G.T. Bray recreation center minutes from Anna Maria Island with Public Pool and Water Park

G.T. Bray Recreation Center is a fantastic place to cool off anytime of the year if you are staying on Anna Maria Island or in Western Bradenton, Fl.  The park is huge with plenty of facilities for the fitness enthusiast.  GT Bray is just 15 minutes from Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach.  Drive along State Route 64, Manatee Avenue.  See the link below for a map.

G.T. Bray Recreation Center –
5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton, Fl 34209
(941) 742-5923

Splash Park

Outdoor Splash Park – GT Bray

G.T. Bray has a 50 (6) lane Meter Pool, 18 X 18 yard dive pool equipped with a 1 and 3 meter diving board, 12 foot three flume water slide, a 2 foot wading-kiddie pool and a 4,000 square foot Splash water park.  So there is tons of water activities to do for the entire family.  Summer hours are extended as compared to other seasons and the Summer is considered Mid-June to Mid August.  The Pool park is open Monday through Saturday from around 11 AM to 5 PM.  Access to the recreation facility is not free but inexpensive.  As of Summer 2012 the fee ranges from $4.00 to $6.00 depending on age for a daily pass.  The pass provides access to all their facilities for the day.  Gymnasium, fitness center, teen/game room, racquetball and hard tennis courts.  GT Bray offers monthly rates and normally in the Summer offers a quarterly reduce rate.  The rate ranges from $35 to $80 for a month.  Here are some frequently asked questions that hopefully help with your potential visit to the aquatic center.  By the way, planning a party between April and September?  You can rent part of the GT Bray aquatic center on weekends!

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Originally from Rochester, NY, Larry has found paradise on Anna Maria Island. He is an Anna Maria Island resident and President of Island Real Estate. He is always happy to share his expertise on the local real estate and vacation rental market. As a local, he is also able to offer excellent island insight on what to enjoy and things to do in the area.


  1. Toni says

    I wont to have my son’s birthday party there and he will be turning 4 the end of March. How will I go about making reservations?

    • says

      Unfortunately, Manatee County is not able to take party reservations at the pool until mid-to late April because they work at half-staff during the winter months. For safety reasons, the do not do pool parties unless they have enough staff to properly attend to the pool and all gates. However, there are a number of great playgrounds and pavilions available for reservation. Just call (941) 742-5923 during regular business hours. When prompted for an extension just press 0, and you will be patched through to a parks rep who will be happy to help.

  2. Maryellen Rousseau says

    We are coming to Anna Maria in a few weeks. My inlaws drove by to check out the park. they said that only the pool is open. Is the Spray Park portion only open in the summer?


    • Jason says

      Hi Maryellen –

      The splash park at GT Bray will open again April 1st and be open through the summer. Enjoy your trip to Anna Maria Island.

      Thank you

      • Susan Woods says

        We will be visiting in October for my Grandson’s birthday. Does this mean that only the pool will be open that month?

        • says

          Thanks for your comment! I just contacted GT Bray and all of the water attractions stay open until October 31st. I hope that helps!

  3. Jenn says

    Hi we are coming to ami in April 2014. If u wanted to have a small group of people lets say 8 people for a birthday party can you rent out splash park? If so what is price? For how long? What hours are best ? I’m looking for April 12 13, or 14 , thanks jenn

    • Larry says

      Great question, I don’t think you can rent out a splash park BUT there is a fantastic splash park at Riverwalk in Bradenton. Google Riverwalk Bradenton and I am sure the water park will come up. I am sorry we need to write a post on the splash park in Bradenton!! Thanks for your question!

  4. Donna says

    I have never been to your park but we are looking for a place to go a couple times a week to be in the water. We are healthy active seniors. Are your pools heated and do you have winter hours? If so, what are the fees?

    • Larry says

      Hello Donna, best to review the GT Bray Website on hours for your time frame you plan to visit. Fees are reasonable I think. Check out the website link please.

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