Events And Attractions

Lakewood Ranch Guide Area Events and Attractions

Below is a list of family and tourist attractions and events in the Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Sarasota, Florida areas:


1. Riverwalk: Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the scenic Bradenton Riverwalk, featuring picturesque views of the Manatee River, playgrounds, splash pads, and various events.

2. Village of the Arts: Explore this charming artist community with vibrant galleries, studios, and unique shops showcasing local art and crafts.

3. South Florida Museum: Discover the region’s natural and cultural history through exhibits, including the largest manatee rehabilitation habitat.

4. Manatee Village Historical Park: Step back in time and experience life in early Bradenton with historical buildings and artifacts.

5. De Soto National Memorial: Learn about the arrival of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and the Native American history in the area.

Lakewood Ranch:

1. Main Street at Lakewood Ranch: A bustling town center with shops, restaurants, and frequent events like concerts, farmers’ markets, and holiday celebrations.

2. Adventure Park at Greenbrook: A family-friendly park with playgrounds, splash pads, and sports facilities.

3. Lakewood Ranch Premier Sports Campus: Host to various sports events, including soccer, lacrosse, and more.

4. Lakewood Ranch Cinemas: Catch the latest movies in a comfortable theater setting.


1. Siesta Key Beach: Voted one of the best beaches in the USA, offering pristine white sands and crystal-clear waters.

2. Ringling Museum of Art: Explore the art and history collections of John and Mable Ringling, including an art museum, circus museum, and beautiful gardens.

3. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium: Discover marine life through interactive exhibits, touch pools, and a shark habitat.

4. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens: A stunning garden featuring a wide variety of rare plants and beautiful orchids.

5. St. Armands Circle: A shopping and dining district with unique boutiques and restaurants, perfect for a leisurely stroll.

Events (Varies Annually):

1. Sarasota Film Festival: A renowned film festival showcasing independent films, documentaries, and international cinema.

2. Sarasota Music Festival: An annual event featuring world-class musicians and performances.

3. Thunder by the Bay: A motorcycle festival with live music, bike shows, and charity rides.

4. Bradenton Blues Festival: A celebration of blues music featuring top artists and a great atmosphere.

5. Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix: An adrenaline-pumping powerboat racing event.

Please note: Event schedules and attractions may change, so it’s a good idea to check websites or local sources for the most up-to-date information. Enjoy your time exploring these fantastic destinations in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Sarasota, Florida!

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