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Things to do in Palmetto

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Centre
“We always find some good bargains when we go here. It is all outside though.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Bus Station
“One of the best outlet malls on the west coast, this mall is a 35-minute drive south. The mall itself is massive and there are a ton of big name brands here that have sales on every day. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“Emerson offers shaded paths, it is a beautiful preserve for walking , we see other fishing on hanging out at the small beach area. It is pet friendly and somewhat bike friendly.. Also, this park has relics of Native Americans as well as early settlers. There is a wooden walkway that goes up to several mounds. The walkway is designed for wheelchair. I believe the ramp might be too steep for some. The park is free, and is maintained by Manatee County and state of Florida.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great food, right on the Manatee river. Mostly outdoors eating area with live entertainment.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Delicious seafood items, burgers & very good lunch specials. Dine on the water and see the marina.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“While not as elaborate as some, this is an antebellum mansion that was home to Major Robert Gamble and the only surviving plantation house in South Florida. **Check times for guided tours, only way to see inside of Mansion”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great for sunsets and happy hour. They also have kayaking and paddleboarding available off the dock. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Best grocery store and deli in town. Great subs to take to the park or beach.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
  • 2 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Love this place for produce! They also have made to order items, delicious ice cream & baked goods.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Department Store
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  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“There are several locations, but this is the closest one to the Palmetto Cottage. Great seafood, casual family environment and great for big groups. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Beautiful restaurant with delicious food. Great service and live music every day.”
  • 1 local recommends
Brewery
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“They don’t have food, but nice ambience and a great selection of beers. Sometimes food trucks will be parked close by on the weekends or you can walk next door to the TK Grill for some good BBQ selections.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Located at the Marina: Cruise the Manatee River and Protected Waters of Tampa Bay Many cruises available, easy to book online. ”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Great food, right on the Manatee river. Mostly outdoors eating area with live entertainment.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Delicious seafood items, burgers & very good lunch specials. Dine on the water and see the marina.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great for sunsets and happy hour. They also have kayaking and paddleboarding available off the dock. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“There are several locations, but this is the closest one to the Palmetto Cottage. Great seafood, casual family environment and great for big groups. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful restaurant with delicious food. Great service and live music every day.”
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“Casual family-owned eatery serving locally sourced fish, clams & sushi, plus wine & craft brews.Thai fried Hogfish was delicious. It was all very good and the service was great, also sushi bar available. On Friday is very fun place.”
  • 1 local recommends

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