I recently had a chance to learn more about the Bradenton/Anna Maria Island/Long Boat Key area on Florida’s Gulf Coast. I was super impressed all that the area has to offer. Thanks to the Bradenton Area CVB, not only did we have a fun day being pampered at a local nail salon but we had a chance to discover an area that many of us did not know a whole lot about!
Like many Atlantans, our family is familiar with 30A and the Emerald Coast along Florida’s panhandle. I have always been curious as to what lay beyond Panama City as you head down the coast towards Tampa and Naples. It is drivable from Atlanta or you can fly into Sarasota or Tampa nearby. I already know how much our family would love the area, so much so that I almost dont want to tell you about it. It is less crowded and commercialized than 30A and Panama City ~ its off the beaten path and unaffected by the world. Just our kind of place.
Talk about family things to do in the area besides hanging at the beach!
- South Florida Museum ~ planetarium, manatee aquarium, exhibits, educational programs
- De Soto National Memorial
- Florida Maritime Museum
- Legoland in Orlando (the Master Builder was at the event and is amazing!)
- Nathan Benderson Park
- State Parks and Preserves ~ Felts Audobon Preserve, Joan M Durante Community Park, Lake Manatee State Park, Myakka River State Park, Neal Preserve, Riverview Pointe Preserve, Rye Wilderness Park, Terra Ceia Preserve State Park, Robinson Preserve, Palmetto Historical Park, Manatee Village Historical Park, Gamble Plantation Historic State Park
- Manatee Performing Arts Center
Discover more about the area at BradentonGulfIslands.com as well as on (Facebook)and see if this destination vacation might be in your family’s future. Explore Paradise as the cover to the travel journal states! Visit Florida!
All opinions are my own. 2017. All photos are courtesy of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Center. Top left image: Coquina Beach.