15 Hidden Treasures in the Bradenton Gulf Area

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Do you live in the Bradenton Gulf area and are looking for someplace new and off the beaten path? Maybe you’re trying to escape your normal routine for the day and want to venture to someplace different? Then check out this list of awesome places you can go in the area with family, friends, or just by yourself!

“Just at the Point” on Anna Maria Island

The northern point of Anna Maria island is a scenic spot with shallow waters, perfect for kids and those looking to find starfish and sand dollars! You may even spot some jellyfish, so be careful, but prepare yourself for the “best view in town.”

Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast

This historic property on the water is run by a sweet Belgium couple who moved to Bradenton in 1990. The property itself dates back to 1866 when Palmetto was founded by Samuel Sparks Lamb. Fun fact, the house was ordered from a catalogue at Sears & Roebuck House, and had to be put together like a toy! So, if you are looking for a weekend getaway close to home, Palmetto Riverside BNB is the perfect choice.

Tide Tables in Cortez, FL

Not only does this restaurant and marina boast some awesome food options, but the views are hard to beat as well! Cortez is a National Historic District that is known for fishing and great views. So while you are out there checking out the scene, make sure to stop by Tide Tables!

Pass-A-Grille Island & The Hurricane

Just a quick 30 minutes away from Bradenton, Pass-A-Grille island is definitely a hidden treasure in the area. While there, you can take in the island atmosphere and even catch a meal and drink on the rooftop bar at The Hurricane, which has a rich history in the area.

Live Music at Cork’s

Do you love live music? Then you’ve got to check out Cork’s Cigar Bar. They are centrally located in Bradenton and have a schedule of performers listed on their website, so be sure to check them out!

Joey D’s Chicago Style Eatery & Pizza

If you moved to Florida to retire from the Midwest, then you have to go to Joey D’s! Their Chicago-style food will make you feel right at home, with options such as Chicago-style pizza, hotdogs, and even cheesesteaks! Check out their full menu on the Joey D’s website.

Star Fish Company

On the hunt for some great stone crabs? Look no further than Star Fish Company. This seafood market and dockside restaurant is located in the historic fishing district in Cortez, and has a long history in the area as well, dating back to the 1920s! Check out their website to learn more about their market and menu.

Beach Bum Rentals on Anna Maria Island

Are you looking for a different way to see the sights of the island that doesn’t require a lot of walking? Have you thought about biking? Not only is biking great for your knees, but it’s an easy way of transportation around the island! Check out the Beach Bum website for more information.

Around the Bend Nature Tours

Offering birding tours and nature tours, Around the Bend is a great place to take the grandkids when they come and visit! There is so much to do at this great local company, and they provide all the tools your grandkids will need to explore the waters! Book tours and find out more information on their website.

Linger Lodge Campgrounds

Feel like doing something completely different and exotic? Well, here is your chance! This RV campground is a great place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine. They even have a restaurant, with a funky and unique atmosphere, making them standout from other places in the area! Find more details on the Linger Lodge website.

Joan M. Durante Park in Longboat Key

The perfect spot for a post-dinner stroll, Durante Park has premier access to some of Florida’s lush natural habitats and fascinating local animals. It also has a cute story behind it, as James Durante came to the area in the ‘90s and wanted to restore the surroundings and build a park in honor of his wife, Joan.

Bearadise Ranch

While this spot is definitely off the beaten path, hidden away in Myakka, this unique place will bring tons of memories! Located in a natural setting, Bearadise Ranch was established in 1926 to spread public awareness and educate locals about bear preservation. Learn more about these amazing animals and take some beautiful photographs while on the grounds!

Coquina Beach Café

Located on the south end of Anna Maria Island, this cozy spot is a great place to stop at when exploring the island. Not only can you grab a good meal, but you can also purchase T-shirts and souvenirs, and rent beach chairs and umbrellas! They also have a great drink menu. Check it out on the Coquina Beach Café website.

Hickory Hollow BBQ

This local spot serves up Eastern North Carolina-style barbeque in what used to be a 2-bedroom, 1-bath house which was bought by Robert and Donna James in 1984. Check out their menu and more on the Hickory Hollow website.

Sutton Park

This landmarked area is more than just a park, as it offers tours of local historic buildings, education sessions, interactive exhibits, and other fun events. It’s a great spot to bring the grandkids or enjoy for yourself! 

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