Thanks to TravelMag, who reached out recently to include DBC in their round-up of great activities in the Bradenton Area.  We chatted with their UK editor Paul about all the fun events & other happenings at Darwin.  TravelMag’s writers offer fresh, unique perspectives in the form of travel essays and in-depth local guides that go beyond the guidebook. Their mission is to fuel your sense of adventure, inflame your imagination, and inspire you to daydream, while providing all the information you need to make that dream a reality. All you have to do is pack your bags!

Here’s a snippet of the post, including our section… but you’ll have to read the article to hear what TravelMag has to say about our neighboring Bradenton attractions like South Florida Museum, 3Keys Brewing, the Red Barn Flea Market (just around the corner from us… stop by for tacos before or after your visit to Darwin’s for a great day trip idea), and more!

What are some of your favorite destinations when you are playing “tourist” in our town?

Situated on the Manatee River, the city of Bradenton is a popular stop-off with visitors to South Florida. Some 20 miles of beach attracts sun-seekers and water sports enthusiasts, while golfing fans come to enjoy the numerous high quality golf courses dotted in and around the city. Historic landmarks, some dating back to the mid-19th century, are in ample supply too, and many people also make the short trip to Anna Maria Island, a nearby barrier island connected to Bradenton by a causeway.

There are plenty of attractions and activities to keep visitors busy in Bradenton, including the Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium. But to really get under the skin of the city, you’ll need to venture beyond the well-trodden tourist path and head to some of the city’s lesser known delights. Here are 7 of the best.

4. Darwin Brewing Company and Taproom

At the centre of Florida’s craft beer scene is this buzzing brewery where visitors can discover the inner workings of the beer-making process, or simply kick back and enjoy some of the on-site produce in the adjoining taproom. Born out of a Latin American gastropub in 2012, the brewing operation expanded into its current location soon after, and has gained an impressive reputation across the region for its culinary-inspired ales and lagers evolved from native flavours of Florida and the Americas. The operation is overseen by Brewmaster Jorge Rosabal, who calls on his Cuban heritage and German brewing education to create unique recipes. Live music is available weekly, along with special events including an annual Oktoberfest celebration.

LOCATION 803 17th Avenue West HOURS Wed-Fri 4pm-10pm; Sat 12pm-11pm; Closed Sun-Tue

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