Family Activities:

Manatee Beach Park


Manatee Beach Park

4000 State Rd. 64, Holmes Beach, FL

Its location at the juncture of the road from the mainland and the island’s main Gulf Drive accounts for some of its popularity, but also its wealth of facilities and wide, wide beach attract families who often come to spend the day. You can start with breakfast at its café, known for its all-you-can-eat pancakes, then claim your spot on the beach.

The little ones can play on the playground while the big kids compete in volleyball or hit the gentle waves. Picnic tables and barbecue grills offer other options for keeping the family fed, plus there’s a gift shop, changing cabanas, outdoor showers, and benches.

Sunrise to 10 p.m.