Catch a sunset. Grab a drink. Or sit on the beach until sunrise for entertainment.
Bradenton area and Anna Maria Island is a quieter nightlife. And we like it that way. It’s evenings accented with the ever-changing hues of a spectacular sunset. It’s the sounds of a steel-pan band and dancing feet. And it’s all part of what makes our area just a little bit different – and something you have to experience to understand. With four different main streets, live music in Downtown Bradenton's vintage urban atmosphere and open-air tiki bars on the river and beaches, the night is yours. Plan it here.
With much of the country’s history deeply rooted in the South and in Florida, specifically, there are many opportunities in the Bradenton Area for visitors to immerse themselves in the past. But few compare to the South Florida Museum – the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, perfect for those seeking the opportunity to take a step out of the sun and back in time!
Voted “Best Blues Fest in the Country” by Blues411, the Bradenton Blues Festival is three days of beautiful waterfront views, good local food and amazing blues music.
If you’re a golf fanatic, the Bradenton area has a handful of courses to choose from. Once you have satisfied your appetite for golf, wash it down with a drink at one of the finest breweries in town.
Welcome to fall in the Bradenton Area, a season with a flavor of its own.
Sometimes you just need a beach vacation. And when you do, it’s better to do it with your best friends at your side.
This free, open-air event highlights some of the best local and regional musicians, local food and craft drinks all in one place.
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.
Here are 16 things to do to make 2016 the best year ever.
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.
The Bradenton Area is a place where you can truly unwind – especially if you’re a beer lover, wine connoisseur or margarita maven.
Play a round (or two) at the area’s top golf courses.
Craft breweries are on the rise in Bradenton.
Those of us who are familiar with downtown Bradenton have come to know and love many of it’s fun and charming establishments.
Craft beer has been on the rise throughout America. And it’s officially hit its stride in the Bradenton Area. Motorworks Brewing on 9th St. is one of the latest craft breweries to open its doors.
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.
Snooty lives in a 60,000-gallon freshwater pool in the Parker Manatee Aquarium at the South Florida Museum. Snooty’s life history has made him one of the most renowned stewards of endangered species and the environment.
The winter festivities make Bradenton one of the best times to visit the Bradenton Area.
From Indy cars, stock cars, drag racing to bikes and more, the Bradenton area is the perfect location for those with a need for speed.
The smell of fresh grass fills the air. The lines at the hot dog stand are full. Cheers for the Pittsburgh Pirates echo throughout the stands. It’s official: – baseball is back at McKechnie Field in Bradenton. And while the scene is familiar, McKechnie Field’s story is truly unique.
Don't know much about Polo? Read about the history, basics, equipment and excitement of Polo. Then get ready to experience it.
In October of 2012, the Bradenton area officially opened the 1.5-mile-long Riverwalk and immediately provided positive financial impact to the area.
You might not think of Florida when you think of wine country, but you should. The first wine created in the new world was actually made in Florida by the French Huguenots in 1562. Today, the Bradenton Area has two working wineries that are well worth a visit.
Directly on white sandy beach & award-winning “Top Romance in the US” (by Tripadvisor.com)! Escape to these charm-filled 1930’s classic ...
The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community.
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As the largest natural and cultural history museum on the Gulf Coast, the South Florida Museum offers a breathtaking Planetarium, Snooty’s Manatee ...
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