Palmetto Bay- Bill Sadowski Nature Preserve

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Bill Sadowski Park Palmetto BayThe Bill Sadowski Nature Preserve in Palmetto Bay is the only greenspace of its kind in the area.  It has three distinct habitats within its compound: pineland; tropical hardwood hammock; and a drained everglades slough.  It is roughly 30 acres in size and is open from sunup to sundown, although if you're driving there, the car gates are open only from 10:00AM - 5:00PM.

As you drive into the park you'll notice monkey bars and nice, soft sand for the little ones to the right.  Keep driving into the parking area and you'll see the campfire ring with built-in benches.  A lot of groups have held scary storytelling around the fire here.

Palmetto Bay Bill Sadowski ParkIn the main building there are live animal exhibits.  Here you'll find mostly fish and turtles, all species that live in the surrounding canals.  The park manager, Barbara, tells how years ago, when they took kids fishing on the canal, it wasn't unusual for them to catch 100 fish in an hour.  Now they're lucky to catch 3.  That makes the efforts taken on by this park, and others like it, that much more important.

There are after-school programs and summertime programs for kids of all ages, all focused on nature study and preservation.  You can also schedule an Eco-Adventure tour.  One of the tours has you paddle a canoe on the canal from Bill Sadowski Park all the way to Coral Reef Park and back.  It's a moderate pace but will take about 4 hours.  Instead of driving past a canal, you get an inside-out perspective!

Canoes in Palmetto BayThe preserve has a canal as one of it's boundaries and you can rent canoes here.  Feel more comfortable on foot?  There's a nature trail that is only about 3 feet wide and travels in loops around the natural Florida flora.  My mother's a chicken and didn't have the guts to walk it.  She took a peek in at where it started and it reminded her too much of one of those labyrinth mazes.  There is a short loop if you don't have time, or the inclination, to walk the full trail.  The short loop takes about 5 minutes and the full trail about 20.

The butterfly garden on the premises is open air.  Butterflies are not kept against their will here =)  Instead, they are enticed to come for long visits by making sure their favorite plants are on hand and blooming.

Peacocks in Palmetto BayPicnics are encouraged but please make sure you pick up after yourself.  If you're lucky you'll see a parade of peacocks as I did on my visit.  Peacocks actually make a lot of noise and, while beautiful to see, are not so nice to have as neighbors.  They're messy and loud.


Every Saturday night, weather permitting, from 8:00 - 10:00PM, the Southern Cross Astronomical Society sets up telescopes on their own observatory pad at the park.  It's free and fun.  Check the weather and head on out!



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Comments (15)

Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
Morning Maggie! This sounds beautiful! I would love to spend a day here. How sad about the fish disappearing tho. It almost sounds like Blue Springs St. Park w/o the manatee :)
Oct 07, 2007 12:20 AM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
Lysa - you were quick!  Good morning =)  Yeah, it made me sad when she told me that.  We can scream it until we're hoarse but unless everyone does their part it'll be in vain.
Oct 07, 2007 12:23 AM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
Lysa - P.S. next time you're in Miami-Dade give me a call and I will take you to Palmetto Bay's Bill Sadowski Park.  At least you won't be chicken and will walk the trail with me.  Right?
Oct 07, 2007 12:25 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Maggie, I felt like I was there. I love the description, it sounds like a fun place to go.
Oct 07, 2007 12:35 AM
Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Maggie - OK I'm hooked.  I have to see this place!  You had me at canoe and Edo-Adventure Tour.
Oct 07, 2007 03:12 AM
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Specialist - Agent
Maggie, what are those birds?  Are they peacocks?  LOL  We had neighbors that had peacocks.  They scream like a woman getting mugged.  It's nerving.
Oct 07, 2007 04:07 AM
Thesa Chambers
West + Main - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon

Maggie great photos and I love the peacocks - they are loud like Chris said

Oct 07, 2007 04:27 AM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Missy - I'm brushing up on my Localism skills.  Glad it's working =)  Thanks!

Marlene - just head on over and I'll play tour guide.  I'm always happy to show off Palmetto Bay. =)

Chris - those are peacocks.  There was a parade of them making their way through the park.  They are noisy buggers.  We have neighbors with about 8 of them and they jump the fence sometimes and go traipsing through our yard. 

Thesa - thanks!  I think I had the camera on the wrong setting.  I had the birds in the middle of the viewfinder and when I uploaded the picture I had this.  LOL

Oct 07, 2007 09:19 AM
Mana Tulberg
805 County Real Estate - Camarillo, CA
Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA
Maggie, I love your Localisem posts and especially this one. The pictures are so beautiful.
Oct 07, 2007 01:00 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
Maggie, you have putting some great Localism posts lately, keep them coming I have enjoyed reading them.
Oct 07, 2007 01:18 PM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Mana - thank you!  I do the best I can with what I have =)

George - thank you.  The reason I'm on Active Rain finally dawned on me.  Localism's the wave of the future (my future anyway LOL).  I'm here to work.  I'm happy you are enjoying my work.  Really!

Oct 07, 2007 01:33 PM
Susie Roscoe
Signature Realty Associates - Brandon, FL
Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL
Maggie - this is an EXCELLENT POST on Palmetto Bay!!  Great Job!!
Oct 07, 2007 10:16 PM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
Susie - thank you!  Palmetto Bay's been on my mind a lot lately and I'm focusing my blogging efforts there.
Oct 08, 2007 12:26 AM
Rita Taylor
None - Sanford, NC
Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina


Beautiful review of your local park in Palmetto Bay.  It certainly is the right time of year for scary campfire stories - that would be fun. 

Oct 10, 2007 04:08 PM
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
Rita - It's still warm here but getting just slightly cooler.  We can wear T's around the campfire all year LOL
Oct 10, 2007 09:26 PM