From an artist community to historic parks to manatees, Bradenton has a unique blend of attractions. Located just south of Tampa Bay along the Manatee River, Bradenton is a fabulous place to explore the arts, history, parks, waterways and numerous beaches. Bradenton is also home to one of the top liberal arts schools in the nation, New College, and is the training center for IMG Sports, Nick Bolletierri tennis and David Leddbetter golf. The heritage of Bradenton is on display at Bradenton’s South Florida Museum, and the community enjoys a month-long spring event honoring Hernando DeSoto’s landing in 1539. Satudays’ from 9am to 2pm stroll the Farmer’s Market on Old Main Street. In addition to veggies you’ll find handmade crafts, pottery, jewelry, plants and more. The restaurants and pubs of downtown welcome you to explore their relaxed friendly hangouts.
Explore Robinson Preserve in Northwest Bradenton, 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 featuring hiking paths, kayak and canoe waterways, bridges, picnic spots, mangrove forests and a 53-foot-tall tower with a wide-open view of the Tampa Bay area. This wonderful site is home to dolphins, manatees at play and many other species of wildlife.
Love seafood? Then don’t miss the eclectic Village of Cortez where you can get seafood fresh off the boats! Located on Sarasota Bay, Cortez is one of the last remaining fishing villages in southwest Florida.
The neighborhoods and housing types in Bradenton appeal to a variety of lifestyles. Here you will find everything from historic homes along the Manatee River, to Florida “cracker” cottages in the quaint fishing village of Cortez, to waterfront homes overlooking the serenity of Palma Sola Bay or one of the hidden bayous, to upscale communities, and country club/golfing communities. Whether you desire new construction or the charm of years past, Bradenton truly has much to offer.