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Does Bradenton have a "downtown" area such as is in Sarasota?  Just moved here and
am looking for interesting shopping area to take visitor.  Also a popular eating seafood
eating place.  Thank you

Bradenton does have a nice downtown area. Although, it isn't as large as Sarasota's. I believe
there are 2 or 3 shops down there, so I don't know if that would be the best place to take your
visitor shopping. I believe they are nice art and trinket shops. Try visiting Memory Lane. The
owner does excellent framing and at a cheap price. On Saturday mornings they have a farmer's
market in downtown Bradenton. They close off Main Street (12th Ave.) and that may be the time
to take your friend shopping. I believe it starts at 8:00 AM and stops at 12:00 PM.
There are many seafood restaurants in our area. My personal favorite is the Sandbar. Here is
their website: http://www.sandbar-restaurant.com. The other two restaurants are wonderful too. I
love Mar-Vista as well. (A link to that restaurant is on the link). If you will be in downtown
Bradenton and would like great seafood, try the Twin Dolphin Marina. Here is their website: http:
//www.twindolphingrill.com/. There is also a nice museum in downtown Bradenton. It's called the
South Florida Museum. Here is thier website: http://www.southfloridamuseum.org/.
Good luck and welcome to our beautiful area,

Where is Bradenton located?

Bradenton is located on the west coast of Florida just under Tampa Bay. Bradenton is just one of
the cities located in Manatee County. There is also Palmetto, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Cortez
and Longboat Key. We are located an hour south of Tampa and you can arrive here either by
car or fly in Tampa International Airport (1 hour drive south) or Sarasota International Airport
(20 minutes drive north).


What are some of  Bradenton's attractions and reasons to visit?

We are very proud to boast that we have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world here in
Manatee County. White powder sand and sunshine all year! Our temperatures average from 50
degrees to 90 degrees throughout the year.  In the summer we have afternoon showers and in the
winter itís sunny blue skies.
In Manatee County we have over 20 world class championship golf courses, wonderful local
owned restaurants, fishing at your doorstep, local world renowned artists, theatres and great
shopping.  Tourists love Bradenton for the small town feel and the beautiful beaches.


Could you please give information on area lakes to fish in Manatee Co. or surrounding
Counties?

There are several fresh water fishing spots around here. A couple of them are the Manatee River
and Myakka State Park. Both of them are accessible from SR 70. When you get here, ask a
local. I'm sure they'll point you to their favorite "fishin' hole".  :-) We love to tell our fishing stories.
I really don't fish in Sarasota County although my stepfather goes to APEK off Cattlemen Road
in Sarasota. I'm not sure of the spelling on that one. If you like fishing, you should try a great
restaurant out in the woods on the Manatee River called Linger Lodge. It's also a fish camp, so
you could fish there as well. Take SR 70 to Linger Lodge Road. Head South and follow the
signs. There's also a boat ramp there.

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