Historic Bradenton

Bradenton is one of the oldest and most charming historic neighborhoods in Florida.

Welcome to Historic Bradenton

A timeless, laid-back coastal neighborhood surrounded by scenic beachfront.


Historic Bradenton is a true hidden gem that’s one of the oldest and most charming historic neighborhoods in all of Florida. Founded in 1895, this gorgeous waterfront community lies on the banks of the Manatee River and is home to many lovely estates. You’ll find a unique architectural scene in the Historic Bradenton neighborhood, including homes and bungalows influenced by Spanish Revival, Mediterranean Revival, Craftsman, Colonial, Bohemian, and the Key West style. The Braden Castle Park Historic District is a designated U.S. Historic District.
With its prime location on the Gulf Coast, Historic Bradenton provides easy access to some of the most alluring beaches in the country. The community is home to the oldest operating fishing village of Cortez, right off Anna Maria Island. The neighborhood is a great place to call home, surrounded by burgeoning restaurants and a beautiful beachfront. It’s truly an elegant community full of wonder and prestige.

What to Love

  • Surrounded by freshwater and saltwater scenery
  • A bustling downtown and river district
  • Hometown vibes with a close-knit feel
  • A fantastic range of restaurants and bars
  • Plenty of parks, museums, and attractions along beaches


Local Lifestyle

If you’re looking for a timeless, laid-back, coastal vibe with extensive city amenities, Historic Bradenton is the place for you. Life in Historic Bradenton is filled with days on the sunny beach or river trips, strolls through gorgeous landscapes, and endless outdoor pursuits. The downtown and river districts are filled with lively shopping and dining venues ready to explore. Historic Bradenton is a hidden gem, so residents enjoy the neighborhood highlights with minimal disruption from tourists. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Historic Bradenton boasts endless opportunities to enjoy a night out and a fine meal. You will find your favorite German dishes along with live music at the Lucky Frog Restaurant. At Oak & Stone, you can enjoy a craft beer with delightful artisan pizza. Don’t miss Tiramisu Ristorante Italiano, where you will find homemade Italian cuisine that is sure to impress. Finally, don’t skip Ortygia for its authentic Sicilian dishes.
O’bricks Irish Pub & Martini Bar is not your typical Irish pub fare. It is a chef-driven restaurant where you will find Grilled Chicken Chevre along with traditional Shepherd’s Pie. Chateau 13 might become your new favorite place to enjoy a bottle of wine while snacking on a charcuterie board. They also have a sophisticated menu with delectable options, like the pan-seared Verlasso salmon with oven-dried tomatoes. 
Hand-crafted cocktails and fresh, casual food in a comfortable and fun environment are all on the table at Tom’s Bad Ass Bar & Grill. At Motorworks Brewing, you can bring the dog, play lawn games, and listen to live music while sampling a flight of their craft brews. Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille Bradenton is a fun spot to eat on the riverwalk. Another famed restaurant (and a favorite in the Bradenton area) is Anna Maria Oyster Bar. Try the tuna stack, Kaboom shrimp, or catch of the day.
You can start your day with a fine breakfast or grab a quick bite on-the-go at one of Historic Bradenton’s outstanding breakfast spots. The Sage Biscuit Café has an excellent selection of vegan and vegetarian options without skimping on comfort foods like biscuits and gravy. 
For pizza lovers, Vertoris Pizza House and Danny’s Pizzeria have plenty on their menus for you to try something new each time. From veggie to tropic BBQ to chicken pesto pizza and more, this is a meal you won’t soon forget.

Things to do

Bradenton is a fun community known as the birthplace of horse surfing, a water sport where your horse pulls you on a boogie board through the ocean. There are endless options for watersports in Historic Bradenton. Head to the Manatee River for an exciting day of boating, fishing, and kayaking. 
Bradenton is replete with events and festivities year-round. The Bradenton Blues Festival is a renowned celebration with a weekend of music from ten different blues bands. From great food to fun times, this is a musical event you don’t want to skip.
True to its namesake as a historic community, there are numerous museums to explore. The Desoto National Memorial marks a historic site in the National Park, and the Atlantic Coastline Railroad Depot is a historic railroad depot. The Manatee Village Historical Park showcases an original schoolhouse and courthouse as you take a trip back in time. Check out the planetarium, the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, and the famous manatee habitat at the South Florida Museum
The Bradenton Riverwalk is expanding to provide more areas to enjoy the magnificent sunset. Bradenton Pier also promises beautiful views while serving as a great fishing spot. The Palma Sola Botanical Park is a ten-acre oasis of rare fruit trees, lush tropical plants, lakes, and a kaleidoscope of butterflies.
Historic Bradenton has numerous options for those who enjoy the arts. The Manatee Performing Arts Theatre features comedy shows, musicals, ballet, and performances for children and adults alike. The ArtCenter Manatee hosts classes and workshops for children and adults to expand their artistic talents, and the Village of the Arts highlights impressive works from local artists. 


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