Bradenton city is located south of Tampa, on the beautiful Gulf Coast, in Manatee County, and along the Manatee River.
The city includes Palmetto, along with the barrier islands of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island.
Bradenton is surrounded by waterways and offers year-round sunshine. Residents and tourists enjoy the excellent beaches, and the region offers numerous quality golf courses.
Myakka River State Park features an abundance of wildlife and rare birds. It includes hiking trails and offers boat tours. At the nearby Ana Maria Island, visitors have opportunities to see egrets, manatees, dolphins and other types of wildlife.
Sola Bay is popular for fishing. Sightseeing charters in Sola Bay and along the coast gives visitors the chance to see the region's wildlife. Opportunities for swimming, jet skiing and windsurfing are available at Anna Maria Island and the Longboat Key Beaches. Bradenton Beach, situated on Anna Maria Island is a popular tourist destination.
The South Florida Museum has natural and cultural history exhibits. It also encompasses the Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium.
The nearby Riverwalk Park stretches along the water. Galleries, studios and shops occupy colorfully restored 1920s and 1930s cottages in the Village of the Arts.
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