Whether you’re new to the Bradenton-Sarasota region or have lived here all of your life, learning a little more about your community will help you enjoy it to the fullest. Here are some interesting facts about these communities that you may not know!
Fun Facts About Bradenton
- Bradenton was originally spelled Bradentown and was settled by the Spanish.
- Tropicana Products, one of the world's top producers and marketers of orange juice, has its production facility in Bradenton.
- Bradenton's Village of the Arts is a unique place where artists use their homes as both a place to live and a studio/small business. First Fridays activities make it easy to enjoy these restored homes and shops in the Gulf Coast's largest arts district.
- Bradenton's Manatee Players routinely win first place in the Florida Theatre Conference and the Southeastern Theatre Conference competitions.
- McKechnie Field in downtown Bradenton is the spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, providing residents the chance to enjoy Major League Baseball close to home.
- The Robinson Nature Preserve is the Bradenton area's top attraction, and it's a great place to do some bird watching or take a nature hike.
- Snooty, the manatee who lives at the South Florida Museum's Parker Manatee Aquarium, weighs in at 1,000 pounds and eats around 80 pounds of produce every day.
Interesting Facts About Sarasota
- Sarasota has more than 30 golf courses close to its downtown, (golf was first introduced to the area in the late 1880s).
- The Ringling family, famous for the Ringling Brothers Circus, played a role in turning Sarasota into a resort community and prime real estate investment when they made the community the winter home of the circus in the 1920s.
- Sarasota boasts nearly perfect weather, with highs of 72 in the winter and 90 in the summer.
- The Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts in February is one of the state's best arts festivals. The festival brings together local and regional artists on Sarasota's Main Street.
- Hate traffic? You’ll love life in Sarasota. Traffic, even during rush hour, is rarely a challenge with the exception of the tourist traffic heading to the beach on summer weekends.
- It took just 10 years for Sarasota to grow from a "town" to a "city" due to fast-paced growth in the early 1900s.
- Sarasota has a plethora of arts venues and performing arts groups, including the Golf Coast Men's Chorus, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, among others.
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