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Three-Day Itinerary Around Bradenton: Exploring Tampa and Sarasota

5 Romantic Things to Do in Bradenton

Are you exploring exciting cities around Bradenton, Florida—specifically Tampa and Sarasota? Then this guide includes activities, concrete examples, and timing details to help you plan your days effectively.

Day 1: Adventure in Tampa

  • Morning (Travel Time: 1 hour from Bradenton): Start your day early by heading to Tampa. Once there, visit the famous Tampa Riverwalk. This beautiful waterfront path is perfect for a morning stroll, featuring scenic views of the Hillsborough River and downtown Tampa. Grab breakfast at Café Dufrain, an inviting spot right on the Riverwalk, offering hearty and healthy options.

  • Afternoon: After your walk, head over to The Florida Aquarium. Just a 10-minute drive from the Riverwalk, it’s one of the top aquariums in the country where you can see a variety of sea life and enjoy dolphin cruises. For lunch, try Sparkman Wharf, nearby, where you can sample food from various innovative eateries in a lively outdoor setting.

  • Evening: Conclude your day with a visit to Ybor City, Tampa’s historic neighborhood, known for its Cuban and Spanish roots. Just a 15-minute drive from the aquarium, you can explore its rich history and vibrant nightlife. Dine at Columbia Restaurant for authentic Spanish and Cuban cuisine and catch a live flamenco show (offered Tuesday through Saturday).

Day 2: Discover Sarasota

  • Morning (Travel Time: 30 minutes from Bradenton): Drive to Sarasota and begin your day at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. This urban oasis is a great place to appreciate tropical plants and serene bayfront scenery. Enjoy a light breakfast at their on-site café.

  • Afternoon: Next, explore the renowned Ringling Museum of Art, just a 10-minute drive from the gardens. The museum complex includes the state art museum of Florida, a historic mansion, and beautiful gardens. Grab a quick lunch at their Banyan Café.

  • Evening: Wrap up your day at St. Armands Circle, about a 20-minute drive from the Ringling. This chic shopping and dining district offers a variety of shops and restaurants. Have dinner at Shore, which features local seafood and American cuisine with a great view of the circle. Finish with a sunset walk along nearby Lido Beach.

Day 3: Beach and Nature in Bradenton

  • Morning: Spend your morning at Coquina Beach in Bradenton. It’s known for its gorgeous, uncrowded shoreline and is perfect for a relaxed morning. Have breakfast at the beachside café, or pack a picnic.

  • Afternoon: After the beach, visit the Robinson Preserve, just a 20-minute drive away. This 600-acre coastal preserve offers kayaking, paddleboarding, and nature trails. It's a great spot to connect with Florida’s natural environment.

  • Evening: End your trip with a visit to Anna Maria Island. Enjoy a scenic drive along the island, stop for some shopping on Pine Avenue, and dine at The Waterfront Restaurant on the north end of the island, known for its local cuisine and sunset views.

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  • OUTDOOR FUN - paddle boarding, kayaking, sunsets, boat tours... - click HERE

  • CITY VIBES - walk, do a game, rent a bike to explore the city on its own - click HERE

  • FAMILY & KIDS FUN - buschgardens, zoo, aquarium.. - click HERE

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This three-day itinerary provides a balanced mix of cultural, historical, and natural attractions, showcasing the best of Tampa, Sarasota, and Bradenton. Whether you’re exploring bustling city centers or relaxing on pristine beaches, this trip offers a memorable experience for all types of travelers.

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