Located along the picturesque banks of the Manatee River, the small town of Ellenton, Florida, is an old style rural community with a tranquil atmosphere, excellent beaches, and lovely nature all around. It's well placed for traveling to Bradenton and Sarasota, plus the beach communities of Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach, and Longboat Key only a short drive away.
Top attractions in the area include the old sugar plantation house, The Gamble Plantation State Historical Site. On an expanse of over 3,500 acres, the house was built in the mid-1800s and contains a wide collection of antebellum furniture. For more action, head to Bradenton, where you can wander a vibrant downtown, dozens of museums, and a working artists community. For beaches, check out Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach, and Longboat Key.
March, April, and May are lovely months to visit this part of Florida.