Riverwalk Features

Riverwalk History

Well-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.

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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.

Something for Everyone

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

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With its wide expanse of soft grass, the Great Lawn is a space for casual activities like picnicking and river gazing, as well as organized events such as exercise classes and art shows.

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Boaters can tie up at the Day Dock and explore the Riverwalk, or enjoy downtown attractions such as the museum, theater, galleries, and restaurants.

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The Tower Plaza, with its dramatic decorative tower, is surrounded by pavers shaped in a compass rose. This is an open space for festivities, people-watching, and special gatherings.

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The Botanical Walk showcases our region’s plants and flowers, and hosts educational lectures on topics of cultivation of native plants, butterfly gardening, area birds, and wildlife.

features-amphitheater.jpg Mosaic Amphitheater

At the 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater, visitors can enjoy live entertainment such as plays, concerts, community programs, and school performances. Make sure to visit our Music in the Park series here!

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With its colorful splash fountain and playgrounds, the Family Fun Zone is one of the most popular features of the Riverwalk. Adults can relax on the shady benches while kids romp nearby on the jungle gym and splashpad.

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The large open space of the Event Area is perfect for music festivals and special events. The Pavilion includes a concession area, bathrooms, and its shaded porch provides an outdoor classroom. Make sure to visit the annual Bradenton Blues Festival here!

features-fishing-pier.jpg Fishing Pier

The Manatee River is known for its variety of native fish, including snook, redfish, and trout. The Fishing Pier is one of the best spots in the area for anglers.

features-tidal.jpg The Tidal Discovery Zone

The Tidal Discovery Zone offers up-close observation of the ecosystem along our river's edge. Programs are held in this area to explore the ever-changing interactions between land, water, plants, animals, and people.

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The shaded Outdoor Living Rooms are furnished with comfortable seating, and offer a peaceful place to hang out, relax, and enjoy a view of the river.

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The Flex Lawn is available for wellness classes such as yoga and tai chi, and for relaxing with friends and family.

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Grab a partner and head for the sandy Beach Volleyball courts. Find a pick-up game or sign up for a tournament.

features-skate.jpg Skatepark

The award-winning 'Team Pain Skate Parks' designed and constructed the riverfront skatepark. It is one of the most striking Riverwalk features and is one of the best skateparks in the area.

features-regatta.jpg Regatta Plaza

The Regatta Plaza is the perfect spot for drum circles, kite flying, and special events. Visitors can view boat races and other water-based events here.

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Paddlers can use the Kayak and Canoe Launch to start, or end, their explorations of the Manatee River.