Get Outside at Robinson Preserve
Experience the Great Outdoors at Robinson Preserve
Just 6 miles from Compass Hotel Anna Maria Island, Robinson Preserve is a must-see attraction in Bradenton. The over 670-acre nature sanctuary encompasses former agricultural lands that have been transformed into beautiful coastal and wetland habitats, making it a prime stop for fresh-air activities like wildlife spotting, hiking, kayaking and lots more. Add one of the following Robinson Preserve activities to your Anna Maria Island itinerary.
Hiking & Paddling
Robinson Preserve has 2.5 miles of paved trails for strolling, biking and rollerblading and 5 miles of coastal hiking trails. To take in some of the best views of the park, consider exploring its waterways via kayak or canoe. A boat launch is available near the entrance, offering access to the Blueways Trails. The 75-miles paddling trail network connects to the Manatee River, Perico Bayou and Palma Sola Bay. For a 5-mile round-trip adventure through mangrove tunnels and marshes, start at the launch and travel through the Robinson Preserve to Palma Sola Bay and back.
The wide-open expanses of Robinson Preserve are stomping grounds for all types of creatures, from birds and reptiles to marine animals. Those who opt to explore the area’s waters on canoe or kayak might be lucky enough to spot an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin or a West Indian manatee—the county’s namesake mascot. Paddlers are also likely to run into turtles, frogs, lizards, several species of fish and alligators. For the opportunity to see wood storks, white pelicans, bald eagles and other winged beauties, scale the 40-foot observation tower. For your own safety, please to remember to keep your distance from our wild residents.
The Canopy Zone
The Canopy Zone at the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology (NEST) is a favorite stop for families traveling with little ones. Let the kiddos loose on the two-story structure, which is equipped with a series of boardwalks, rope bridges, climbing nets and slides. Some of the more challenging elements are recommended for ages 5 and older, but all are welcome on the tree-top loop. The boardwalk has breathtaking views of the preserve’s latest expansion and mounted binoculars for spying on birds and other wildlife.
NEST has weekly events for yogis, runners and nature lovers. Every Saturday, join Robinson Runners for a walk, run, or sprint along 1.6- and 3.2-mile routes surrounded by stunning greenery, or amble on the canopy boardwalk and observe botanical specimens from around the world during the Mornings at the NEST program. Or head there on Sunday morning to practice your mountain pose at a Rise and Shine Flow Yoga session.