Families

Family-Oriented Services

Family-Oriented Services

Manatee County supports and strengthens families through a broad range of family-oriented activities and services. Look here for everything from key family service contacts to plenty of options for family fun, learning, and involvement. read on Family-Oriented Services

Family Services

Assistance for Seniors

Assistance for Seniors

Manatee County manages many programs to assist elderly residents. The programs enable seniors ages 60 and older to remain in their homes, the home of their caregiver, or an assisted living facility. read on

Children's Programs

Children's Programs

The Children's Services Advisory Board, appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, evaluates, prioritizes, and makes recommendations concerning the needs of Manatee County's children and families. read on

Information for Parents

Information for Parents

Parenting resources from our Community Services Department that describe how to guide children into becoming healthy, caring, ethical and productive adults. read on

Youth Activity Guide

4-H Program

4-H is a fun, educational program for young people ages 5-18. 4-H provides educational experiences through a "learn by doing" approach and helps young people acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes to enable them to become self-directed, ... read on

Preserve Events

Preserve Events

Natural Resources monthly calendar of events - check out the great free events happening in your preserves. The Natural Resources Department offers programs in environmental education, passive outdoor recreation, and volunteer stewardship. read on

Swim America Swim Lessons

Swim America Swim Lessons

The SwimAmerica swim school is a progression based program that teaches children ages 6 months and older the basic skills they need to become accomplished swimmers. Students will move at their own pace as they advance through the different levels of the program. ... read on

Youth Athletic Leagues

Youth Athletic Leagues

The Parks and Recreation Department facilitates the use of park amenities for several Youth Leagues. read on

Youth Basketball

Youth Basketball

The Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department offers two seasons of Youth Basketball, a program that is designed to encourage players of ages (5-17), gender, and ability. The purpose of the league is to develop the fundamentals of the game and promote team ... read on

Adult Activity Guide

Adult Athletic Leagues

Adult Athletic Leagues

The Parks and Recreation Department facilitates the use of park amenities for several Adult Leagues. read on

Bike Paths, Greenways and Trails

Bike Paths, Greenways and Trails

Manatee County’s greenways and trails network runs through the preserves, parks, and urban areas of the county. Several segments are in the planning and design stages but upon completion our network will connect with those of Hillsborough and Sarasota counties. read on

Extension Program Calendar

The Agriculture & Extension Service offers a wide variety of educational classes and events throughout the year. Topics and events include gardening, lawn irrigation, landscape maintenance, nutrition, health and wellness, budgeting, composting, rain barrels, ... read on

Fitness Center

Fitness Center

The new Fitness Center at G.T. Bray Park features the latest in state-of-the-art equipment read on

Preserve Volunteer Programs

Preserve Volunteer Programs

You really can make a difference! By volunteering in the preserves, you will make a positive impact on the environment. Volunteers help preserve the homes of native plants and animals, re-establishing much-needed habitat. The work completed by volunteers will also ... read on

Family Activity Guide

Area Attractions

Area Attractions

Still looking for something to do as family? Check out the listing of area Attractions that we've prepared for our visitors. read on

Dog Parks

Dog Parks

Manatee County dog parks offer a safe environment for dogs of all ages and sizes to exercise and socialize. Take your four-legged family member out to play, today. read on

Explore our Preserves

Explore our Preserves

We all know that Manatee County has great beaches, but did you know that we have thousands of acres of beautiful natural preserves? Enjoy our great outdoors! read on

Island Time

Island Time

You really can't go wrong by visiting one of our fine beaches or waterfront parks. When you get too sunburned or tired to enjoy the beach, there's always plenty of dining, shopping, or nightlife on our Gulf islands. read on