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6 Fun Activities In Lakewood Ranch

for Bradenton, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and Beyond

May 24, 2016


There are always fun activities happening in the Lakewood Ranch area. Whether you’re looking for a festival to attend, a food event to try, or a sporting event to cheer on, Lakewood Ranch has the perfect entertainment opportunity for you. At Bradenton Insurance, we’ve compiled a list of our six favorite Lakewood Ranch activities for you to attend.

1. The Mall at University Town Center

If you are  searching for the perfect place to shop and dine, look no further than The Mall at University Town Center. With more than 128 stores and restaurants, The Mall at University Town Center offers world-class fashion and incredible dining opportunities. From featured stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and Dillard's, to one-of-a-kind fashion retailers like Calypso St. Barth, everyone in your group is sure to find a store that suits their wants and needs.

After being named the “Best Retail Development in Florida” by the International Property Awards, The Mall at University Town Center is number one on the list of to-do’s during your visit to Lakewood Ranch. The Mall at University Town Center is located off of I-75 and University Parkway.

2. Nathan Benderson Park

Located in the Sarasota - Bradenton area, the Nathan Benderson Park is a unique 600-acre community park that also doubles as North America’s premier 2,000-meter sprint rowing course and Regatta Center. With more than $40 million worth of facility features, Nathan Benderson Park is one of the most popular recreational facilities in the nation.

Unique elements include straight shorelines, wave attenuation, a state-of-the-art boat maintenance, and a testing facility.  All of these visual attractions make  this  park a truly remarkable location  Not only does Nathan Benderson Park serve as a champion racing and training arena, Nathan Benderson Park is a perfect place to spend a sunny day. Walk or jog on the well maintained trails that outline that 400-acre lake, kayak or rowboat from the boat ramp, check out a racing event, enjoy a picnic, and so much more.

3. Music on Main

On the first Friday of every month, the Lakewood Ranch community hosts a free concert on Main Street. Whether the genre be swing, country, or rock and roll, the event is always free to attend and a great excuse to get out and enjoy the host of shops and restaurants along Lakewood Ranch’s exceptional main street. With distinct apparel and lifestyle retailers, art and entertainment stores, and distinguished dining opportunities, you can make an entire evening out of the  Music on Main event.

4. The Ringling Museum

Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida and is home to one of the most preeminent art and cultural collections in the entire nation. Several buildings host a vast collection of fine arts and art history curricula, which help to develop undergraduate and graduate-level seminars. Along with an incredible museum, Ringling offers special events including walking tours, live music and dancing, wine and food pairings and much more. For an exploration through the history of fine arts, circus-life, and much more, visit The Ringling Museum during your time in Bradenton, Sarasota or Lakewood Ranch.  

5. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Whether you’re on a solo mission to explore the Sarasota area or are visiting Lakewood Ranch with a group, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a must-do on your list. As a world-class center for education, research, and conservation, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens offer visitors exclusive access to a tropical, urban oasis filled with astounding horticultural displays, a luxurious bay-front setting, memorable entertainment events, and much more. Join a group tour, take a class, or check out one of the Gardens’ featured events.

6. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Mote Marine is much more than an aquarium. It is a research and education center, where people of all ages can come to learn answers to the questions of the sea. As an independent marine research institution, Mote Marine is operated by professional, passionate marine scientists, explorers, and stewards of the ocean who work tirelessly to conserve and sustain our oceans. What started out as a center focused on sharks, Mote Marine’s research has expanded dramatically to now include studies on human cancer using marine models, the effects of manmade and natural toxins on humans and the environment, the health of wild fisheries, and much more. The center also focuses on gaining a deeper understanding of species including manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and coral reefs.  

Visit the aquarium and meet the fish and scientists that make the center so unique. Get a first-hand look into scientific research as it happens, and experience a variety of marine animals and fish, including two touch tanks and a 135,000 gallon shark tank. Whether you’re with a big group or are visiting the area alone, the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is sure to be a highlight of your visit to Bradenton, Sarasota or Lakewood Ranch.

By including these six exciting adventures into your itinerary, you can experience the Bradenton/Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch area like never before!

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