Downtown nonprofit organizations meet monthly to collaborate on promotions and events that join arts, culture, heritage, and sports to make downtown Bradenton a unique place to live, work, and visit.
ArtCenter Manatee is the premier center for art, art education, and unique gifts in Manatee County. The 10,000 square-foot building in downtown Bradenton features three galleries, five classrooms, an Artists’ Market gift shop and an art library featuring over 3,000 art volumes.
With 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.
The Hernando De Soto Historical Society is a nonprofit community organization of 225 conquistadors who celebrate the historical significance of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto’s landing near the mouth of the Manatee River in May 1539. .
Home of the national award-winning Manatee Players and Kiwanis Club of Bradenton. Available for rental for weddings, conferences and special events. Open year-round. Over 60 seasons of presenting live theater in Bradenton.
Step back into time and visit this collection of restored buildings from Manatee County’s settlement history and experience life in Manatee County before the arrival of modern conveniences such as automobiles and electricity.
The Bradenton Marauders are a minor league baseball team based in Bradenton, Florida, that plays in the Florida State League. The Marauders are the minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates and their home games are played at LECOM Park, which also serves as the Pirates' spring training facility..
The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Bishop interprets the region from the Pleistocene to the present. Highlights include fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest animal inhabitants, the Montague Tallant collection of prehistoric and early post-contact archaeological artifacts, and the Environmental Hall focusing on Florida’s ecology and biodiversity in the Pine Uplands and Riverine Galleries.
The Village of the Arts is a vibrant community of artists living and working together in Bradenton. The Village is Florida’s largest art community, and over 30 businesses call the Village home. Galleries, studios, cafes, healing arts, jewelry, fashion and books can all be found as you wander the streets of this charming area of restored 1920s and 1930s cottages.