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Riverwalk is a wonderful development on the Manatee River. Here, between two pretty bridges, is a gorgeous promenade where joggers enjoy the breezes off the water. Kids have an absolute blast. There is a toddler playground with a shade canopy and a big-kid space-age playground, both in perfect shape and working beautifully. The splash pad is clean and really fun, in a large circle where kids can move from one fountain to the next. This inspires imaginative play. There is a shower where kids can wash the chlorine off after. Parents can sit in the shade of the amphitheater while their kids play. Teenagers have the best part of all, a skate park under the causeway overpass, which creates a big chunk of shade. With all that shade and the cool wind off the river, skaters can stay for hours and not get too hot. You really need this in Florida!
Another great playground is Circus Playground at Payne Park in Sarasota. It has an amazing amount of play equipment with a fun circus theme. It also has a skate park, though it is not open all the time like the one at Riverwalk.
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Bradenton Riverwalk is located at 101 Waterfront Drive, Bradenton FL. There is free parking along the road by the skate park, plus a public parking lot bordering the west side of the Marriott Courtyard Hotel at 100 Riverfront Drive.
The skate park is free and open all day.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.