10 Places to Visit in Bradenton, Florida

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Bradenton, Florida, once a sacred American Indian burial ground, has no records of a direct storm hitting the area dating back to 1871. Inexpensive, direct flights can be found with Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air from Pittsburgh International Airport to Tampa International Airport.

1. Motorworks Brewing

Motorworks Brewing Bradenton

  • With about 18 beers on tap, Motorworks Brewing has a beer for everyone from Lavender Verbena Pale Ale and Bourbon Coffee Cake Porter to Birthday Carrot Cake Brown Ale.

Motorworks Brewer Bradenton

  • There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, an outdoor live music stage, corn hole, giant outdoor games, and complimentary popcorn. Customers can order from a rotating line up of 5 different food trucks in lieu of a kitchen.

2. Old Maine Street

Old Maine Street Bradenton FL

  • Old Maine Street, located in historic downtown Bradenton, is a small collection of restaurants and bars. Stop into McCabe’s Irish Pub for a pint of Guinness. For a more relaxed atmosphere, Cork’s Cigar Bar has been serving local drafts for more than 10 years. Loaded Barrel, open everyday form 12:00pm – 2:30am, has a great selection of draft beers and great pizza available late into the evening.

3. Coquina Beach

Coquina Beach FL

  • Named for the abundance of tiny coquina clams, Coquina Beach is one of the longest stretches of beach on Anna Maria Island. Located on the southern tip of the island, the white sand beaches are less crowded than the central beaches. A free trolley travels the length of the island from Anna Maria City Pier to Coquina Beach from 6:00am-10:30pm. 
  • Coquina Beach Café serves breakfast, lunch, beer, and frozen drinks from 8:00am until 4:00pm. No shoes required.

4. The Sage Biscuit Café

Sage Biscuit Cafe Bradenton

  • Sage Biscuit Café, is our favorite breakfast spot with an airy outdoor patio, delicious sage biscuits, and many vegan or vegetarian options. The Egg White Garden Omelet (pictured left) is overflowing with veggies.

5. Beer Can Island

boat to beer can island FL

  • Boarding a pontoon boat at Florida’s Premier live abroad and large boat marina, Regatta Point Marina, there isn’t a cloud in the sky as our captain heads towards Beer Can Island.

swings on beer can island.

drift wood on beer can island FL

  • Walking along the white sand beach is a section of the island with smooth, sun bleached drift wood and colorfully painted trees. Swings are scattered throughout the island. 

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  • The 2nd bridge built to access Northern Anna Maria island, Manatee Avenue Bridge, connects Bradenton and Holmes Bach. 

6. Skinny’s Place

Skinnys Bradenton

  • A trip to Bradenton isn’t complete without a visit to Skinny’s Place, serving the #1 burger since 1952. For non-burger lovers, chicken, grilled cheese, hot dogs, and a veggie burger are also on the menu. Enjoy the reggae music, original decor, and relaxed beach vibes with a cold mug of beer.

7. Three Keys Brewing and Eatery

3 Keys Brewing FL

  • 3 Keys Brewery has amazing service, beer, and food. With over 20 beers on tap ranging from a Mango Habanero Blonde to a Florida Weiss, we couldn’t choose just one flight. The menu consists of pizza, appetizers, burgers, waffle sandwiches, salads, and many vegan or vegetarian friendly options. We enjoyed our flights on the large outdoor patio with comfy couches, giant Jenga, and picnic tables.

8. Lecom Park

Lecom Park Bradenton
Cheer on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Lecom Park.

9. Tampa Bay Brewing Company

Tampa Bay Brewing Company

10. Village of the Arts

Village of the Arts Bradenton, Florida

Read about our walk through the colorful are Village of the Arts here.


February/May 2018

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Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My husband, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over 6 years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours,  and experiences to maximize our time. We always try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. CREATION OF THE TRAVELING GINGERBREAD: In Tokyo, we smiled every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.

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