I had parked along the lake just past the park before, but it was last Thursday that I really discovered this long stretch of paradise. There is a small marina at one end, then a fishing pier, a small lighthouse at a peninsula, and that’s just along the shore.
At least six shelters with ceiling fans can be reserved for any gathering, plus there’s a community house and a cafe offering pizza, refreshments and other goodies.
Several signs along the shore warn of snakes and alligators, and sure enough one had his head above water and stared at me for a few minutes before submerging. Fantastic idea that they have several lawn chairs along the shore available to all. Money well-spent here.
Directly across from the Riverwalk and on Old Main Street, this library is a delight. Manatee County allows anyone to sign up to use a computer, no need for a library card. Stacks of free information publications published in Manatee County.
There are separate conference rooms for individuals or groups, although you can hear their chatter. Apparently the library is built on a bluff, as you have to climb several steps at the front entrance and none at the rear entrance. Security guard always on duty.
Good place to relax after taking a long stroll along the Riverwalk or stopping at nearby Main Street shops and restaurants.
An oldie but goodie along the NW 36 St hotel row on Miami International Airport’s north side. Spent Christmas weekend here, uneventful and quiet. No problems from pleasant staff during check-in and check-out.
Was in room 201 facing sidewalk and under staircase, even there noise was minimal. Microwave and mini-fridge included in large clean room. A delight parking behind hotel. Daily maid service even on Christmas day, that was unexpected.
Walkable Miami Springs neighborhood behind hotel is nice and quiet older area, golf course about two blocks from hotel. One bus line and several eateries along NW 36th Street. Burger King, a lounge, gas station and a laundromat directly across from Parkway Inn. WiFi worked fine.