Comfort Inn Near Ellenton Outlet Mall
580 66TH Street Court East
Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone: (941) 747-7500
Fax: (941) 748-8002
The Gamble Plantation Historic State Park is a memoir of the sugar plantation in the area. The estate has a large mansion, which used to serve as the main office as well as the home of Major Robert Gamble. It also served as a safe-house for Judah P. Benjamin, the Confederate Secretary of State at one point in time. Now, open to the public, the mansion has been refurbished and echos a typical plantation from its time. While the mansion is open to tours and visitors, the garden area is great for picnics. They also have events here on a regular basis. So call ahead for more information.
A National Historic site, this park contains a collection of historic buildings ranging in ages from 1860 to 1914 including an 1887 church, a 1903 General Store, and a 1912 farmhouse. All of the buildings are filled with period furnishings and a 1914 steam engine is also on display. Visitors can also enjoy a children's hands-on room, museum exhibits, and picnic areas while visiting here.
Built in 1849 on the south shore across from the present public boat ramp as one of several fortifications around Tampa Bay, this 24 hour boat ramp offers access to the water, as well as swimming and other recreational activities.
The Parker Manatee Aquarium is located at the South Florida Museum complex. Home to three adorable adult manatees, the aquarium is a scientific facility that cares for manatees after they’ve been examined and just before they’re released back into the wild. The aquarium works jointly with the US Fish and Wildlife Hospital and other critical care centers for manatees, in order to rehabilitate these wonderful creatures back into the wild. The pool holds more than 50,000 gallons of water for these creatures to play and frolic as they would in their natural environment. At the aquarium, you can also learn about the manatees, their feeding habits, personalities, life cycle, anatomy and more. It is also home to Snooty the manatee who never leaves the aquarium.
A 225 slip, state-of-the-art marina that offers many on site amenities such as luxurious facilities, a heated pool and spa, gas grills, a fully stocked ships store, a fuel dock, shower and laundry facilities, modern floating docks, and rental bikes.
Regatta Pointe Marina's boating community is very "live aboard" friendly and they have many amenities that cater specifically to their residents, including deep waters and no bridges between the marina and the Tampa Bay or Gulf of Mexico. Hassle-free living and a desire to provide a boating community that will exceed all of your needs while staying with us is extremely important to the entire team. Regatta Pointe Marina has everything you need for your excursion, including boat slip rentals, diesel fuel, boat supplies, and more.
Many historic buildings, including the original post office, which are filled with documents and artifacts and many of which are a part of the Carnegie exhibits are featured at this historical park that also contains the Agricultural Museum and the Heritage Chapel. Educational programs and tours are available upon request.
Open 24 hours, this public boat ramp features a single and double ramp that is usable at all tides and can accommodate boats over 15 feet long. Fishing and swimming activities are also available.
Manatee County Courthouse that was built in 1912 features in the National Register of Historic Places. The courthouse premises houses memorials to commemorate the county’s martyr. This historic courthouse is still functional and houses the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court.
This 556 acre state recreation area extends along three miles of the south shore of the 2,400 acre reservoir that makes up Lake Manatee. A 60 site camping area is on site, as well as a fishing dock, children's play area, boat ramp, and picnic area.
The Madira Bickel Mound is spread across an area of 10 acres (4.04 hectares) and is the very first Native American location in the state to be termed as a State Archaeological Site. The site offers an array of recreational activities and is open to the public year round. The site is a great option if you are looking to spend a nice weekend picnicking or hiking with your family. The park grounds open at 8:00 am and close at sunset.
Previously a private college, which was established in 1960, the New College of Florida has evolved into an independent honors college offering courses in the field of Liberal Arts and Science. A part of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, it has close to 900 students enrolled in various undergraduate programs and a staff close to 100. Set in front of the bay, the 140-acre (57-hectare) campus is spread across the city's historic district with a number of landmarks like College Hall, Cook Hall and Caples Hall forming an integral part of the college. Equipped with the latest infrastructure facilities for education as well as arts and culture, the college is one of the leading liberal arts college in the country. Visit their website to know more.