Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bradenton West
Best Western Plus Manatee

Courtyard Bradenton/Sarasota Riverfront

The Bradenton Area is located on the West Coast of Florida, 45 minutes from Tampa and just a 90-minute drive from Orlando.

Bradenton, Anna Maria Island & Longboat Key are treasured for their authentic Old Florida charm, breath-taking scenery, 16 miles of sugarwhite sand beaches and incredible wildlife, comprising what many refer to as ‘hidden Florida’. The Bradenton Area has on average 249 sunny days per year and reaches highs of 33ºC in the summer.

The area is celebrated for its outstanding dining and shopping districts, including the Village of The Arts, a vibrant community home to over 35 artists. Visitors have the opportunity to find affordable art, bespoke jewellery, ceramics and collectibles and explore quaint bookshops, boutique cafes, restaurants and galleries in this charming area of restored 1920s and 30s cottages.

Children will never get bored of the endless activities on offer in the Bradenton Area. When they are not enjoying the fantastic watersport facilities on the white sand beaches, they can visit the South Florida Museum, home to the local celebrity Snooty, the oldest living manatee in the world. Another family favourite is the Mixon Fruit Farm where families can take a tour on the Orange Blossom express tram through the fruit groves with a stop off at a children’s magical maze and wildlife rescue centre.

Top 5 Experiences

  • Horse Surfing – Great World Nature Tours is one of the only companies in the world that offers this exciting experience to horseback ride along Palma Sola Bay and then take a dip in the surf.
  • Rent bikes and explore Anna Maria Island – The best way to explore Anna Maria Island's beautiful seven mile coast line is by bike.
  • Turtle Monitoring – Visitors in Bradenton can join Anna Maria Island Turtle watch and walk along Bradenton’s local beaches helping the guides to monitor the turtles from May - September.
  • Sunset dining – Enjoy dinner and cocktails at any of a variety of beachfront locations offering beautiful views and many right on the area’s white-sand beaches.
  • Bradenton's South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. As well as featuring galleries on Florida’s history and marine life there is the Parker Manatee Aquarium which is home to the world’s oldest living manatee: Snooty.

Sightseeing & Tours

  • South Florida Museum, Park Manatee Aquarium & Bishop Planetarium – Three great attractions in Bradenton all under one roof! Payable locally from £10pp.
  • Busch Gardens® Admission – Drive to Tampa and discover Busch Gardens®, the extraordinary 335-acre adventure park. From £89 per adult and £85 per child.

Key Attractions

  • Turtle watching on Anna Maria Island
  • Bradenton's Riverwalk
  • South Florida Museum
  • Ellenton Premium Outlets