Bradenton FL.

Bradenton is a city in Manatee County Florida, with an estimated population of just over 50,000 people.

Bradenton is on the southern shore of Tampa Bay across from St. Petersburg and Tampa. Points of interest are South Florida Museum, McKechnie Field and the arrest ing Lake Manatee State Park.


There are all kinds of things that Michael K. Plambeck and the family like to do in Bradenton that arrests our busy work and school lives.

We like People at Play: The Heavy Equipment Experience allows individuals to operate construction excavators, loaders and bulldozers in a fun "construction-themed" environment on Florida's Gulf Coast. Guests are required to PRE-REGISTER & PRE-PAY for their experience. Open seasonally and on select days of the month. Participants can "join the crew," for a down n' dirty 1-hour session or sign up for more in depth programs featuring experiences on various types of construction equipment and even one-of-a-kind challenge courses! People at Play: The Heavy Equipment Experience is brought to you by construction professionals with 25+ years of field experience. Ages 18 and up only. Gift certificates and group team-building programs are also available.


For a more relaxed adventure, I like Robinson Nature Preserve. There is so much to do there walking paths around marshes, on bridges, bicycle paths and boat launching. It may be the most beautifully arrest ing park in Florida. It’s a great place to hike, bike, or kayak. It’s dog friendly and has a nice visitor's center. In the appropriate season(s) there’s even some good bird watching. No gators!



For sports-minded people like me, IMG Academy is the world’s leading integrated academic and athletic training establishment. For more than 30 years, IMG Academy has helped countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes realize their full potential in life and in sport. Today, the Bradenton, Fla.-based campus attracts 30,000 athletes from nearly 100 countries and AllStates annually. IMG Academy offers youth camp and academy programs in a variety of sports, as well as athletic and personal areas of development. Additionally, IMG Academy offers training programs for professional athletes, teams and leagues from around the world.