“Largest Green-certified Community in the United States”
Designated as the largest green certified community in the United States, Lakewood Ranch is a unique residential experiment that has been met with nothing but success. Located in southeastern Manatee County on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Lakewood Ranch is home to a growing population of 20,000 residents, and is without doubt one of southwestern Florida’s most up and coming communities. The region is also comprised of a number of shopping districts, world-class restaurants, and state-of-the-art athletics complexes.
Lakewood Ranch History
The existence of Lakewood Ranch owes nothing to chance. The 8,500 acre (and growing) region was hand selected to become one the Sunshine State’s most ambitious master planning projects in the early 1990s. When the land, originally owned by the Uihlein family of Milwaukee, became available for development, various players – including Mary Fran Carroll – stepped in to keep the region from becoming just another landfill. Thanks to their efforts, Lakewood Ranch is now home to 9 distinct villages, each with their own assets and charm.
Lakewood Ranch Attractions and Activities
Main Street Downtown Shopping District
Lakewood Ranch is nothing if not trendy, and its Main Street Downtown Shopping District is the central hub of this forward-thinking attitude. With upscale and casual dining, a community-sponsored movie theatre, mini-golf course, several chic boutiques, and a concert venue – this district has a bit of something for everyone.
Braden River Nature Trail
Keeping up with its “green” title, Lakewood Ranch offers a number of parks and nature trails with opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and picnicking. The largest in the region lies along Braden River, providing family-friendly recreational activities for those long days in the sun.
Sarasota Polo at Lakewood Ranch
If you’re looking for an exciting way to spend some time in Lakewood Ranch, consider spending a Sunday afternoon enjoying the “game of kings.” The Sarasota Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch has nine polo fields, a regulation size arena, and a covered open air arena – providing the perfect opportunity to watch professional Polo players do what they best.