Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions, we have answers. Take a look below and you will find answers to commonly asked questions about the Riverwalk.

frequestly asked questions

Riverwalk Basics

Where can I find a list of Riverwalk events?

Visit Realize Bradenton’s calendar for a list of events.

What are the park hours?

The Riverwalk is open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Where can I find directions to the Riverwalk?

The Pavilion and Event Area entrance is located at 452 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205. Public parking is available along the Riverwalk.

What should I do if I see dangerous or criminal activities taking place?

Two full-time police officers patrol the Riverwalk and nearby downtown locations day and night. Call the Bradenton Police non-emergency number (941) 932-9300 or dial 911 whenever you see dangerous or suspicious activity.

Where are public restrooms located?

The bathrooms at the Pavilion and Event Area are opened from 7:00 AM — 11:00 PM and bathrooms at the Skate Park are open 24 hours.

Who do I call if something in the park needs maintenance or cleaning?

Call the Public Works and Utilities Department at (941) 708-6300. When contacting, please be specific with your comments.

Park Usage

Is camping allowed at the Riverwalk?

Camping, which includes sleeping in certain circumstances, is not allowed in the park per Bradenton City Ordinance.

Are alcoholic beverages allowed in the park?

Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not allowed anywhere on the Riverwalk with exceptions during approved and permitted events.

Can bicycles be ridden on the Riverwalk?

Bicycles are allowed; however, bike riders must avoid pedestrians. Bicycles are not allowed in the Splash Pad.

Where can dogs go on the Riverwalk?

Leashed dogs are allowed at the Riverwalk. Dog owners must pick up their animals’ wastes. Disposal bags are located along the walkway.

Are cooking grills allowed on the Riverwalk?

Cooking grills are not allowed.

Are vehicles allowed on the Riverwalk?

No motorized vehicles are allowed on the Riverwalk unless approved.

Event Questions

Can spaces in the park be reserved?

Small gatherings, such as birthday parties or family gatherings, can be held in public spaces. Tents must be weighted as tent stakes are not allowed.

Areas along the Riverwalk may be reserved with prior approval from the City of Bradenton. Get more information by clicking here.

Activity Questions

What are the hours of operation of the Splash Pad?

The Splash Pad water runs from 9:00 AM — 8:00 PM, except when it is turned off for maintenance. Use the Splash Pad at your own risk.

Is there an age limit for the Splash Pad?

There is no age limit for using the Splash Pad. However, behavior that is dangerous or inappropriate in the presence of young children will not be tolerated.

Water is a limited resource. Is the Splash Pad wasting water?

The water feature uses a modern, energy-efficient design. It treats and recycles water in an underground tank and therefore does not waste water.

When can beach volleyball be played?

Beach volleyball can be played at any time on a first come, first serve basis. Please note, however, there are no lights in the beach volleyball area in evening.

What are the responsibilities of skate park users?

Everyone who uses the skate park does so at his or her own risk. This includes observers, and people using the skate park facility. Skate park users are expected to help keep the park safe, clean, and friendly.

Users must act within their individual abilities to control their equipment and not place themselves or others at risk of injury. It is highly recommended that users wear protective gear, including helmets, knee and elbow pads.

Where else can skateboards be used?

Skateboard riding is not allowed anywhere on the Riverwalk except at the skate park, per City Ordinance.

Where is the parking for the kayak/canoe launch?

Kayaks and canoes can be unloaded at curbside.


Can I be a food or merchandise vendor on the Riverwalk?

The City of Bradenton is updating the policies related to food trucks, food vendors, and merchandise vendors. We will have more information in this FAQ section in the near future.

Other Questions

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