Explore the Bradenton area’s old-Florida history, and visit its museums, parks and preserves. And don’t miss vibrant downtown Bradenton, the riverwalk and the Village of the Arts – a working artists’ community. It’s culture and fun and it’s all in Bradenton. So take a break from the beach and visit Robinson Preserve, Hernando Desoto Memorial Park and the Cortez fishing village. What a perfect vacation, with plenty of rentals and hotels to choose for your stay.
Vacations are all about making memories, having fun, and doing something for yourself! Whether that something is relaxing on the beach soaking up rays or challenging yourself to try something new, the Bradenton Area has tons of awesome things to help you achieve your vacation goals.
Just because kids are out of school for the summer doesn’t mean their education needs to take a break.
Local galleries, theaters and museums makes for a relaxing getaway for any art lover. Here are three days to get you immersed in the local art scene.
This free, open-air event highlights some of the best local and regional musicians, local food and craft drinks all in one place.
Here are six tips to working up a sweat on your Bradenton Area getaway.
Some of the biggest and best adventures only require one thing: a board.
Shells may be small, but they’re a big part of any beach vacation.
Chowing down on a heaping plate of fresh oysters is a must for any beach vacation.
If you’ve been to the Bradenton Area, you know that romance exudes every step of the way. And if you haven’t been here, you’re in for a treat.
Nearly 94% of the people that visit the Bradenton Area come back for a second trip. And there’s a reason for that.
Here are 16 things to do to make 2016 the best year ever.
Those of us who are familiar with downtown Bradenton have come to know and love many of it’s fun and charming establishments.
Florida was never about theme parks or gift shops. It’s the soft beaches, friendly neighborhoods and constant sense of discovery that make Florida, well, Florida.
Planning a vacation can be a lot of work. Here in the Bradenton Area, we like a more laid-back approach. Here are six insider tips to know before you take your trip.
The Bradenton Area Blues Festival is in its fourth consecutive year and it’s shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.
You catch it. They cook it. It’s that simple, and it’s a Bradenton Area pastime that you can’t miss out on.
Visit the Da Vinci Exhibition
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is located right in Bradenton’s city limits and only fifteen minutes away from the beaches of Anna Maria Island.
Dock your boat at one of the local restaurants along the Manatee River and walk right up to a meal on the shore!
Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
The Bradenton Area has something to celebrate all year long. But the fall season brings some of the year’s hottest events to the warm shores of the Bradenton Area.
Go where motorboats only dream of.
If you haven't heard of flyboarding, it's kind of like surfing on a hoverboard. Brockhoff's company, Top Gun Flyboards, was founded in the spirit of living every day to the fullest.
Vacation is the best. The only thing that can make it better is when you can do it with all of your best friends in tow.
One event in the Bradenton Area epitomizes what it’s like to be here during fall. It’s called Harvest & Harmony, and you’re invited.
Robinson Preserve is Old Florida at its best. Natural vegetation, indigenous wildlife, calm waterways – it’s truly a protected slice of Florida paradise. And there’s no better way to explore the 600 acres of it all than by kayak.
Restaurateurs in the Bradenton area know how to make the most of local resources like the Gulf.
Even paradise has a history
Cruise along the bends of pristine nature preserves, paddle through mangrove tunnels, and discover a whole new way to experience it all: ((ecko)) tours.
Consider this your beginner’s guide to the must-see photogenic spots in the area.
Learn about some of the locals’ favorite piers before your trip.
Check out the new Downtown Riverwalk
While everyone else is hectically finishing their last-minute shopping and trudging through feet of snow during the holidays, the Bradenton Area stays as calm as its beaches.
Cortez Historic Fishing Village takes you back to a bygone--but not gone--era.
The Bradenton Area is known for its soft white beaches. But it’s also known for its surprisingly trendy shopping scene.
In 1948, the Miami Aquarium and Tackle Company was operating aboard the Prinz Valdemar, a Danish warship that had capsized and was turned into an aquarium.
There’s a lot more to Snooty than just being the oldest living manatee in the world.
The Gulf will sing you to sleep
The Bradenton Area is a naturally beautiful place. While Mother Nature deserves most of the credit, locals and visitors sustainability efforts help keep the entire area authentic.
Everyone knows that chocolate is the key to a woman’s heart and when you pair that with a charming location you’re guaranteed to have a special experience. So prepare to treat your sweetheart to something sweet at one of these three delightful hidden gems of the Bradenton Area.
Craft breweries are on the rise in Bradenton.
Play a round (or two) at the area’s top golf courses.
From the Village of the Arts to the sculptures along the Riverwalk, Bradenton’s local art scene is more of a community than a scene.
An Inside Look at Bradenton’s Craft Beer Scene
If you’re looking for an authentic and unique experience, consider this your inside information to vacation like a local in the Bradenton Area.
Tucked away in the midst of downtown Bradenton’s bustle lies the unique galleries, studios, restaurants and music of Village of the Arts.
The Village of the Arts is home to some of the Bradenton Area’s most unique places to eat. The flavor of the eclectic Bradenton Area community is imaginative, original and, most importantly, delicious. We sat down with local chefs at three popular Village of the Arts eateries to get a taste of what foodies can expect.
There's more to the great outdoors of the Bradenton Area than beaches. Sure, the beaches are great, but it's just the start.
With soft beaches, calm waters and temperatures that seem to always be around 75°, it’s no coincidence that there are more than people visiting the shores of the Bradenton Area.
The winter festivities make Bradenton one of the best times to visit the Bradenton Area.
Flying direct into SRQ is like flying direct into all the fun the Bradenton Area has to offer!
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