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Bradenton is a small city about 50 miles or an hour's drive south of Tampa with a population of a little more than 55,000. So if you want to be close to crowd-free beaches and yet still be within commuting distance of Tampa (Union Station) via Amtrak, then renting an RV in Bradenton is highly recommended. If you like history, this tiny city is big in Old Florida and Manatee County pioneer histories. Discover museums and historic buildings, bike and hike in its many nature trails and preserves, and meet working artists straight out of 1920s restored cottages. From here, Egmont National Park is a boat ride away, and Walt Disney World in Orlando is less than 100 miles north, or an hour and a half drive with an RV rental in Bradenton, Florida.
Bordered by the Manatee River to the north, Bradenton is only 15 square miles in size. But what it lacks in land area it more than makes up for its proximity to beaches and barrier islands such as Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. If you like broad white sand beaches and turquoise waters with a laid back vibe, Anna Maria Island makes a perfect escape from Bradenton--a mere 20 minutes away. Even better, you can pick up your motorhome rental in Bradenton and camp at Sarasota Bay RV Park just five miles down the road.
On the other hand, if you have golf on your mind, or simply access to elegant dining and shopping options, then Longboat Key would make a better destination. Even if sports, food and retail therapy are not what you came here for, you surely will love Longboat Key's 12 miles of white sand beaches. Several campsites for your Bradenton luxury RV rental are within 15 minutes' drive. Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) buses easily link you to downtown Bradenton so wherever you choose to park your RV rental, the beach is always a stone's throw away.
For a fantastic day trip, you can leave your travel trailer rental in Bradenton and hop on a ferry to Egmont Key State Park not 15 miles offshore. The park is a wildlife refuge with pristine beaches where you can collect shells or simply reflect on the cultural and natural history of the island while visiting its historic sites such as the 1858 lighthouse and Fort Dade, or walking the nature trails where you may encounter gopher tortoises, Florida box turtles, hummingbirds and a host of seabirds that live at the south end of the island. Start your outdoor adventure in Florida with a search for an RV in Bradenton!
With your camper rental in Bradenton, you can venture farther south to one of the largest national parks in the United States, the Everglades. At 2,400 square miles, the park offers plenty of things to see and do. Go on a boat tour of the 10,000 islands, glide quietly on a canoe or kayak, or walk on one of the boardwalk trails to experience the park first-hand and encounter wading birds, deer, and its abundant residents, the alligators.
For a more challenging outdoor activity, take time to explore some longer hiking trails, or go off-trails (slogging) to see the park's elusive species. You can even stay right in the park for a few days to get a more immersive experience. Long Pine Key Campground has a sewer dump station but no hook-ups, while the Flamingo campground has electric hook-ups but no dump station. Regardless, it’s great to have your RV trailer rental in Bradenton right within the park’s campgrounds.
Bradenton has a handful of RV parks within a five-mile radius if you wish to stay close to the city. Vista del Lago MH and RV Resort and Arbor Terrace are both within 15 minutes' drive of the city center while Winter Quarters Manatee RV and Timberlane RV Park are less than eight miles or 20 minutes away.
Vista del Lago RV Resort is not only close to beaches and fishing spots but also to museums, golf courses, and urban conveniences. It's a pet-friendly park (restriction in size applies) for your RV rental in Bradenton, offering heated swimming pools, cable connection, and full hook-ups. Even better, the nearest Walmart is only two miles away and the nearest gas station is only a minute away.
For those wishing to stay closer to Bradenton Beach, park your Bradenton rental RV in Sarasota Bay campground where the beach is only two miles away. The nearest Walmart is four miles away while another is within a 10-mile radius. Gas stations are plenty on the mainland, and the closest to Sarasota RV park is about 15 miles south. Book an RV in Bradenton and you’ll find everything you need close by.
Despite its small size, Bradenton brims with parks, museums and preserves, and Old Florida history. The De Soto expedition explored the area in 1539; it’s a historic landing commemorated at the De Soto National Memorial five miles west of the city center. For a more recent walk back in time, view the collection of restored, historic buildings from the county's pioneer past at the Manatee Village Historical Park. And if you are into anything artsy, you will love exploring the Village of the Arts where working artists reside and maintain studios in restored cottages from the 1920s and '30s. Take the Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) buses to see the best the city has to offer while your Bradenton motorhome rental is safely parked close by.