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Top 5 Things to See and Do in Bradenton

We have picked the best things to do and see in Bradenton on your Anna Maria Island vacation.

The tower is located in the northeast portion of the preserve and it provides you a stunning view of the surrounding mangroves.

Robinson Preserve

There is a reason it is ranked the #1 thing to do in Bradenton according to Trip Advisor. Hike the trails through some of the most captivating wildlife you will ever see. Ride your bike on the paved 3-mile trail or stand on top of the Robinson Preserve 40-foot high observation tower with a view of the Gulf and Tampa Bay that will take your breath away. Get the true Florida experience and rent a paddleboard or canoe and make your way around what feels like your own little corner of paradise.

Downtown/Main Street

You can always find something going on downtown in this jazzy little “entertainment district” in the heart of Bradenton. Pubs from Irish to Australian, and of course wine and cigar bars. This laid back hip strip is a ton of fun for all ages. Don’t miss out on the food, with the best burger in town at Councils. Take a walk down to the Manatee River and check out the boats while enjoying some sushi or the catch of the day at Pier 22. Also, be sure to check out the Farmers Market that goes on every Saturday from May to October!

Riverwalk

Looking for a place to take the kids other than the pool or beach that will tire them out? Check out the Bradenton Riverwalk. Host to several events per year, when this place isn’t hopping with the Blues Festival or Boat Regatta, it’s the perfect place to take a walk, see some cool artwork, cool down at the splash park, and watch the boats while eating a picnic! For the skaters in the family, there is a “chill” skate park you will want to check out.

Manatee Performing Arts Center

For those of you looking for a night out on the town, be assured, the Manatee Performing Arts Center will undoubtedly blow you away. The state-of-the-art facility is located in downtown Bradenton with ample parking, a massive lobby, and absolutely incredible performances. Enjoy dinner at Pier 22 before the show and stop back downtown for a cocktail after. Treat yourself to some of the best theater in the south!

McKechnie Field

McKechnie Field, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training, and Bradenton Marauders is an old, historic ballpark that was recently renovated to add a catwalk in the outfield where spectators can belly up to a tiki bar, or a big long bar the same distance between second and third base. While there are some “new” in place, the old and beautiful is still represented throughout. There is something about the smell of hotdogs, the crack of the bat hitting the ball, and the announcer saying, “heads up folks, she’s a goner” that makes March more than just perfect weather! The park is used for more than just Spring Training in March, as the Bradenton Marauders, a minor league baseball team keeps the stadium alive from April to September.

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