10 Life-Changing Things to Do in Retirement When You Live in Bradenton, FL

You’ve worked hard for a whole lot of years. Finally, retirement is here and you’re ready to slow down and enjoy life. That doesn’t mean sitting in your chair and doing nothing but staring at the television.

You’ve made the move to sunny, beautiful Florida for a reason. Time to enjoy your new retirement freedom. Wondering how to fill up your time and have some fun too? Check out these things to do in retirement here in Florida.

1. Bradenton Farmers Market

This lovely seasonal market runs every Saturday from the month of October through May. Get fresh produce, seafood, meat, eggs, and other fresh treats. The market is located on Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton.

2. Join a Book Club

Our community brings together not just fans of reading but those who love to talk about books too. Watch for the next book club book announcement here.

3. Music on Main

Are you a music lover? The first Friday in July and August features live music on Main Street in downtown Bradenton.

4. Join A Trivia League

Come join the fun at Darwin Brewery for the Thursday night trivia league. Make some new friends, enjoy some quality craft beer and show off your trivia skills. Hey, you’ll probably make some new friends too.

5. Mark Your Calendar for Lobster Fest

You’re retired, who needs a planner anymore? This one is worth noting so you don’t miss out. Every July the Italian American Club of Venice’s 8th Midsummer Festival; Maine Lobster Fest. You’ll forget you’re in Florida instead of Maine enjoying the fresh lobster and fixings.

6. Movie Night

Who doesn’t love a good movie? Even better watching it outside under the stars. Join the Venice Institute for Performing Arts at their monthly Friday night movie night. Come to Venice’s Centennial Park where movies will start at sundown. Bring the family, your blankets and chair and enjoy a good movie night.

7. Try Your Hand at Pickleball

Never heard of pickleball? It’s time to learn. This sport uses paddleball and combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis for a fun and interactive group game.

From October through May there a variety of indoor locations to play in Sarasota County. Come watch a demo or join a pickleball league, socials, or tournament.

8. Enjoy Artwalk

Are the arts more your thing? Visit the Village of the Arts for their monthly Artwalk. The first Friday night and Saturday morning of each month Artwalk allows you to stroll and view art, hear music and enjoy the art scene. Times are  Friday night, 6-9:30 pm and Saturday 11 am-4 pm.

9. Join Our Water Aerobics

Enjoy keeping physically fit with this way to build cardiovascular health with low impact. The water creates resistance and you get fit and have fun too. Visit our clubhouse amenities page for information about water aerobics.

10. Robinson Nature Preserve

Enjoy the best of Florida’s nature at the Robinson Nature Preserve located in Bradenton. Visitors can walk or bike on trails. View local wildlife. You can even canoe and kayak in the marshes and waterways within the preserve.

Ready for a Full Life, Things To Do In Retirement

Don’t for a second think retirement is going to be a bore. With a plethora of activities, events, and opportunities to get involved, your retirement will be anything but boring.

Start planning your things to do in retirement. For more about our community and what it offers to retirees, contact us today. We’d love to show you around and share the amenities we offer our residents.