Florida Travel Tips: Village of the Arts in Bradenton, Florida
I love discovering new areas around places I am familiar with. It always amazes me how it is possible to find hidden gems in our local surroundings we thought we knew every corner of. Last week when I was back in my hometown of Bradenton, Florida I found one of these great hidden spots (hidden to me at least!) and was totally surprised at what I found. An Artsy little village, filled with small galleries and cafes…Village of the Arts.
My hometown, lovingly called Braden-tucky by quite a few of it’s locals, isn’t exactly known for it’s arty-ness. People usually associate cafes, art, and cute little downtown areas with our so called upper class neighbor to the South, Sarasota. I am proud to say Bradenton is making big efforts to make the city more appealing to younger and creative folks and with it’s program “Realize Bradenton” you really get a sense that things are changing for the better in this area. (Take that Sarasota) ;)
Back to the subject though, The Village of the Arts isn’t exactly new to the area though. The area has been around now for 15 years and is currently Florida’s largest art community. The brightly colored, 1920’s and 1930’s homes make up the area’s adorable cafes, galleries, and healing centers. The galleries are not always open, but if you really want to be sure to catch all the action make sure and visit the area on the first Friday evening and Saturday of the month when they have the Village Art Walk. There is live music, great food, and tons of art to browse through.
Unfortunately we missed out on the chance to go this month but we were able to chat with one of the local artists who invited us into her home to tell us about the area. In fact we met a few people while walking around, all of which were extremely friendly and very open to telling us about their little piece of paradise.
I am looking forward to getting back there soon and enjoying an evening Artwalk in the Village. With it’s colorful houses and friendly vibes, it’s hard not to love this charming little piece of Bradenton!
A couple more of my favorite Florida spots:
- Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park
- Giraffe Ranch in Dade City
- Pass-a-grille Island
- Whitney Beach on Longboat Key
- Fort Desoto Beaches
- Renting Bikes on Anna Maria Island
- Key West Travel Tips