With a five-story observation tower, one can view the mud flats, mangrove swamps and beaches on Robinson Preserve in northwest Bradenton. With 487 acres of paved and unpaved trails, wooden bridges and waterways, the park offers many activities. People enjoy hiking, bicyling, kayaking, fishing, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Once used as farmland, the land was restored to its natural state of coastal and wetland habitats. Home to the Velentine Historic House, Robinson Preserve hosts an annual Twilight 5K run. Various tours, educational opportunities and group camping options are offered, and pets are allowed. The preserve is in the Palma Sola area, with its official address at 1704 99th St. NW., Bradenton. More information is available on the Department of Natural Resources webpage at www.mymanatee.org. -- Herald staff report
This is the first in an occasional series of photo essays on the natural treasures of Manatee County.
Coming Tuesday: Emerson Point Preserve.