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Kayaker going under walking/bike trail in Robinson Preserve.

Robinson Preserve.

Robinson Preserve paddling trip explores a gorgeous park that we paddle in and out of.  It offers many bridges and docks we paddle under before heading outside the park for a breathtaking view of the Sunshine Skyway bridge.  A picnic lunch is provided before we paddle back into the park for a final stop at the lookout tower, where we will climb the steps to check out the awesome view.    Also, be on the look out for the unique pink fiddler crabs. 

Robinson Preserve is a beautiful park to explore. Unfortunately, the lower bay gets inundated with blue/green algae and it all tries to get into Robinson preserve and clog up the waterways. The access to get out into the bay has barriers up to keep the algae out but it keeps us paddlers in as well. So we paddled the inside of the park this time. There is a new extension to the park so there is more area to paddle on the inside. The new water area is more like lakes. And the land is full of new trees and plants. It will take a few years for the trees to grow and fill in. But it is a great addition and will just get better. As always, the park was full of wildlife including Ospreys, Roseate Spoonbills, Ibis, Egret, and Heron. We had a full trip will lots of paddlers on the water. It was a warm but comfortable day and the winds kept it fresh. It was a great day to be on the water and enjoy the beauty of Florida. Thanks to everyone for coming and enjoying it with us.

Robinson Preserve

Robinson Preserve


Tucked into the corner of northwest Bradenton, Robinson Preserve includes 487 acres of coastal saltern, marsh, and mangrove habitat. These systems attract a variety of rare wildlife, presenting careful observers with an opportunity to see roseate spoonbills, wood storks, white pelicans, bald eagles, and least terns in their natural environment.

Robinson Preserve offers visitors numerous ways to explore the coastal habitats. Scale the 40-foot-tall observation tower for a view of four counties and five water bodies or check out the view from the camera in the Valentine House Visitor’s Center. Bike or roller blade on 3 miles of paved trail, and hikers can explore more than 5 miles of shell and coastal trails. For paddlers, Robinson Preserve’s 3 miles of blueways present a chance to navigate through mangrove tunnels, marshes and more. The opportunities are endless. 

Environmental activities include hiking and biking trails and a canoe/kayak launch. Additional amenities include observation towers and platforms, picnic areas, and a visitor’s center.

Robinson Preserve is also the location of the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology (NEST), a treehouse and learning space dedicated to guided tours, nature-themed activities and more.



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