Experience the Bradenton Area from Above
There are several ways to explore the Bradenton Area: by land, sea—or air! With plenty of opportunities to soar like a bird, you’re sure to gain a new perspective from above. We’ve gathered a few fun ways to experience new heights on your next trip.
Imagine gliding nearly 500 feet above the tranquil Gulf of Mexico as the breeze blows through your hair. You’ve just pictured parasailing, a unique kiting activity where you’re pulled behind a boat while suspended from a special parachute-like wing. This peaceful activity is nothing like a rollercoaster—it’s actually very smooth and nearly as quiet as a library. The special harness is like an easy-chair in the sky: simply let go, lean back and relax! From nearly 50 stories high you’ll have stunning views of Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and all of the unique waterways in between. Trust us, you’ll probably want to take to the skies again after your maiden flight!
Robinson Preserve Tower
One of the first things visitors notice about the local geography is that it’s relatively flat, especially near the coast. This means that any change in elevation will give you superior views of your surroundings, and there’s no better place to experience this perspective than from the observation tower at Robinson Preserve. This four-story, wooden structure is centrally located within the 679-acre park, allowing for the aerial observation of unique wildlife like bald eagles, roseate spoonbills, and the occasional manatee. From this popular vantagepoint you’ll easily spot the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Anna Maria Island and downtown Bradenton. Since the park is open 365 days a year, you can visit this special place on any day of your trip. The best part? It’s completely free!
The Deck at Oak & Stone
This casual, pizza eatery has a rooftop bar that sits atop the 8th floor of Springhill Suites in downtown Bradenton. Tempt your taste buds with wood-fired artisan pizza and a wide selection of craft beer while enjoying incredible views of the Manatee River. At The Deck at Oak & Stone, you’ll find seating areas with umbrellas, low-top tables and three fire pits to lounge in at 80 feet above Old Main Street. Although you’ll have terrific panoramas or the river, be sure to hop on the elevator and ascend for an unforgettable Bradenton Area sunset!
TreeUmph Adventure Course
If you prefer a little adrenaline with your altitude, check out TreeUmph. This aerial adventure course is located within a 14-acre pine forest and is filled with suspended logs, wobbly footbridges, and ziplines. There are seven separate, treetop courses for all abilities, from children to adults. You can choose an easy-going adventure or an intense experience at up to 60 feet in the air. Before climbing the canopy, you’ll receive expert instruction as you don equipment designed with the most rugged materials and highest safety standards. With more than 100 challenging treetop adventure games, you’re sure to enjoy spending some time in the trees.
The best aerials come from thousands of feet in the sky, and your only way of finding this kind of elevation is by flying into the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Major and budget airlines have frequent nonstop flights to SRQ, so you’re sure to find a flight that fits your schedule. Flying into SRQ brings all of the convenience of a larger airport with none of the hassle. Located minutes away from the beaches of Anna Maria Island and the excitement of downtown Bradenton, you’ll literally breeze through SRQ as you begin vacation. Be sure to book a window seat to catch a glimpse of the islands from above!
Robinson Preserve — 1704 99th St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209
The Deck at Oak & Stone — 102 Old Main Street, Bradenton, FL 34205
TreeUmph Adventure Course — 21805 E. State Road 70, Bradenton, FL 34202
SRQ — 6000 Airport Cir, Sarasota, FL 34243