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South Florida Museum, Bradenton
(4.5/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
Immerse yourself in the history of the state's Gulf Coast at South Florida Museum, where the story of the shoreline comes to life through artifacts, the stars, and the water. The planetarium reveals the story of the stars, and the aquarium tells the story of the waters with living displays. The latter houses a manatee habitat with viewing windows and a manatee rescue and rehabilitation center. The building and grounds combine three attractions, so consider a rest in the Spanish Plaza--an internal courtyard--in between sites to maintain your stamina. Plan to visit South Florida Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bradenton attractions using our Bradenton vacation planner.
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  • This place is areal gem. They have a first class planetarium, a resident manatee and a unique Florida Indian section 
  • This is a local museum that is moderate in size, but has a great range of exhibits. Our party included three adults and two kids ages 10 and 6. The highlight was the manatee exhibit which focuses on r...  more »
  • Good place to go to get a bit of the local history. Snooty, the oldest manatee in captivity, is very sweet, and we gained a lot of info about the manatee in general. Really enjoyed the planetarium. 
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  • Very cool & interesting place. The staff are friendly & helpful. The entire facility & surrounding shops are a great day of fun and environment for hanging out with friends or family. Very interesting exhibits and interactive areas. Plenty to see and do!
  • Nice museum. We went to the planetarium and watched a very informative video about the universe. The museum itself was small but nice and informative about florida. The aquarium, home to the oldest manatee Snooty was nice and we watched the feeding and all the manatees were very cute and the guide was very informative.
  • Great planetarium show. A great way to spend a hot summer day. Exciting and educational! Nice museum. We enjoyed the exhibits very much. The aquarium was a bit of a disappointment. While we enjoyed Snooty and the manatee education it was a bit disappointing that the the aquarium lacked any real fish.
  • Attended a wedding here last week. It is beautiful period only got to see the courtyard and of course the two manatees we're great. Staff was polite I'll definitely go back to see what else they offer.
  • The museum was good. It was a mixture of a whole bunch of different items, whether it be native american artifacts or cameras from the thirties. However, the price was way too much for the museum. Nineteen dollars per person for a museum that took us an hour to go through completely was a little much. Even though you could spend a lot more time there with the manatee exhibits, and planetarium shows (which were great), it's still a bit much to ask. Our family with two teenagers spent over $75. If you're in the area, it's still worthwhile to check it out.