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Manatee Village Historical Park

1404 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208
941 749 7165
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Ranked #7 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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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a national historic site with buildings from the early pioneer days in Florida. The Wiggins store, one of the original stores in the area built in 1903, the First Court House built in 1806 and many more. For animal lovers, two cats live in the museum or it's grounds. We have been twice & found something new each... More

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Crystal River, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Great place to cist and learn about yesteryear. Great volunteers. I would not visit in the summer since it all most all outside it can very hot.

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Lossiemouth, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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
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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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
43 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
47 helpful votes 47 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
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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