Area Attractions


Cortez Explorer Pass
Get to know one of the last remaining commercial fishing villages in Florida. Cortez is just over the bridge from Bradenton Beach and is determined to preserve its authentic Florida history. The Cortez Passport program will bring you to 12 unique locations. Pick up a passport at any participating vendors and start exploring! Get 12 stamps and receive a free T-shirt at the Maritime Museum.

Maritime Museum
4415 119th Street West
Cortez, Florida 34215
(941) 708-6120
Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

An indoor museum displaying the history of the old historic Cortez fishing village, vintage boats, and fishing artifacts. The Fishing Village is located just East of Cortez Bridge.

Mixon Fruit Farms
2712 26th Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34208
(941) 748-5829
Open 10 am – 5:00 pm Nov. thru April
Open 10 am – 3:00 pm May thru Oct.
Monday-Saturday; Closed Sunday

The Mixon gift shop has specialty gourmet items, wines, and cookies. All fruits are available including grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and more. Shipping is available onsite. A great place to learn about Florida’s citrus fruit industry! Bring your group to Mixon’s for a special luncheon at the Groveside Café and enjoy a shopping experience. Then enjoy a tour of their historic groves and wildlife center. They specialize in creating educational field trips for school children or summer camps, plus amazing luncheons and tours for tourists, church groups, social groups, gardening clubs, mommy groups and anyone else who has a group! Red Hats always welcome! If you have 12 people or more, you will qualify for a group reservation.

Red Barn Flea Market
1707 1st St
Bradenton, FL 34208
(941) 747-3794

The Red Barn Flea Market is one of the largest flea markets in central Florida. Owned and operated by the same family since 1981, the Red Barn in Bradenton, FL, combines a traditional flea market, arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, unique items, collectibles, plaza shops, food courts and open-air farmers markets on a 145,000 sq. ft. former lumber yard. Enjoy 80,000 sq. ft. of air-conditioned indoor shopping, fresh produce, entertainment and a variety of prepared foods. Embark on a treasure hunt through more than 600 flea market booths and shops. You’ll always find a special treasure at the Red Barn!

DeSoto National Memorial
75th St NW
Bradenton, FL 34280
(941) 792-0458 ext 105

Darwin Brewing Company
803 17th Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34210
(941) 747-1970

IMG Athletic Academy
5500 34th St W
Bradenton, FL 34210
(941) 752-2510

Manatee County Family YMCA
3805 59th St. W
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 792-7484

Manatee Village Historical Park
1404 Manatee Ave E
Bradenton, FL 34208
(941) 749-7165

Lecom Park
1611 9th St W
Bradenton, FL
(941) 748-4610

Formerly known as McKechnie Field after the Bradenton resident and baseball great Bill McKechnie, the stadium houses the Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training and Marauders minor league baseball.

Motorworks Brewing
1014 9th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34210
(941) 567-6218

Tap Room and Bar Garden opened daily!

Palma Sola Botanical Park
9800 17th Ave. NW
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 761-2866

Realize Bradenton – Riverwalk
Downtown Bradenton

The outdoor gathering place overlooking the Manatee River, the Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile park that spans downtown Bradenton.

Robinson Nature Preserve
1704 99th St. N.W.
Bradenton, Fl. 34209
(941) 748-7165

Located in nearby Perico Island are nature walks and bike trails to enhance nature and bird watching. The closest entrance is via Manatee Avenue but the main entrance is off 17th Ave W.  There is a new extension opened up with access at the end of 9th Ave W, Bradenton.

South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium
201 10th Street West Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 746-4131
Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday Noon to 5 pm

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The museum interprets the region from the Pleistocene to the present. Highlights include fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest mammals and marine species and the Montague Tallant collection of prehistoric and early post-contact archeological artifacts. Recently opened is the Environmental Wing focusing on Florida’s ecology and bio-diversity in the Pine Uplands and Riverine Galleries.
Other exhibits cover local maritime traditions, early 20th-century medical practices and Spanish exploration in the New World. Spanish Plaza has full-scale replicas of a 16th-century manor house, chapel and conquistador Hernando DeSoto’s birthplace.
The Bishop Planetarium, featuring one of the most advanced all-digital projection systems in the world, presents astronomy programs the whole family will enjoy.
The Parker Manatee Aquarium, part of Florida’s manatee rehabilitation network, is home to the oldest known living manatee, famously known as ‘Snooty’.

The Village of the Arts
1113 12th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 747-8056

The Village of the Arts is an eclectic live-work community of galleries, studios, restaurants, bakeries, healing arts and specialty shops housed in colorful cottages. Enjoy vibrant ArtWalks the first Friday night and Saturday of every month.

TreeUmph! Adventure Course
21805 S.R. 70 East, Bradenton, FL 34211
(941) 322-2130

Come out for a day of outdoor play in the trees at Southwest Florida’s only elevated adventure course. Bring the family, get together with friends or grab a group from the office for an adrenaline-pumping activity that has something fun for everyone.

Egmont Key State Park

Located to the North of Anna Maria Island this island can only be reached by boat or ferry.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL
(941) 366-5730

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
City Island
(941) 388-2451
Open: 10am to 5pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays!

Dive into the Aquarium. Explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs, and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life. Great family attraction just over S. Longboat Key bridge-immediate left, on North end of St. Armand’s Key.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens
3701 Bay Shore Road
(941) 355-5303
9 A.M. – 5 P.M. Daily

Sarasota Kennel Club and Poker Room
5400 Old Bradenton Rd.
(941) 355-7744

Sarasota Polo Club
8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota, FL
(941) 359-0000
Polo games 1PM Every Sunday December – March

Sarasota Classic Car Museum
5500 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 355-6228
Self-guided tours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 7 days per week.

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is recognized as the second oldest continuously operating antique car museum in the Nation! Antique, exotic, European and one-of-a-kind classics are featured in our rotating exhibits throughout the museum.
Among 75 automobiles, see John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes Benz, and Paul McCartney’s beloved Mini Cooper. Classic and muscle cars are on display side by side, including Don Garlit’s dragster number two, and even a horseless carriage! The entire facility has displays of rare exotic cars such as some the world’s foremost automobile manufacturers; Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Cadillac, DeLorean, Edsel and Ferrari, Rolls Royce, are just to name a few of the exquisite examples of automotive craftsmanship!

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-5700

Truly one of the most exciting attractions in Florida! This facility includes eclectic collection of Baroque art, the Museum of the Circus, a thirty-room mansion Ca’ d’Zan, the historic Asolo theater from Venice, and some 60 acres of beautiful gardens. Wander through 31 galleries filled with treasures and old master painting and sculptures. There are onsite cafes to enjoy while you are enjoying your viewing experience.

The Mall at University Town Center
140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 552-7030

The University Town Center is an upscale mall opened daily and a great place to go on a rainy day. The mall also offers 6+ restaurants. There are plenty of other stores in this area as well.

Dali Museum
1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

The Salvador Dalí Museum is an art museum dedicated to the works of Salvador Dalí. It houses the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside Europe.

Sunken Gardens
1825 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33704

This 4 acre botanical garden existed for more than 100 years. It is one of the oldest roadside tourist attractions in the United Statest and located in the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg.

Busch Gardens
300 E. Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612
(888) 800-5447

A Tampa based Theme park all inclusive with many exciting rides including a thrilling roller coaster. The zoo theme is animals such as cheetahs, lemurs, lion cubs, meerkats, elephants, and more. There are many venues of food to enjoy for each individual desire. The gardens are beautiful and lush with many blooming species to enjoy. A perfect venue for a family day!

MOSI – Museum of Science and Industry
4801 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL
(813) 987-6100

Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center
6990 Dickman Rd
Tampa, FL 33572
(813) 228-4289

Lowry Park Zoo
7530 North Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33604
(813) 935-8552

Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 273-4000

Orlando is action packed. There are so many choices for your entertainment. Below are the main Park companies.

Walt Disney World
1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
407- 824-4321

Universal Studio Florida
1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, FL 32819

Seaworld Orlando
7007 SeaWorld Dr.
Orlando FL 32821

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