Summer Bucket List Part 2: 5 Must-Dos in Bradenton

Summer Bucket List Part 2: 5 Must-Dos in Bradenton

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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!

2. Eco-Tours

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.

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How You Can Stay Safe at the Bradenton Beaches

How You Can Stay Safe at the Bradenton Beaches

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How You Can Stay Safe at the Bradenton Beaches

With our state’s endless sunshine and beautiful beaches, it’s rare that you can have anything but a great day while vacationing here in Bradenton. Among collecting shark teeth to shelling and of course enjoying time in the water or on a boat, staying safe at Bradenton beaches is our top priority. Resource yourself and your loved ones with these tips for staying safe while on your vacation.

Protect yourself from the sun.

When you’re out enjoying the Bradenton beaches, this of course means you’re spending a lot of time in the sun. Make sure to regularly apply sunscreen every two hours. And if you’re taking a dip in the water, make sure to reapply it right away in order to protect your skin. If you’re going to be spending an extended time on the beach, particularly at midday when the sun is strongest, bring an umbrella, hat and sunglasses so that you can take a break from direct sun exposure.

Stay hydrated.

Staying hydrated with plenty of water is key to staying safe during your beach day. While you are surely well aware of this safety tip, it never hurts to be reminded because it is so vital when spending a full day in the sun. In addition, make sure to avoid alcoholic beverages.

Pay attention to the flags.

When you arrive at one of our Bradenton beaches, you’ll notice there will be raised flags to signal the current beach conditions. Flags can be a sign of a number of water conditions including harmful marine life (such as jellyfish) to high hazard and strong current conditions. Assess the flags before you make way to your spot to ensure the water’s safe for you and your little ones.

Be wary of rip currents.

Speaking of strong currents, rip currents are channels of water that can quickly pull you away from the shore. Even though a red flag should be raised to signal for rip currents, you can identify them when you see a change in the water color, rough channel conditions or breaks occurring in the waves. If you do find yourself in a rip current, make sure that you remain calm and swim with the current’s direction parallel to the shore, not against the current as this will just pull you out further.

Pay attention to poor weather.

Before you venture to the Bradenton beaches, check the weather report so that you can be aware of any storms or other severe weather. If you’re expecting stormy weather, it might be best to reschedule your beach day. If you find yourself already at the beach, and you hear thunder, immediately exit the water and vacate the beach while you wait out the storm by retreating indoors.

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3 Ideas for a Budget-Friendly Vacation Near Our Marina

3 Ideas for a Budget-Friendly Vacation Near Our Marina

3 Ideas for a Budget-Friendly Vacation Near Our Marina Riviera Dunes Marina

3 Ideas for a Budget-Friendly Vacation Near Our Marina

Whether you’re on spring break or visiting our lovely beaches for your annual vacation, you don’t have to break the bank. By now, you know that traveling expenses and food in and of themselves can take up the majority of your budget leaving you with the decision to exceed it or stay within your means. Staying within your budget doesn’t have to be boring! Here are plenty of fun things you can do here that are either free or affordable to make this a budget-friendly vacation for you and your family.

1. Head to the beach.

Visiting our local beaches should come as no surprise for spending your budget-friendly vacation here. Head to Longboat Key, Lido Key or Siesta Key in Sarasota or to the Coquina, Holmes or Bradenton beaches near our marina. Once your have all of your beach essentials, from your chairs to your towels and toys, pack your picnic for a no-sweat lunch and to get the most out of your beach day. Then, take a container with you because you’re sure to find all sorts of lovely shells you’ll want to take home. The best of all? Walk along the shore during sunset for breathtaking views—at no cost.

2. There’s plenty of indoor fun, too!

When you need to recover from a sunburn, the fun doesn’t stop when you head indoors. Hone in on your bowling skills at the local AMF in Bradenton where you can participate in bowling tournaments and have lunch in the food court. The kids can also play in the game room! Parkway 8 Cinema is another fabulous indoor option that’s especially great for your budget-friendly vacation. Set in an old-style theater, all of the movies will cost you no more than $2.50, and there are also affordable snacks at the concession stand. Make sure to bring cash since the theater is cash-only.

3. Choose your own adventure at the local parks and nature reserves.

The De Soto National Memorial is a must-see while here in Bradenton, and admission is also free. Surrounded by 26 acres, there are a variety of activities you can enjoy when visiting the park. From December through April, Camp Uzita has live history demonstrations every Thursday–Sunday. There’s also an on-site theater where you can view “Hernando de Soto in America” and learn more about the Hernando de Soto expedition. Other nearby nature areas include Emerson Point Reserve, Felts Audubon Preserve and Robinson Nature Preserve, where you can traverse the grounds via bike or foot! Some of the nature areas also offer launch areas for you to take out your kayak or paddle board.

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