Play in Downtown Bradenton

top 25 Bradenton is ranked No. 2 of the top 25 small cities for the arts by American Style.

White Sandy Beaches
Eight miles west of downtown Bradenton
With over seven miles of powdery-white sand along the Gulf of Mexico, you're bound to find the perfect place to play in the turquoise water, or relax on the shore.
ArtCenter Manatee
View art in the galleries or take a class
ArtCenter 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 or movie

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.

Bradenton Farmers' Market
Fresh produce, seafood, live music, and more
A 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.
Home of the Bradenton Marauders and Pittsburgh Pirates
LECOM Park has been the spring training home of Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates since 1969, and Class A-Advanced affiliate Bradenton Marauders since 2010. Enjoy the recently renovated stadium and take a stroll around the wrap-around boardwalk.
Local Breweries
Sample local, award-winning beer
3 Keys Brewing, Darwin 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 Bradenton
Old 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 Performing Arts Center
World-class theater
Live entertainment, performing arts, and more. Home of the National Award-Winning Manatee Players, and Kiwanis Club of Bradenton. Open year-round.
Manatee Village Historical Park
Experience the history of Bradenton
Step 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.
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 or play on our 1.5 mile riverfront park
Take 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.
The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature
Natural and cultural artifacts
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.
Village of the Arts
Art galleries, shops, restaurants
The 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.