Destination guide

Heaps of Old Florida history in Bradenton

If you love old-world destinations, say "yay" to a Bradenton vacay—this place was first explored by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, and established as a town in the 19th century. Its long history shows in its buildings, including the early 20th-century Manatee County Courthouse and the Iron Block Building, which was built in 1896. From your Bradenton vacation rental, it's a quick drive to Bradenton Beach, where you can take a dip in the calm waters while watching the young'uns build castles in the fine white sand. Bradenton Beach is relaxed and family-friendly, the foil to bustling Siesta Key down south.

Things to do

Bradenton—tons of fun for history buffs

The South Florida Museum is a 3-in-1 destination. Apart from exhibits tracing the gulf coast's natural and cultural history all the way back to prehistoric times, the museum also encompasses the Bishop Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Then, there's the Manatee Village Historical Park, a living history museum where restored buildings let you in on the simple life of the area's early settlers. Hardcore history buffs can also swing by the Madira Bickel Mound, the first one in Florida to be named a State Archaeological Site. Don't knock the flat-topped lump of sand and debris—it's helped archaeologists identify 3 periods of Native American culture!

Activities

Paint the (down)town red—oh, they already did

Your Bradenton vacation rental is a great base for checking out the vibrant atmosphere downtown. Snap colorful photos for your Instagram grid as you walk past the eye-catching restored cottages at The Village of the Arts. Local artists live and work in these brightly painted houses, which sometimes double as restaurants, artisanal bakeries, and art galleries. A 1.5-mile park along the Manatee River, the RiverWalk has a day dock for boaters and a fishing pier for anglers. Tots can run amok amidst the Family Fun Zone's splash fountains while the teens make a beeline for the skate park.

Weather

Bradenton sure lets the sunshine in, eh?

Bradenton has a humid subtropical climate typical of the southern United States, which means you can expect hot summers and mild winters. It can get rather sizzling in June to September, with highs that reach up to 91 degrees, but as the temperatures climb, so do the chances of rainfall. The rest of the year is pretty warm, even in the winter months of December to February, when temps range from the mid-50s to the low 70s. Bradenton vacation rentals tend to be easier on the wallet in the winter.

Natural features

Communing with nature in Bradenton—where are those manatees?

Just a 15-minute drive from Bradenton lies Lake Manatee State Park. If you're actually looking for manatees, you'll leave disappointed—there's a dam across the river that they can't get through—but if you want to hang with Mother Nature via a hike, a canoe ride, or a dip in the lake, this is the right place. While you're on the trails, look for the De Soto National Monument, which marks the approximate spot where Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto landed in 1539. Then, try your luck with freshwater fishing before settling in for a lovely picnic on the grounds.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Bradenton

Fly into Sarasota, FL (SRQ-Sarasota-Bradenton Intl.), the closest airport, located 7.6 mi (12.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into St. Petersburg, FL (SPG-Albert Whitted), which is 19 mi (30.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Bradenton?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,332 vacation rentals near Bradenton. From 2,567 Houses to 2,671 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bradenton for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Bradenton?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bradenton:

  • Lakewood Ranch: 7,724 vacation rentals
  • Tara Golf & Country Club: 21 vacation rentals
  • Sabal Harbour: 41 vacation rentals
  • Sunny Shores: 20 vacation rentals
  • River Pointe: 17 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Bradenton?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Bradenton. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • IMG Academy: 8,033 vacation rentals
  • Main Street at Lakewood Ranch: 7,081 vacation rentals
  • Waterlefe Golf and River Club: 7,529 vacation rentals
  • Lake Manatee State Park: 4,072 vacation rentals
  • Rosedale Golf and Country Club: 7,977 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bradenton listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Bradenton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,567 Houses in Bradenton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bradenton include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,671 rentals available
  • Villas: 308 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 294 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bradenton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 4,839 vacation rentals with pool available in Bradenton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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