The 10 Best Things to Do in Parrish, United States

July 27, 2017 Janette Largent

Parrish in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Nature & Wildlife Areas. Discover best things to do in Parrish with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Parrish

1. Emerson Point Preserve

Snead Island, Palmetto, FL +1 941-745-4801
Excellent
70%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 259 reviews

Emerson Point Preserve

Reviewed By RachelB54 - Washington, DC

This is a beautiful nature preserve just over the bridge from Bradington. Many peaceful trails with abundant vegetation Most of the trails are short, under a mile. I was hoping for more opportunities to walk. The preserve was not crowded. There is a small beach with lovely views, but not swimming. There is also a bit of Florida history here including evidence of the Portavant Temple Mound constructed by the original inhabitants. Bring a picnic lunch to eat under the large pavilion with picnic tables. Clean restrooms are available. This is a perfect place to spend an hour or half a day.

2. Ellenton Premium Outlets

5461 Factory Shops Blvd, #105, Ellenton, FL 34222-4100 +1 941-723-1150
Excellent
38%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 719 reviews

Ellenton Premium Outlets

Find an exciting collection of 130 outlet stores from the world's leading designers and brand names like Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, offering savings of 25% to 65% every day.

Reviewed By kimsX7442XV - Millersville, Maryland

This is a typical outlet mall with your normal stores (izod, Michael kors, Guess, etc..). They do also have a couple shoe stores (rack, naturalizer), sports (Columbia for example), denim stores (Lee & Wrangler) and speciality stores. The sales are okay, but like someone else mentioned Macy's can have better bargains. Good spot to go with teenage female's though.

3. Florida Railroad Museum

12210 83rd St E, Parrish, FL 34219-2012 +1 941-776-0906
Excellent
47%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 159 reviews

Florida Railroad Museum

Founded in 1981, the Florida Railroad Museum's mission is to acquire, preserve and operate historic examples of Florida's railroad history. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM, year-round. Diesel train excursions operate on Saturdays and Sundays only, departing at 11 AM and 2 PM. Special events are scheduled throughout the year featuring themed train rides. Some events have different operating schedules, so please call or check our website before your visit.

Reviewed By fisherpl - Sheffield, UK

The Railroad Museum is not to be missed. It's in the middle of nowhere but so worth the trip. Get there early so you can take a look at the miniature railway exhibit, the old Pullman Coach and the many vintage wagons on display. The train ride is fantastic. There are heated & non heated coaches or open air carriages if the weather permits. Snacks are sold on board. The train bimbles along for about an hour. Look out for the coach that featured in "Unstoppable".Terrific! We would have loved to have had the time to go back for one of the many "themed" experiences they offer. They sounded such fun!

4. Little Manatee River State Park

215 Lightfoot Rd, Wimauma, FL 33598-7518 +1 813-671-5005
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 65 reviews

Little Manatee River State Park

Reviewed By canoebase - Palm Harbor, Florida

This review is about the six-mile long trail at Little Manatee River State Park. I understand there's a campground and picnic area, but the only other activity we did was visit the bathroom before hiking.

Hiking opportunities in Clearwater are few and far between, so we drove about an hour to the Little Manatee River State Park to get some exercise and get away from people, and we succeeded on both counts. I was interested in the 6 mile hiking trail. We found the State Park without difficulty, although my Garmin GPS really wanted us to take the tollway!
(Hint: Use a map and take 301 south!) The volunteer at the State Park was friendly and helpful, and told us how to get to the trailhead itself, which is in a different area of the Park. Note: You don't have to go into the Park itself if you're only hiking the Trail. The Trailhead is right off 301, and an entrance fee is required, there's a cash box in the parking area. The volunteer also suggested that if we had valuables that we put them in the trunk so they aren't visible to passers-by. The Trail itself was a pleasant surprise. Trail maps were available at the Trailhead. The Trail was well-marked with yellow blazes every few hundred feet. The trail is a loop, and you'd really have to work at it to get lost. There's a "shortcut" in the middle for those who aren't up to hiking a full 6 miles, which cuts the distance about in half. We're experienced hikers and walk every day, and it took us about three hours, and WE ONLY SAW TWO OTHER PEOPLE, which I thought was amazing for a mero area. There's plenty of (for Florida, anyway) ups and downs, and plenty of tree roots to avoid, but all in all, a very enjoyable hike. If you turn LEFT when starting the hike, you'll stay along the river and in the woods for the first 1/2 of the hike. I suggest that you turn RIGHT, which means you'll hike in the open fields when it's cooler, and then hike in the shade in the afternoon when it's warmer. Another suggestion: Hiking is thirsty work, so you may wish to stop at Motorworks Brewery in Bradenton on your way home. I did!

5. Dooley Groves

1651 Stephens Rd, Sun City, FL 33570-6207 +1 800-522-6411
Excellent
50%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Dooley Groves

Fresh-Picked FUN at Dooley Groves! Come to the Grove! It's easy and it's fun. From November through April,rain or shine, from 10am to 4pm, we offer U-Pick Oranges and Tangerines. In January and February, come and pick Honeybells, the BEST citrus fruit you'll ever taste! Dooley Groves ships fresh citrus all across the USA and Canada. Candy, local honey, marmalades, Amish cheeses. Freshly-squeezed Orange Juice. Located on Florida's West Coast, just south of Tampa Bay, just south of Ruskin, Florida.

Reviewed By Elizabeth V - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

It's not worth!! Too expensive!! It's a tourist place !! It's a trapping!! Everything is overpriced!!

6. Gamble Plantation Historic State Park

3708 Patten Ave, Ellenton, FL 34222-2152 +1 941-723-4536
Excellent
36%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 191 reviews

Gamble Plantation Historic State Park

Reviewed By bblonde52 - Sarasota, Florida

I was here with two friends visiting this historic house where Judah P Israel hid for several days before going to the UK and working for Queen Victoria. The guide was less than friendly. He gave information so fast it was difficult to understand him and he was unwilling to answer questions. The house has been “restored” but sadly none of the original furniture is in place. However they have put period pieces (tables/beds etc) as they might have been at the time. There were two gentlemen visitors who we spoke to - history buffs - and they were more interesting than the official guide.

7. South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium

201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205-8635 +1 941-746-4131
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 748 reviews

South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium

As the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast, the South Florida Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs that interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions -- offering something new to discover with each visit. The Museum includes the all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Celebrating its 50th anniversary year, the Bishop Planetarium is the Gulf Coast's premier astronomy education facility, outfitted with a state-of-the-art Planetarium and projection system with stunning multimedia capabilities. The Parker Manatee Aquarium is home to Snooty™, Manatee County's official mascot and the oldest known manatee in the world, as certified by Guinness World Records. Snooty shares his Aquarium pool with other manatees that have been injured or orphaned and are being rehabilitated for return to the wild as part of the Manatee Rehabilitation and Release Partnership.

Reviewed By d s - Denver, co

There seems to be a lot of emphasis on dinosaurs and the like, with some decent dioramas of plants, animals, a log cabin, and early Native American life. Other than that, not a lot of history. The Manatee exhibition was disappointing. The planetarium was really good, and the explanation of the night skies was fun.

8. Canoe Outpost - Little Manatee River

18001 U.S. Hwy 301 S., Wimauma, FL 33598
Excellent
66%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 79 reviews

Canoe Outpost - Little Manatee River

Reviewed By Alexandria456 - Lakeland

We usually rent kayaks from Little Manatee River State Park but they were not renting due to their Spring event and demonstrations. We are both working Moms and have limited time, so our kayaks trips are a very special treat for us. We are usually limited to just a few hours to ourselves once a month. We drove to Canoe Outpost to give them a try. Their website states "Unlike the hourly rentals at the state park, our staff will handle all the equipment for you and assist you in launching and landing and all boats and equipment are cleaned after each use." We were the first in line last Saturday morning and were launched after several other people that came after us. In addition, when we asked the employees questions regarding what was further up river, the employee gave us attitude. They were less than helpful in the launching from the dock. We typically launch ourselves directly from the sandy area at the state park which is much easier and more comfortable for people with health and back issues. On top of that, on our return we saw them flip a woman into the water when they were trying to help her get into the kayak from the dock. Upon our return, they were launching a large group of people one at a time. They did not give the group members any directions and had way too many kayaks just sitting in front of the dock waiting for the rest of the group to launch (prob 30 or more people). Ideally you would ask the group to paddle just 50-100 feet downstream to allow room for all group members to launch and group up for the paddle. We waited very patiently for about 15 minutes for an opportunity to get out of the kayaks and the employees kept ignoring us. We finally asked if they could please take a minute break from launching that group to let the two of us use the dock to get out. The employee responded very rudely that he was busy with this group and would get us when they were done launching them. We finally went to another area on the side and got out on our own because we could not wait another 30 minutes for them to finish with the group. We know it took at least another 30 minutes because after we finally got out, took bathroom breaks, etc, they were still working on getting that group out. It would have taken just a minute or two to allow the two of us to get out and get on our way. We waited patiently for 15 minutes before even asking if we could please get out. There was very little room on the dock, so it took great creativity to get ourselves out while the employees kept working on the group. In fact, a member of that group (not an employee) helped my friend get out.
I just recently purchased my own kayak after renting from dozens of places for the past several years. I cannot think of ever having a bad rental experience.

I will never recommend this place in the future to anyone. The state park employees are much nicer, and although you have to take the kayak down off the rack and put it on the sandy area to launch, it is much easier to launch the kayak from sandy short vs doing it on a dock with employees that are not helpful.

9. Born To Ride LLC

17950 State Road 62, Parrish, FL 34219-8216 +1 941-812-1980
Excellent
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5 based on 19 reviews

Born To Ride LLC

We offer a Unique Trail Riding Experience riding some of FL beautiful state parks. We ride to your experience and comfort level. This is not your typical one-horse-in-the-other-horse's-butt trail ride....

Reviewed By MumtotwoU L - Lincoln, United Kingdom

Kathy was a brilliant. We took our family of four (2 adults, kids 14 and 12) two were non-riders and we had a great time riding through the Little Mannatee State Park. The horses were really calm and placid and were very well behaved. The ride lasted 2.5 hours through trails and small creeks. Took plenty of photos along route so in the dark, cold days of English winter we can look back at some wonderful memories. Would highly recommend this. Thanks Kathy.
Note: Kathy provides riding hats but wear long jeans/trousers, sun screen and a mosi spray and take along a couple of bottles of water, the saddles have bags on them.

10. Felts Audubon Preserve

4600 24th Avenue East, Palmetto, FL 34221 +1 941-729-2222
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Felts Audubon Preserve

Reviewed By Randy P - St. John's, Newfoundland And Labrador, Canada

Felts is a small nature preserve managed and looked after by the efforts of the local Audubon chapter. Very well done and kudos to the members! The preserve is mostly forested with some small ponds. Walking trails meander throughout. A comfortable bird blind looks out on a small garden with feeders which on our visit attracted a group of painted and indigo buntings. Overall, a very pleasant visit and the buntings made it well worth the effort.

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