Located just south of Tampa Bay, the area that now encompasses the City of Bradenton was discovered in 1539 by Hernando DeSoto. Today, it is known as "The Friendly City" where you’ll discover a picturesque downtown on the Manatee River, beautiful parks, and a lively arts and music scene. ... more. Well known as the spring training site for the Pittsburgh Pirates and home to the internationally-famous Nick Bollitieri Tennis Academy, IMG Academy, Bradenton is newly renowned for its burgeoning arts scene. The Manatee Players boasts a three-year record of first-place wins within the Florida Theater Conference and the Southeastern Theater Conference competitions. In addition, the theater holds the first-place title from the American Association of Community Theater competition. Other noteworthy attractions include its new riverfront park, Riverwalk; the Village of the Arts; DeSoto National Memorial; and The South Florida Museum, home to Snooty, the oldest living manatee in the world.
Residential and recreational opportunities abound throughout the city. From charming Old Florida bungalows to magnificent waterfront estates and new luxury condominiums, Bradenton is filled with every sort of lifestyle possibility.