Warm up and Stay Awhile in Bradenton.

With the 2017 season about to begin with the 15th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Mayhem March 9-12 at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, racers and fans need to know the area has one heck of a lot to offer.  According to Sean Walter, Director of Sports for the Bradenton Area Sports Commission, the area located on the state’s West Coast has many offerings for those looking to extend their trip.

Worth mentioning first, Walter says, are its beaches, including those around Anna Maria Island; Longboat Key Beaches; Coquina Beach, which offers a picnic area, playground and nature trails; Whitney Beach, which, at a quarter-mile long, is a length racers can relate to; Manatee Beach, which features a playground, volleyball courts and a beach shop, and Cortez Beach, which boasts more than a hundred feet of beach. (www.bradentongulfislands.com)

More opportunities for fun in the sun include flyboarding in the air over water through Top Gun Flyboards (9000 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton. 941-281-5926 or www.topgunflyboards.com). Or, you can go climb a tree, or something like a tree, at TreeUmph, an obstacle course for the adventurous which reaches up to sixty-feet tall. (21805 S.R. 70 East, Bradenton. 855-322-2130 or www.treeumph.com)