Tourism & Beaches 2017-12-13T18:48:55+00:00


The Bradenton Area attracted more than 3,098,200 visitors in 2016, for an estimated economic impact exceeding $1.1 billion. Visitors come for the white-sand beaches, the variety of accommodations, recreational opportunities, arts and culture, and the activities provided by a rapidly growing sports tourism industry. For unique experiences, tour Gamble Plantation Historic Park, which features the only surviving plantation house in South Florida. Hermann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions in Myakka City perform every season for visitors. For a taste of old Florida, visit Cortez Historic Fishing Village.

But beaches remain the main attraction, and the Bradenton area boasts 27 miles of coastline and plenty of public access. At the northern tip of Anna Maria, with a view of the Skyway Bridge and Egmont Key, is Anna Maria Bayfront Park.   Further south are the white-sand beaches of Manatee Beach ParkCoquina Bayside ParkCoquina Gulfside Park, and the dog-friendly beach at Palma Sola Causeway Park. For a complete list of beaches and parks, click here.

Sports tourism is becoming a huge industry in the Bradenton area with many professional, amateur and recreational activities, including rowing, soccer, tennis, swimming, golf and polo. Visitors will find rowing at the new world-class rowing facility at Nathan Benderson Park; competitive soccer, lacrosse and Ultimate Frisbee at Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch; baseball at Pirate City; skating and hockey at Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex; and tennis, golf and more at IMG Academy. For information on sporting events, venues and activities, visit the Bradenton Area Sports Commission.

Bradenton Area’s Coquina Beach a “Superstar” for Water Quality

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has named Coquina Beach one of 35 superstar beaches in the United States after several years of stellar water quality results.

The news comes from NRDC’s annual report card of nearly 3,500 beach testing locations in the U.S.