Magazine Names Bradenton Among 10 Best Small Downtowns

May 16, 2013

The sun sets over Bradenton's newly redeveloped Riverwalk, the site of concerts, festivals and more.

Everyone knows about the excitement of Manhattan, but Southern Business and Development is singing the praises of America's not-so-big downtowns. The magazine is out with a list of "Ten Wonderful Small Town Central Business Districts in the South."

The mag gave props to Bradenton for its laid-back vibe, theater scene and redeveloped Riverwalk, which debuted in October 2012. Here's an excerpt:

Featuring a little bit of everything from the 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater to the Family Fun Zone (complete with a splash fountain), the Riverwalk is open year-round and showcases concerts, festivals and other community activities.

Also getting a nod was downtown Stuart, in Martin County, for its galleries, restaurants and boardwalk.

Rounding out the list, in no particular order, were:

  • Bardstown, Ky.
  • Danville, Ky.
  • Sumter, S.C. 
  • Columbus, Miss.
  • Harrisonburg, Va.
  • El Dorado, Ark.
  • Bastrop, Texas
  • Georgetown, Texas

According to the magazine, "Nothing tops off a suitable small town location more than a great downtown."