The year-round sun and warmth of Florida makes it the ideal destination any time of year you need a break, and the heat and fun get turned up in July, especially around Independence Day.

Pack your bags and gather your loved ones for a fun and exciting vacation full of sand, water, and sun, as well as some patriotic fun to the itinerary this 4th of July in Florida. The Sarasota and Bradenton area has a myriad of 4th of July fun as well as regular activities for you to enjoy during your well-deserved break.

4th of July Fireworks on the Manatee River

Watch the night explode over the river. The dazzling display can be seen on the river between the Green and De Soto bridges on July 4, 2024. Fireworks can be seen from both the Palmetto and Bradenton sides of the river. The show starts runs 9:30-10 p.m.

Bradenton Summer Market

The market takes place monthly throughout the summer. Browse local arts and crafts, homemade goodies and treasures, and even score some locally-grown fresh produce. Plan your visit around the dates, or make sure to incorporate them in your itinerary if they’re happening during your trip. The market is the second Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Old Main Street. If you’re able to stretch an extended stay with us, this July’s market is July 13.

Summer Circus Spectacular

Circus fans will no doubt be making at least one performance part of their 4th of July itinerary. The Circus Arts Conservatory and The Ringling have once again come together to present performances from some of the finest circus artists from around the globe. Performances take place daily, June 14 – August 17. Adult admission is $20 and children are $15 and can be purchased on the event page on the Ringling website. There are several performances available in early July. There are no performances on July 4th. Check the website to book tickets for a performance during your stay.

Bradenton Marauders

While some baseball fans vacationing in Florida will want to check out a Miami Marlins or Tampa Bay Rays, enjoy a minor league game right in Bradenton during your 4th of July stay. The team has home games July 1-3 before going on the road. They’ll return to their home field for another series of home games July 9-14.

Suncoast Summer Fest

The event kicks off the summer season and includes a series of special event fundraisers to raise money for organizations that benefit local children, teens, and adults with special needs and their families.

The events take place at various locations around Sarasota, and include the Bob Rizi Memorial Golf Classic on June 21, the “Friendliest Catch” Fishing Tournament on June 26, the “Waves and Wheels” party and fun run on June 28, and end with an explosive end with Bayfront fireworks for the 4th of July.

Beaches

An escape to a beach location like Bradenton and Sarasota this 4th of July means spending plenty of time on the beach. Spread your beach blanket and plant your umbrella for some time in the shade near the water. Step out into the sun and sunbathe, or change up your exercise routine with a walk or run on the beach.

Water Activities

If the waters of the Gulf seem to be calling your name this 4th of July, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy and beat the heat. Swim in the waves of the Gulf or take a lesson or rent some gear for activities like stand up paddleboarding or kayaking. Zip across the water on a jet ski, or explore below the waves on a snorkeling or SCUBA adventure. Take to the water for a fishing excursion, either to the depths of the Gulf or just casting a line from the shore.

Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries

Take some “adults only” time and visit to the area’s wineries and distilleries. There are several distilleries that call Bradenton and the surrounding area home. Stop by venues like Naughty Monk Brewery, Darwin Brewing Company, Loaded Cannon Distillery, and more.

Wine lovers can make a stop at Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard. Their wines are made from grapes grown at the on-site vineyard. Go on a tasting or tour, or book a special event. Once you’ve tried everything, choose your favorite wines or spirits to take back to your rental to pair with a home-cooked meal.

Patriotic Fun in Bradenton and Sarasota

Enhance your 4th of July experience this year with a stay in a private vacation rental provided by Anchor Down Vacation Rentals. We offer units as small as one bedroom for a solo or sweetheart retreat, all the way up to eight bedrooms so you can invite all of your family and friends to experience 4th of July fun.

After a long day of 4th of July-filled fun, or in anticipation of the 4th of July cookout, make a home-cooked meal in your unit’s fully-equipped kitchen, and enjoy it in the spacious living/dining areas, or in a private outdoor space. Relax in a private bedroom, or gather the group, pop some popcorn, and watch your favorite movie.

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The year-round sun and warmth of Florida makes it the ideal destination any time of year you need a break. Take some time away this summer to enjoy all it has to offer. Enjoy a Bradenton and Sarasota summer vacation full of sand, water, sun, and fun with loved ones, a Florida mainland destination that provide the ultimate experience in Florida beach vacations with plenty of fun. Not only do they have their own beaches, they’re close to several barrier islands that offer a different beach vibe to experience.

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Beaches

An escape to a beach location like Bradenton and Sarasota means spending plenty of time on the beach, no matter what time of year you come. That’s especially true during the summer when the weather and the water have warmed up. You and your loved ones can spend a little extra time out in the sun and in the water. Sunbathe, change up your exercise routine with a walk or run on the beach, go for a swim, or explore on a snorkeling or SCUBA adventure.

Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries

Take some “adults only” time this summer and visit the area’s wineries and distilleries. There are several distilleries that call Bradenton and the surrounding area home. Stop by locales like Naughty Monk Brewery, Darwin Brewing Company, Loaded Cannon Distillery, and more.

Wine lovers will want to make a stop at Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard. Their wines are made from grapes grown at the on-site vineyard. Go on a tasting or tour, or book a special event. Once you’ve tried everything, choose your favorite wines or spirits to take back to your rental to pair with a home-cooked meal.

Boat Tours

A great way to get to know the area you’ve decided to call home for a while this summer is to get out and explore. While exploring on land is easy, get familiar with the surrounding waters, too. There are an array of companies that offer tours of the waters of Bradenton and Sarasota.

Guides are full of information on area history, ecology, trivia, and more to add to your experience. Keep your camera ready and your eyes peeled for glimpses of sea life including dolphins, manatees, rays, and more! Book a private tour for you and your loved ones and pack a picnic. Select companies allow you to bring your favorite alcoholic beverages.

Beach Horseback Ride

Saddle up and head out on a different kind of adventure. While a trail ride along area trails frequented by hikers and bikers may be what you’d anticipate, you can saddle up for a stroll near the water’s edge instead. There are several companies in the area that provide horseback rides that blaze a trail along the beach. Some tours allow the horses to venture out into the water for an extra splash. Whichever company you choose, advanced reservations are required, and they’ll need details like rider height, weight, and age so they can pair each person with the horse that fits their needs.

Summer Events

Along with all the regular activities and attractions to see and do this summer, there are some special events, too. Holiday celebrations like Memorial Day and 4th of July join special celebrations of circus life, powerboat racing, fishing, and more.

The Keys

Off the coast of Sarasota, Bradenton, and the surrounding area is a group of barrier islands that protect Sarasota Bay from the crashing waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Head to Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, or Siesta Key for a unique Florida experience. Each island has its own unique flair along with plenty of Florida fun like parasailing, boat tours, and more for a fun and memorable day trip. You’ll also experience Florida fun without the traffic of the mainland.

The Ringling

Art, history, circus memorabilia, gardens, a historic theater, and more come together for an unforgettable experience. You’ll be able to explore all that and more when you visit. The property preserves the legacy of John Ringling, one of the five brothers who formed the Ringling Brothers Circus, and his wife Mable. Wander the property and visit the State Art Museum of Florida, two circus museums, an education center, the historic Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, and the historic Asolo Theater. The grounds and gardens are always free to visit and admission to the Museum of Art is free on Mondays.

Summer Fun in Bradenton & Sarasota

Enhance your summer getaway and book a private vacation rental provided by Anchor Down Vacation Rentals. We offer units as small as one bedroom for a summertime sweetheart or solo adventure, all the way up to eight bedrooms for summer fun with all your loved ones.

Make a home-cooked meal in your unit’s fully-equipped kitchen, and enjoy it in the spacious living/dining areas, or relax in a private bedroom. Gather the group and watch your favorite movie or TV show. Enjoy beautiful Florida summer weather and spend some time on a private patio, deck, or balcony.

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The year-round sun and warmth of Florida makes it the ideal destination any time of year you need a break. It’s a popular place for “Spring Breakers” looking for a vacation full of sand, water, sun, and fun! The Sarasota and Bradenton area are mainland Florida destinations that provide the ultimate experience you’re looking for in your Spring Break activities in Florida. Not only do they have their own beaches, and plenty of Spring Break and year-round fun, they’re close to several barrier islands that offer a different beach vibe during your Florida adventures.

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The year-round sun and warmth of Florida makes it the ideal destination any time of year you need a break, and the Labor Day holiday is a great opportunity to take a break and enjoy a long weekend that’s also the unofficial end of summer. Enjoy a vacation full of sand, water, sun, and fun with loved ones before fall arrives. The Sarasota and Bradenton area are mainland Florida destinations that provide the ultimate experience in Florida beach vacations. Not only do they have their own beaches, but they’re also close to several barrier islands that offer a different beach vibe for your Labor Day weekend in Florida.

Beaches

An escape to beach locations like Bradenton and Sarasota means spending plenty of time on the beach, no matter what time of year you come, but especially during the still-warm weather and waters you’ll find during the Labor Day holiday. You and your loved ones can spend a little extra time out in the sun and in the water, as the sun’s power lessens as fall draws near. Sunbathe, change up your exercise routine with a walk or run on the beach, or take a swim, snorkel, or SCUBA adventure in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Beach Horseback Rides

Saddle up and head out on an adventure this Labor Day. While a trail ride along area hiking trails is the usual experience, you can also take the experience to the water’s edge. There are several companies in the area that provide horseback rides that stroll along the water on the beach. There are even some tours where the horses venture out into the water for an extra splash. Whichever company you choose, advanced reservations are required, and they’ll need details like rider height, weight, and age so they can pair each rider with the horse that best fits their needs.

Boat Tours

A great way to get to know the area you’ve decided to call home for the Labor Day holiday is to get out and explore, both on land and on water. While exploring on land is easy – just hop in your rental car or take a walk, you’ll want to get familiar with the waters of the area too. There are several companies that offer tours of the waters surrounding Bradenton and Sarasota. Guides are full of information about the area’s history and ecology, so you’ll learn some interesting trivia while enjoying time at sea. Keep your camera ready and your eyes peeled for sea life like dolphins, manatees, rays, and more! Book a private tour for you and your loved ones and pack a picnic, including your favorite alcoholic beverages.

Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries

Set aside some “adults only” time and visit the area’s wineries and distilleries. There are several breweries and distilleries that call Bradenton and the surrounding area home, including Naughty Monk Brewery, Darwin Brewing Company, Loaded Cannon Distillery, and more. Wine lovers will want to add a stop at Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard, where the wines are made from grapes grown at the on-site vineyard. Enjoy a tasting or tour or book a special private event. Once you’ve tasted the offerings, choose your favorite wines, beers, or spirits to take back to your rental to pair with your favorite home-cooked meals.

The Keys

Off the coast of Sarasota, Bradenton, and the surrounding area is a group of barrier islands that protect Sarasota Bay from the crashing waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Head to Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, or Siesta Key this Labor Day for an unforgettable day trip. Each island has its own unique flair as well as plenty of Florida fun like parasailing, boat tours, and more without the traffic of the mainland.

The Ringling

Art, history, circus memorabilia, gardens, a historic theater, and more await for you to explore this Labor Day. The property preserves the legacy of John Ringling, one of the five brothers who formed the Ringling Brothers Circus, and his wife Mable. Wander the property and include visits to the State Art Museum of Florida, two circus museums, an education center, the historic Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, and the historic Asolo Theater where you can see a variety of live performances. The grounds and gardens are always free to visit, and admission to the Museum of Art is free on Mondays, but hours may vary during the holiday.

Celebrate Labor Day in Florida

Enhance your Labor Day retreat to Bradenton and Sarasota with a private vacation rental provided by Anchor Down Vacation Rentals. We offer units as small as one bedroom for a solo excursion, all the way up to eight bedrooms for a Labor Day gathering that includes all your loved ones! After a long day, make a home-cooked meal in your unit’s fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy it in the spacious living/dining areas of your unit, or in a private outdoor space. Relax in a private bedroom or gather your group and watch your favorite movie or TV show.

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The year-round sun and warmth of Florida makes it the ideal destination any time of year you need a break, and the 4th of July holiday is a great opportunity to take a break and enjoy a long weekend and summer fun. Enjoy a vacation full of sand, water, sun, and fun with loved ones. The Sarasota and Bradenton area are destinations that provide the ultimate experience in Florida beach vacations. Not only do they have their own beaches, but they’re also close to several barrier islands that offer a different beach vibe for your 4th of July in Bradenton FL and Sarasota retreat.

Anna Maria Island

The small town of Anna Maria on Anna Maria Island knows how to throw a big 4th of July party. The fun starts July 2nd with fireworks at the Sandbar on the beach by Sandbar Seafood and Spirits. Then on the 4th, celebrate with residents and other visitors at the 4th of July Parade and Water Fight, hosted by the Privateers. The parade starts at 9 a.m. along Bay Street. The day ends on an explosive note with a fireworks show over the water!

Suncoast’s Largest Food Truck Festival

Head to the mall at University Town Center in Sarasota for some delicious food and Independence Day fun. The festival includes over 30 food trucks, a Kid’s Zone, and more. Admission and parking are free, and things are wrapped up Sunday night with a fireworks show. The festival runs July 2nd and 3rd, 2-9 p.m.

Fireworks

Fireworks will be exploding all over Bradenton, Sarasota, the keys, and surrounding area. If you can’t find a schedule or list of specific celebrations, just look up! Fireworks will fill the sky over South Jetty Beach, and other locations all weekend long. If it’s dark while you’re out during this 4th of July weekend, you’re sure to see the sky lit up.

Beaches

An escape to beach locations like Bradenton and Sarasota means spending plenty of time on the beach, no matter what time of year you come, but especially during the warm weather and waters you’ll find around the 4th of July holiday. You and your loved ones can spend a little extra time out in the sun and in the water. Sunbathe, change up your exercise routine with a walk or run on the beach, or brave the waters for a swim or snorkeling experience. Fly high above the beach and waves on a parasailing adventure for an additional adrenaline boost.

Beach Horseback Rides

Saddle up, take the reins, and head out on a different kind of horseback ride this 4th of July. While a trail ride along shared hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails is the usual experience, you can also take the experience along the sandy beaches of Bradenton and Sarasota. There are several companies in the area that provide horseback rides that stroll along the water on the beach, and even some tours where the horses venture out into the water for an extra splash. Whichever company you choose, advanced reservations are required, and they’ll need details like rider height, weight, and age so they can pair each person with the horse that fits their needs.

The Keys

Off the coast of Sarasota, Bradenton, and the surrounding area is a group of barrier islands that protect the bay from the crashing waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Head to Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, or Siesta Key this 4th of July for an unforgettable day trip.

Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries

Add some adults-only time to your 4th of July fun and bring back something to make your celebration really “pop.” Visit the area’s wineries and distilleries. There are several distilleries that call Bradenton and the surrounding area home, including Naughty Monk Brewery, Darwin Brewing Company, Loaded Cannon Distillery, and others. If you’re a wine lover, add a stop at Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard, where the wines are made from grapes grown right at the on-site vineyard. Enjoy a tasting or tour or book a special event. Once you’ve tasted the offerings, choose your favorites to take back to your rental to pair with your favorite home-cooked meals.

Celebrate the 4th of July in Bradenton FL!

Enjoy your 4th of July your own way with a private vacation rental provided by Anchor Down Vacation Rentals. We offer units as small as 1 bedroom all the way up to 8 bedrooms for a 4th of July gathering that includes all your loved ones. After a long day, make a home-cooked meal in your unit’s fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy it in the spacious living/dining areas, or in a private outdoor space. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and 4th of July holiday and use the outdoor kitchen and provided BBQ grill for your traditional 4th of July cookout. After a day of 4th of July fun, relax in a private bedroom, or gather the group and watch your favorite movie or TV show. Choose a premium unit for perks like a fireplace, double ovens, flat-screen TVs, a private pool, and more. Include the whole family by asking about select rentals that allow your fur babies to stay.

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The year-round sun and warmth of Florida make it the ideal destination any time of year you need a break, but springtime and the Easter holiday are some of the best days to take a trip and explore. Pack your bags and gather your loved ones for a fun and exciting fall vacation full of sand, water, sun, and fun. The Sarasota and Bradenton area are mainland destinations that provide the ultimate experience in Florida beach vacations. Not only do they have their own beaches, but they’re also close to several barrier islands that offer a different beach vibe for your Easter in Sarasota and Bradenton retreat.

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Easter Dinner

Take a vacation from everything and let some of the professional chefs at one of the many delicious area restaurants make the feast. There are various restaurants in the area that will be serving up the traditional Easter meal. Contact your restaurant of choice to find out the details like date, time, and the need for reservations.

Easter Services

Taking a vacation this Easter doesn’t mean taking a vacation from the celebration of the important day. The churches around Bradenton, Sarasota, and the surrounding area are organizing special services to celebrate the day. Contact your preferred place of worship and inquire about dates, times, and locations of services.

Beaches

An escape to a beach location means spending plenty of time on the beach, no matter when you come. The warming weather and waters of spring mean you can spend a little extra time out in the sun. Sunbathe, talk a walk, or brave the waters for a swim, snorkeling, or SCUBA adventure in the still-chilly water.

25th Annual Sarasota Film Festival

Make celebrating 25 years of presenting quality films a part of your Easter respite. Starting in March, the festival features over 200 films, including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly films. Tickets are available on the festival website and include tickets to live events. There is also a virtual festival full pass that gets you access to all the films available through the virtual event website. Both the live and virtual events run March 24 – April 2 if you’d like to add it to your vacation calendar.

The Ringling

Art, history, circus memorabilia, gardens, a historic theater, and more await the circus enthusiast at the property preserving the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. John is one of five brothers who formed the Ringling Brothers Circus. Wander the property and visit the State Art Museum of Florida, two circus museums, an education center, the historic Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, and the historic Asolo Theater. The grounds and gardens are always free to visit, and admission to the Museum of Art is free on Mondays.

Beach Horseback Rides

Saddle up and head out on a different kind of adventure. There are several companies in the area that provide horseback rides that stroll along the water on the sand. The horses can even venture out into the water for a more thrilling experience. Whichever company you choose, advanced reservations are required, and they’ll need details like rider height, weight, and age so they can pair each person with the horse that fits their personality.

The Keys

Off the coast of Sarasota and the surrounding area is a group of barrier islands that protect the bay from the crashing waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, and Siesta Key all make great day trips from Bradenton or Sarasota and offer their own style of sand, sun, and fun without the traffic of the mainland. Each island has its own unique flair as well as plenty of Florida fun like parasailing, boat tours, and unique festivals.

Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries

Take some “adults-only” time to visit the area’s wineries and distilleries. There are several distilleries that call Bradenton and the surrounding area home, including Naughty Monk Brewery, Darwin Brewing Company, Loaded Cannon Distillery, and others. Wine lovers will want to add a stop at Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard, where the wines are made from grapes grown in the on-site vineyard. Enjoy a tasting or tour or book a special event like a wedding or anniversary celebration. Once you’ve tasted the offerings, choose your favorite wines or spirits to take back to your rental to pair with home-cooked meals.

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Celebrate Easter in Sarasota and Bradenton

Enhance your Easter with a private vacation rental provided by Anchor Down Vacation Rentals. We offer units as small as one bedroom all the way up to eight bedrooms for an Easter retreat that includes all your loved ones. After a long day of Easter fun, make a home-cooked meal in your unit’s fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy it in the spacious living/dining areas, or in a private outdoor space. Relax in a private bedroom or gather with the group and watch your favorite movie. Choose a premium unit for perks like a fireplace, double ovens, flat-screen TVs, a private pool, and more. Include the whole family by inquiring about select rentals that allow your fur babies to stay.

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The year-round sun and warmth of Florida makes it the ideal destination any time of year you need a break. Pack your bags and gather your loved ones for a fun and exciting fall vacation full of sand, water, and sun, as well as a special event or two added to the itinerary. The Sarasota and Bradenton area has a myriad of 2023 Florida spring festivals and events for you to enjoy during your well-deserved spring break.

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Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival

Celebrating 16 years in 2023, the festival is considered the area’s premier food and wine festival. The four-day event consists off several events that include wine dinners, university master classes led by a panel of world-renowned wine industry professionals, and more. Take part in the Grand Tasting, where over 40 members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant come together and sample from a selection of over 350 wines from across the globe. The Grand Tasting also features live music and a wine retail tent where you can purchase the wines tasted during the event. The event runs April 20-23, with an online food and wine auction that starts on April 17 and runs through the event.

5th Annual Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival

The family-friendly event is free! Held annually at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, the event combines culture, sport, and international flavor along with 2,500-year-old tradition. Watch as boats of 20 paddlers – friends, family, and even college rowing teams – move in unison to propel the boat with a design that originates in ancient China. There will also be plenty of activities for all ages, including a Health & Wellness Village, food trucks, a beer garden, marketplace, and more. The event runs 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on May 20th.

41st Annual Englewood Fine Arts Festival

Olde Englewood Village is the location of the annual event. Join locals and other tourists on the pedestrian-only street of West Dearborn Street to take in the beautiful work of the artists. Take a break and pop into a restaurant or shop along the way.

25th Annual Sarasota Film Festival

Celebrating a quarter century of presenting quality films, the festival returns this March. It features over 200 films each year, including features, documentaries, shorts, and even kid-friendly films. Tickets are available on the festival website and include tickets to the live events. There is also a virtual festival full pass that gets you access to all the films available through the virtual event website. Both the live and virtual events run March 24 – April 2.

Sarasota Jazz Festival

Celebrate jazz music with visitors and locals alike at the annual festival in Nathan Benderson Park. The festival features five stages that will host international, national, regional, and local musicians. Buy tickets and get more information about performers, schedule, and other details at the festival website.

Hernando De Soto Historical Society Children’s Parade

Each year the society puts on a beautiful and fun parade that puts kids in charge oof the entertainment. Watch as floats that were engineered, built, and decorated at local schools or even a child’s own home travel the historic avenues of Palmetto, starting at the Manatee County Fairgrounds and ending at Lamb Park. After the parade, you’ll find plenty of food, fun, activities, games, and more at the “Party in the Park.” This year’s event takes place April 7 starting at 10 a.m.

Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training

Baseball fans treat every spring training game as an event not to be missed. Many MLB teams migrate to warmer temperatures when it’s time to start warming up for a new season. Bradenton plays host to the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM park. You can check their calendar and buy tickets on the team website so you can make a game or two part of your spring trip.

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Celebrate with Florida Spring Festivals

Enhance your spring festival or event experience with a private vacation rental provided by Anchor Down Vacation Rentals. We offer units as small as one bedroom all the way up to eight bedrooms so you can invite all of your family and friends to enjoy the event and the beautiful Florida weather. You’ll be spending most of your time at your event, but you’ll want to build in plenty of time for lounging around your rental. After a long day of festival fun, make a home-cooked meal in your unit’s fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy it in the spacious living/dining areas, or in a private outdoor space. Relax in a private bedroom, or gather the group, pop some popcorn, and watch your favorite movie. Choose a premium unit for perks like a fireplace, double ovens, flat screen TVs, private pool and more. Include the whole family by inquiring about select rentals that allow your fur babies to stay.

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Valentine’s is that time of the year for you to show affection to your partner. While cards, flowers, and chocolates are the irreducible minimums for some, sometimes doing a little extra makes the day worth the accolades. A trip to Bradenton and Sarasota makes the experience even better. With its pristine beaches, diverse culture, and a whole bunch of fun-filled activities, Sarasota is indeed a good choice to celebrate this year’s Valentine’s. Here are the highlights of a memorable Bradenton and Sarasota Valentine’s Day experience.

Embrace the Movie Nights

Dating is a crucial aspect of a romantic relationship regardless of the stage. A new relationship comes with great date ideas, and the vibe and charisma are always there. However, a long-term relationship sees a reduction in these dates, something that can greatly hamper your romance. A Valentine’s experience in Sarasota gives you chance to reignite your romantic life. A movie date is a great way to keep your relationship fresh. Also, it leaves you with something to discuss after the movie ends. The environment around movie theaters is conducive for you to cuddle and embrace one another.

Explore the Beach

Sarasota is an expanse of white sand popular for its beach bars and pristine waters. If you have dreamed of a suitable place for a coastal camping experience, you have already found one in Sarasota. The beach area is huge enough for a day’s hiking activities. Strolling around the beach with the heated sand massaging your feet is a natural therapy session you will appreciate. Apart from the beach, you can as well dash into the water for a deserved dip. This salty water comes with multiple avenues for you to get creative and have fun while at it. If you are a beginner, swimming around the shore is enough for you. For the adrenaline junkies, go deeper into the sea and explore other activities such as kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

Biking

While movie nights and dinner dates have been used as the hallmarks of a romantic day out, there is still a bunch of simple activities you can explore and make the best out of the day. Biking is fast becoming a fan-favorite activity among couples in most regions with Sarasota and Bradenton not being exceptional. Biking is a reliable way to explore the area without breaking the bank for it. Bike rentals come cheap and in most cases are included in the accommodation packages you book. If you are a fitness enthusiast, then you have found the right activity to remain loyal to your goals while still being romantic.

Spend a Day in a Botanical Garden

Valentine’s is the day when lovers buy the best roses for each other. But what about taking it a notch higher by visiting a botanical garden as a couple? Sarasota is home to multiple gardens growing a wide range of plants and flowers. Instead of relying on red roses, your partner has a chance to choose a flower shade of their liking. Also, the wonderful view emanating from the differently colored flowers is a satisfying encounter for your Valentine’s experience. It is also the perfect place to be immersed in nature while celebrating love.

Best for Luxury Shopping

Shopping is a Valentine’s Day tradition that has held for a long time now, and you can’t ignore it. Even after that romantic movie night and a tour of the botanical gardens, your partner will need a gift to cap off an exciting Valentine’s experience. The area around Sarasota and Bradenton is lined up with multiple shopping avenues. Whether it is that designer clothing, perfume, or jewelry, make the day count by buying your partner something they admire.

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Although dinner dates are the standard practice for Valentine’s Day, Sarasota raises the bar a little higher. Instead of relying on the beachfront hotels, this time around it is done on a cruise. Sunset dinner cruise offers more than just food. Everything in here is pure luxury. From the soft music playing in the background to the comfort of the ride, dinner is served with a difference. Also, it doubles up as a sightseeing tour where you witness Florida’s fascinating sunset first-hand. You might also be lucky to spot dolphins along the way. However, if you are working with a tight budget, organized dinner dates for two are a valuable way of getting the best out of your Sarasota Valentine’s day experience.

Where to Stay for Bradenton and Sarasota Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day offers lovers a rare chance to rekindle their romance story. Sarasota and Bradenton have a serene environment to relax and show love to your partner. Our team at Anchor Down Vacation Rentals works day and night to ensure all your accommodation needs are met. Our products are personalized allowing you the rare chance to customize what you like. From pet-friendly rentals to those with private pools, we have a broad portfolio for you to choose from. Call us today to book.

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What are you going to do while you’re here?

Bradenton calls itself The Friendly City, and that’s pretty appropriate. You’ll make new friends, even if you’re only here for a day or two. We hope you stay longer, though, because there’s so much to do. 

You’ll find Bradenton in Florida, on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The city is south of Tampa and St. Petersburg and just north of Sarasota. The city center is on the banks of the Manatee River, creating an ideal Riverwalk space that’s full of views, outdoor entertainment, and a perfect setting for outdoor events.

In Bradenton, you’ll find lots of art, gorgeous parks and green spaces, highly rated restaurants, and diverse opportunities for entertainment and recreation. You can go to the beach or do some shopping or explore a museum. 

If you’re still putting together your own list of things to do when you visit Bradenton, we have some ideas we’d love to share with you. Check out some of the top activities in Bradenton available here. (more…)