bradenton beach

Clear waters, white sands, relaxing vibes – the beaches of the Bradenton Area are perfect in nearly every way. Sink your toes in the sand and keep your head in the clouds on the beach that’s right for you. Take photos of the best of authentic Florida on Whitney Beach. Play sand volleyball with friends and family on Manatee Public Beach. Or find the ultimate seclusion on Bean Point. All of our beaches are pristine and true to authentic Florida, with six of them Blue Wave Certified from the Clean Beach Coalition. So however you like to spend your day on the beach, you’ll find a place to enjoy it in the Bradenton Area.

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Village of the Arts


The Artists Guild of Manatee was formed in 1999 as a non-profit with a mission to build a community where artists can live and work in a stimulating, harmonious environment. The Guild is primarily made up of Village residents and business owners, along with community members who share our vision. Over the past sixteen years the Guild together with Village residents have worked hard to make the Village of the Arts a thriving place while enhancing the quality of neighborhood life and nurturing the creative spirit.


The Village is an eclectic mix of early 20th century residential bungalows, Florida Cracker homes, and later additions. The neighborhood features a legal commercial overlay, which enables a rare live/work/play mix. Village boundaries stretch from 9th Ave West to 17th Ave West between 9th St West and 14th St West. Over 275 individual properties are within the Village. McKechnie Field, voted Florida’s best minor league ballpark is a block away, and downtown Bradenton and the Riverwalk, are within easy walking distance.

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riverwalkWell-designed public spaces, like the Riverwalk, offer high-quality events and promote quality of life and economic development. In addition to aesthetic and recreational benefits, these public spaces also provide a positive financial impact by enhancing property values, increasing municipal revenue, and attracting businesses, homebuyers, visitors, and retirees. For these reasons, the Downtown Development Authority and Realize Bradenton joined forces with many other partners to transform the shoreline of the Manatee River into today’s spectacular Bradenton Riverwalk. The park opened October 18, 2012.


As downtown Bradenton’s showpiece, the Riverwalk is our outdoor gathering place. Overlooking the Manatee River, the Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile, ADA-accessible park spanning downtown with many features.

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Robinson Preserve

robinson preserve kayakingRobinson Preserve in Bradenton, FL is a salt marsh now home to jumping mullet and hundreds of other species of fish and other marine life. This preserve is a 600+ acre coastal preserve located in northwestern Bradenton. The interior of the preserve features hiking paths, kayak and canoe waterways, bridges, picnic spots, mangrove forests and a 53-foor-tall tower with a wide-open view of the Tampa Bay area. The 120-year-old Valentine House, moved to the preserve by boat, is near the entrance to the property, scheduled for a renovation to become Robinson’s information center. One of the aquatic entrances to the preserve is at 9800 Manatee Ave. West, Bradenton 34209, and the main entrance is 1704 99th Street NW Bradenton, 34209, phone: (941)745-3723. This wonderful launch site boast home to dolphins, manatees at play and many other wildlife that you won’t see at the other area.



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Where to Stay

Courtyard Marriott Visit Site
Hampton Inn Visit Site
Bradenton Gulf Islands Visit Site