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side trips in January 2013 from Bradenton Florida?

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side trips in January 2013 from Bradenton Florida?

We are going to be in Bradenton, Florida for our son's college event on Saturday, January 26th, 2013. Since we are paying for flights to this one day event we thought we might make the most of it and take a few extra days and take in something interesting in Florida. We were thinking Key West or South Beach or anywhere in southern Florida for some sun and fun! Does anyone have any recommendations for a unique get away or just something laid back with the Florida sun? We are coming from Indiana and it will be very cold here then I guarantee it!

Thanks for any suggestions!

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1. Re: side trips in January 2013 from Bradenton Florida?

Key West is a good 8 hours from here. South Beach is about 4. Closer to Bradenton would be Sanibel at 2+, Marco or Naples at 3+. Sanibel is very laid back, quiet, good beach. Siesta Key has a great beach and is about 30-45 minutes away. We are currently having a great winter, but that could easily change.

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2. Re: side trips in January 2013 from Bradenton Florida?

Thanks for the info!

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3. Re: side trips in January 2013 from Bradenton Florida?

Not sure if you have ever been here or your situation, but there are TONS of things to see anywhere within an hours drive north and south of Bradenton. St Pete and Clearwater to the north, Venice to the south. But in the immediate area there is Anna Maria Island, Sarasota, Longboat Key, Siesta Key. You can easily fill up 2 weeks just taking in all the great things this area has to offer.

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