CVB Fast Facts

Official Tourism Bureau
Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
One Haben Blvd. Palmetto, FL 34221
941-729-9177
info@bradentongulfislands.com

Bradenton Gulf Islands

Located on Florida’s southwest coast in Manatee County on the Gulf of Mexico between Tampa and Sarasota, The Bradenton Gulf Islands are comprised of two islands, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, accessible by free bridges from the mainland areas of Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch.

Accessibility

We have three international airports, including:

Sarasota Bradenton Intl (SRQ) 10 miles
St Pete / Clearwater Intl (PIE) 40 miles
Tampa International (TPA) 45 miles

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is located at the southern edge of the county in greater Bradenton, and is serviced by most major airline carriers and rental car companies.

With close promximity to other popular Florida destinations, you are only:

1 hour drive to Tampa
1 hour and 45 minutes drive to Orlando
3 and a half hours drive to Miami


Did you know?

The Bradenton Area boasts:

  • Six Blue Wave- certified beaches
    o Anna Maria Beach
    o Coquina Beach
    o Cortez Beach
    o Holmes Beach
    o Manatee Beach
    o Whitney Beach
  • Two wineries within Manatee County
    o Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery
    o Rosa Fiorelli Winery
  • Tropicana is headquarterred in Bradenton
  • Home to IMG Academy and the Gatorade Sports Science Institute
  • Home to the South Florida Museum which houses the Parker Aquarium, home to Snooty, the world’s oldest living manatee in captivity
  • Cortez Historic Fishing Village, the oldest working fishing village within Florida
  • Has 32 local parks
  • Port of Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the Panama Canal
  • 18 miles of white sugar sand beaches with amenities such as barbecue pits, concession stands, lifeguards, and free parking
  • Home to Ellenton Premium Outlets, the largest outlet wall on the West Coast of Florida
  • Winter home of Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Home to the historic Gamble Plantation, the only antebellum plantation house surviving in peninsular Florida

Courtyard Marriott Bradenton Riverfront

Located on the Riverwalk, with meeting space for up to 400 guests. Meeting Pkg: $42/pp for meeting room, cont’l breakfast and lunch.

941-747-3727 | Courtyard Marriott

Bradenton Area Convention Center

Located on the scenic Manatee River, this flexible full-service facility has the space and the staff necessary to make your event a true success.

941.729.9177 | Bradenton Area Convention Center

The Powel Crosley Estate

The Powel Crosley Estate has all the modern amenities to successfully host meetings, weddings and other events. Call or visit our page to learn ...

941.722.3244 | The Powel Crosley Estate