Manatee County is a beautiful and unique place with many diverse areas to visit. Our staff picked their top favorites from historic Bradenton to the up and coming Lakewood Ranch in hopes to show you new experiences that we all love as locals. Enjoy!
Favorite Business Lunch
With a widely varied menu, everyone is able to find something they’ll enjoy. The main dining area is cleverly separated from the noise of the patio and bar, and is a great place to go if you want a bit of quiet in a luxurious setting.
Favorite Waterfront Dining
The Waterfront Restaurant & Craft Bar
The name says it all – views of Egmont Key, Tampa Bay and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, mixed with craft cocktails like the lime-ginger-infused smoked margarita. Great date night idea, and enjoy the shops along Pine avenue afterward.
Favorite Animal Hospital
Animal Hospital at Lakewood Ranch
Top-notch medical staff, and willing to get you in quickly for emergencies. They even have boarding available when you’re traveling or need the extra care.
Favorite Dog Park
Happy Tails Dog Park
Everything you could possibly need is provided at this park. The shade, pavilion, and benches are a nice bonus, and there are separate areas for large and smaller dogs.
Favorite Park & Recreation
G.T. Bray Park
You won’t run out of things to do at this park, and there is something for everyone. Plenty of playground spaces for children, a BMX track, skate park, pool, baseball fields and more.
Favorite Children’s Attraction
The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature
Not surprisingly, the manatee tank and the planetarium are the most popular attraction at the museum. Lots of local Florida exhibits for the children to interact with and learn.
Favorite Golf Course
Waterlefe Golf & River Club
This is one of the nicest courses in Manatee County. It offers an outstanding layout with many interesting holes, and the staff is very friendly and accommodating.
Favorite Live Music Spot
The Habitat House Concerts
This place is very well run by the two gracious hosts and owners. It’s an intimate space and the perfect place to listen to and really appreciate live music.
Sirius Day Spa
An amazing concept with so many services in one location. Wonderful atmosphere with professional service, leaving you feeling luxurious. The real treat is the Serenity Lounge with massage chairs and guided meditation.
Zota Beach resort
Zota Beach Resort features modern architectural touches along with stylish accommodations and distinctive dining experiences that reflect the relaxed ambiance of Florida’s West Coast.