When you book your next trip to the Bradenton Area, check out these cool places to stay. From charming to chic and everything in between, book your bed somewhere unique.
A Chapel, That Floats
There are only two of these floating chapels in the world: one is located in Australia and the other is in the Bradenton Area. Originally a wedding chapel built for 110 guests, it has since been converted into the most unique, two-bedroom, two-bath floating house. The original stained glass and 19-foot vaulted ceilings remain intact, only adding to the cool factor. But don’t think of this as a traditional houseboat, it comes fully furnished with all of the necessities, and even luxuries like hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances and leather furniture. You’ll find this floating home in the Regatta Point Marina, which is located in Palmetto on the Manatee River. Why not spend your Florida vacation by literally being on the water?
A Modern Day Tin-Can Tourist
What better way to experience an authentic Florida getaway than in an iconic Airstream travel trailer, from 1971 no less. Enjoy the timeless ambiance of yesteryear during your stay without towing this classic home-on-wheels. Although the hues of bright yellow and 70s décor radiate a vintage vibe, you’ll find all the modern amenities in this tiny home: wi-fi, air conditioning, a kitchenette, cozy living space, and comfy bed. Don’t forget, you’ll also have access to a pool and screened spa that is located on the property!
Marooned On a Private Island
Idyllically situated on two acres of a 38-acre private island in the intercoastal waterway, you can literally forget about the outside world and enjoy being a castaway in this modern, award-winning home. With boat-only-access, this house features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a full kitchen and all of the luxuries of a mainland home. The lush property boasts 300 feet of beachfront, complete with tropical palm trees, shaded hammocks, and a private dock. Guests have access to stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, and a variety of fishing poles, all of which pair perfectly with life on an island. And, since the house has enormous sliding glass doors facing west, you’ll always end the day with views of pastel-colored Bradenton Area sunsets. Did we mention that the primary suite has a private balcony with an outdoor claw-foot tub?
Jiggs Landing Outpost
If you’re an avid angler, check out Jiggs Landing. Founded in 1944, this preserve and fishing camp has docks stretching into Ward Lake. You’ll find freshwater fishing, kayaking, and a boat launch, giving you 24-hour access to the lake and Braden River. Besides the unbound natural beauty, what makes this landmark extraordinary are the one-bedroom cabins that parallel the boardwalk. These air-conditioned, no-frills cabins are perfect for a unique, Old Florida retreat. You’ll also find picnic areas, a concession stand, wildlife viewing areas, and a nature-themed playground. If you’re feeling hungry and a little adventurous, head up-river in your boat or kayak to the Linger Lodge for some truly unique eats!
Sleeping in a Silo?
If you’ve never slept in a silo, a covered wagon, or a glamping tent, the Bradenton-Hunsader Farms KOA Holiday has you covered—literally! This unique campsite features many unusual accommodations, as well as traditional tent sites and 50-amp RV hookups. Guests have access to the Camp Store, playground, disc golf course, and even a catch-and-release fishing lagoon. Consider roughing it in the primitive Conestoga Wagons, or pamper yourself in the air-conditioned Deluxe Silo that overlooks the bison and buffalo in the adjacent pasture. But, don’t just come for the unconventional sleeping arrangements, Hunsader Farms features a true farmstand, a petting zoo, gem mining, and more.