Forty years ago, the words Bradenton and Manatee County were pretty much synonymous. There wasn’t much happening in Manatee County outside of Bradenton. Today the City of Bradenton houses less than 15% of the total county population and over two thirds of the residents of Manatee County live in unincorporated areas of the county. Clearly Bradenton’s most popular attraction is the beach on Anna Maria Island. Two of the town’s biggest east/west arteries (Manatee Avenue and Cortez Road) take you from downtown Bradenton to the island with both terminating at the Gulf of Mexico, just blocks from a public beach.
However, there is much more to do in Bradenton that just go to the beach. If you like to boat, Bradenton offers some of the finest boating on any coast of Florida. The wide open waters of Tampa Bay are great for sailing or fishing. The adjacent bays and rivers offer some of the best back water sport fishing opportunities in the state. You have easy access to the Gulf of Mexico around the north end of Anna Maria Island or through Longboat Pass on the southern end of Anna Maria. The Manatee River will take you from some of the newest waterfront communities in the county near I-75 all the way to the Gulf. If cruising is your thing, you can head to Sarasota, Boca Grande, or the Captiva/Sanibel area and never leave the protection of the Intracoastal. You’ll pass dozens of waterfront restaurants,inviting beaches, and sandbars along the way. As you search Bradenton real estate for sale, you will notice numerous waterfront access alternatives including canal front, bay front, Intracoastal Waterway frontage, river frontage, and more.
Bradenton is also only minutes away from the Sarasota Bradenton Airport, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, The Asolo Repertory Theater, The Ringling Museum, The South Florida Museum, Selby Gardens, Jungle Gardens, and more.
The area is only an hour away from major professional sports franchises including the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Bucs, and Tampa Bay Rays. Most locations in Bradenton are only a 10 minute drive to the famous IMG Academies, including the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy and the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. The home of the Orlando Magic is less than 2 hours away, along with the other countless Orlando attractions. Finally, don’t forget major league baseball spring training – you are in the heart of it with the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton and the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, plus dozens of other teams within a short afternoon’s drive.
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