Bradenton is on the Manatee River offering great Arts & Entertainment near the beaches on the Gulf of Mexico with budget friendly accommodations, lodging, vacation rentals, condominiums, cottages, homes, hotels and motels, offering fun eco-friendly activities, nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.
Bradenton, Florida at the mouth of the Manatee River and the Gulf of Mexico with downtown Arts, Entertainment & Events at Riverfront Park with multiple Lodging choices; hotels, motels, condos, homes and vacation rentals.
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Things to See and Do in & around Bradenton

including Snooty the oldest living Manatee

  Arts / Entertainment
  Biking & Hiking
  Blues Festival
  Boats, Kayaks, Jet Skis
  Botanical Gardens
  Dog Parks / Beaches
  Fun Things To Do
  Parks - Preserves
  Real Estate
  Relocate & Re-invent
  Snorkeling / Scuba

 Nearby Communities
  (listed north to south)
  Anna Maria Island
  Longboat Key
  Lido Key
  Siesta Key
  Casey Key
  Manasota Key

Bradenton - Attractions

Arcadia Rodeo – Two events are scheduled each year, on the second weekend in March and July 4. Call 1-800-749-7633 for information & ticket requests or click HERE.

Bradenton Motorsports Park - Bradenton Motorsports Park hosts sports car events and exhibitions. National races take place here and the park also hosts weekly "Throwdown Thursdays", in which anyone can race for $10. Camping is nearby, concessions are available and children under 11 are admitted free. 21000 SR. 64 Bradenton, FL 34212  941-748-1320

Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery - A "green" environmentally responsible winery offering tours and tastings 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. The vineyard grows seven varieties of muscadine grapes, which produce 10 different labeled "handcrafted" red, white and rose wines, including sparkling reds and whites. 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette  941-776-0418.

Dakin Dairy Farms - Take a dairy tour, get lost in a 9-acre corn maze, take a cow-train ride and watch the goats race up a goat walk. Seasonal event features barbecue and a farm market. The public can experience a working farm with educational and farm fun attractions. Admission: $5. Corn maze and farm tours are $4. Combo tickets are $9-$12. Hours: 5-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Sundays, October through April. 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City  941-322-2802

DeSoto Speedway – Every Saturday night the south’s fastest short track opens at 5:00pm with races beginning at 7:00pm. Admission is $15 with kids 12 and under FREE. 21000A SR64 east, Bradenton  941-748-3171

Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum - The Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM, year-round, in Parrish, FL. Hour and a half excursions on historic rail equipment depart from the Parrish Train Station at 11 AM and 2 PM. Check their calendar for Holiday themed and Murder Mystery events. 12210 83rd St East, Parrish  941-776-0906

JP Igloo - The 115,000 square foot igloo-like facility is a sporting center with recreational and entertainment activities that include two NHL size ice rinks, a USA Hockey Official inline rink, a fitness center, video game room, four party rooms, Paintball and a full service restaurant 5309 29th Street East, Ellenton &nnsp;941-723-0560

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Lipizzan Horses - The pride of the Austrian Empire’s Spanish Riding School, these rare horses perform their classical equestrian moves every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Winter training sessions for these horses are open to the public the last weekend of December through the last weekend of April. Donations are accepted for the care of the animals. For directions and show times, call 322-1501.

Mixon Fruit Farms - Mixon Fruit Farms offers more than just oranges, tangerines and grapefruit. Ride the Orange Blossom Express Tram through the grove 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday October-May. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m Closed Sundays 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton  941-748-5829

Rosa Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard - offers a tour that includes a stromboli or sandwich, salad and wine served in a souvenir glass. Mature grapevines allow visitors to pick their own fresh bronze or black Muscadine grapes in early August to September. Hours: Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m... 4250 County Road 675 Bradenton, FL 34211  941-322-0976

Village of the Arts - More than 40 galleries and studios exhibiting all forms of art from cookies, jams and pizza to ceramics, jewelry, paintings, photos, sculptures and more. Art walks are held the first Friday and Saturday of each month. Most galleries are open each Friday and Saturday. Between 14th and Ninth streets west, and between Ninth and 17th avenues west, Bradenton

Felts Audubon Preserve - The Felts Preserve, owned and operated by the Manatee County Audubon Society, is open 8 a.m.-noon the first Saturday of every month. Come watch birds from the bird blind. Hike natural paths to view native flora and fauna. Parking is inside the fence. An Audubon Society member will be on hand to answer questions. Admission: free. Information: 941-729-2222. 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto

Myakka River State Park - The Myakka River State Park has made its famous Birdwalk viewing area even more wheelchair friendly, and nature lovers can enjoy the beautiful nature views they could not before. The Bird Interpreters program, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Volunteer bird interpreters will be stationed at bird-viewing locations, where they will share their spotting scopes, field guides and knowledge with visitors. Admission: $5 park entrance fee per vehicle. 13207 S.R. 72

South Florida Museum - explore the history of the region through exhibits, artifacts and fossils dating back to the Pleistocene era. The museum is home to the Bishop Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Aquarium, where Snooty – the oldest living manatee resides.
  Bishop Planetarium: A state-of-the-science, all-digital full dome planetarium/theater features astronomy presentations, sound and light shows, and wide-screen large format programming. Check website for show schedules and ticket prices. Tallant Collection, Land of Change, Archaic Man, new dioramas, Ice Age skeletons and more.
  Parker Manatee Aquarium: See Snooty in the museum’s 60,000-gallon, multilevel manatee aquatic refuge. Call for admission prices. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. On the first Saturday of each month the complex will be open until 9 p.m. Information: 941-746-4131 201 10th St. W.

Florida Maritime Museum All of human history can be traced back to water. Come explore Florida’s rich maritime heritage from pre-Columbian settlements to the modern era. FMM is nestled in a beautiful 1912 schoolhouse on almost 4 acres of land in the historic fishing village of Cortez. They’re open Tues-Sat, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated. Visit them at 4415 119th St. West. For more information, or to contact them about group tours, call (941) 708-6120.

Florida Railroad Museum – Open on weekends, the museum is where you can take hour-and-a-half rides on historic rail equipment. Trips depart twice daily. There also are special themed rides throughout the year, including the North Pole Express at Christmastime.

Madira Bickel Mound Archeological Site - an ancient Native American site from which excavations have revealed cultures dating back 2,000 years.

DeSoto National Memorial - travel the route Hernando DeSoto’s expedition took upon landing on the shores of the Manatee River in the mid-1600s.

Manatee Village Historical Site - See a Cracker-style home, a one-room schoolhouse and a church dating back to 1889. The exhibits "Pioneer Voice", "Vintage Vogue - Part I", and "Jr. Cow Hunters Corner" are historical displays featuring a hands-on children’s activity area. Come explore what life was like for the early pioneers of Manatee County. Park buildings include a chapel, a general store and the first courthouse in Manatee County. Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Admission is free; complementary guided tours by request. Information: 941-749-1800. 1404 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton

Palmetto Historical Park – The Manatee County Agricultural Museum, within the Palmetto Historical Park, features commodities, equipment and photographs that reflect the rich agricultural heritage of Manatee County. Site includes the Carnegie Library (built in 1914), Palmetto’s first post office (built in 1880), one-room schoolhouse (built about 1920), Cottage House Museum (built about 1913) and a Heritage Chapel (built in 1999). Park hours: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and the first and third Saturdays of every month. Guided tours are available by request. Admission is free. Information: 941-723-4991. 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto

Cortez Historic Fishing Village – Take a walking tour of historic homes and dine at the docks while watching fishermen bring in their catch of the day.

Gamble Plantation - the county’s oldest building, dates back to 1844, when Major Robert Gamble built the plantation on 16 acres. The 1850s antebellum mansion is open for guided tours at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and hourly 1-4 p.m. Thursday-Monday. Learn about the challenges of living on a 19th century Florida frontier sugar plantation. No tours Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call for admission prices. The park grounds are open 8 a.m.-sundown daily. Information: 941-723-4536. 3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton

DeSoto National Memorial - On a swelteringly hot day in May 1539, Spaniard Hernando de Soto splashed ashore at Tampa Bay intent on capturing the riches of La Florida. Over a period of four years, he was welcomed and opposed by Native Americans that included intrigue, warfare, disease, and discovery. The park includes a half-mile, self-guided nature trail that winds through a display of native plants. Admission is free. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at the visitor center. (north end of 75th Street West)

Crowley Museum and Nature Center - Self-guided tours on regular basis include Pioneer History Museum, a boardwalk through 2,000 feet of swamp and an observation tower. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday; 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Call for admission prices. Information: 941-322-1000 16405 Myakka Road

Seasonal Events - Oktoberfest Suncoast (call 941-708-3456 for details) and a pumpkin festival. There is also the Florida Show in nearby St. Peterburg. On one October Sunday, vendors from all over the state come to display and sell vintage state souvenirs. In Bradenton close to the Gulf of Mexico, the annual plants, antiques and crafts sales event will be held on Oct. 16th at the Palma Sola Botanical Park, at 9800 17th Ave. NW in Bradenton, right across from the Robinson Preserve.

There are Nutcracker performances, a holiday open house at the Gamble Plantation, and various celebrations at the Crosley. Anna Maria Island's Art League also hosts a Winterfest to display local artwork.

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