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Bradenton is a city located in Manatee County, in the U.S. state of Florida. It is situated 45 miles south of Tampa and 13 miles north of Sarasota. The city is bordered by the Manatee River and the Intracoastal Waterway. The Intracoastal separates Bradenton from the outer barrier islands of Anna Maria and Longboat Key.
One of the major employers in Bradenton is Tropicana Products, which is owned by PepsiCo. Other headquartered companies include Champs Sports, a nationwide sports-apparel chain, and department store chain Bealls. Tourism is important to the area, as is real estate development. Bradenton also serves as a commuter city for Sarasota and Tampa. There are many opportunities for executive suites in the area.
Entertainment And Dining Out
There are many things to do in Bradenton and the surrounding area. Going to the beach is popular, as there are more than 20 miles of beaches stretching out from the immediate city. An interesting sector of the town is the Village of the Arts. This renovated neighborhood is a mixture of studios, galleries, small restaurants, and other small businesses that has been zoned to allow residents to live and work in their homes. The Village of the Arts hosts ‘First Fridays’ on the first Friday of every month, this is a sort of mini-festival or gallery walk. The South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium, and Parker Manatee Aquarium is a single-stop attraction that is located in downtown Bradenton on the Manatee River. The combination offers information on Florida history, and the sea creatures and stars in Florida. Dining options in Bradenton include Fav’s Italian Cucina, Robin’s Downtown Café, Ezra Café, and Thai Lotus Restaurant. Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside is a friendly seafood restaurant that serves the freshest oysters and is very popular with the locals.
The nearest major airport is Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Featuring international and domestic flights from Sarasota, this airport is 8 miles from the city center. Manatee County Area Transit serves Bradenton and others cities along the coast.