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August
22

Explore Port Charlotte's Natural Beauty at Tippecanoe Environmental Park

Tippecanoe Environmental Park

Florida is simply brimming with fun outdoor activities for the whole family. One place our real estate agents highly recommend visiting is Tippecanoe Environmental Park. Whether you spend an hour here or a whole day, you're bound to leave feeling relaxed and more connected to nature. Here are the key details you should know before your visit.

  • Location and Logistics
    Tippecanoe Environmental Park is located south of Sarasota, a few miles west of Port Charlotte homes for sale. It's not far from Port Charlotte Beach Park. In fact, you could visit both on the same day. The easiest way to reach the environmental park from Sarasota or Bradenton is to take the 41 south to Murdock.

    The address is 2400 El Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte, FL 33948.

    You can visit Tippecanoe Environmental Park between the hours of 6 am and 9 pm. 

  • An Overview
    Tippecanoe Environmental Park is a nature preserve, which means it's protected land. It encompasses nearly 400 acres, some of which are marshes and swamps. There's also a good amount of pine forest within the preserve. This is one of the things that makes it such an appealing place to visit — you get to see several different ecosystems. 

    A creek called Sam Knight Creek runs through the preserve. It later feeds into Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve.

  • Canoeing and Kayaking
    Tippecanoe Environmental Park is a great place to paddle. You can paddle through Sam Knight Creek or through some of the deeper swamps. There are several canoe launches throughout the park that you can use. So, put your kayak on top of the car, head out for a paddle, and stop to see some Sarasota homes for sale on your way home.

  • Hiking and Walking
    If you're not in the mood to paddle, then you can walk through the park instead. There are about 7 miles of trails through the land. Most of the trail is packed with limestone, which makes for comfortable walking. Even when it is wet, there is very little mud to worry about. There are a few picnic areas and seating areas where you can enjoy a packed lunch or a snack.

    Bug spray is highly recommended for this hike. The marshlands attract a lot of insects, including mosquitoes and black flies.

    Cycling is permitted on some of the trails at Tippecanoe Environmental Park. There is a bike rack at the trailhead in case you want to bike a little, then leave your bike and hike a bit.

  • Plants and Animals
    There are always a lot of water birds in the park's marshlands. Watching the egrets dip their heads into the water for fish is fun. Several species of lizards and frogs call the park home, too. 

    Definitely take the time to stop and admire the Mangrove trees. These unique trees send shoots from their branches down into the water. Those shoots slowly develop into new roots for the tree, taking up water from the swamp. 

The next time you're looking at Bradenton homes for sale, drive a little further south and visit Tippecanoe Environmental Park in Charlotte County. Whether you bring a kayak or just take a walk along the hiking trails, you'll love the natural beauty and the abundance of wildlife. Contact us if you're still looking for a place to call home. We'll tell you more about our Florida real estate services.

August
8

National Relaxation Day: Spas Near Sarasota

Sarasota County Spas

Bypass the typical Monday blues on August 15 by joining our real estate agents in celebrating National Relaxation Day. Give yourself some well-deserved pampering at these luxurious spas in Sarasota County. 

  • The Ritz-Carlton Spa - 1111 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Just the name of the Ritz-Carlton Spa conjures up images of elegance. Experienced technicians use honey, seawater marine scrubs, and other locally sourced ingredients to enhance the effects of their massages, facials, and wraps. Add optional enhancements such as eye, lip, or hair conditioning treatments. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

  • Spa at Longboat Key Club - 220 Sands Point Rd., Longboat Key, FL 34228
    With 10 treatment rooms and two relaxation rooms, the Spa at Longboat Key is prepared to offer the ultimate day of relaxation. The island ambiance near Longboat Key homes for sale helps to leave stress and pressure far behind. As an Opal Spa, Longboat Key Club uses Kerstin Florian products that incorporate natural ingredients for a holistic approach to health and well-being. The spa also promotes sustainability through recycling and other eco-friendly practices. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Mandala Med Spa & Yoga Shala - 1715 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231
    Get your "om" on at Mandala Med Spa & Yoga Shala, right down the street from Sarasota homes for sale. Yoga's emphasis on the mind-body connection makes it a perfect element for a day of physical and mental renewal. In addition to a full menu of spa services, Mandala has open and private yoga sessions that accommodate all levels of experience. Have your chakras aligned or harness your life force energy with a reiki session. Mandala is open weekdays from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., with extended hours until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and on Saturday by appointment.

  • Sirius Day Spa - 8512 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park, FL 34201
    Self-care shouldn't be reserved for one day a year. Sirius Day Spa, not far from University Park homes for sale, offers monthly memberships starting as low as $59. Earn the fee back immediately as a credit on any one of more than 40 available services. Free access to the Serenity Lounge, with complimentary teas and waters, massage chairs, and guided mediation tapes, is worth the price alone. Sirius also has a dry-bar salon, eyelash extensions, waxing, and teeth whitening so you can look as good as you feel. Hours are 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • The Met - 35 S. Blvd. of the Presidents, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Whether you want a great pick-me-up or you're ready to reinvent your style, The Met is the place to go. You'll feel special from the minute you step into the elegant building, not far from Bradenton homes for sale, with its stunning white columns and beautiful fountain. Choose from a la carte services or opt for one of the combo packages that include lunch. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at noon.

  • Aluna Wellness Center & Spa - 2219 Gulf Dr. N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    Enjoy a variety of relaxing services when you stop by Aluna Wellness Center & Spa. Located near our Bradenton Beach homes for sale, services for your spa day consist of massage, acupuncture, and organic skincare options. Plus, be on the lookout for their monthly yoga classes that are designed to help you relax and unwind.

Enjoy the ultimate pampering with a Sarasota County home that fits your lifestyle. Contact us at Wagner Realty to learn more.

August
1

Take a Sunrise Walk in Manatee County

Trails in Manatee County

The early bird may get the worm, but the early riser around Bradenton homes for sale gets something much better: spectacular sunrise views. Our real estate agents love to start their day with an early morning walk along these Manatee County trails.

  • Lake Manatee State Park - 20007 State Rd. 64 E., Bradenton, FL 34212
    Ironically, you won't actually see any manatees at Lake Manatee State Park. The dam which created the lake prevents these aquatic mammals from gaining access. But the 4.5 miles of pet-friendly trails that follow the lakeshore offer a number of equally captivating views. Watch the rising sun peek through the native plants as you keep an eye open for wildlife sightings. If you want a different perspective, paddle across the lake in a canoe or kayak. Hours are 8 a.m. - sundown daily, and admission is $5 per vehicle. 

  • Palma Sola Botanical Park - 9800 17th Ave. NW, Bradenton, FL 34209
    Palma Sola Botanical Park is a beautiful place to start your day. Thanks to the park's protected warm microclimate, the grounds are full of rare palms, flowering trees, and a variety of subtropical plants. Prior to 1990, the grounds served as the Manatee County Nursery. Dedicated community groups, with the help of the Bradenton Herald, gathered enough support to turn the property into the botanical park that exists today. Those who want a more vigorous workout can take part in Yoga in the Park on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday. Palma Sola is open daily from 8 a.m. - dusk, and admission is free.

  • De Soto National Memorial - 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton, FL 34209
    Walk in the footsteps of some of the earliest visitors to Florida at De Soto National Memorial. The park's nature trail passes along the shoreline through several different ecosystems. Interpretive signage along the trails provides fascinating information about de Soto's expedition and the site's natural history. Spring and fall are good times to see birds on their seasonal migration. Leashed dogs are welcome. Park hours are dawn to dusk, seven days a week, and there is no charge for admission.

  • Robinson Preserve - 1704 99th St., Bradenton, FL 34209
    Savor an unforgettable bird's-eye view that goes clear across to Sarasota homes for sale at Robinson Preserve. The main attraction for hikers is a five-story observation tower that looks out over Tampa Bay, Anna Maria Island, and Fort De Soto. Prefer to stay close to the ground? There are still plenty of sights to enjoy on these 487-acre grounds that were once farmland. Explore the network of mud flats, mangrove swamps, and beaches with Fido by your side. Hours are 8 a.m. - sunset daily.

  • Coquina Baywalk - 2651 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    Don't have time for a lengthy outing? Coquina Baywalk, just minutes from Bradenton Beach homes for sale, packs a lot of quality into a trail that measures just under a mile. Check out the secluded observation decks nestled among the mangroves for some impressive views of the bay. Coquina Baywalk is open seven days a week from dawn until dusk, and admission is free.

The sun always shines on homes in Manatee County. Contact us at Wagner Realty for experienced and dedicated help buying or selling your home.

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