What to Do & Where to Stay in the Bradenton Area

top-25With a unique mix of arts, culture, heritage, and sports, Bradenton offers something for everyone—a farmers’ market, community events, cultural history museum, performing arts center, planetarium, historic Main Street, Riverwalk park, marina, aquarium, Major League Baseball, and a lively Village of the Arts.

Looking for a night out on the town? A delicious chef-inspired meal al fresco? A broadway show? Whether you’re staying for the day or a week, here’s a complete list of what you can do in downtown Bradenton during your visit!

We’re proud that Bradenton is ranked No. 2 of the top 25 small cities for the arts by American Style.

Sunday Blues Brunch


Sorry, the Blues Brunch is sold out.

End your blues weekend with a delicious Blues Brunch, hosted by Urology Partners.

Enjoy your leisurely Sunday morning with a southern-style buffet breakfast, complete with live music of Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones, from 10am–12pm.

The brunch requires a separate ticketed, with a cost of $30. Space is limited, so make sure you don’t miss this exclusive Bradenton Blues Fest event! Click here to purchase your tickets by November 18, 2016.

The Blues Brunch is at the Courtyard Bradenton Riverfront.

Courtyard by Marriott Bradenton Riverfront

The Courtyard Bradenton Riverfront is located on the Manatee River at the Riverwalk. Relax and enjoy the views of the lavishly landscaped courtyard, featuring fountains and a large swimming pool overlooking the river. The Courtyard offers upscale guest rooms, a swimming pool, fitness center, wi-fi, on-site cafe, and more.

The Courtyard Bradenton Riverfront is also the location of our Blues Brunch on Sunday, December 4, 2016. Rooms are available by calling (941) 747-3727 and indicating you are attending the Bradenton Blues Festival.

Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown Historic District

The brand new Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown Historic District is located steps away from the the South Florida Museum in the heart of downtown Bradenton – just a short walk to the Riverwalk and the festival site. This newly restored, 7 story Mediterranean revival style hotel boasts charming 1920′s décor,119 modern rooms and suites, complimentary breakfast, WI-FI, parking and a salt water outside heated pool. Maximize your weekend by staying one block away from Old Main Street, restaurants, nightlife, shops and the Pier.A multi-day stay will maximize your enjoyment of blues-related and cultural activities.

Book your room and through their website or by calling 1-800-HAMPTON using group code BBF.

The Londoner Bed & Breakfast

The Londoner Bed & Breakfast has six beautifully-decorated bedrooms named after different areas of London, featuring pillow-top mattresses and quality linens. This 1926 house is in the heart of Historic downtown Bradenton has recently undergone extensive refurbishment. Flat screen TVs, free wi-fi, gourmet breakfasts and delightful afternoon teas await you.

Twin Dolphin Marina

Nestled safely along the beautiful Manatee River, the marina is within walking distance of historic downtown and Old Main Street. The historic Bradenton Pier, centrally located within the marina, is host to the famed Pier 22 restaurant, patio, and ballroom, where you can enjoy fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere.