Bradenton, Florida, United States

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Bradenton, Florida, United States

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Enjoy a Beautiful House on Your Next Vacation to Bradenton

Bradenton, Florida is a vacation destination located between Sarasota and St. Petersburg. Its lovely beaches and many activities will entice any visitor. While vacationing in Bradenton, you can stay in a rental house, condo, or villa. These rental properties include amenities such as washing machines, pools, outdoor grills, internet access, and cable television.

You Must Visit the Beach

The Bradenton Beach is located about eight miles from the downtown area on Anna Maria Island. This beach offers free parking and free public access. The Gulf waters are warm and mostly calm, so they are great for swimming. The beach has soft, white sand that is perfect for relaxing or for sand castles. Beachcombing is also popular.

Visit Some of Bradenton’s Museums

The museums in Bradenton are unique to the area. You can learn about local history and arts while perusing many exhibits.

  • The South Florida Museum is really three museums in one. It is a museum of natural history, focusing on ancient Florida history. It is also an aquarium with a variety of sea creatures including Florida’s famous manatees. And, it is a planetarium with a star show that will interest even amateur astronomers.
  • The Village of the Arts District is really a collection of galleries. Open only on Fridays and Saturdays, over 30 artists have come together to show off their eclectic works of art.
  • Manatee Village Historic Park is a living history museum. You can tour the many restored buildings that are from a time when the area was first settled. You can see what life was like before there were modern conveniences

Visit Parks and Monuments

There are many interesting parks and monuments in Bradenton. Some have hiking trails and others have different aspects to make them interesting.

  • Lake Manatee State Park is located just east of Bradenton. It is only about a 15 minute drive. At the park, you can go fishing from the piers or from a rental boat. Hiking and biking trails are available and nature walks are encouraged. A small swimming area is often crowded by families who want to cool off. And, picnic facilities are available at the park as well
  • The De Soto National Monument is supposedly the spot where De Soto first landed. There are trails you can take and a Visitor’s Center so you can learn more about the monument.
  • The Confederate Civil War Memorial is a plain obelisk with names of famous Confederate leaders engraved on its base. It is located at the old courthouse.

Weather in Bradenton Is Nice All Year

The weather in Bradenton is warm all year long. Winter average high temperatures range from 70F to 77F. The summer is much warmer with average high temperatures ranging from 89F to 92F on most days. Spring and fall are short and see temperatures in the 80s. Bradenton receives about 56 inches of rain annually. Most of this rain falls during the summer months as afternoon showers hit on many days. Still, most days have sun for the better part of the day, and the showers are usually short. The best time to visit Bradenton if you are a beach lover is the summer. Otherwise, any time is really a nice time to visit the area. Those from northern climates will enjoy Bradenton’s mild winters.

The Best Ways to Get to Bradenton

Bradenton is accessible by car, and many choose to drive so they can tote all their belongings easily. Rental cars come in handy when one’s personal car is not large enough for all of their gear. Flying is another option, and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Sarasota is only 13 miles away. Bradenton does have its own Amtrak station, however, so traveling there by train is convenient. Any way you get to Bradenton, you will enjoy your visit.

Attractions In and Around Bradenton

First time in Bradenton and looking for places to see? Some of the area's family-friendly draws for travelers include Mote Marine Aquarium, People at Play and Fish Hole Adventure Golf. Visitors searching for nearby cultural experiences can spend an enlightening afternoon at John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. If some outdoor time is on the agenda, experience the natural beauty of Riverwalk, Palma Sola Botanical Park and Robinson Preserve.

You can take a shopping trip to St. Armands Circle. Don’t forget to buy tickets if you want to attend a game or event at McKechnie Field or Desoto Speedway. Activities around the area include Cannons Marina, Historic Bridge Street Pier and Bradenton Beach Marina. You might also want to add other must-see places in the region like Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens or Fort De Soto Park to your agenda.