Welcome to Bradenton, Sarasota & The Gulf Islands

Things to Do

Whether it’s a trip for families, couples, single travelers or a group of friends, Bradenton, Sarasota and the Gulf Islands provide the perfect destination thanks to our incredible diversity that ensures an unforgettable vacation filled with unique experiences for every visitor. For instance, if thrill-seeking is your style, you won’t be able to get enough of our theme parks, water parks and attractions, but there’s a lot more for you to discover, including diverse dining, enriching arts & culture, shopping districts of all kinds, ecotourism and natural Florida fun. So, get out and explore it all — there’s no wrong way to experience Bradenton, Sarasota, and the Gulf Islands, and nearby Tampa and Orlando!


As downtown Bradenton’s showpiece, the Riverwalk is the outdoor gathering place. Overlooking the Manatee River, the Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile, ADA-accessible park spanning downtown with many features.

Parks & Nature Trails

Manatee & Sarasota parks & preserves offer a variety of trail experiences.  Observe plants & animals on our nature trails for pedestrians & others include horse riding or bicycling.

Spas & Salons

Experience authentic island style relaxation & stress relief with deluxe island spa services. Trade the ever-so-typical spa and salon settings for the serene island environment.


Enjoy a little retail therapy with your vacation to Florida’s Gulf Coast. Stroll, shop and eat in historic districts and chic shopping malls throughout the area.

Village Of The Arts

The Village of the Arts is an eclectic live-work community made up of colorful historic cottages that house everything from award-winning restaurants to specialty shops, studios, healing arts, bakeries and Bradenton’s best art galleries.

Golf & Tennis

Bradenton, Sarasota, and the Gulf Islands include outstanding and award-winning complexes that include a variety of lessons, clinics, and open play.

Movies & Theaters

Dinner & Show theaters, Film festivals, live comedy shows and artistic performances. There’s more to our Movies & Theaters than meets the eye.

Tampa Attractions & Theme Parks

From food festivals & live music to seasonal favorites like Howl-O-Scream & Christmas Town, Tampa has exciting events everyone will love.

Kids Activities

Our region offers lots of adventures & attractions that are specially designed for kids. From natural wonders to artistic exploration, there are a wide variety of local ways to keep the kids in your life entertained & engaged.

Art Galleries & Museums

Art in the region is not just found on museum walls or artist colony tours, but also in our rich collection of art galleries all around the destination.

Entertainment & Night Clubs

The area’s bars & restaurants present numerous options for an exciting night on the town. Enjoy the wide array of nightlife from bars in our downtown districts to the beach bars & more.

Orlando Attractions & Theme Parks

The world famous theme parks of Florida are legendary, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Seaword Parks & Resort…. The list goes on.