Visitors find the perfect blend of culture and fun in Bradenton. Discover Florida’s Spanish heritage at the De Soto National Memorial, go for a bike tour of the beautiful Robinson Preserve, head out to the beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island, and explore an authentic fishing village at Cortez. Be sure to visit the South Florida Museum and catch a Pittsburgh Pirates spring training game — and don’t miss vibrant downtown Bradenton, the picturesque Riverwalk, and the working artists’ community at the Village of the Arts.

Activities

Downtown Bradenton
Downtown Bradenton

Downtown Bradenton offers all sorts of indoor and outdoor fun, including a history museum, aquarium and planetarium; a performing arts center; an enchanting park that rambles alongside Manatee River; a bustling marina; a major league baseball stadium; and the galleries, boutiques and restaurants of Village of the Arts. Historic Main Street is home to a bevy of bars and restaurants, outdoor festivals and live music happenings.

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McCabe's Irish Pub
McCabe's Irish Pub

McCabe's is an Irish owned and operated pub located right down the street from us. They feature: - Live Music Thurs. to Sat. - Daily Happy Hour - Sunday Bloody Bar

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Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton

Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that brings people together to create a vibrant and prosperous downtown area for residents, visitors, and businesses.

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Pier 22
Pier 22

This sophisticated casual restaurant is located on the Manatee River and offers indoor and outdoor waterfront dining.

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O'Bricks Irish Pub & Martini Bar
O'Bricks Irish Pub & Martini Bar

Brick-walled Irish pub with specialty cocktails & a restaurant serving seafood, steaks & burgers.

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Riverwalk
Riverwalk

Riverwalk on the Manatee River has a splash fountain and playgrounds, public artwork, a fishing pier, a botanical walk, a skate park and 400-seat amphitheater. The Tidal Discovery Zone offers close encounters with shoreside ecosystems.

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South Florida Museum
South Florida Museum

South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The museum interprets the region from the Pleistocene to the present. Highlights include fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest mammals and marine species and the Montague Tallant collection of prehistoric and early post-contact archeological artifacts. Recently opened is the Environmental Wing focusing on Florida’s ecology and bio-diversity in the Pine Uplands and Riverine Galleries. Other exhibits

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Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island

Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway, Anna Maria Island is an easy 1 1/2-hour drive from Tampa. Boasting arguably the whitest and most pristine seven miles of beach in the US, Anna Maria Island on the west coast of Florida just south of Tampa is a coveted destination for Floridians and global travelers alike. Able to rival many popular international beach destinations the island’s natural beauty and commitment to restricted development (no building is over

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Robinson's Preserve
Robinson's Preserve

400 acres of diverse marshlands, open water, and nature trails. There are 56 acres of marshland, 2 1/2 miles of kayaking and canoing streams, 10 acres of uplands complete with 6 nature trails and as many bridges winding around the mangroves. The 500 foot boardwalk makes it a great location for bird watching, and the trails are great for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

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Captain Kathe Boat tours
Captain Kathe Boat tours

Sunset cruises, sandbar tours, dolphin & Manatee sightings.

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Village of the Arts
Village of the Arts

The live-work community of Village of the Arts has an eclectic mix of galleries, studios, restaurants, bakeries, specialty shops and more housed in colorfully restored 1920s and 1930s cottages.

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Manatee Performing Arts Center
Manatee Performing Arts Center

Performing arts complex with two stages offering a variety of Broadway musicals & time-tested plays.

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Emerson Point Preserve
Emerson Point Preserve

Emerson Point Preserve is a 365 acre preserve located at the tip of Snead Island in western Palmetto. Hiking, nature trails, and kayak/canoeing trails.

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Palma Sola Botanical Park
Palma Sola Botanical Park

PALMA SOLA BOTANICAL PARK is a PRIVATE, non-profit foundation. The 10 acre park is open from 8:00 A.M until sunset. It has: lush tranquil gardens, three lakes, bridges, the Galleria Building and the Baden Building, a screened pavilion and two gazebos.

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B Towne Coffe Co.
B Towne Coffe Co.

Mellow coffeehouse featuring java, sandwiches & free WiFi in compact digs with outdoor seating.

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