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Manatee Village Historical Park

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Well worth your time

A very educational experience about the early life in Bradenton. The park is a collection of a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Mississauga, Canada
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A sweet little park

This is an interesting place to spend a few hours. I have passed it a frequently and wanted to stop... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2018
Jo M
Buffalo, New York
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Manatee Village Historical Park's mission is to preserve and share the heritage of Manatee County’s founding period (1840-1918). We do this through our museum and collection of historical and replica buildings. We typically display 2-3 exhibits on a...more
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1404 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208-1360
+1 941-749-7165
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A very educational experience about the early life in Bradenton. The park is a collection of a steam engine, general store, house, church, old house, barn, and boat works. Lots of interactive displays. Plenty for kids to do as well. Lots of parking, it is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

This is an interesting place to spend a few hours. I have passed it a frequently and wanted to stop in. Finally did last winter. In addition to the museum, the park features a number of buildings including a one room school and a church,...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Jo M
Reviewed 10 July 2018

This is free and the school field trip was nice. The children learned alot about early Floridians and their way of life. They even had a metal worker to show how they made things like nails, etc.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Cheryl C
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

This historic park is a real gem. You have to make this a must see destination. This place has some real gems to see.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 21 April 2018

A 1914 steam locomotive, cracker house, boatworks building, old general store, schoolhouse, and a courthouse to walk through. The day we visited, there was also a sweet cat, and a rooster crowing on the property! Interesting history.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank NanSea03
Reviewed 1 April 2018

Manatee Village Historical Park is a collection of historical buildings (mostly) included in a fenced complex on the east side of Bradenton. The complex began apparently with the donation of the Old Meeting House, a church donated by the Manatee United Methodist Church and moved...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

This unique park is a great way to visualize and experience life in early Florida firsthand. You can easily find this free historical park by looking for Old Cabbagehead (locomotive) by Manatee Avenue. Start at the general store for your orientation. There are some unique...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank TFopinion
Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

As a frequent winter visitor to the area have wanted to visit the park for some time. A chilly but sunny morning provided the perfect opportunity for walking the grounds and building interiors. Found locating the entrance and parking area a little convoluted. The admission...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Tom B
Reviewed 22 March 2018

Carolyn and Elizabeth, at the front desk were super informative and were very friendly too. They unlocked one of the gates so that I could get a great photo of one of the iron gates. I enjoyed seeing the schoolhouse the most. The courtroom was...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Tim G
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

Free! (Bonus) Self guided tours. (You choose pace) get a sampling of life in that time. I enjoyed the House. The brick paths & trees are pretty, too.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Rhonda J M
13 March 2018|
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Tamiami Farms
28 June 2017|
Response from Donald W | Reviewed this property |
The hours are 9am-4pm. Closed Sunday. There is no fee but they do ask for a donation. A donation helps keeps this open air museum open. $5 is not unreasonable for a look at old Florida.
11 April 2017|
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1404 Manatee Ave East. The park is located at the junction of SR 64 (Manatee Ave) and 14th St.. Manatee Ave. is one way (Westbound) from 14th St. through downtown Bradenton. To go Eastbound you use 6th Ave East & 7th Ave... More