Bradenton is ranked No. 2 of the top 25 small cities for the arts by American Style.
View art in the galleries or take a classArtCenter hosts monthly exhibitions featuring artwork of local, state and national artists. The Artists' Market has unique and original gifts. Art class subjects range from drawing and painting, pastels, painting on silk, pottery, jewelry design, digital photography, and more.
Bradenton Central Library
Check-out a novel, e-book, or movieWith thousands of books, this is the place to find that perfect novel. The Manatee County Public Library System is the winner of the 2013 Florida Library Association Library Innovation Award and the Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award.
Bradenton Farmers' Market
Fresh produce, seafood, live music, and moreA place where the community meets each week to enjoy fresh produce, local art, upbeat music, demonstrations by local chefs, and free family activities. Parking is free on weekends, and dogs on leashes are welcome.
Sample award-winning beerDarwin Brewing Company and Motorworks Brewing are full-production craft breweries with their own distinct vibe. Sample their many styles of beer in taste rooms, and learn how each brew is made.
Main Street Live
Block party in downtown BradentonOld Main Street is closed to vehicular traffic as vendors line the streets and live music plays during these special events throughout the year from 5pm to 10pm.
Manatee Village Historical Park
Experience the history of the Bradenton areaStep back into time at the Manatee Village Historical Park and visit a collection of restored, historic buildings from Manatee County's pioneer past, including a courthouse, one-room schoolhouse, farmhouse, general store, and more.
Manatee Performing Arts Center
Watch world-class theaterLive entertainment, performing arts, and more. Home of the National Award-Winning Manatee Players, and Kiwanis Club of Bradenton. Open year-round.
Root for the Bradenton Mauraders and Pittsburgh PiratesThe spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and is named for Bradenton resident, and baseball great, Bill McKechnie. Enjoy the recently renovated stadium and take a walk around the wrap-around boardwalk.
Old Main Street
Shopping, nightlife, restaurants, and more
Whether you're looking for a bite to eat, shopping, or going out for a drink after dinner, you're sure to find it on Old Main Street.
Stroll, run, or play on our 1.5 mile riverfront parkTake a walk at sunset. Watch fishermen pull in their catch from the dock. Bring your skateboard to the skate park. Launch your kayak. Listen to live music at the Mosaic Amphitheater. Take in the public art, and learn the history of Bradenton. All in one place along the Manatee River.
South Florida Museum, Aquarium & Planetarium
View the natural and cultural artifacts from the Gulf CoastThe South Florida Museum is a natural and cultural history museum specializing in the history of Florida's gulf coast. The Museum also includes the Bishop Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Aquarium, the home of Snooty, the oldest manatee in captivity–and likely the oldest manatee in the world!
Village of the Arts
Stroll through the many art galleries, shops and restaurantsThe Village is Florida’s largest live-work art community and where over 30 businesses call home. Galleries, studios, cafes, healing arts, jewelry, fashion, and books can all be found here. ArtWalk occurs every first Friday and Saturday of the month.
White Sandy Beaches