Walking on Sunshine

vota-sign.jpgLibraries, public art, eateries, live entertainment — downtown Bradenton and its surrounding areas is where locals come to relax after a hard day’s work or enjoy their families on weekends. These unique and creative locations have a lot to offer and are conveniently located within walking distance. The downtown area is quickly becoming the go-to destination with something for everyone. Visitors will never be disappointed with the plethora of choices available.

With so much to do, it can be hard to know where to start. This will be the first in a series of blogs that will introduce you to some of downtown’s most frequented locations and hidden gems.

So please join me—a longtime Bradenton resident—with a love for all-things entertainment, art, history and food, as I journey through and discover what makes this area so unique.

Here are some initial tips that I believe will be helpful in getting you started.

Know Where You’re Going: We make this process stress-free for you with an interactive website called WalkBradenton.com. The site makes exploring easier and keeps you informed of your precise location. WalkBradenton.com is your one-stop shop for finding specifics when it comes to your food and entertainment needs. By simply clicking the green "GO" button from the homepage, you’ll be able to pinpoint your exact location and quickly determine how far away you are from each desired destination. You’ll also be able to filter by a variety of topics, including "Eat and Drink," "Public Art," or "Shops and Galleries." All you need is your smartphone or tablet to navigate through the site’s features.

Information at Your Fingertips: WalkBradenton.com is filled with all kinds of nuggets that will help you swiftly find what you’re looking for. This includes a map of the area that features a number of different colored icons with varying symbols. Those symbols represent a category. For instance, if you want to find an eatery, click on an orange spoon and fork icon. The symbol will reveal details about that specific eatery, such as its address, phone number and website info.

Learn the History: The blue Historic Landmark icons provide brief historic facts located underneath the geographic information. This is a great way to begin learning about some of downtown Bradenton’s historic architecture.

Have Fun: So what are you waiting for? Click on WalkBradenton.com and explore downtown!

I want to hear from you! What are some of your downtown Bradenton favorites I should feature in future blogs? Email me at blog@realizebradenton.com.

undine-shorey.jpgUndine Shorey is a singer/multi-instrumentalist and freelance writer in Manatee and Sarasota County.