Summer Bucket List Part 2: 5 Must-Dos in Bradenton
Summer officially starts tomorrow! In this second installment of our summer bucket list, we’re going to dive into all of the must-dos in Bradenton! Brimming with a wealth of water activities, historic attractions, art and, of course, beaches, you can see it can be difficult to narrow down the must-dos in Bradenton. Here are the top five things to do when you’re in Bradenton, FL this summer!
1. TreeUmph! Adventure Course
Looking for some fun in the treetops of Bradenton? Swing through the trees then traverse suspended logs and wobbly footbridges and more at TreeUmph! Adventure Course. TreeUmph! is easily one of the top must-dos in Bradenton because it’s a unique way to both have fun and sightsee from great heights at the same time! The best part about their adventure courses is that all skill levels are welcome. Courses vary from easy to moderate and challenging to difficult. There’s even an “extremely exciting” course called ‘Summit’ if you really want to test your climbing skills!
If you’re looking for one of the more tranquil must-dos in Bradenton, look to the many eco-tours offered here. At Palma Sola Botanical Park, walk among 10 acres of paths lined with shells and exotic fruit, and admire the gardens as you take in the lake scenery. Then you can take a pause and enjoy lunch beneath the screened pavilion! And if you have your furry family members with you, they’re welcome as long as they are leashed. Also in Bradenton, Robinson Nature Reserve offers over 450 acres of lush nature where you can kayak, hike, bike and fish! Make sure to take a peek from the observation tower for an unforgettable view of Bradenton.
3. Bradenton Riverwalk
It’s not a visit to Bradenton unless you walk along the 1.5-mile Riverwalk overlooking the Manatee River! In addition to the river views, public art abounds on the Riverwalk. From sound sculptures to handmade ceramic tiles and murals among the 19 pieces of art, you’ll be able to get a taste of Bradenton history through the artwork of our local artists.
4. LECOM Park
Did you know that Bradenton is the destination for its own minor league baseball team and the spring training location for a Major League Baseball team? That’s right! Bradenton’s LECOM Park is where you can catch the Pittsburgh Pirates training in the spring and the Bradenton Marauders playing in the summer. Plus, there are some great weekly specials at the ballpark that you don’t want to miss, such as the Tampa Bay Times Family Pack where you get a special ticket and meal deal for just $16. Just make sure to check the Thursday Weekend paper for the coupon! And if you come on Saturdays, there’s always a firework show!
5. The Beaches
Of course Bradenton’s own beaches are reason enough to visit! From Anna Maria Beach to Coquina Beach, Bradenton’s beaches are lush with white sand and captivating views of the water for you to kick back and enjoy all summer long.