Quality Inn Bradenton - Sarasota North
6727 14th St. West/US 41
Bradenton, FL 34207
Phone: (941) 758-7199
Fax: (941) 751-4947
Previously a private college, which was established in 1960, the New College of Florida has evolved into an independent honors college offering courses in the field of Liberal Arts and Science. A part of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, it has close to 900 students enrolled in various undergraduate programs and a staff close to 100. Set in front of the bay, the 140-acre (57-hectare) campus is spread across the city's historic district with a number of landmarks like College Hall, Cook Hall and Caples Hall forming an integral part of the college. Equipped with the latest infrastructure facilities for education as well as arts and culture, the college is one of the leading liberal arts college in the country. Visit their website to know more.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is Florida's official art museum and combines fine art, architecture and performing arts under one roof. It is named after John Nicholas Ringling, a legendary man who pioneered the concept of the modern circus along with his six brothers. Sprawled over the banks of the Sarasota Bay, it is a huge complex comprising the main Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, the historic Asolo Theater, the Ca’ d’Zan house and the magnificent Bayfront Gardens. This museum houses more than 10,000 works of notable artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Eugène Boudin, Marcel Duchamp, Gianlorenzo Bernini and Benjamin West. Visit the circus-themed museum to view the largest circus miniature on earth, then explore the Venetian Gothic Ca’ d’Zan home. Walk along the picturesque Millennium Tree Trail and Bayfront Promenade to enjoy views of the bay and gardens. The estate is also home to the Mable’s Rose Garden and the Dwarf Garden. Given the sheer breadth of the museum, it is best to embark on a guided tour.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens is a 10-acre (four-hectare) garden that was established in 1936. It is replete with regional and exotic species of flora and botanical plantings like pine, palms, maple, oaks and cactus. Throughout the year they organize special shows on plant and animal life that are a big draw among locals and tourists alike.
The Overtown Historic District is a historic area spread across 160 acres (64.74 hectares). There are 25 building in the district that contribute to its historic nature. It was added to National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
Manatee County Courthouse that was built in 1912 features in the National Register of Historic Places. The courthouse premises houses memorials to commemorate the county’s martyr. This historic courthouse is still functional and houses the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court.
The ArtCenter Manatee is the hub of fine art in Bradenton. Major exhibitions to promote local as well as international artist are held here.
The Parker Manatee Aquarium is located at the South Florida Museum complex. Home to three adorable adult manatees, the aquarium is a scientific facility that cares for manatees after they’ve been examined and just before they’re released back into the wild. The aquarium works jointly with the US Fish and Wildlife Hospital and other critical care centers for manatees, in order to rehabilitate these wonderful creatures back into the wild. The pool holds more than 50,000 gallons of water for these creatures to play and frolic as they would in their natural environment. At the aquarium, you can also learn about the manatees, their feeding habits, personalities, life cycle, anatomy and more. It is also home to Snooty the manatee who never leaves the aquarium.
Encouraging local artists and musicians into taking part, the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium is a prestigious gallery and center, which host a number of events. One of the most memorable events is that of the DaVinci exhibition.
Manatee Village Historical Park is a living history outdoor museum of sorts. It features an array of restored houses, buildings and modes of transport that offer a glimpse into the life and times of Manatee County’s early settlers.
Downtown Bradenton is an establishment which entertains a host of events. It features an Arts Center, a sports arena and a scenic river walk with magnificent views and an amphitheater. Downtown is the center for promoting the culture and talents of Florida.
The distinguished Rosemary Cemetery is a highly regarded cemetery in the Sarasota vicinity of Florida. The cemetery was built in 1886, and this ancient site occupies great historic importance. It is also incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places. This cemetery is the final resting place of many individuals that are prominent in the history of Sarasota.
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is a fabulous facility, often considered one of the best in the fields of marine research and wildlife conservation. The associated aquarium is also an excellent educational facility that provides a unique experience with touch-pools and other interactive means of learning and connecting with the ocean world. It includes a phenomenal shark habitat, reef animals exhibit, manatee habitat and dolphin pools, to name a few. They have a number of other exhibits which sheds light on various aspects of marine life and creatures there in. The facility also arranges for interactive sessions like Breakfast at Mote or even Birthdays at Mote. Do check the website for details.