Things to do and critters to see

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Gopher tortoise, Little Manatee River State Park

Coming for a paddle, a ride or a nice long hike? Take a moment to plan your visit, bring supplies for a picnic and make a day of it. Mornings are a good time to see white tailed deer, the afternoon sun tempts out the gopher tortoise which are often seen eating grass on the road shoulder. If you go out on the river, the water is often clear enough to see schools of mullet and other salt water fishes along with the fresh water fish. River otter and foxes have also been spotted recently. The cooler weather is good for a long hike, paddle or horseback ride and always remember you are in a natural environment so come prepared.  A few safety tips to keep your visit a happy one are: wear appropriate clothing, stay hydrated with water and apply sunscreen. Before heading out, check the weather so you will know when to turn back. No matter what brings you to Little Manatee River State Park we want you to have fun, be safe and get connected to the Real Florida.