, the city known for its great vacation rentals and lodging, is also referred to as “the friendly city
.” This capital of Manatee County is located in south Greater Tampa Bay
and all the residents and snowbirds that share this great town warmly welcome tourists. Bradenton is well known for its historical attractions, luxurious villa rentals, beautiful beaches and scenic skylines that make dining out with friends and family a blissful night altogether.
Hernando DeSoto discovered Bradenton in 1539 as he was traveling in search of the “Lost City of Gold” now known as El Dorado. Each spring the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society honours and celebrates the landing of DeSoto with a full month of festivities and events. During this time, tourism is high and the most beautiful accommodations are offered all over the town including Owner Directs private vacation rentals and villa rentals.
Another well-known festival here is called the SeaFood Festival
. Comprised of boat races, live concerts, fishing tournaments, arts and crafts, kids activities, parades, and of course, superb amounts of fresh seafood, SeaFood Festival is the primary attraction of Bradenton and is considered to be one of Florida's
most outstanding events. With no entrance fee to get in, a beautiful location along Bradenton’s lovely waterfront, this event attracts more then 30,000 attendees each year
. Annually held in the spring months, traditional accommodations can fill up quick but condo rentals for the weekend, villa rentals for the week or luxury vacation rentals for the entire month are available in and around the city through Owner Direct.
Another popular tourist attraction is the South Florida Museum, which is actually three sites in one location; the South Florida Museum, the Bishop Planetarium and the Parker Aquarium
. Condo rentals and villa rentals near the area are readily available and offer historical entertainment, shopping, dining and relaxation. For a more historical experience, tourists can rent accommodations near Manatee Village Historical Park where one can experience a travel through time as the park showcases how the early settlers of Manatee County lived before the arrival of modern conveniences such as automobiles and electricity. Rent a traditional villa in this area and live like one of the locals. Often used for weddings and private functions, this village has the facilities to accommodate any family function or special event.