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Manatee Village Historical Park

1404 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208
941 749 7165
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Ranked #8 of 29 attractions in Bradenton
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Visited this park recently and were very pleasantly surprised. kids really enjoyed Bat's boat barn where they used old fashioned tools to their... more »
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Lossiemouth, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We (family of 4, 2 adults and twins aged 9) visited the Park during our trip to the US and it was one of the most interesting days we had. We planned to stay for an hour and 3 hours later we forced ourselves to leave. We found it fascinating and the kids loved the whole experience. We came upon... More

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Tampa, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This was a place that we were wanting to visit for quite some time and kept putting it off. We live so close by and just didn't get there. We were quite surprised and don't know why we didn't go any sooner. It was a place with many little building that show the history of the area. The day we... More

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SAINT PETERSBURG
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65 reviews 65 reviews
40 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The Village consists of about a dozen old buildings and historical items from the Manatee County area laid out in a park like setting. It is very easy to find right off of Manatee Ave in Bradenton. There is no charge for parking or admission. The highlight of the Village is the restored and furnished Wiggins General Store. It contains... More

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Bradenton, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This Park has several buildings to walk through and see what life was like a long time ago. Re-enactors explain their crafts well and show you how to make items

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Bradenton, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

A free place to go learn about the history of our area. Great older buildings. Just be careful walking on the brick sidewalk- I can't imagine how people always walked on them, especially when wet. Better than mud I guess. :-) Stop by on a nice day; you won't regret it.

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Sarasota, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

free local history with buildings to explore. Docent led tours if you call ahead. scavanger hunt for the littles

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Out of the way, far from the beaches and possibly unknown to many is this historic collection of early restored early 20th Century Bradenton buildings, but well worth seeking out. The main building is a restored 1903 General Store and has in it a good display of Bradenton's history on the second floor as well as the restored store on... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We took our three children, ages six and under, to "explore" the grounds and were pleasantly entertained by the variety of buildings and history of the area. There was a children's exploration area that needed upkeep and attention; my boys were excited about the area but didn't spend much time there because many items were broken or not available for... More

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

This historic village is well worth a visit, with authentic buildings laid out as they were at the start of the 20th Century. The detail was fascinating, and it was enlightening to see for real things that you normally only see on TV or read about. The volunteers were all dedicated and knowledgeable and definitely made the visit more interesting,... More

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Longboat Key, Florida
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80 reviews 80 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

The Manatee Village Historical Park was on my "bucket list" to see in Bradenton, FL. They have restored the buildings nicely and placed them close together so you don't have to do much walking. It was interesting to see this part of Bradenton's history.

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