Robinson Preserve a 15 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida, 34217 and is a great spot to visit. You can walk, bike or roller blade on miles of paved trail and explore more than 5 miles of shell and coastal trails. Through the main trail there are outlets that look at the Perico Bayou and others on the north end that lead to the Tampa Bay. When you visit, it’s a must to climb the 40 foot tall observation tower found toward the north end of the trail. Once at the top, you can see for miles around the area with a view of four counties and five water bodies. Also, check out the view from the camera in the Valentine House Visitor’s Center at the Orthodox entrance. Robinson Preserve gives visitors the opportunity to see roseate spoonbills, wood storks, white pelicans, bald eagles and if you’re lucky you might even see a Manatee!
The Robinson Preserve is undergoing a 150-acre expansion will be done in phases and its completion is expected to take between eight and nine months. The four million dollar construction of the park’s 150-acre expansion continues with projects including canoe and kayak launches, picnic shelters, restroom and shade structures along the trail. This county owned land is marked with tall Australian pines and a goal of the expansion is to bring the land back to its natural state with mangrove islands, restored wetlands and freshwater ponds.
The first phase, The Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology (NEST) is built on land that was once pine forest and had been turned into farmland. This farmland had been abandoned and is now the site of NEST, an elevated complex which celebrated its grand-opening on Feb. 16th of this year. The complex consists of an elevated classroom, restrooms, boardwalk and ramp connecting the buildings and has a slide and cargo net for fun. This tree-house and learning space is dedicated to guided tours, nature-themed activities and more. The space offers WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning. The NEST will host many educational number of programs which include, Tall Tails Tribes for preschoolers and adult photography classes, yoga programs, Mommy and Me nature walks and a food-focused exploration. From the top of the NEST get a 360 degree view of the land surrounding this new attraction. The county doesn’t have staffing so NEST won’t be open every day.
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Another phase recently completed is the 1.73-mile extension to the Robinson Preserve Trail. The extension, which includes rubber coating to accommodate walkers and joggers was host to the Robinson Preserve 5K/10K, March 23, 2-18. The Trail is designed for athletes of all levels.
The main entrance of Robinson Preserve is: 1704 99th Street NW, Bradenton, FL Phone : 941- 742-5923
Hours: Sunrise to sunset