Bradenton

History

The City of Bradenton is the seat of Manatee County, Florida.

The earliest human settlement in Bradenton dates back thousands of years ago before Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto arrived at Shaw’s Point to search for El Dorado. The city was named after Dr. Joseph Braden, a sugarcane planter who settled in Bradenton in early 1850s.
During the frequent Native American attacks, Braden’s house and sugar mill served as fortress for settlers in the area.

In 1903, the town was incorporated and named Bradentown, but changed to City of Bradenton in 1943 when the cities of Manatee and Bradentown merged.

Today, Bradenton is a prime destination for water adventures and golfers.

Getting There

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is the closest airport to reach Bradenton.

Bradenton is accessible by car via I-75.

If driving from the south:

• Take I-75 to Exit 220B West until you reach downtown Bradenton

If driving from the North:

• Take I-75 southwards to Exit 220.
• Turn West to reach downtown Bradenton

Weather

Bradenton features a subtropical climate with hot summer and sunny winter.

Summer season is hot and humid with average highs in 80s°F and 90s°F. July is the warmest month of the month while January is the coldest month. Heavy precipitation starts in August with 9.43 inches of rainfall on average.

Locals in Bradenton enjoys year round sunshine even during winter. On average, Bradenton’s annual average precipitation is 54.12 inches.

What to Wear

For beach and daytime activities:

• flip flops
• shorts
• tank top
• slim sneakers
• t-shirt
• swimwear
• swimsuit cover up

Golfing, fine dining & upscale bars:

• dress
• strappy sandals
• long pants
• collared shirt
• close shoes

Night time temperature is unpredictable and sometimes can be chilly, so wear lightweight jacket or sweater.

Fishing

The year round warm weather and bodies of water surrounding Bradenton area make it an ideal place for sports fishing. Lined with pristine beaches, river and natural preserves, fishing in Bradenton is throughout the year.

Fishing in Bradenton vary depending on the water condition, type of fish to catch and season. Specific fish species are available year-round while some are abundant on a particular month or season. Moreover, an array of fishing types and techniques are used to suit every angling skills.

There are numerous fishing charters available providing professional services for novice anglers. Even experienced anglers who are new to Bradenton can hire these charters for fishing trips to the best fishing locations in and nearby.

Fishing provides ultimate fun under the sun while chasing some of the world’s sought after sports fishes. In addition, it is an excellent way to bond with the family without spending too much. In Bradenton, there are several natural parks with fishing facilities and fishing piers requiring minimal fee or free for all fishing enthusiasts.

Fishing in Bradenton allows you to catch:

• Red Snapper
• Cobia
• Spanish Mackerel
• Shark
• Barracuda
• Goliath Grouper
• Trigger Fish
• Permit
• Snook
• Tarpon
• Kingfish
• Trout
• Triple Tail
• Ladyfish
• Bluefish
• Jack Crevalle
• Flounder
• Pompano

Fishing Piers, Bridge and Natural Preserves:

• South Skyway Fishing Pier
• Lake Manatee State Park
• Bradenton Memorial Pier
• Jigg’s Landing
• Longboat Pass Bridge
• Bradenton Beach Historical Bridge Street Pier
• Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge
• Emerson Point Preserve
• Leffis Key
• Mykka River State Park

BEST MONTHS TO FISH

See what’s biting in Bradenton

January – Grouper & Hogfish

February – Cobia, Grouper & Hogfish

March – Cobia, Grouper, Hogfish, King Mackerel, Sea Bass & Shark

April – Cobia, Grouper, Hogfish, King Mackerel, Sea Bass & Shark

May – Barracuda, Dolphin, Grouper, Hogfish, Red Snapper, Sailfish, Sea Bass & Shark

June – Barracuda, Dolphin, Grouper, Hogfish, Red Snapper, Sailfish, Sea Bass, Shark & Wahoo

July – Amberjack, Barracuda, Dolphin, Grouper, Hogfish, Red Snapper, Sailfish, Sea Bass, Shark & Wahoo

August – Amberjack, Barracuda, Dolphin, Grouper, Hogfish, King Mackerel, Sailfish, Sea Bass & Shark

September – Amberjack, Grouper, Hogfish, King Mackerel, Sailfish, Sea Bass & Shark

October – Amberjack, Grouper, Hogfish, Sea Bass & Shark

November – Grouper, Hogfish & Sea Bass

December – Grouper & Hogfish

WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR WHEN FISHING

• Appropriate clothing (for summer and winter months)
• Hat
• Sunglasses
• Boat shoes
• Rain gear (just in case)
• Food & Snacks
• Drinks
• Sunscreen
• Camera

Attractions and Activities

Bradenton has something for every taste and interest whether you like shopping, food, sun and beach fun, history, arts and park adventures. This tropical paradise offers unlimited fun activities and attractions for young and adults.

Activities:

• Swimming
• Kayaking
• Jet skiing
• Water skiing
• Boating
• Sailing
• Snorkeling
• Kite boarding
• Diving
• Canoeing
• Kite surfing
• Parasailing
• Diving
• Hiking
• Shopping
• Walking
• Jogging
• State Park visit
• Boat tours

Attractions:

• De Soto National Memorial
• Village of the Arts
• Art Center Manatte
• South Florida Museum
• Palma Sola Botanical Park
• Robinson Preserve
• Mixon Fruit Farms
• Rosa Fiorellli Winery & Vineyard
• McKechnie Field
• Manatee Players Theatre
• Links at Greenfied Plantation
• Lake Manatee State Park

Where to Stay

Courtyard Bradenton Sarasota Riverfront Hotel
Address: 100 Riverfront Dr. West Bradenton, FL 34205
For more information, visit this link:
http://www.lodging.worldweb.com/4-198101-Courtyard_Bradenton_Sarasota_Riverfront.html

Country Inn & Suites Bradenton
Address: 5610 Manor Hill Lane Bradenton, FL 34203
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.countryinns.com/bradenton-hotel-fl-34203/flbradnt

Best Western Plus Manatee Hotel
Address: 2215 Cortez Road West Bradenton, FL 34207-1245
For more information, visit this link:
http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/FL/Bradenton-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-PLUS-Manatee-Hotel/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=10365

Bradenton Econo Lodge
Address: 607 67th Street Circle East, Bradenton, FL 34208
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.bradentoneconolodge.com/

Shorewalk Vacation Villas
Address: 4601 46th Street Court West, Bradenton, FL 34210
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.shorewalk.com/

The Londonder Bed & Breakfast
Address: 304 15th Street West Bradenton, Florida 34205
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.thelondonerinn.com/

Days Inn Bradenton – Near the Gulf
Address: 3506 1St Street West Bradenton, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.daysinn.com/DaysInn/control/Booking/property_info?propertyId=06485

Super 8 Bradenton Sarasota Area
Address: 6516 14th Street West Bradenton, FL 34207
For more information, visit this link:
http://www.super8.com/Super8/control/Booking/property_info?propertyId=06881&corporateCode=1000005339&iataNumber=00026946

Wingate By Wyndham Bradenton – Lakewood Ranch
Address: 5464 Lena Road Bradenton, FL 34211
For more information, visit this link:
http://www.wingatehotels.com/Wingate/control/Booking/property_info?propertyId=19143

Siesta Inn & Suites
Address: 2303 1st St. East, Bradenton, FL 34208
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.siestainnandsuitesbradenton.com/

Where to Eat

Bonefish Grill
Address: 7456 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, FL 34210
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.bonefishgrill.com/locator/details/bradenton-florida/

Fav’s Italian Cucina
Address: 419 12th Street West, Bradenton, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://favsitaliancucina.com/Welcome_to_Favs.html

Miller’s Dutch Kitchen
Address: 3401 14th Street West, Bradenton, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.millersdutchkitchen.com/

Outback Steakhouse
Address: 4402 W. Cortez Road, Bradenton, FL
For more information, visit this link:
http://www.outback.com/restaurant/locations/FL/Bradenton/Bradenton-Cortez/Index.aspx

Red Lobster
Address: 5711 14th Street West, Bradenton, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.redlobster.com/

Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Address: 2106 Cortez West, Bradenton, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.carrabbas.com/restaurant/locations/AZ/Gilbert/Gilbert/Index.aspx?utm_source=Goo&utm_medium=maplistings&utm_campaign=localmaps

Beach House
Address: 200 Gulf Drive North • Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
For more information, visit their website:
http://beachhouse.groupersandwich.com/

The Sun House
Address: 111 Gulf Drive S. Bradenton Beach, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.thesunhouserestaurant.com/

Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki
Address: 900 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, FL
For more information, visit their website:
http://www.gulfdrivetiki.com/index.html

Beck’s Cool Beans Restaurant
Address: 611 Manatee Ave East Bradenton, FL 34208
For more information, visit their website:
http://coolbeansstore.com/

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