Residents enter The Islands on the Manatee River from the Fort Hamer Bridge via the community’s gated entry. Amenities include the waterfront River Lodge, where residents and their guests can gather to eat, drink, play games and watch collegiate rowing teams training on the river. In addition to a community dock and launch, the facility includes an inviting great room with a grand fireplace, a bar area, large-screen televisions, card tables, and a catering kitchen. An outdoor fire pit, barbecue areas and seating are provided for picnickers, as well. An expansive covered patio with an outdoor kitchen and a large deck area provides for watching relaxing sunrises. The business center at The River Lodge is equipped with WiFi, computer access, newspapers and magazines, and the fitness center offers cardio and weight-training equipment with a terrific view of the river. Residents of The Islands also have a choice of memberships in several private nearby country clubs that feature golf courses, tennis courts, fitness facilities and more.