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8 Fun Things to do in Bradenton for the Whole Family

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Spend quality time with those you love as you explore various fun things to do in Bradenton! From go-karting to visiting farms, UNATION’s here to help you discover the best of Bradenton with a list of 8 fun things to do with your whole family!

Explore Bradenton!

This charming Tampa Bay town lives right along Manatee River and holds a reputation for being the go-to family-friendly city in the bay! To explore more of Brandenton and all that it offers, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook @stufftodointampabay! Now, let’s discover some fun things to do in Bradenton!

Take the family on an outdoor stroll and enjoy the Bradenton Riverwalk under the shining Floridian sun! Stretching across 1.5 miles, the Bradenton Riverwalk provides a stunning path overlooking the Manatee River! The Riverwalk offers plenty of fun things to do in Bradenton for the whole family to relish, ranging from volleyball courts to a playground and splash pad area!

Other fun stops on the Riverwalk include the fishing pier, skate park, Mosaic Amphitheater, and the day dock! They even have an “outdoor living room,” providing a dedicated outdoor lounge space fitted with various cozy seating and hang-out spots!

Monday | 12:00am–11:59pm
Tuesday | 12:00am–11:59pm
Wednesday | 12:00am–11:59pm
Thursday | 12:00am–11:59pm
Friday | 12:00am–11:59pm
Saturday | 12:00am–11:59pm
Sunday | 12:00am–11:59pm

📍 452 3rd Ave. W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Learn and grow together as you explore the wonders of nature and science at the Bishop Museum! Uncover fossils, watch manatees underwater, discover Florida’s rich and diverse biodiversity, and travel through the universe inside a treehouse! The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature offers lots of fun things to explore!

Throughout the year, the museum also hosts limited special exhibitions, offering more opportunities to learn about various world mysteries! While you’re there, don’t forget to say hi to Janus, Iclyn, and Aria, Bishop’s rescued manatees!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 12:00pm–5:00pm

📍 201 10th St. W, Bradenton, FL 34205

For a one-stop-shop full of numerous fun things to do in Bradenton, head on over to Hunsader Farms! From September to early June, Hunsader opens its gates and offers countless activities to venture with your family! Plus, they make a great photoshoot location and host a bunch of seasonal events!

 Shop for fresh farm finds at Hunsader’s produce market! Refresh with a scoop of dessert from their ice cream shop! Meet and greet various adorable animals at their petting zoo! Scout for unique treasures at their antique barn! Fill your tum with a tasty treat from their eat shack! And head to the fields to pick out your own selection of farm-fresh veggies at their U-Pick Farms! Hunsader’s list of fun things to do in Bradenton goes on and on!

Monday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Saturday | 8:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–4:00pm

📍 5500 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL 34211

Hit the tracks and gain adrenaline paired with speed by go-karting at Andersen RacePark! Challenge one another to a race of agility, skill, and coordination as you battle it out in Birel N35 karts! This exhilarating activity takes place at an impressive outdoor course monitored by experts!

Even if you aren’t the next Lewis Hamilton F1 pro or the speediest of drivers, you’ll still find some fun out on the track! Of course, this activity is more suited for families with older children! But for those that can’t drive a kart, Andersen RacePark also offers an arcade and café to enjoy!  

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–8:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–8:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–8:00pm
Sunday | 12:00pm–5:00pm

📍 10101 U Hwy. 41 N, Palmetto, FL 34221

5. Build a Sandcastle

Next on our list of fun things to do in Bradenton, we’ve got a classic Florida favorite… heading to the beach! From building sandcastles and soaking in a healthy dose of vitamin c to swimming in salty waters, beaches offer a variety of enjoyable activities to relish!

Being on the coast, Bradenton lives near a bunch of different beaches to explore! You can find a lot of popular beach spots in Bradenton on Anna Maria Island!

Pack your binoculars, cameras, and field notebooks; we’re going bird watching! Felts Audubon Preserve stretches across 28-acres, providing a luscious home for various birds and creatures! Tour through the provided walkways and step into an actual bird paradise as you venture through the preserve!

Audubon houses about 194 documented birds, ranging from ducks to owls and cardinals. Like many fun things to do in Bradenton, bird watching at Audubon allows you to explore and learn more about this beautiful Tampa Bay city!

Monday | 5:45am–7:45pm
Tuesday | 5:45am–7:45pm
Wednesday | 5:45am–7:45pm
Thursday | 5:45am–7:45pm
Friday | 5:45am–7:45pm
Saturday | 5:45am–7:45pm
Sunday | 5:45am–7:45pm

📍 4600 24th Ave. E, Palmetto, FL 34221

In spring, watch the Pittsburgh Pirates practice their swing at LECOM Park! Since 1969, the Pirates have claimed LECOM park as their spring home. And what better place for pirates than Tampa Bay?

Follow the Pirates as they train and strengthen their skills by catching one of their training games in Bradenton! Follow along with their schedule and enjoy a fun activity for the whole family to partake in!

📍 1611 9th St. W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Sleuth and deduce as you test your skills at an escape room! Bond with your family as you solve puzzles, unearth mysteries, and unlock your way to freedom in just under an hour! Premier Escape Adventures offers one of the biggest escape room experiences in town, offering numerous fun things to do in Bradenton, all within a single room!

Transport yourselves to crime scenes, cursed pyramids, and Houdini’s secret study, among many more adventures! Escape rooms get everyone involved making them a fantastic family activity to share!

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 1:00pm–9:00pm
Wednesday | 1:00pm–9:00pm
Thursday | 1:00pm–9:00pm
Friday | 1:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday | 1:00pm–10:00pm
Sunday | 1:00pm–9:00pm

📍 7369 52nd Pl. E, Bradenton, FL 34203

Fun Things to Do in Bradenton & More!

Head on out for a family adventure as you tackle some of these 8 fun things to do in Bradenton! Explore, learn, and work together as you discover various highlights of Bradenton!

For more fun things to do in Tampa Bay, make sure to check out our other blogs on UNATION and follow us on social media! You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Youtube!  

Serafina Besecker

Serafina Besecker

Serafina is a blogger and author for the Stuff to Do in Tampa Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampa on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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