Experience the extraordinary magic of Bradenton Riverwalk while you relax and rejuvenate along the Manatee River. Revisit the yesteryears with the incredible art exhibit all along the walk.
The historical and artistic statues along the walk will take you down memory lane as they talk of the city’s history. A unique walking experience for everyone, the 1.5 miles riverwalk will let you enjoy the public art, sand volleyball, skateboard park, fishing pier, relaxed seating area, amphitheater, colorful playground, and an enticing splash park.
History of Downtown Riverwalk
Bradenton, lying on the south bank of the Manatee River, was founded in the 1840s and named after the two siblings Joseph and Hector Braden, who were the early settlers. In 1943, Bradenton was formed when the town of Manatee merged with Bradenton. Since then, it was known as Bradenton with the new motto, “A Friendly City.”
The park around the river was formerly known as Rossi Park or Waterfront Park. In June 2010, Bradenton Development Authority authorized Kimley-Horn to design it, where he brought substantial development to Rossi Park and the surrounding waterfront area. It was open to the public on October 18th, 2012.
There is diversity in the flourishing economy of this city. Tourism, Seafood production, manufacturing, and shipping are the main economic drives. If you’re planning to retire and escape from the hustle-bustle city life, the serene beauty and calmness of Bradenton will definitely attract you.
Attractions at Downtown Riverwalk
People enjoy walking, jogging, the skateboard park to watch stunts, and the fishing pier (it’s worth spending an afternoon catching the native fish), wellness classes at Flex lawns, or just sitting by to read a book and enjoy the alluring sunsets. Birds, fish, and dolphins exhibit a fascinating talent with their peek-a-boos.
There are 19 impressive art pieces created along the walk. Interactive art with sound effects engages children and adults. It provides an opportunity for students to express the city through the art form. It is a delightful experience.
The city offers the best galleries for art lovers in Bradenton. Here are a few must-visit galleries. These galleries exhibit and market their original artwork.
- The village of Arts
- Art center Manatee
- Joan Peters Gallery
- Jan Lewis Gallery
- 11th Street Gallery
- Firestone Gallery
- Reworked Creations
The best entertainment provided along the riverwalk is the splash pad for kids. The Splash Pad will cool you after the hot and sunny walk in Florida. It is open every day of the week. A colorful playground adjacent to it, offers kids unique ways to twist and turn while adults can enjoy on the shady benches. It is certainly a family fun zone!
There are several fun events held throughout the year. Visitors enjoy plays and concerts at the 400 seat mosaic Amphitheater. On the 4th of July every year, there is a spectacular firework display over the Manatee River. You can also enjoy the Bradenton Blues Festival every first weekend of December, an opportunity to rejoice in exceptional live music, food, and local craft beer. Manatee Pride is held every third Saturday of March. It is a special event to support the LGBTQ community.
The charisma of Riverwalk keeps the visitors interested and wanting to visit again. Come and experience a carefree life at Riverwalk and in Bradenton. Jennette Properties is here to take care of your stay. Want to find out more? Contact us today.
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