Attractions: Anna Maria Island, Mote Marine Aquarium, Selby Botanical Gardens, Bishop Planetarium, South Florida Museum, Parker Aquarium, John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, Nick Bolletieri Sports Academy, Desoto Speedway, Antebellum Gamble Mansion, Desoto National Memorial, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Crowley Museum and Nature Center, St. Armand’s Circle. Within 2 hours drive is Busch Gardens, Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, MGM or Universal Studios, Cypress Gardens, Sea World, designer and value outlet shopping. Beaches: Coquina, Bradenton, Siesta Key, Lido. Golf: 2 golf courses within 5 miles and many more in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. Tampa Intl Airport Tampa Total drive approximately Drive: 53.6 miles, about 1 hour. Sarasota Bradenton Intl Airport Total drive approximately 13.9 miles, about 26 minutes. Orlando Intl Airport Total drive approximately 127 miles, about 2 hours.
Other Activities: Bird Watching, Boat Rental/Charters, Eco-Tours, Jet Skiing, Historical Areas, Live Theater, Manatee Watching, Cinemas, Museums, Opera
Golf: Located on the west coast of Florida, Bradenton, a large residential and resort community in southwestern Florida, is known for it's nationally protected state parks and wildlife, as well as it's large tourism and vacation economy. It is home to at least 25 golf courses. There is a good mix of public and private links to choose from in Bradenton, and with the city's proximity to Tampa to the north and Sarasota to the south, there are at least another 50 golf courses for golfers to access.
Bradenton boasts several signature-designed courses by familiar names in the sport such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin.
The Concession Golf Course features 7,470 yards designed by Nicklaus and Jacklin. The private course is complemented with natural surroundings such as oak and pine trees, and was named the 'Best New Private Course of 2006' by Golf Digest Magazine. Another signature-designed course in Bradenton is The Legacy Golf Club created by Arnold Palmer and kept open to the public. Each of the 18 holes along these links, which cover 7,067 yards, are accompanied by sand and water with 360-foot wide fairways.
Sarasota county (Sarasota), just south of Bradenton, boasts over 30 public, semi-private and private, plus several more sprinkled along the Sun Coast, you’re sure to find that at least one of these Sarasota Florida golf resorts has the right look and feel for your level of play.