Bradenton Beach Journals

Gulf Water and Warm Sand in Bradenton Beach,FL

A June 2003 trip to Bradenton Beach by reneelarroux

Via Roma Beach Resort Photo, Bradenton Beach, Florida More Photos
Quote: The beaches here are peppered with coral one day, beautiful shells the next or smooth pinkish sand the next. All here is subject to Mother Nature, the tides, and tourism. The town, residents, buildings and tourist are different in that melting-pot way adding to that odd beach charm.

Via Roma Beach Resort

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Via Roma Beach Resort Photo, Bradenton Beach, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:The beach is only steps away. Glorious sunsets. Convenient shopping and restaurants. Art museums, science museums, aquariums, and amusement parks are within 20-90 miles. Bradenton Beach is sandwiched between the gulf and the bay with the island being no more than one mile wide. All sorts of water activites such as swimming, sailing, boating, jet skis and parasailing are available in the area.Best Things About the Resort:The pool, gazebo shaded awning overlooking the beach, and the beach are all within 100 yards of each other. It is quite a nice arrangement. The family atmosphere of the unit allows the freedom to grant the permission not generally allowed in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2003

Via Roma Beach Resort
2408 Gulf Drive North
Bradenton Beach, Florida 34217
(941) 778-6691

Beach House Restaurant

Restaurant | "Beach House"

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We visited this restaurant for lunch. It offered both outside tables (swimsuit ok and go dip in the surf while you wait) or inside very casual dining. Many just hung around outside ordering pina coladas and sunbathing on the beach. Old beach restaurant with attentive, friendly staff.

We sat inside and ordered the shrimp scampi with pasta -- fantastic. The teens actually ordered from the kids menu for the typical chicken strips -- ugh.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2003

Beach House Restaurant
200 Gulf Drive
Bradenton Beach, Florida 34217
(941) 779-2222

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub

Restaurant | "Mar Vista"

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From the pictures in the magazines to the food reviews on the internet, this restaurant should be charged with false advertising. The outside deck dining area consisted of plastic tables and chairs. The inside did indeed have wooden tables in an old bar room atmosphere. The salad and fresh bread were really good, but it went downhill from there. Entrees were mediocre to really bad. Outside deck was full, so we sat inside (6:30pm meal). Waitress was not only unfriendly, but even though there were only two tables to serve, she was also unattentive. We ordered four entrees -- three seafood, one steak. One seafood entree was unpalatable and the "prime" steak with its 70% fat still had no flavor. Th...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 4, 2003

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub
760 Broadway Street, Longboat Key
Sarasota, Florida 34228
(941) 383-2391

Johnny Leverock's Seafood House

Restaurant | "Johnny Leverock's"

Johnny Leverock's Seafood House Photo, Bradenton Beach, Florida
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I really thought this was a "chain" restaurant when I first saw it. It turned out to be a delight. The food offerings were varied (though mostly seafood). Our party ordered everything from appetizers to desert and there were no disappointments. The food was served promptly yet with no rushing of courses. The salads and warm bread were great. The main courses from baked fish, steamed seafood, and fried seafood were all delicious. (The waiter admitted steak was not their best offering). The setting was comfortable, the sunset was spectacular, and we all enjoyed the friendly waiter. The food this restaurant served was delicious, ample and had a pleasant presentation. I could visit this ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 4, 2003

Johnny Leverock's Seafood House
12320 Manatee Avenue W
Bradenton Beach, Florida 34209
(941) 794-8900

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Attraction | "Mote Marine Laboratory/Aquarium"

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium Photo, Bradenton Beach, Florida
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This is a educational laboratory/aquarium dedicated to studying marine life. I found it to be interesting with some exhibits displaying a little different sea life than I normally see. However, the setup had less variety and was less beauty and character than the one located in New Orleans, LA. I find New Orleans to be simply exciting, colorful and entertaining. The New Orleans exhibits allow you to sit on a bench and observe. The exhibits at Mote were poorly defined as to what you were actually seeing and lacked sitting areas. The better exhibits were located outside where it was rather warm or in the case of the larger animals (sea cows) where there was shading but no air flow.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 7, 2003

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Bradenton Beach, Florida 34236
(941) 388-4441

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Attraction | "Busch Gardens and Amusement Park"

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Busch Gardens is a unique park combination of zoo, gardens, and amusement rides. Our experience was shortened by a tropical rain storm, so perhaps it wasn't the typical. I found the park difficult to navigate as it is so spread out. There is a train that circles the park, however the stops are few and far between--there are no shortcuts from one area to another, and the park is huge with quite a distance between the different themed areas. Go with power walking shoes, cool clothing, and lots of time. The beautiful landscapes are lost if you are just there for the amusement rides. Orlando parks beat this park hands down for excitement, shows, and overall better managed parks.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 4, 2003

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
3000 East Busch Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33612
(813) 987-5000

Sarasota Science Museum Photo, Bradenton Beach, Florida
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This museum is really cool. They did have a special traveling exhibit while we were there, but their permanent exhibits are certainly worth the visit. They have a laser activated muscial harp, visual, mechanical, light, gravity, and sound experiments that can occupy younger children for hours. Our 13-year-olds were fascinated. Everything in this museum is hands on (except the butterfly room)!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 4, 2003

Sarasota Science Museum
Hwy 41 Bayfront Sarasota
Bradenton Beach, Florida

St Armands Circle Columbia Restaurant

Attraction | "St. Armands Circle"

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A mecca of small specialty shops with designer clothing, antique offerings, home decor, linens, swim wear. The circle encompasses two traffic circles of "just browsing"-type upscale stores with a variety of offerings, restaurants, coffee houses, and ice cream shops much like I've experienced in the Caribbean. This is an all day or multi-day adventure.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2003

St Armands Circle Columbia Restaurant
411 Saint Armands Circle
Bradenton Beach, Florida 34236
(941) 388-3987

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The children and I decided to give my husband sailing lessons as a Father's Day gift. We were on vacation, yet we sent him off to work really, really hard for two full days of "fun" sailing lessons. This course requires a certain degree of fitness that will allow for two consecutive eight hour days of instructional hands-on sailing in which the student is expected to fully participate. My husband really enjoyed the experience. He along with two other students sailed the bay (intercoastal canal) for two days. He was totally sunburned and exhausted, but says he learned a lot and would not trade the experience for an otherwise lazy day. I keep finding these "sailboat for sale" ads . . .

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 4, 2003

Sara Bay Sailing Lessons

Bradenton Beach, Florida