The dog days of summer are here, and it’s so hot outside most Floridians don’t want to do anything that doesn’t involve air conditioning! The good news is, while there aren’t many events happening this month, there are still plenty of cool things to do in Bradenton! Don’t waste the month sitting on the couch and binging on Netflix – get out and enjoy yourself!
Not sure where to start? Here are 15 awesome ideas to inspire you!
1. Plan Your Escape
Escape rooms are all the rage – for good reason! It’s so much fun to challenge yourself to find clues and solve puzzles so you can “escape” before your 60-minute time limit is up. Whether you’ve done an escape room in the past or you’ve never tried it before, playing a game this month is a great way to beat the heat and have a great time.
Premier Escape Adventures is located in East Bradenton, on SR 70 just west of I75. They have four fun rooms including The Curse, Date Night Disaster, Houdini’s Book of Secrets, and Crisis at the North Pole.
Want to check it out? You can book your room here.
Feeling brave and want to try something different? Intense Escape is Bradenton’s first horror-themed escape room! Try the family-friendly Jungle Fever room or prepare to be terrified with The Crazies or The Basement. Don’t miss this thrilling adventure! Reserve your room today.
2. Have a Smashing Good Time
Has the heat left you feeling edgy? Blow off some steam at Smashed! A Smash Room Experience. They’ll provide you with smashables, smashers, and all the safety gear you need.
You can smash with a group of friends, plan a solo smash, or even bring your own smashables (framed pictures of your ex, maybe?).
Make it even more fun by blasting your own music into the smash room. We promise you’ll leave feeling so much better!
Click here to schedule your smash session.
3. Defy Gravity
Did you know Bradenton has an extreme air sports park? Defy Bradenton is so much more than just a typical trampoline park!
They have a huge selection of activities including aerial silks, battle beams, foam pits, trampoline basketball, a Ninja Obstacle Course, and more!
Think this is just for kids? Take a look at this awesome video…
PS – This is in the same plaza as Premier Escape Adventures, so you could drop your kids off here while you play your escape room!
4. “Mix” Things Up
There’s so much to do at Mixon Fruit Farms! If you want to stay in the AC, visit their shop, taste wines, sample fresh juices, grab lunch at their Groveside Cafe, and taste their homemade fudge and sweet treats – including their “locally famous” orange swirl ice cream.
If you don’t mind the heat, you can also take an informative and educational ride on the Orange Blossom Tram which will take you through the Orange Grove, past the Garden Oasis & Koi Pond, and end with a stop at their Wildlife Rescue where you can enjoy an interactive presentation about the current rescued Florida animals, reptiles and birds.
5. Get Bendy
There are SO MANY great places to take a yoga class in Bradenton!
In West Bradenton, Thrive Yoga & Fitness is a great choice. They offer a huge variety of classes including hot yoga, Yin, Yinergy, power yoga, and more.
Want to take a yoga class in east Bradenton? Check out Beyond the Mat Yoga & Holistic Healing. It’s one of the only places to take aerial yoga in Bradenton. They also offer Hatha Yoga, Vinyassa Flow, Yin, Gentle Candlelight Yoga, and more.
If you’re north of the river, you’re in luck too! A Little Twisted Yoga, located in Palmetto, offers pilates, yoga, and more! New students can also try 5 classes for just $25.
6. Play Some Games
Table Talk SRQ is Bradenton’s only board game cafe! They have over 550 games to play and it’s a super fun and inexpensive way to spend some time bonding with family and friends.
It’s just $5 to play as much as you want! They also have a great menu with sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, tacos, snacks and more – and they serve beer, wine, and seltzers.
Looking for even more? They also have cash prize trivia on Thursday nights, D&D on Sundays, and special events like bingo nights, solo player nights, and more!
Follow them on Facebook to keep up with all the latest events and announcements.
7. Visit the Vineyard
If you haven’t been to Fiorelli Winery and Vineyard yet, you’re missing out! It’s surprising how many people don’t know there’s a winery in Bradenton, and although it may be a bit of a drive, it’s well worth the effort!
This family-owned business is located in east Bradenton, at 4250 County Road 675 East. They’re open to the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and offer wine tastings at the top of every hour. No matter what type of wine you prefer, you’re sure to find something you love. They make everything from dry to sweet and have even added a few new fruit wines to their lineup.
You can also shop in their unique gift shop where you’ll find lots of cute wine accessories, and, of course, bottles of all your favorites for sale.
8. Embrace Your Inner Artist
You don’t have to have any experience to create a beautiful painting at Painting with a Twist! They’re all about creating FUN art, not fine art.
Even if you’ve been here before, it’s worth checking out again. In the month of August, they’ve got lots of cool projects like Paint Pours, Screen Art, painting on wood planks, “Paint Your Pet” days, and more!
Check out their event calendar to see all of this month’s options.
Don’t feel quite comfortable in a crowd yet? You can also order one of their at-home DIY art kits. They come with your painting material, paint, and brushes so you can create your masterpiece while watching a video from the comfort of your home.
9. Test Your Knowledge
You can’t talk about fun things to do in Bradenton without mentioning everyone’s favorite game hosts – Steve O Entertainment!
Steve and his crew host a series of trivia and other games throughout Bradenton every week. On Mondays, you can head out to RJ Gators for general knowledge trivia at 7 pm. On Tuesdays, they’re at Truman’s Tap & Grill on SR 70 and Dcoy Ducks on Holmes Beach.
Prefer “Name that Tune Music Trivia” or Bar Bingo? They host these games too! Check out their weekly schedule for more information. There’s no cost to play, you just need to bring a good attitude and make sure to take good care of your servers and bartenders.
10. Solve a Murder
Someone has been murdered and it’s up to you to figure out whodunnit! You won’t want to miss these super-fun murder mystery dinners at Pineapple Kitchen.
During this 2.5 hour event, you’ll enjoy a selection of drinks and a 3-course dinner prepared by their executive chef. When you sign up, you’ll receive specific details about your assigned character and clues to gather for the mystery.
This is an interactive murder mystery party where everyone is a suspect. Costumes are encouraged but not required. A prize will be awarded to the sleuth who solves the mystery
These 21+ events are held on Friday and Saturday nights and on select other days. Learn more and sign up here.
11. Get Fired Up
Want to try something really different? Head over to Witchgrass Studio in Bradenton’s Village of the Arts for one of their pod parties!
Artist Harriet Harris will show you how to create a gorgeous glass masterpiece of your own. She’ll start by teaching the basics, then let you experiment. No experience is necessary, and you’re welcome to BYOB to these fun and informal classes.
The cost depends on what you create but starts at just $30 to make your own glass necklace. To learn more or book your pod party, send Harriet a Facebook message, text or call 907-351-3409, or email Harriet at email@example.com.
12. Find Some Vintage Treasures
There are lots of vintage shops in Bradenton, and exploring them is a great way to keep cool and while having a ton of fun.
The Cat’s Meow: A Vintage Marketplace is an almost 8,000 square foot vintage wonderland! It’s home to over 35 vendors who offer an eclectic mix of thrift finds, antiques, clothing, artwork, handmade goods, and more.
Blessed & Distressed Vintage is another truly unique experience. It’s over 3,000 square feet and hosts more than 30 artists and collectors offering a huge selection of antique, vintage, retro, and upcycled items and handcrafted treasures.
Check out these two locations and you’re sure to find some amazing treasures!
13. Brunch So Hard
There’s nothing like starting off your day with a delicious brunch! There are many great options for brunch in Bradenton, but there are a few we’re partial to.
If you’re looking for a delicious meal, you’ll want to visit Mean Dean’s Local Kitchen for Sunday Brunch. Every Sunday between 11 am and 3 pm they’re serving up items like Prime Rib Eggs Benedict, Banana’s Foster French Toast, Chicken & Waffles, and Elderflower, Hibiscus & Lavendar, or Blackberry Mimosas.
Looking for something a bit more casual? Head over to Cork’s Cigar Bar for a Bloody Mary or a Mimosa Bucket. Every Saturday between 11 am and 4 pm, you can get a bucket with a bottle of champagne, juices, and fruit for just $20!
14. Stay Up All Night
Looking for things to do in Bradenton late at night? Check out Kava Social Club! This alcohol-free venue is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week!
They offer a huge selection of Kava, Exotic Teas, Coffee, Kombucha, and CBD-infused seltzer water. They also serve up freshly prepared Sushi, Noodles, Poke Bowls, and more.
They’ve got tons of games and entertainment too! This “Adult Play Space” is over 5,000 square feet and features Giant PONG, Jenga, Cornhole, Kan-Jam, Giant Dice, and a HUGE Polynesian Tiki Hut.
They also host events every day including Karaoke, Trivia, Open Mic, Live Music, and even massage nights!
15. Get Loaded
Nothing says summer fun like a spirit tasting! Loaded Cannon Distillery has over 30 different spirits you can sample, as well as 14 different craft cocktails.
During the month of August, they’re hosting specials every week! On Wednesdays, when you buy one bottle, you’ll get the second for 20% off. Thursdays, ladies can enjoy $5 martinis all day.
Friday is all-day happy hour with $5 basic wenches and $7 premium craft cocktails. On Saturday you can enjoy BOGO daiquiris all day long and on Sundays, they offer all-you-can-drink Bloody Marys from 12 pm to 3 pm.
Follow them on Facebook to keep up with all their latest events, deals, and discounts!
Find Even More Cool Things to Do in Bradenton!
Even when it’s steaming hot, there’s still a ton of cool things to do in Bradenton. It might be a thousand degrees outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend the whole month on the couch. Now let’s get out and enjoy this beautiful city!
PS – Looking for more great things to do? Check out our Events Calendar where you’ll find all of the best Bradenton events!