little Florida town with a population of less than 13,000. However, these close-knit locals are big on southern charms. The metro cities, that includes Venice and Sarasota, offers plenty of shops, restaurants, and entertainment for travelers that don’t mind a short drive.
Palmetto is the kind of storytelling town that history buffs would love, as many of the locals are descendants of generations-old family lineages. The city could even be described as rustic, with seaside views of the Manatee River when you travel to the city’s southern outskirts. Ghost walks and historic tours are big deals in Palmetto, since so much of the town is built on old legends and family histories.
Located closer to Bradenton of the outer edges of Palmetto, the South Florida Museum is a big hit with families, history buffs, science lovers, and curious travelers. The museum is historic and huge, with highlights of everything from natural history, to local history, to the giant Parker Manatee Aquarium, and an amazing planetarium. One ticket covers all there is to do and see. Interact with sea cows during the live manatee show and feeding.
Guests have dubbed this museum an awesome place to spend a rainy afternoon. The entire museum is well-maintained and clean, with a banquet room for birthday parties and school events, summer activities for families and children, several colorful exhibits that offer hands-on learning fun, and a picnic area for lunches.
Palmetto is home to the Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, with a plantation house that was constructed in 1840 on several acres of fields and lush grasses. The area is well-kept and clean for tours of the grounds and several structures. The main house tour is well-guided by professional actors, many of whom have a ghost story or two to sneak in. The museum is open every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with tours every hour from 9 to 5 [with an hour break for a staff lunch at noon]. Book a tour, take plenty of pictures, soak up some interesting history, then explore the tranquil grounds on your own.
Care for a park that your kiddos and pets will adore?
Riverwalk combines several attractions into a single park, with a riverside promenade, several playgrounds for both older kids and toddlers, a splash zone, an on-site restaurant that serves up amazing tacos, and a skate park. There are also nature paths, as well as a small dog park where you can unleash your canine and let your pup mingle with other like-sized dogs. In the summertime, locals plan festivals and arts exhibits here. And, a large pavilion and stage features outdoor seating to view live performances of music and theatre troupes.
There are several places to stay around Palmetto, but most hotels are around 2 miles from the inner city. This makes it easier for travelers to go anywhere in the metro area, including Bradenton, which is the closest city to Palmetto with the most attractions.
Check out the best hotels in Palmetto:
The Riverside Bed and Breakfast
The Riverside Bed and Breakfast on, you guessed it, Riverside Drive, is a pleasant, homey place for families and honeymooners to book a short stay. There are 6 suites, each one themed and decorated beautifully to appeal to romantics, interior design enthusiasts, and history lovers. Breakfast is included with your stay, and the spread often includes fresh fruits, muffins with optional peanut butter, orange juice, milk, eggs, and cold appetizer platters of delicious meats and cheeses. Family-owned, the managers of Riverside B & B take great care in ensuring a positive, memorable, peaceful experience for their guests.
If history is your forte, take a walk to Palmetto Historical Park to explore old farmhouses, schoolhouses, post offices, chapels, museums, libraries, and homes that made Palmetto what it is today.
Courtyard Bradenton Sarasota
Located on Riverfront Drive, the Courtyard Bradenton Sarasota is a classic, old-fashioned hotel with Spanish-inspired architecture, but with a modern update on homey accommodations for interior services. The front desk staff is superb in the reliability and knowledge, while the offered rooms are spacious, clean, and accommodating. Guests have the run of outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a hot tub, an on-site bar, restaurant, and lounge, and a well-equipped, up-to-date fitness room. Breakfast is included for every morning of your stay, and The Bistro offers a selection of your favorite American meals for lunch and dinner.
Be sure to check out the local arts scene at Village of the Arts, a park of colorful houses, artsy sculptures, interactive installations, and off-beat pottery shops. The art walk is catered by an amazing taco shack, so stop in for lunch between sight-seeing.
Hampton Inn & Suites
Hampton Inn & Suites on 10th Street West, closer to downtown Bradenton on the outskirts of Palmetto, is a must-stay for South Florida visitors. One of the homiest and most comfortable hotel experiences, according to guests, is this hotel features fresh-baked cookies at check-in. Also enjoy continental breakfasts for the duration of your stay, a clean, spacious, and well-furnished room, and close proximity to numerous bars, lounges, shops, and restaurants.
Entertainment-wise, the downtown area is abundant in nightlife, so simply walk in either direction to find clubs and pubs worth going to. TripAdvisor reviewers suggest O’Bricks Pub and Martini Bar—an upscale dining experience with a lengthy wine and cocktail list.
The Super 8 Ellenton
The Super 8 Ellenton on 17th Street East is located less than 2 miles from the inner communities of Palmetto. The hotel is simple but comfortable, with room accommodations that include full, well-equipped kitchens, dining nooks, en-suite bathrooms with all the fluffed towels and essential toiletries you need, a separate, well-furnished living space, and comfortable, soft queen-sized beds. Each suite is set up like a little apartment, so guests really get several rooms in one.
While the Super 8 serves up a grab-and-go, free continental breakfast, guests have raved about Peach’s Restaurant, located less than half a mile from the hotel. Go there for hot, fresh breakfast selections, like eggs, toast, and grits, with a side of bacon and fresh-brewed coffee.
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