Bradenton

Historic Florida charm flourishes in this upscale community

Welcome to Bradenton

 
Located just south of Tampa on the picturesque Manatee River is Bradenton, a historic city with a bustling community promising growth and innovation. A drive through Bradenton’s downtown feels like stepping back in time, as its walkable streets are filled with a mixture of culture, art, and history. Many older, well-established neighborhoods are found throughout Bradenton and feature various architectural designs, from Mediterranean and Spanish styles to homes with traditional terracotta roofs and brightly colored stucco. Recently renovated homes have classic colonial plantation styles with large columns and arched windows.  
 

What to Love

 
  • The community’s rich historical influence
  • Appreciation for local art and music
  • Boutiques and restaurants are within walking distance
  • Beautiful natural spaces perfect for exploration

Local Lifestyle

 
Life in Bradenton is active and fun. Residents here work hard and enjoy their much-deserved time off by supporting the community, whether it’s visiting a local park or beach, grabbing dinner with friends at a locally-owned restaurant, or admiring exhibits inside an art studio. This area is one of Florida’s more diverse luxury neighborhoods, and it is reflected in the various businesses and festivals in the community. The area’s great weather and close proximity to beaches like Cortez Beach, Coquina Beach, and Manatee Public Beach provide endless relaxation and water recreation opportunities.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

 
One of the greatest things about Bradenton's dining options is the variety that is offered, no matter where you are dining. If you are looking for fine dining out on the water, visit PIER 22. Here, you’ll enjoy all the fresh seafood you could want and more, including sushi. 

Motorworks Brewing offers some of the best brews in the area. The venue is also a great place to grab lunch or dinner. Head to the patio to listen to live music or catch the big game on one of the locale’s televisions. 
 
The Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria takes fresh seafood to a new level. This upscale, beachside restaurant takes freshly caught seafood and integrates it into classic dishes worldwide.
 

Things to Do

 
You’ll never run out of exciting things to do in Bradenton. The River Walk is open daily and features some of the best views of the Manatee River. The park is home to a large playground, and in the summer, they also have a splash park available for families with young children. 

Spend a rainy day at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. This planetarium, aquarium, and history museum are home to interactive exhibits, hands-on attractions, educational displays, and historical artifacts. 

If you want to stretch your legs and get some fresh air, there are several trails available at Robinson Preserve. The multi-use trails here are perfect for runners, walkers, and bicyclists. The nature preserve also boasts observation decks, designated picnic areas, and a boat launch. As you traverse the grounds, you’ll experience marshlands, dense forests, and more. 
 
Just a short drive away is Anna Maria Island, where you can enjoy a lazy afternoon on the beach, window shop, or explore art galleries. Enjoy live artist events and showings at Village of the Arts, whose location features displays found in its 1920s and 1930s cottages. Another great place to visit is Old Main Street. Take a tour of this historic area in Bradenton to gain a deeper knowledge of the city’s deep historical roots. 

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