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9 Unique Date Ideas in Bradenton

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Hey Bradenton couples, are you stuck in a rut when it comes to coming up with new date ideas?? It can be tough coming up with something unique to do with your babe, so we’ve come up with some awesome out of the box ideas for how to spend the day or night! 

There is something for every couple, from the adventure-seekers, to those who love life’s simpler pleasures. Scroll down for some awesome ideas for your next date!

Downtown Bradenton is so beautiful, why not spend a day taking in the sights and sounds?! Walk along the water to check out some sea life, grab a bite at one of the many delicious restaurants, pop in a boutique for some shopping, and spend some quality time with your love! 

It’s easier than ever to explore Bradenton on a date, with Walk Bradenton, an interactive website that shows you all of the restaurants, shops, and landmarks throughout Downtown Bradenton! Take a look ahead of time to plan out your date, or just start walking and see where you end up!

Head to Old Main St in Bradenton on Saturday mornings to check out the Downtown Bradenton Public Market! The market is filled with over 40 local vendors who have food, fresh produce, handmade art, and other cool treasures for you to peruse! 

The market is open from October through May. Parking is free, leashed dogs are welcome, and there is usually live music and performances going on! Grab some new knickknacks, or save some money by just strolling and window shopping! 

Sat | 9AM – 2PM

📍Old Main Street400 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Motorworks Brewing Beer Garden has more than just great locally brewed beers, they also have awesome events – like their movie nights! Their events are always dog and kid friendly, and draw a huge crowd! 

No need to bring your own seating, there are plenty of places to kick back for the movie there. Check out their Facebook page to see what movies are coming up. Fun fact – they encourage you to dress up for the theme of the movie… how cute!

📍 1014 9th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Want to pretend you’re in a Nicholas Sparks novel? Grab your honey for a romantic date, and go horseback riding at the beach! C Ponies offers beachfront horseback riding where you’ll get to trot along the sandy shore and even get into the beautiful water at Palm Sola Causeway Park. 

Their Sunset Platinum Excursion is the perfect elevated date night. Take your honey on this once in a lifetime experience as the sun sets over the water. As if the majestic horses aren’t enough, there’s even a chance you’ll pass by manatees, sting rays, and dolphins! C Ponies will even take photos that you’ll have the option to purchase so that you can remember this date forever. Book now, dates are selling out quickly!

📍8400 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209

Bradenton is home to some seriously stunning nature and wildlife! Whether you want to kayak, paddleboard, go bird watching, or just stroll down a path hand-in-hand, there are beautiful nature preserves that would make the perfect day-date! 

Robinson Preserve has a new expansion that is finally open! Check out the stunning new walkways, bridges, and trails, and pop into the beautiful and brand new Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology. 

Palma Sola Botanical Garden has some of the most beautiful flowers in the state of Florida blooming throughout the year! Take a look at their website to see what’s in season, maybe make it a fun competition to see who can identify the most!

Perico and Neal Preserve are also great places to take a stroll on a peaceful trail and enjoy some gorgeous scenery! Sometimes the simple dates are the ones that mean the most!

📍 1704 99th St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209

📍9800 17th Ave NW, Bradenton, FL 34209

📍11700 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209

📍12301 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209

 
 
 
 
 

If you and your significant other are into the arts, then take them to go see a show in Bradenton! The Manatee Performing Arts Center always has upcoming shows and events. 

You can see Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella throughout the month of December, or catch some Holiday Songs and Fables produced by the Powel Crosley Theater. Get season tickets so you can go to all the shows they put on and have great date ideas all year long!

📍 502 3rd Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Take your love to new heights, at TreeUmph ropes course! This is the perfect date idea for the adventurous couple, and a great unique and different way to spend the day! 

You’ll navigate your way through various ropes courses in Bradenton, hanging out high in the treetops! This is a great way to show how much you trust and encourage your partner, as some of the course will definitely have you nervous! Don’t worry – there are also some courses that are perfect for beginners! 

📍 21805 State Road 70 E, Bradenton, FL 34202

Friday10AM–1PM
Saturday8AM–2:30PM
Sunday8AM–2:30PM
Monday10AM–1PM
Tuesday10AM–1PM
Wednesday10AM–1PM
Thursday10AM–1PM

For our competitive couples, challenge your partner to a round of mini golf at Smugglers Cove! here you’ll find cool pirate décor, challenging holes, and even a live alligator habitat! Games are only $15.99 per golfer, and you can even grab an alcoholic drink here!

📍 2000 Cortez Road West Bradenton, FL 34207

Friday9AM–11PM
Saturday9AM–11PM
Sunday9AM–11PM
Monday9AM–11PM
Tuesday9AM–11PM
Wednesday9AM–11PM
Thursday9AM–11PM

Want to test your skills (and also maybe your relationship)?! Head to Premiere Escape Adventures in Bradenton to try out one of the best and largest Escape Rooms in Florida! 

This is the perfect way to see how well you can communicate and work together. Plus, it’s a fun an unique date that you won’t forget anytime soon! There are 4 games to choose from – Murder on the Manatee, The Curse, Houdini’s Book of Secrets, and Date Night Disaster. (Okay… maybe stay away from that last one!) There’s even a fun holiday game right now – Crisis at the North Pole! 

📍 7369 52nd Pl E, Bradenton, FL 34203

Friday1–10PM
Saturday1–10PM
Sunday1–9PM
MondayClosed
Tuesday1–9PM
Wednesday1–9PM
Thursday1–9PM

Grab your honey and gear up for a fun and unique date night in Bradenton that neither of you will forget anytime soon! Make sure to download  the UNATION app for more fun things to do in the Tampa Bay area!

Morgan Lash

Morgan Lash

Morgan Lash has lived in the Tampa Bay area for 4 years. She's a frequent contributor on News Channel 8, and a former host with 970 WFLA and US 103.5. In her free time, she likes heading to the beach, hitting up happy hour, and taking her dog around downtown St. Pete!

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