Palmetto, Florida, in Manatee county, is 13 miles N of Sarasota, Florida (center to center) and 30 miles S of Tampa, Florida. The city is in the Sarasota - Bradenton area. There are 12,571 residents in Palmetto.
Samuel Sparks was among the first settlers to arrive at Palmetto in 1868. He is also known as the 'Father of Palmetto'. He contributed significantly to the original planning of the city and also donated land for three churches, a park, the Woman's Club and a public library. The city was incorporated in 1897. A railroad was built through it in 1902; it helped quicken the growth of the city as it allowed contractors to have a steady supply of building materials.
Palmetto and nearby Attractions
- Green Bridge Fishing Pier
- Buffalo Creek Golf Course
- Imperial Lakewoods Golf Club
- Regatta Pointe Marina
- Frog Creek Camp Grounds & RV Park
Things To Do In Palmetto
Palmetto makes for an excellent destination for a perfect vacation with its great weather, excellent food and facilities for a wide range of recreational activities. Water sports are a very popular. There is the Green Bridge Fishing Pier which is open throughout the day and night. The more adventurous fishing enthusiasts can even pay for one of the local charters to go on longer expeditions. One can also ride horses on the Schomburg Farms. Palmetto also has some excellent golf courses and scenic spots for picnicking and relaxing in the lap of nature.
Air transportation for the city is provided by Tampa International Airport.
Palmetto Higher Education
The city is served by the Manatee Community College.