Comfort Inn Near Ellenton Outlet Mall
580 66TH Street Court East
Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone: (941) 747-7500
Fax: (941) 748-8002
Stoneybrook Golf Club, with its vistas of greenery, is a scenic country golf club. Comprising of 18 courses, the club is a delight for golf experts as well as novices.
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.
Manatee Village Historical Park is a living history outdoor museum of sorts. It features an array of restored houses, buildings and modes of transport that offer a glimpse into the life and times of Manatee County’s early settlers.
The ArtCenter Manatee is the hub of fine art in Bradenton. Major exhibitions to promote local as well as international artist are held here.
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.
Encouraging local artists and musicians into taking part, the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium is a prestigious gallery and center, which host a number of events. One of the most memorable events is that of the DaVinci exhibition.
Downtown Bradenton is an establishment which entertains a host of events. It features an Arts Center, a sports arena and a scenic river walk with magnificent views and an amphitheater. Downtown is the center for promoting the culture and talents of Florida.
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.
Lake Manatee State Park is a scenic landscape nestled on the banks of its namesake lake. It features several hiking trails, picnic areas, fishing docks for freshwater fishing, and a boat ramp for canoeing and kayaking.
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.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is Florida's official art museum and combines fine art, architecture and performing arts under one roof. It is named after John Nicholas Ringling, a legendary man who pioneered the concept of the modern circus along with his six brothers. Sprawled over the banks of the Sarasota Bay, it is a huge complex comprising the main Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, the historic Asolo Theater, the Ca’ d’Zan house and the magnificent Bayfront Gardens. This museum houses more than 10,000 works of notable artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Eugène Boudin, Marcel Duchamp, Gianlorenzo Bernini and Benjamin West. Visit the circus-themed museum to view the largest circus miniature on earth, then explore the Venetian Gothic Ca’ d’Zan home. Walk along the picturesque Millennium Tree Trail and Bayfront Promenade to enjoy views of the bay and gardens. The estate is also home to the Mable’s Rose Garden and the Dwarf Garden. Given the sheer breadth of the museum, it is best to embark on a guided tour.