Why Little Manatee Springs? Little Manatee Springs is in the heart of Florida’s top attractions, just 3 ½ miles south of Sun City Center, Florida’s large retirement area. Little Manatee Springs is minutes away from two international airports, the exciting Tampa Bay area, the cultural Sarasota region, professional football and baseball games and more than 70 relaxing golf courses and top-notch Broadway shows.
Yet we still maintain our balance and connection to nature. We are enveloped by the state forest, tucked into an orange grove along the Little Manatee River. Our immediate area boasts nature trails, spring-fed lakes, fishing and jaw-dropping views.
In addition, Little Manatee Springs:
* Is beautifully landscaped.
* Has electronically gated security.
* Includes lawn-cutting and maintenance.
* Offers wide paved streets.
More things to do nearby:
* Check out the world-famous Ringling Museum.
* Go deep sea fishing 15 minutes away.
* Bask on beautiful beaches 15 minutes away.
* Take a day trip to Orlando (90 minutes east on I-4) to Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World and EPCOT Center.
* Watch greyhound racing.
* Visit Busch Gardens.
* Go shopping at the outlet mall or the Brandon Mall.
* Take a short trip to St. Petersburg (40 minutes away).
* Hike a six-and-a-half mile trail through the Florida State Park’s northern wilderness area.
* Go camping in the park, which offers a full-facility campground, as well as primitive campsites along the trail.
* Have a picnic in the park. You can find tables, grills and pavilions along the river.
Fun facts about the area:
* Little Manatee Springs is located in the 4,000-population Wimauma, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Wimauma, itself, has a rich history. The city was founded for its convenient location -- in 1902, as a halfway point between the railroad that connected Turkey Creek and Bradenton. The name “Wimauma” came from the first letters of the names of the founder’s three daughters (Willie, Maude and Mary).
* The Little Manatee River begins in a swamp and flows about 40 miles before it empties into Tampa Bay.