Explore local beaches and other fun things to do in Bradenton

Situated about 30 minutes from Bradenton-area beaches like Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island, the Country Inn & Suites makes it easy to get out and enjoy the Florida sunshine. After a day of sand and surf, catch the on-ice excitement of a hockey tournament at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex. To meander among native mangroves and tropical plants, visit the lush Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Looking for cultural things to do? At The Ringling, you can tour the opulent 1920s mansion, Ca’ d’Zan, and take in the exhibits at the on-site State Art Museum of Florida. Even if you’re only in the area for meetings, be sure to stop for a meal at lively Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, just minutes from the hotel.

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The Preserve Golf Club

0.83 mi / 1.34 km from the hotel
After a friendly round on this 18-hole championship golf course, cool off with a refreshing drink from the on-site eatery, Ryder Cup Grille.

The Mall at University Town Center

4.22 mi / 6.79 km from the hotel
Home to more than 100 stores including Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer, and Michael Kors, The Mall at UTC provides a convenient stop for all your apparel needs.

Premier Sports Campus

5.2 mi / 8.37 km from the hotel
Boasting 23 FIFA-regulation fields, Premier Sports Campus is home to countless soccer, lacrosse, rugby, and football tournaments and practices throughout the year. Be sure to check the website for upcoming events.

Nathan Benderson Park

4.61 mi / 7.42 km from the hotel
This 600-acre lakeside park provides a scenic backdrop for outdoor activities such as kayaking, canoeing, running, and biking. Known for its rowing facilities, the park regularly hosts championships and regattas.

St. Armands Circle and Lido Key

10.8 mi / 17.38 km from the hotel
After sunbathing on Lido Beach, make your way to St. Armands Circle where you can stroll through a variety of boutiques and grab refreshing cocktails from one of the waterfront restaurants.

Siesta Key Beach

13.15 mi / 21.16 km from the hotel
Known for its remarkably soft sands, Siesta Key Beach is a phenomenal spot to sunbathe, swim, kayak, and snorkel along the Gulf. When you need a break from the sun, walk to Siesta Key Village for a cold drink and a tasty meal.

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch

3.77 mi / 6.06 km from the hotel
Browse local boutiques and craft shops or enjoy a meal in this charming village setting. Regular events include free outdoor concerts, and kids love playing miniature golf and seeing movies at the Lakewood Ranch Cinema.

Mixon Fruit Farms

4.53 mi / 7.29 km from the hotel
Attend a festival at Mixon Fruit Farms or take time to tour the groves. Afterward, you can visit the gift shop and pick up a crate of fruit to take home with you.

Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training

4.74 mi / 7.62 km from the hotel
If you’re visiting in the spring, be sure to catch the MLB’s Pittsburgh Pirates in action at LECOM Park.

Sarasota Polo Club

5.89 mi / 9.48 km from the hotel
Sundays during polo season are abuzz with the sport of kings, providing exciting entertainment for fans of all ages.

The Ringling

7.05 mi / 11.35 km from the hotel
Check out the world’s largest model circus—comprising 44,000 pieces—at this bayfront museum complex. Learn about the history of the Ringling Bros. Circus, view the art collections, or attend a concert in the Venetian-style Ca’ d’Zan mansion.

TreeUmph! Adventure Course

9.46 mi / 15.22 km from the hotel
Get your feet off the ground and into the trees at TreeUmph! Adventure Course, Southwest Florida’s first treetop obstacle course.