What to Do Around Bradenton, FL

From attractions, sights, restaurants, shops, and more, there’s plenty to do around Bradenton, FL, no matter the time of year. Take advantage of these suggestions from Cox Chevrolet.

Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum


Between museums, historical sites, nature, and more, you certainly won’t get bored if you’re in Bradenton.

  • Museums: Explore historic rail equipment at the Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum, the history of the state at the South Florida Museum (which also includes the Bishop Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Aquarium), and the area’s rich connection to the sea at the Florida Maritime Museum.
  • Nature: If getting outdoors is more your style, head to Felts Audubon Preserve, where you can watch birds and set out on hikes. Myakka River State Park is also well known for its bird viewing and views. Combine history with the outdoors at the Madira Bickel Mound Archeological site to delve into ancient Native American culture, or visit the Gamble Plantation, the county’s oldest building.
  • Adventure: For the adventurous at heart, Bradenton features plenty that will appeal to you. The Bradenton Motorsports Park hosts evenings where anyone can race, while the JP Igloo offers two ice rinks, paintball, and more. Make your way to Lipizzan Horses to take in a classical equestrian show, or consider training sessions for yourself.

Hungry? Head to some of the top restaurants in the Bradenton area, boasting a wide variety of cuisine.

  • Fire & Stone, where wood-fire pizza is the specialty
  • Anna Maria Oyster Bar, for fresh seafood
  • Riverhouse Reef & Grill, known for its prime location on the Manatee River in Palmetto
  • Tandoor Indian Restaurant, if you’re in the mood for some quality Indian food
  • Arte Café, ideal when you’re craving Italian food
  • Full Belly Stuffed Burger, where you can indulge in traditional American eats
  • Mar Vista, The Beachhouse, or The Sandbar, for gorgeous sunsets as you dine
  • Beach Bistro, which represents chic Florida dining
Fire & Stone
Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery


No matter what it is you’re looking for, the shops in and around Bradenton have you covered.

  • Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery offers tours and tastings, and sells 10 different types of wine.
  • Head to Mixon Fruit Farms for fresh oranges, tangerines and grapefruit.
  • Explore local art in many forms at the Village of the Arts.
  • Vintage clothing and other unique finds are the main premise at Retro Rosie and Cobweb’s.

Stay in Touch with Cox Chevrolet

Don’t forget to stay in touch with Cox Chevrolet when you’re in the Bradenton area! We can set you up with some of the best road trip vehicles on the market and connect you with local events and Sarasota shopping destinations. Heading over to Palmetto next? Explore the best Palmetto restaurants before you head out!

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