Attractions in Bradenton, Florida

Attractions in Bradenton, Florida
A small-town feeling, a wealth of opportunities for outdoor activities and a location on southwest Florida's Sun Coast make Bradenton a fine choice for sports aficionados, families and sun worshippers. With more than 12 golf courses within the city limits, 2.6 miles of public beaches, including beautiful Anna Maria Island, and a Major League Baseball spring training field, Bradenton keeps visitors as busy as they choose. A national park, museum, planetarium and arts center complete a well-rounded selection of offerings.

De Soto National Memorial

This park, located where Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto landed, encompasses shoreline nature trails passing through several ecosystems. Rangers offer guided trail hikes, fishing is permitted with a Florida license and several small beaches are open to the public. Migrating birds, including some rare species, can be spotted during the spring and fall. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

8300 De Soto Memorial Highway
Bradenton, FL 34280
(941) 792-0458
nps.gov/deso/index.htm

McKechnie Field

This palm tree-lined ballpark is the spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who play against other Major League Baseball teams in March and April. Travel packages, including game tickets, accommodations, rental cars and airfare options, can be booked on the Pirates' spring training website.

1611 9th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 747-3031
mlb.mlb.com/spring_training/tickets.jsp?c_id=pit

Bradenton Beaches

Bradenton's beaches offer opportunities for kayaking, parasailing, fishing boat charters, surfing and swimming. All equipment is available to rent.

From Cortez Road at US 41 to 25th Street North
Bradenton, FL 34216
(941) 729-9177 for beach information
annamariaisland-longboatkey.com/things-to-do-boating/index.php

Manatee County Golf Course

For year-round golf at all skill levels, the course is attractively landscaped, with strategically placed water hazards for advanced players, practice putting and chipping greens, turf driving range, golf shop, club and cart rentals. Green fees range from $20 to $49.

6415 53rd Ave. West
Bradenton, FL 34210
(941) 708-8585
www.mymanatee.org/

GT Bray Aquatic Center

This complex features a year-round heated 50-meter pool, perfect for lap swimmers, and an adjacent diving well. Entrance fee for all ages is $3.29 plus tax.

5508 33rd Avenue Drive West
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 742-5932
www.mymanatee.org/

South Florida Museum

The museum presents exhibits on Florida's history from the prehistoric age to the present. The museum complex includes the Bishop Planetarium, with its all-digital full dome and theater, and the Parker Manatee Aquarium, with deep and shallow pools that allow these fascinating marine mammals to perform their natural feeding behavior.

201 10th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 746-4131
southfloridamuseum.org

Village of the Arts

Florida's largest art community is in a renovated historic section of town, featuring galleries with fine art, jewelry, ceramics and collectibles.

12 Street West between 9th Street West and 16th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34206
(941) 747-8056
villageofthearts.com

Article Written By Karen Hursh Graber

A native of New York City, Karen Hursh Graber is a food and travel writer. A graduate of Fordham University, she is a regular contributor to El Restaurante Mexicano magazine and National Geographic Books. A winner of the magazine industry's Folio Award, she divides her time between Puebla, Mexico and Sarasota, Florida.

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