Spring training season will soon be upon us and you being a Pittsburgh Pirates fan have decided that you want to see your favorite team up close and personal during spring training in Beautiful Bradenton, Florida. But the only problem is you don’t know much about Bradenton and you have some questions. Well, you have come to the right place.
First, where is Bradenton?
Bradenton is on the central west coast of Florida about 46 miles south of Tampa. It does have an airport, Bradenton Sarasota International Airport (SRQ) and it is located 8 miles south of Lecom Park. Other near by Airports include Tampa International Airport at a distance of about 44 miles and St. Pete-Clearwater Airport at a distance of about 36 miles.
What is there to do in Bradenton?
When you are not at the Ball Park and you are looking for other things to do, you won’t have to look far as there are many choices in the Bradenton area. From great beaches to interesting museums to outdoor activities, Bradenton has it all and the best thing.. No Snow and mild temperatures.
Let’s start with the beach shall we?
Anna Maria Island is just a twenty minute drive from Lecom Park and it is there that you will find white sugary sand, the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and some of the most beautiful sunsets you can imagine. And again, no Snow.
Things to do in Downtown Bradenton
- Bishop Museum of Science and Nature home to a manatee habitat and a state of the art planetarium.
- Pier 22 Restaurant on the River with a spectacular view and delicious food, it is no wonder that this is one of the most popular Bradenton restaurants.
- Riverwalk is a 1 and a half mile paved walkway along the Manatee River with beautiful views, event areas and fishing pier.
- Florida Maritime Museum, housed in a 1912 schoolhouse, with exhibits on the areas rich maritime history.
Bradenton Public Golf Courses
- Pinebrook Ironwood Golf Course
- Manatee County Golf Course
- River Run Golf Course
Lecom Park has an old ball park style giving baseball fans the feeling of classic tradition but yet providing them with updated amenities. The park holds upwards of 8,500 people and has a 19,000 square foot boardwalk spanning the outfield, comfortable seating and a state of the art clubhouse. Adjacent to the box office is the Clubhouse store where one can purchase all the necessary Pirates fan paraphernalia.
Nearby places of Interest
- Myakka River State Park – 31 miles south.
- St. Armands Circle – Sarasota – 14 miles south
- The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art – Sarasota- 8 miles south
- The Ringling CA’D’ZAN The home of the Circus King and his wife – Sarasota – 9 miles south
- The Beaches of Siesta Key and Long Boat Key