Group Visits & Special Events


Looking for events like "Goblin Gathering" and "A Night Before Christmas"? Visit our Signature Events page.

Beach weddings

All weddings on Manatee County property must have a special event permit. The County manages five beaches that can be reserved for a wedding ceremony:

  • Anna Maria Bayfront Park
  • Manatee Public Beach
  • Coquina Beach
  • Cortez Beach
  • Greer Island

Park and Preserve Special Event Permit

A special event is defined as a planned use, program or activity on County property, open to the public, and implemented by a person, association, or organization, other than Manatee County, involving people gathered for a designated activity other than normal park/beach activities which include swimming, picnicking and sports activities.

Examples of special events include, but are not limited to:

  • Weddings
  • Organized sports tournaments
  • Educational seminars
  • Concerts
  • Any activity where admission is charged to the general public

Special Events require a special permit. We ask that you plan ahead by completing and submitting a Special Event Permit Application at least 30 days in advance of your planned function. Beach events may also require permits from the local municipality. 

Special Event Permit Application

For questions about the permit application process, please contact our events staff at [email protected]

Schedule a Special Program

Book a special learning experience just for your group

Are you interested in bringing a group to the Preserve? Would you like to schedule a special archery class, paddle trip, dip net program, wagon tour...or the class of your dreams? We have a wide variety of fun and interesting hands on programs that are great for all ages. From specialty corporate tours to birthday parties, we can make your special occasion even more memorable by introducing your guests to the beauty of wild Manatee County. To book your program:

  1. Contact [email protected] with your preferred dates for your trip, your group size, and to discuss program options. We will discuss program availability and fees.
  2. Book your trip and submit your payment.
  3. Enjoy your trip!