The following is one person’s opinion of the best things when visiting Anna Maria Island -
Amusement Park: The Best Amusement Park to visit in the Summer – Busch Gardens. Sorry this is about 1.25 hours away but they have fabulous shade everywhere as well as misters. It takes the Florida Summer heat down a notch!
Beach: The Best beach to walk on – About 10th street North in Bradenton Beach to Sea Grape in Anna Maria City. This is about a 5 mile stretch.
Bicycle: The best place to bicycle on Anna Maria Island – The coquina beach bicycle path!
Books or Magazines: The Best place to review some magazines or pick from a huge selection of books – Books a Million just a short 20 minute drive off Anna Maria Island
Breakfast ii: The Best breakfast selection on Anna Maria Island – Peaches located in Holmes Beach
Child Entertainment: Best place for some child entertainment on a rainy day – Chuck E Cheeses; just a short 15 minute trip off Anna Maria Island.
Dog: The Best place to walk your dog – On the causeway just off Anna Maria Island on Manatee avenue. Just a short 5 minutes.
Dog ii: The Best dog park to let your dog run – GT Bray park. They have a large fenced in area where dogs are allowed to run wild.
Excercise: The Best place to exercise - AMI Fitness next to the Anna Maria Island Chamber
Fishing: The Best fishing off Anna Maria Island – Shark Fishing in Tampa Bay. The bay is known around the world for some of the best shark fishing.
Groceries: The Best place to pick up some groceries – Publix
Groceries ii: The Best place to pick up alot of groceries and save the most – Walmart (Just 15 minutes off Anna Maria Island)
Hamburger: The Best hamburger on Anna Maria Island – Skinny’s or Duffy’s. They are both great and you might as well try both to be able to pick for yourself. Skinnys has french fries, while Duffy’s does not.
Ice Cream: The Best place for ice cream – Sweet Berries just a short 10 minute rid off Anna Maria Island down Manatee Avenue. Sure there are lots of treats on Anna Maria Island but this is the Best of the Best list!
Information: The best place for information – Island Real Estate Local Scene or Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
Hangouts: The Best local hangouts to grab a beer – Skinny’s, Duffy’s, Dcoy Ducks, Bortells
Hike: The Best Nature hike in the area – Robinson Preserve just off Anna Maria Island. Be sure to walk up to the top of the tower where the views of the bay are fantastic.
Jewelry: The Best place to purchase jewelry – The Sand Dollar gift store!
Kayak: The Best place to kayak – Robinson Preserve just off Anna Maria Island just a few minutes
Library: The Best library on Anna Maria Island – Holmes Beach Library
Lunch: The Best place for a great Summer lunch – Two Scoops in Anna Maria City. They have a great two hot dog meal for next to nothing!
Miniature Golf: The Best local place for miniature golf – The Fish Hole located off Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach
Miniature Golf ii: The Best place for miniature golf within a drive – Smugglers Cove just a short 15 minute ride down Cortez.
Nightlife: The Best place to go for a little nightlife on Anna Maria Island – Bortells in Anna Maria City or Dcoy Ducks in Holmes Beach
Nightlife ii: The Best place for non-local nightlife – Sarasota and start at St Armand Circle
Oranges: The Best place for picking or grabbing oranges – Mixon Fruit farm. Only 25 minutes from Anna Maria Island
Picnic: The Best place for a quiet picning on Anna Maria Island – Bayfront Park located in Anna Maria City
Plane Tickets: The Best place to print out your plane tickets – Island Real Estate of course. We are open 7 days a week and have a guest computer that allows you to print your plane tickets all for free!
Restaurant: The Best barbecue ribs on Anna Maria Island – The Feast located in Holmes Beach
Restaurant ii: The Best special occassion restaurant with views – Beach Bistro located in Holmes Beach
Shelling: The Best beach for shelling – Coquina Beach on the Southern part of the island in Bradenton Beach
Soup: The Best soup on the island with a view – Waterfront restaurant in Anna Maria City overlooking the Anna Maria City public pier. Their Lobster Bisque melts in your mouth!
Surfing: The Best beach to surf – White avenue which is located in Anna Maria city. Park at the Baptist church parking lot off Gulf Drive and walk past a few houses to get to the beach.
Transportation: The Best way to travel on Anna Maria Island – Rent a bicycle, scooter or street legal golf cart.
Vegetables: The best place to grab inexpensive fresh vegetables - The Red Barn Flea market just 20 minutes off Anna Maria Island. In season you can grab veggies at Bridge Street market as well.
Video Rental: The Best place to rent a new release video – Publix vending machine located in Holmes Beach
Volleyball: The Best place for sand volleyball – Manatee Public beach where they have several nets set up 24/7
Wedding: The Best place to have a wedding – Harrington House in Holmes Beach
Zoo: The Best zoo – Lowry Park Zoo.
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