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Pittsburgh Paper Gives Best Picks of Bradenton, Anna Maria

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle provided his picks to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's travel expert. Are the choices right on with what locals would say? Weigh in.

If it's February, that means travel pieces on Bradenton to get Pittsburgh Pirates fan ready for Spring Training.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review published a piece Saturday telling folks that "Baseball isn't the only game in town in Bradenton, Fla."

But if you are here for baseball, Spring Training starts Tuesday when pitchers and catchers report to Pirate City and the full team shows up Friday to work out. The first home game is against the Atlanta Braves on Feb. 24

We want to know how the Pirates' picks stack up against what you, the Bradenton Patch reader, would say.  

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle quickly rattled off a few suggestions for out-of-towners to do in Bradenton and Anna Maria Island:

  • Mixon's Fruit Farms
  • Beach Bistro on Holmes Beach
  • Sweetberries 
  • Sunset at Sandbar on Beach House
  • Drive on Gulf Drive from Anna Maria to St. Armands 

Pirates announcer Greg Brown said visitors should go to:

  • Duffy's Tavern on Holmes Beach
  • City Pier
  • Rod and Reel Pier Restaurant on Anna Maria

The Pittsburgh Tribune writer also highlights:

  • South Florida Museum
  • Bradenton Riverwalk
  • Village of the Arts

Did the Pirates and the Pittsburgh writer leave any places out that you would recommend for Spring Training tourists? Chime in below.

Donna Pulliam February 12, 2013 at 08:39 PM
What a great ad for Bradenton!!! Right in Brdewnton, Yacht Sea Griil, Tarpon Point, and my favorite, O'Brick downtown!!!
leonard aldridge February 14, 2013 at 04:21 AM
Don.t forget councils Smitty's pub on Manatee Ave.best wings in town as voted by Patch
Denice M Grubb February 17, 2013 at 06:12 AM
Also skinnys burgers best on the beach anna maria and relish cafe on pine ave anna maria cafe aulaite on cortez 51 st street the bomb!
Denice M Grubb February 17, 2013 at 06:15 AM
I am from Clarion Pa moved here in bradenton a yr and a half ago love it My hubby is a family practice doc and residency director .I have a couple of suggestions Skinnys burgers and frosted mugs of beer!voted best burger on the island also relish cafe on pine ave anna maria island and cafe aulaite on cortez and 51 st st the bomb!

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