I don’t know about you, but this upcoming holiday, if that’s what it is officially called, can put a lot of stress on people. There are so many expectations and big time commercialization nowadays. I remember when it was just small greeting heart shaped cards and maybe those candy hearts with messages imprinted on them was the thing to do. This is why I put together a list of places to shop or things to do locally in Bradenton and Sarasota that are special and at the same time supporting the community. This is a great way to show your love for this year's Valentine’s Day.
The annual Bradenton Area River Regatta takes place Saturday, February 12 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy a day outdoors watching extremely fast Formula 2 powerboat racing on the Manatee River! This is a wonderful event you can share with the family or your special someone. The all day fest will be featuring live music and fireworks and an evening 5K run and is free to attend!
Indulge in the arts with Sarasota Open Air Fine Art Show happening February 12-13. Browse a diverse range of fine art and crafts that include original works and personally handmade. Award winning artists display their disciplines of paintings, clay, glass, wood, jewelry and much more. You will enjoy free admission here; although there is a $5 parking fee; benefiting the Institute for the Arts and Education. Time: 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Address: Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida.
Enjoy a day by the water and Sarasota’s Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team! This is a non profit organization that began in October 1957. Its mission is to educate, coach, and supervise youth. You can take in the water entertainment with your sweetheart or the entire family. This event is free to attend and is located at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, Florida. The show begins at 2 p.m on Sunday, February 13th, 2022. This show runs every Sunday during the months February through May.
Take a walk or stroll around beautiful beach town of Siesta Key! Make sure to look up and find your balloons with special discounts and sweet treat deals inside! Join in the fun at Siesta Key Village, Florida Valentine Stroll on Valentine’s Day, February 14th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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In recent months, the city of Bradenton, Florida had launched a marketing campaign to help improve businesses in the local area. The campaign is branded with the following: “Love This City Bradenton” a mission that is set out to help all of us rediscover and re-imagine the downtown area. The campaign encourages visitors and residents to support local entrepreneurs in the city of Bradenton. This Valentine’s Day or week, I encourage you to show your love and shop in any local business in the area.
This unique boutique will get you in an artsy mood indeed! Live Artfully Artisan Boutique is a Bradenton business offering a variety of artistic medium and gifts. From jewelry and pottery to wood and glass, you will certainly find the perfect unique gift for someone special. You can find this shop at 209 9th Street West, Bradenton, Florida and experience shopping online at LiveArtfully.org.
Enjoy a day with the dinosaurs and make a visit to the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature! Immerse yourself back in time and learn about manatees, astronomy, and dinosaurs! This is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with your special someone any time of the year. Be sure to visit the museum store for a look at educational, historic, and other unique gifts and collectibles.
You will find beautiful items at TTT Leather Goods. Family owned business offering western handcrafted leather items and gifts! This boutique is located at 527 13th Street West, Bradenton, Florida.
Pick up something stylish and fashionable from Gypsy Soul Boutique and Studio! A Bradenton business offering coastal and vintage décor, trending fashions, lovely handmade jewelry and artwork by local artists. You can find this local shop at 615 15th Street West, Bradenton, Florida. Enjoy Siren Studio which offers creative workshops and can host up to 20 people. They will also coordinate catering and cocktails upon request!
Indulge in These Local Dining Spots:
- Bandit’s Café
- Corwin’s Ice Cream and Smoothies
- Mattison’s Riverwalk Grill
- Loaded Barrel Tavern
- Pier 22 Restaurant
- Rattan Polynesian
- Tom’s Badass Café
- O’bricks Irish Pub & Martini Bar
- Mr. Fajitas Mexican Grill
- Rocco’s Pizza Pasta Grill
- Sage Biscuit Café Downtown
- Oak & Stone Rooftop Dining (Manatee River views)
So if you find yourself feeling frustrated about trying to figure out what kind of flowers or candy to get your special Valentine; then fret no more. This amazing list of activities, dining options, and gift ideas will definitely be a hit and without the high price! And you don’t have to show your kindness and do something special for someone only on holidays. You can make your special someone feel fabulous anytime of the year!
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