Attractions are activities and events that are staples to the area and bring in visitors from all over. The IMG Academy brings in people from around the world to experience world class athletic instruction in multiple sports. McKechnie field hosts games through the MLB spring training as well as the AAA Marauders. Bradenton is home to the South Florida Museum which is one of the best Museums in the South. There are wonderful athletic fields, tennis courts, diving and swimming pools all found in the GT Bray Park. Riverwalk has one of the best Skateboard Parks anywhere. The attractions bring a tremendous value to Bradenton and its' residents.
McKechnie Field. Come experience spring training with our home team Pittsburgh Pirates. When training is over, route on the home team Bradenton Marauders, our AAA minor league ball club. Family fun in an incredible stadium where you feel like you are right in the action.
South Florida Museum. A great museum to spend a day, that has exhibits of Florida history and more, a planetarium and an aquarium holding the oldest captive manatee in the world.
Skatepark. Located on Riverwalk under the Green Bridge is a world class skateboard park where local skaters and pros exercise their skills and master their tricks during the day or under the lights right along the Manatee River. One of the most picturesque skate parks anywhere.
IMG Academy. A nationally recognized academy that combines education and athletics to produce incredible student athletes. Their world class athletic facilities also host exhibitions, like MLS soccer teams during their spring training.
GT Bray. This park provides sports activities for all ages and for nearly every sport you would want to play. Amenities include: baseball, tee ball, softball, basketball, football, and soccer fields. Olympic sized pool with a diving well with platforms, kiddie pool and flume slides. Horseshoe courts, fitness center, tennis and racquetball courts, playgrounds, and picnic areas. You can also rent one of seven pavilions, or use the amphitheater.
Manatee Village Historical Park. A collection of restored historic buildings displaying a time gone by. It is a great place to come explore and experience local history up and close.
Riverwalk. Opened October 2012, it features a mile long walkway, and offers so much more. Along the banks of the Manatee River there is plenty to see and do including; a fishing pier, boat docks, beach volleyball courts, world class skatepark, playground, amphitheater, outdoor living rooms to relax and enjoy the scenery, memorials, botanical walk, art, a great lawn for playing, beach volleyball courts, kayak launch, and a discovery zone. Throughout the year there are concerts, festivals, movies, educational events, yoga, crafts, youth theater, exercise and community connecting activities.
Lewis Park. A friendly city park in the river district neighborhood with a meandering bubbling creek running through the middle? It has two playgrounds, gazebos, picnic tables, walking trail and a large ball field. It sees many family events including birthday parties.
Robinson Preserve. Not many communities have been blessed with a park like this. 487 acres of coastal and wetland habitats along the Manatee River. You can enjoy the miles of biking and hiking trails, fantastic kayaking waters, fishing, bird watching, and a playground for the little ones.
De Soto National Park. 27 acres along the Manatee River commemorating the landing of Hernando De Soto in 1539 and the local native Americans. There are exhibitions as well as a movie about the conquistadors and beautiful walking trails along the river and among the mangroves.
Palma Sola Botanical Park. 10 acre park dedicated to the appreciation of natural landscaping and environmental education. There are walking paths and a playground among the beautiful plantings that include fruit trees, plumeria and an array of local plantings. There is also a pavilion available for rent for parties and weddings.