Celebrating Cortez’s Iconic A.P. Bell Fish Co.

Feb 15, 2024 / Emily Knight

Celebrating Cortez's Iconic A.P. Bell Fish Co. For more than 100years, the A.P. Bell Fish Co. has been a mainstay in the historic, yet very much still functioning, fishing village of Cortez. The company, located on the northern edge of the Sarasota Bay, has been buying local seafood here and selling it throughout the state and around the world ever since it first opened in 1923. More

Hike Along the Bradenton Area’s History Trail

Feb 14, 2024 / madden

As the proud home to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, the fastest growing airport in the U.S., the Bradenton Area’s future is as bright as the sun reflecting off the white sand beaches of Anna Maria Island. The area’s past, however, can shine a light on how this vibrant community came to be. More

How to Love it Like a Local

Feb 06, 2024 /

Whoever coined the phrase, "familiarity breeds contempt" obviously never met Kelly Clark, the Chief Marketing Officer of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She’s a born-and-raised Bradenton Area native and perhaps its biggest fan. More

Thanksgiving Dining

Oct 31, 2023 /

Thanksgiving Dining Feeling uncertain about your Thanksgiving dinner plans? Worry not! We've compiled a list of the finest local restaurants in the Bradenton Area serving up delicious Thanksgiving feasts. More

7 Dreamy Spots to Dine Under the Stars

Oct 26, 2023 / MM Accounts

Looking for an easy yet dreamy date night idea this fall? You're in luck–because Mother Nature has created the perfect conditions for dining alfresco around the Bradenton Area. Not only do the slightly cooler evening temps make eating outdoors less sweat-inducing (first dates excluded!), but also the earlier sunsets mean you can enjoy one another's company under a starlit sky. More

Explore the Gulf Island Ferry Stops

Oct 19, 2023 / MM Accounts

Upgrade your beach day! Park in downtown Bradenton, hop on one of the new Gulf Island Ferries, and enjoy a 30-minute scenic ride to and from Anna Maria Island. These Coast Guard-certified catamarans, at nearly 60 feet long and remarkably stable, offer unmatched convenience for reaching the island or downtown Bradenton. More

Bradenton Area Markets

Sep 29, 2023 / MM Accounts

With markets held on Anna Maria Island, downtown Bradenton, and in Lakewood Ranch, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the vibrancy and flavors of the entire destination. More

5 Things to Know about Stone Crab Season in the Bradenton Area

Sep 25, 2023 /

Visiting the Bradenton Area is always a treat for seafood lovers. There are so many places to enjoy fresh favorites sustainably caught from the Gulf waters. And come October, things really get exciting with the much-anticipated return of stone crab season. More