DREAMSCAPES Spring/Summer /2018
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Writer: Roberta Sandler

Looking for old-fashioned Florida?

Located between Sarasota and Tampa on Florida’s southwest coast, Bradenton is just a bridge away from Manatee County’s popular barrier islands of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island.

Step Back in Time

This happy haven for art enthusiasts, history buffs and shopaholics offers an enjoyable break from the beaches. Old Main Street features a vibrant downtown thoroughfare filled with restaurants, bars, shops and celebrations where you can enjoy live music, libations and nightlife. On Saturday mornings, visit the Farmers’ Market for a taste of locally-grown foods. At Village of the Arts, you’ll find a charming community of 1920- and 1930-era cottages, which serve as homes, galleries and studios for 35 talented local artists.

Slip into yesteryear at Manatee Village Historical Park, where restored buildings reflect the county’s pioneer era. Go further back in time at De Soto National Memorial, commemorating conquistador Hernando de Soto’s landing in the area in 1539.

Playful Venues

Bradenton is home to playful Snooty the Manatee. At age 63, he’s the oldest living manatee in captivity and makes his home in the South Florida Museum.

Take a thrilling virtual journey through the universe at Bradenton’s Bishop Planet-arium (also at the South Florida Museum) or ply the obstacle course at People at Play: The Heavy Equipment Experience. Later, wind down with free vineyard tours and wine tastings at Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery.

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