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Top Things to Do in Bradenton

Updated: Feb 25, 2018

Grab your smartphone and immerse yourself in local history, public art, and find your next place to eat, shop, stay, and play. Explore downtown like a local at

Downtown Bradenton

Whether you're looking for great places to eat, places to explore, shop, or find some nightlife, Old Main Street has something for you.

Highlights include the Riverwalk, the Farmers Market, and Village of the Arts!

Places to Eat

Whether you're looking for a quick bite, or to taste chef-created specialties, you'll find it downtown.

Places to Explore

A farmers’ market, free films, cultural history museum, performing arts center, planetarium, historic Main Street, Riverwalk park, an aquarium, Major League Baseball, and a lively Village of the Arts — there's something for everyone.

Places to Shop

Shop for unique gifts, souvenirs, or find something special for yourself. You're sure to find what you are looking for in many of our boutiques, shops and specialty stores.


For evening entertainment, or getting together with family and friends, downtown and Old Main Street offer a mix of establishments for your enjoyment.

For more information go to Realize Bradenton

Preserves and Conservation Lands

Please also check out our blog post, Preserves and Conservation Lands, for all of the wonderful nature preserves in Manatee County.

South Florida Museum

The South Florida Museum 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, the Montague Tallant collection of prehistoric and early post-contact archeological artifacts, and the Environmental Wing focusing on Florida’s ecology and bio-diversity in the Pine Uplands and Riverine Galleries.

The Bishop Planetarium

The Bishop Planetarium (part of the South Florida Museum), 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 

The Parker Manatee Aquarium (part of the South Florida Museum), is part of Florida’s Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership, having served as a temporary home to 35 rehabilitating manatees since 1998.

Downtown Bradenton Ghost Tour

Experience a haunting adventure throughout downtown Bradenton.

Manatee Village Historic Park

Manatee Village Historical Park is a collection of historic buildings and artifacts which tell the story of pioneer life in Florida.

Red Barn Flea Market

Owned and operated by the same family since 1981, the Red Barn in Bradenton, FL, combines a traditional flea market, plaza shops, food courts and open-air farmers markets in a 145,000 sq.ft. former lumber yard

Manatee Performing Arts Center

2017-2018 Season Videos

The Arts center is committed to being the community’s premier theater and the region’s center for cultural, educational and artistic expression.

Mixon Fruit Farm

A Bradenton attraction with something for everyone! You'll find things to do with the family, including farm tours, wildlife refuge, and a gift shop and even a place to enjoy your wedding!

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