Things To Do In Palmetto


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  • Shan-T Native Kayak Tours
    When a family of five wanted to go on a kayak tour, they assumed their daughter with Down's syndrome couldn't come along. But Shan-T co-owner Michelle Thorpe assured them she could, and invited her along in her own tandem kayak. Once on the water, the girl immediately took charge, joyfully taking over paddling. Michelle and her husband Mark had always searched for a way to conduct fun, physical, outdoor activities that would accommodate people with special needs, including their daughter with Asperger's and their niece who is autistic. Taking advantage of the therapeutic nature of the area's calm waters, Shan-T provides a way for just about everyone to commune with nature. The couple operates their tours intimately, using no more than 15 boats per group so that wilderness smells and the sounds of lapping waves are prevalent throughout their adventures. The pair leads their tours through secluded, often shallow waterways and wildlife-rich areas aboard ocean-style kayaks with open tops for easy boarding and egress. They sometimes allow participants to use the boats as standup paddleboards on which participants can stretch their legs or reach up to scratch head itches with overhanging branches. On each tour, guides stress the fragility of the local ecosystem, highlighting issues such as baby fish growing up inside discarded soda cans and dolphins consuming floating plastic bags. In response, participants often pick up any refuse they see, with tours in the past becoming scavenger hunts to help clean the secluded waterways and to see who can find the most Gene Simmons solo albums. On many of these trips, kayakers have encountered manatees up close, sometimes when they brush up against the boats to scratch their backs and bellies.
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    5801 17th St. W
    Palmetto, FL US
  • Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex
    Florida's Gulf Coast is one of the last places one expects to see an igloo. Nevertheless, drivers on I-75 will spot a dome worthy of the Arctic rising as they approach Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, a 115,000-square-foot facility that houses two NHL-size ice rinks. Visitors coast across the well-maintained surface during public-skating hours, while classes in figure skating and hockey skating teach ice-slicing fundamentals to students unaccustomed to getting out of their dogsled and moving on their own. In addition to ice rinks, the sprawling space contains a 13,500-square-foot indoor soccer-and-football field, a fitness center, a video game room, and space for birthday parties.
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    5309 29th St. E
    Ellenton, FL US
  • Riverside Tours
    On Riverside Tours' waterborne journeys, nature-lovers can get up-close and personal with some of Florida's most amazing critters, including the manatee and the bottlenose dolphin. Besides the astonishing wildlife, the tours offer a glimpse into the human history of the area, with interesting facts about historic homes and the pre-colonial residents. Noontime tours feature a catered lunch, and sunset cruises capture the most beautiful moments of the Manatee River's day.
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    1005 Riverside Drive
    Palmetto, FL US
  • Imperial Lakewoods Golf Club
    A PGA golf pro with more than 25 years of teaching experience, Pat Walsh helps aspiring par pursuers build their swing and straighten their shot. During the course of two lessons, Pat will cover any and all aspects of the game, tailoring each session to his student's particular needs and teaching vital skills, such as how to sharpen short play, how to increase driving accuracy, or how to evade alligators. He'll also analyze swings using video footage, which allows for a slow-motion understanding of each player's mechanics and bogey face. After each lesson, students will receive an email with a video clip of their swings.
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    9680 Buffalo Road
    Palmetto, FL US
  • Pope Golf
    Each of the three courses in the Pope Golf portfolio challenges golfers with a unique layout that incorporates pristine features of Florida’s natural landscape. At Misty Creek Country Club, players share a wildlife preserve with exotic birds and try to keep their golf balls out of local vegetation and bald-eagle hairpieces. River Wilderness Golf and Country Club showcases a dramatic layout that drapes across 150 acres of an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Nearing its 40th anniversary, Bent Tree Country Club surrounds players in sylvan beauty as they play their way through a 6,863-yard track that has hosted US Open qualifiers and Florida state high-school championships. Misty Creek Country Club at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Total length of 6,895 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 137 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole Bent Tree Country Club at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Total length of 6,880 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.2 from the back tees * Course slope of 133 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole River Wilderness Golf and Country Club at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Total length of 7,072 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 134 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
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    2250 Wilderness Boulevard
    West Parrish, FL US
  • Beef O Bradys
    Dig in to your favorite American meal at Beef O Bradys. If you re sick of counting calories, the absence of low-fat food on Beef O Bradys s menu is sure to appease your taste buds for a day. The drink list at Beef O Bradys has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). Beef O Bradys is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings. Check out the brews and bites at happy hour, and kick back without spending a fortune. Wifi is on the house at Beef O Bradys, so you can stay connected on your mobile device. Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy. Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Beef O Bradys' busiest days. Beef O Bradys is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Beef O Bradys to create the perfect night. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go. At Beef O Bradys, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door. Beef O Bradys is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
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    8913 US Highway 301 N
    Parrish, FL US

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