Bradenton has a large selection of golf courses in the area. Keep in mind if staying on the island you are limited to the number of courses readily available without a drive to the mainland. See available courses here at Golflink.com
A license is required to fish in Florida although charters do not require a license. Otherwise a license is required for anyone over 16 years of age, but you can't miss fishing here. Watch for a list of charters.
The food is fabulous and there are many award winning restaurants available. Whether seafood or not you won't have a problem deciding where to eat.
Baseball is a year long sport in Florida and if you want some great professional baseball come and see the Tampa Bay Rays. It's only about a 30 minute ride to St Petersburg.
Tampa has one of the best stadiums in the league. About a 45 minute ride to the stadium.
If you like hockey we have that too, and a great NHL team. We missed the Stanley Cup by that much this year and won it and 2004. So if want to cool of take in a game at a great arena in Tampa. About a 45 minute ride.
Of course it would not be complete without mentioning Disney World, Universal Studio, Legoland, Sea World and Busch Gardens not to mention a bunch of smaller parks. Bush Gardens is about 45 minutes and the Orlando area which has all the large theme parks, is about 90 minutes.
Lakewood Ranch is a master planned community complete with hospitals, golf courses, parks, theaters, schools and colleges. A very unique place to live, work and play. You might run in to a famous celebrity or athlete playing golf or tennis. Easy access to Tampa and St Petersburg via I-75.
A beautiful new community off of SR64 part of Lakewood Ranch. Developed by Neal Communities a very popular quality developer in the area. $200s - $500s
Neighborhood built on the Manatee River. Golf courses fishing, boating, tennis are avaialble in this riverfront community. Developed by WCI Communities another well established developer in the area. $300s - $700s
River Wilderness is a more secluded area of the county located north side of the Manatee River in Parrish. A golf and tennis community. Access to the Manatee river is available.
Legends Bay is a new exclusive community on Sarasota Bay in southeast Bradenton. Sarasota Bay lies between Bradenton mainland and Longboat Key. Protected area yet easy access to the islands. The legendary Academies made famous by Nick Bolletari are nearby where you might see a famous athlete in training.
An exclusive Jack Nicklaus golf community in a secluded country setting. Although it's not on cruising water it comes with it's own yacht and crew available to homeowners on Sarasota Bay. Most homes have lakefront views.