Families will LOVE Anna Maria Island! Lots to do, kid-friendly beaches, restaurants that welcome kids and adults alike, and we’re a day trip from Disney – Beach and Mouse in one house! Check out our Family Fun posts to get ideas for planning your visit to Anna Maria Island today!
If you’re looking for a family friendly restaurant try checking out one of the island’s waterfront restaurants featuring live entertainment and a comfortable inviting atmosphere.
Things To Do
If you’re getting tired of swimming or visiting the many beaches in the area there are plenty of public pools to visit as well. Take a trip to one of the area aquariums to get a close up look at the sea life! A short trip to the Florida Maritime Museum will be both educational and fun for the whole family.
If you’re visiting during the summer there are plenty of additional options, such as participating in the turtle watch which takes place between May 1st-October 31st. The kids can learn about the local turtles and see some of the nesting grounds that are penned off with stakes and tape right on the beaches. Kids can also learn to surf with the kid’s summer surfing camps!
Take a water shuttle trip on the Island Pearl to various locations and maybe even see some dolphins! Or for those who prefer solid ground the Anna Maria Island Trolley the Crown Jewel will take you around the island for free!
If you would like you can take a video tour of Anna Maria Island before you visit to get acquainted with some of the sights and locations!
Accommodations and Vacation Rental Properties on Anna Maria Island
Island Real Estate is the best choice when looking for the perfect family fun accommodations. With the largest inventory of vacation rental homes on Anna Maria Island, Island Real Estate is sure to please with great customer service and a knowledgeable staff.
There is no better way to celebrate your mom than with a Mother’s Day Beach Rental on Anna Maria Island! Show the special Mom in your life that you care with a week of island style relaxation!
Mother’s Day Beach Rental
We have some really great spots for your mom to get into full on relaxation mode this Mom’s Day! Whether you’re sending her with a friend, or joining her for the fun we have the perfect Anna Maria Island Beach Rental!
Villa 1- Sleeps 4
Villa 1 is the perfect one bedroom rental for your Mom. She will absolutely love this location and the laid back decor. She’ll be just a short walk from gulf beaches, shopping, dining, trolley stops and Historic Bridge Street night life too! Inside this unit there is a king bed and queen sleeper sofa along with a full kitchen and bathroom. There is a heated community pool perfect for relaxing on a warm May day with a cold drink.
Anna Maria Island Club 44 – Sleeps 4
If you want to really treat your mom, this direct gulf front rental is the way to go! Anna Maria Island Club 44 offers gorgeous views from both the living room and master bedroom. Your mom will be so close to the beach, she won’t even need her flip flops! This unit offers two bedrooms with 1 king bed, 2 twins and a sleeper sofa. The heated community pool overlooks the gulf making this the ultimate beach side getaway.
Blue Lagoon 2 – Sleeps 6
Blue Lagoon 2 is a great spot for a family getaway celebrating mom. Just two blocks from gulf beaches, this unit is well-appointed, yet still laid back. This quiet complex of cottage like condos offers an amazing community heated pool with a fun waterfall feature. Inside you’ll find two bedrooms with a king, queen and sleeper sofa. This central island location offers nearby shopping, dining and free trolley stops too.
Vista Grande 3 Penthouse
This is the ultimate luxury rental for Mother’s Day on the beach. Vista Grande 3 Penthouse offers direct gulf front views in an exclusive location. From the decor to the amenities nothing will be left to want at this condo. Each of the three bedrooms has its own bathroom and balcony access. There is even a lovely heated pool and downstairs covered lounge area for spending time with family.
Banyan Breeze – Sleeps 12
If you are looking to gather the entire family for Mother’s Day Banyan Breeze is the vacation spot for your group. This lovely 5 bedroom home comfortably sleeps up to 12 guests with an updated style. Mom will have a short walk to the beach with no major roads to cross. The backyard offers a peaceful oasis with a private heated pool, grill and covered lounge. Mom will always remember the time the whole family got together to celebrate her!
Tell Mom how much you really love her this year, and reserve her a Mother’s Day Beach Rental on Anna Maria Island!
While Spring may be in full swing, its not too late to find May Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals. May is an awesome time of year for a trip to AMI. Spring break is over and the Snow Birds are slowly making their way north after Easter. Gulf waters have started to warm up, and the beaches are hot with fun in the sun excitement.
Top 5 May Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals
It’s not too late to plan a May beach vacation. Check out our list of 5 great rentals with May availability. These units range from 1 to 5 bedrooms accommodating anywhere from 2 through 10 guests.
Runaway Bay 256 – 1 Bedroom
This lovely Bradenton Beach rental sleeps 2 guests for a truly romantic beach getaway. While you visit Runaway Bay 256 you’ll have access to nearby gulf beaches, free trolley stops, shopping and dining. You’ll love this quiet spot for tropical relaxation. May base rates range from $700-$850/week.
You’ll love the amenities at this comfortable resort-like Bradenton Beach Rental.
Casa Sierra 205 B – 2 Bedroom
Casa Sierra 205 B is just two short blocks from gulf beaches in a central Holmes Beach. This 2 bedroom condo is in a small complex offering a heated pool, outdoor shower, pergola and charcoal bbq grills. You can comfortably sleep up to 6 guests in this unit for a fun vacation by the beach! May Base rate $1300/week.
Walk to beaches, free trolley stops, shopping and dining while visiting this great beach condo!
South Beach Village 103 – 3 Bedroom
You will absolutely love visiting South Beach Village 103 in Bradenton Beach. This colorful town house style condominium sleeps 6 guests with one king bed, one queen and two twins. Dogs up to 25 pounds welcome with pet fee. This lovely unit is just across the street from gulf beaches. Enjoy the beach, or grab a cold drink at nearby Gulf Drive Tiki hut. May base rates $1600-$1500/week.
Catch glimpses of the gulf from the balcony and enjoy the heated community pool.
Pineapple Cottage – 4 Bedroom
The Pineapple Cottage is a quaint spot for up to eight guests. Located in the popular Anna Maria north end, this is the quintessential beach cottage. While this may be a cottage, it still has a luxury feel and updated amenities. From the heated pool and spa, to great decor and appointments, you’ll be in love with this beach rental! May base rate $2520/week.
This Platinum rated home provides beach luxury at its finest with an old Florida charm!
Sunset Glow – 5 Bedroom
Sunset Glow has everything for the perfect luxury family vacation by the beach. This home sleeps up to 10 guests with no amenity left out. You’ll be a short two blocks away from gulf beaches perfect for family beach days. Enjoy the updated decor and gorgeous backyard with heated pool and spa. Dogs up to 50 pounds welcome with pet fee. May base rates $3250-$4000/week.
Relax by the private backyard pool or the shaded lounge sitting area while enjoying a luxury family getaway.
Book your stay today at one of these great May Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals!
Poppo’s offers a great selection of build your burritos, quesadillas, tacos and burrito bowls. They use hormone free meats and organic produce when available. All their sodas are free of high fructose corn syrup and they also serve local craft beers and Kombucha! You’ll love their fresh pressed flour tortillas! Find them on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria.
Tortilla Bay offers great Tex-Mex for lunch and dinner. Find all the classics from Taco salad, wraps, fish tacos, burritos and more. The queso dip is an absolute must! They also serve beer, wine and soft drinks. Find them in Holmes Beach on the corner of Marina and Gulf Drive.
Wicked Cantina has an extensive menu boasting authentic Austin style Tex-Mex. Find something for everyone on the menu with Fajitas, tacos, seafood, burritos and even burgers too! Not only do they have amazing food, but the island’s best selection of hand crafted Margaritas. Sit on their outdoor deck and enjoy gulf views, and live music. Find them on Gulf Drive
Today the staff at Island Real Estate settled on Poppo’s for lunch. We HIGHLY recommend any of these options for a great Burrito. Check out our Facebook page after 12:30pm today for pictures of our lunch!
Anna Maria Island April activities aren’t just about Easter. There is so much going on in the area as Florida Spring Breakers head home and warm weather moves in.
Anna Maria Island April Activities
Throughout the month you’ll find new things to do and see including art, food, outdoors and family fun. live it up while on Anna Maria Island this spring!
Beach N’ Food Truck Festival
The second annual Beach n’ Food truck festival will be April 8th from 10am-10pm. Find it at Coquina beach on south AMI. This event offers all of the area’s best food trucks with a large variety. Also find crafts, live music, classic car show and a kids fun zone. While there is lots of parking around Coquina Beach, patrons are encouraged to ride the free trolley. Trolley service ends at 10:30pm.
Salty Buddha SUP Yoga
Try something new on your trip to Anna Maria Island with Stand up paddle board yoga from Salty Buddha! This is a fantastic way to stay both active and relaxed while connecting mind and body in tropical AMI paradise. Join instructor Rachael Croll for a one of a kind experience on the water. Classes are designed for all levels of skill. Her 90 minute session will include paddle board instruction followed by an hour of guided yoga. Schedule your class today!
Easter Egg Hunt at The Sandbar Restaurant
Bring the entire family to the beach for a fun toes in the sand Easter Egg Hunt! This year’s egg hunt will be on Saturday the 15th at 9am sharp at the Sandbar. Arrive early. After the dash for eggs everyone will proceed down Pine Avenue for refreshments, games and an Easter Bonnet contest. The Easter bunny will also be making an appearance. Everyone is welcome to come, and kids under 10 can join in on the egg hunt. Be sure to bring your Easter baskets!
Recycled Teen Fashion Show at the Downtown Bradenton Central Library
See local teens compete in one of Manatee County Libraries most popular events April 22 from 1-3pm. Ages 13-19 will get the opportunity to experience what its like to be a real fashion designer. All styles are created using recycled materials. The day of the event models will take to the run way to show off these teens wonderful talent for fashion with a twist! The 2016 show drew a crowd of over 300 with 24 participants. Find the Downtown Central Library at 1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West in Bradenton.
Seas & Shore Fine Art Photography at Island Gallery West
While in Holmes Beach Stop by Island Gallery West to see the April featured artist Richard Stewart’s photography. His exhibit shows his fascination with the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. The work is on display all month and a reception will also be held April 14 during the Artshop 5:30-7:30pm.
Enjoy the island life this these Anna Maria Island April Activities!
Anna Maria Island Beach Rental Specials are a fantastic way to gather the family for the holiday. You won’t have to break the bank while enjoying Easter on Anna Maria Island!
Anna Maria Island Beach Rental SPECIALS!
Island Real Estate has some terrific specials going on. All of these deals cover Easter week from April 15-22. Most of these are 25% off your base rental fee, but some are offering 40%. Additionally, some of these beach rentals are also offering discounts now through May. Check out the list below, or head over to our Sunshine Special Page for more details on current promotions.
You’ll find a variety of homes to pick from to perfectly suite your vacation crew. These 8 beach rentals are spread across the island and include bungalows, villas and large single family homes too. You’ll find occupancy accommodating for groups as small as 6 all the way up to 14!
Peruse these deals and click on the name of the homes to view the full listing. This list is organized by occupancy from smallest to largest.
The Key Lime Cottage is a duplex accommodating 6 guests in each with 6 bedrooms and 4 baths total. Rent a single side or both for a fun island getaway. Both side have separate heated pools, and are less than 2 blocks to gulf beaches.
This 4 bedroom 2 bath bungalow is just a short walk to the beach with no major roads to cross! Blue Heron Beach House is great for families with a bunk bed, 2 twins and 2 king beds. You’ll love the heated lagoon style pool.
Living the Dream is a gorgeous canal front luxury rental sleeping 8 guests. Recently updated, you’ll find an amazing outdoor bar and lounge, heated pool and your very own private patch of sand too! 4 bedroom 3 bath just a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches.
This rental is less than a block from gulf beaches with well-appointed amenities. You’ll find everything for a luxury vacation for a large group or family. Enjoy the heated pool and spa and great outdoor entertainment area too.
Gulf Breeze is less than 2 blocks to gulf beaches and offers a great spot to relax in style. Enjoy the heated pool and spa with a lovely waterfall feature. The backyard pool table and entertainment area will have your entire family enjoying island life. Sleeps 12 with 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.
Coral Escape accommodates up to 12 guests comfortably with 6 bedrooms and 4 baths. You’ll be just a short walk to gulf beaches and free trolley stops. Enjoy the heated pool and spa plus pets welcome with pet fee.
This great beach house is well-appointed for a perfect vacation. You’ll love relaxing by the heated pool and spa, or walk over to the free trolley stops for sightseeing. No detail was overlooked in this home. Sleeps 12 with 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths.
Waterfront Retreat was made for entertaining a large group! This lovely canal front rental is just a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches. Enjoy the large kitchen, and bar over looking the canal. Sleeps 14 with 6 bedrooms 3 full baths and 2 half baths.
Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals make for unforgettable vacation! Find perfect weather, great activities and a lovely spot to gather friends for an awesome beach rental experience!
Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals
It’s not too late to plan your Spring Break! When booking last minute March dates be sure to ask about special promotions!
Runaway Bay 272
Runaway Bay 272 is a fantastic Bradenton Beach vacation spot for six guests! This condo is just a short walk from the beach, free trolley stops, and local attractions. Inside you’ll find two bedrooms and two bathrooms with an updated casual style. Enjoy the community heated pool, fishing dock on the bay and tennis courts. 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $1300/week.
La Casa Marie
La Casa Marie is a great spot for a luxury beach rental right on the beach. This three bedroom, two and a half bath rental condo sleeps six. You’ll have peeks of the gulf from the balcony along with updated amenities. Enjoy the fun wetbar with wine chiller and ice maker too! When you aren’t at the beach relax in the heated community pool and spa! 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $3150/week.
Under the Tuscan Sun
Under the Tuscan Sun is a fun Mediterranean style beach rental just a few short blocks to the most popular Anna Maria Island beaches. This three bedroom three bath rental sleeps up to six guests. You’ll love the private heated pool along with lovely balcony views. Pets under 25 pounds welcome with pet fee! 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $2000/week.
A Mermaid Crossing
A Mermaid Crossing offers stylish decor and a location just a short walk from the beach. This three bedroom three bathroom rental sleeps six guests with an extra touch of luxury. You’ll love the heated pool and sundeck too. The layout of this house is great for entertaining, and the master bathroom is stunning! 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $3325/week.
Waterfront Retreat is the ultimate destination for a large family Spring Break vacation. Here you’ll find six bedrooms three full bathrooms and two powder rooms. This rental was truly designed for entertaining. Enjoy a well equipped kitchen with bar area, a living room with excellent seating, fun games and heated pool. The rental is on canal front with a dock, so you can even bring your boat. 2017 Spring base rates start as low as $3325/week!
Anna Maria Island Spring Break Beach Rentals are the best way to enjoy a memorable Florida Vacation!
Once you visit, you’re sure to understand why Anna Maria Island is the best family friendly Florida vacation destination! From affordable group accommodations, to pristine beaches you’ll make life lasting memories on island time.
Anna Maria Island is the best Family Friendly Florida Vacation!
While other Florida cities may offer family friendly vacations, none will make your group happier than a relaxing visit to Anna Maria Island! Here’s our Top seven reasons why.
Anna Maria Island Beaches are pristine.
Anna Maria Island has some of the most beautiful Gulf of Mexico beaches you’ll find in Florida. The sand is powdery and the water is typically blue like the Caribbean. Not only are these beaches pretty, but they are great for families.
When you visit the large public beach accesses on the island you’ll find amenities that make beach trips easier. Things like bathrooms, changing stations, concessions, and play grounds make beach time a breeze.
Great family accommodations and beach rentals on Anna Maria Island.
Since Anna Maria Island is only a mile across at it’s widest section, all accommodations are near beach accesses. In fact, most are with in walking distance. If your group ends up too far to walk then rent a golf cart or bikes to get your group back and forth.
Anna Maria Island has a great selection of accommodations for larger groups and families too. You are sure to find the perfect beach rental to suit the needs of your party. From beach front luxury to laid back and budget friendly, AMI has it all.
While the island does offer high-end luxury, Anna Maria Island is a great vacation destination for those on a budget. Find affordable lodging, restaurants and shopping for a vacation that won’t break the bank.
You won’t find entrance fees to any of the beaches on Anna Maria Island. Parking is also free!
Almost all of the family style rentals on Anna Maria Island have fully stocked kitchens, so you’ll save a great deal of money by making meals yourself.
You’ll find many activities that don’t require spending money on your vacation. Visit the public parks, walk on the Piers, and enjoy sightseeing without spending a dime.
Transportation and free trolley service.
There are many options for getting around the area. The free trolley is a very popular mode of transportation with stops from Pine Avenue on north end to Coquina beach on south end. Kids have lots of fun riding the trolley, and it’s air conditioned too.
Catch a ride with The Monkey Bus or Ride AMI golf carts. These services can be hailed on the street or called to pick you up. Both are a gratuity only service. Water Taxi’s are a newer way to get around the island. You’ll love riding to your destination by boat.
Island Activities are Family Fun.
Beyond the beach you’ll find fun island activities for your family. Enjoy miniature golf at the Fish Hole on Bridge Street, or climb the Pirate Ship play ground at Coquina Beach. Families love fishing on the Anna Maria City Pier, or enjoy a walk with an ice cream cone from Two Scoops.
There are many local equipment rental companies that offer bicycles, surrey bikes, tandem bikes and kid seat attachments. No matter what the age of your group, you can rent bikes for sightseeing.
There are many options for boat and fishing tours around the island. Take the kids dolphin watching, kayaking or snorkeling. For the more adventurous try fly boarding or horse surfing!
Anna Maria Island offers a central location.
While you may not want to leave the island during your stay, you’ll find AMI is nearby to many big Florida attractions. There are tons of things to do within a two hour driving distance.
Get from Anna Maria Island to Orlando is just two hours. Planning a Disney trip? You can stay on Anna Maria Island! Meet Mickey and see the best Florida beaches in the same vacation.
You’ll find things to do in Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa all an hour drive or less. Enjoy Mote Marine Aquarium, The Dali Museum, Busch Gardens and plenty of attractions in these nearby cities.
Even Bradenton has fun things to do, and is just a short ride inland. The Downtown Bradenton area has the wonderful Riverfront park, or go see Snooty the Manatee at South Florida Museum.
You’ll feel like you’re in a tropical oasis in the middle of all the best Florida Attractions!
Anna Maria Island will have you feeling relaxed.
A Family friendly Florida vacation is not always relaxing, especially for parents. Some family trips can be so exhausting you don’t even feel rested when its over. Change all that with an Anna Maria Island vacation. Everything about AMI is laid back; life is just slower on island time. No one in a hurry, no long lines, no obligations or deadlines. All you need for a good day on AMI is a bathing suit, sun block, a cold beverage and your loved ones. There’s nothing like a day on the beach to get your family into relaxation mode.
Enjoy the perfect family friendly Florida vacation with a tropical getaway to Anna Maria Island.
Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals are a great way to gather your loved ones for an unforgettable beach getaway. While many Florida cities offer great family accommodations, none are as laid back, affordable and convenient as Anna Maria Island. Your crew will want to visit year after year! Check out our list of the Top Nine Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals to visit in 2017.
Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals
While this list focuses on family, it also provides accommodations for both small and large groups. Families come in different sizes just as rentals do too!
Kid friendly amenities are included in our list along with conveniences that make parenting on vacation a tad easier. Washer, dryer and dishwashers are a must when vacationing with children! Each rental offers a private or community pool.
Best of all, these locations are close enough to the beach that even the short legged family members can handle the walk.
North Beach Village 63
North Beach Village 63 is a great town house rental about two blocks from gulf beaches. You’ll be near the Holmes Beach small town center for shopping and dining. Enjoy the heated community pool and free trolley stops within walking distance.
Inside this unit you’ll find two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms accommodating up to six guests. There are two king beds and a queen sleeper sofa. Yes, the kids may have to share a bed, but with king and queen beds there will be few sibling squabbles. Additionally, the two full bathrooms have tub/shower combos great for kids bath time! Pets under 25 pounds welcome with fee.
Beach Retreat is a lovely rental less than two blocks from gulf beaches. This gold rated home sleeps eight guests with four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Beach Retreat would make a nice destination for two families as the bedrooms offer 1 king, 1 queen, 2 twins and an additional 2 twins that convert into a king if needed. The elevator will make moving kids, luggage and groceries a snap!
Even better for families with little ones, enjoy a pack-and-play, high chair, and umbrella stroller too! The entire family can enjoy the ping pong table, pool toys, books, puzzles, DVD’s and board games.
Cook up a feast on the backyard propane grill while everyone relaxes in the heated private pool. The outdoor shower will help keep little feet from tracking sand in the house!
Mango Breeze is where luxury and family friendly meet. This four bedroom rental sleeps 8, and is just over two blocks from gulf beaches. Here you’ll find the family can really spread out with 2 king beds, 1 queen and 2 twins. In addition to the living room there is an upstairs den area with flat screen television. Mom and Dad will love the master bedroom with a private balcony and beautiful en suite.
The backyard at Mango Breeze will become your families own private tropical oasis. Enjoy the heated pool, charcoal grill, covered seating area and a fun Tiki hut too! Enjoy the game room with ping pong table, and bring dogs up to 25 pounds with pet fee.
Manna-Tee Beach House
Manna-Tee Beach House has everything you could want for an amazing family getaway just two blocks from gulf beaches! This three bedroom rental has a high-end feel with lovely decor and amenities for six guests. You’ll find more beds than you’ll need with 1 king bed, 1 queen bed, 2 twin beds and a queen sleeper sofa.
This beach rental features great balconies, a heated pool, lovely master bedroom and even a high chair for the littlest kid!
My Sister’s Beach House
My Sister’s Beach House is the ultimate luxury beach rental for large family gatherings. This five bedroom home sleeps 12 guests with all the bells and whistles. Find 4 King beds, 2 twins and both a twin and queen sleeper sofa.
The kitchen has two dishwashers, refrigerators and everything you’ll need preparing large meals.
Enjoy canal views, heated pool and spa and a fantastic game room too!
Blue Heron Beach House
Blue Heron Beach House has a great old Florida charm, and is less than a block to gulf beaches. This four bedroom rental offers 2 king beds, 2 twins and a bunk making it great for groups of eight.
During your stay enjoy the heated pool, outdoor shower and a Foosball table in the den. Your family will love this north end location near free trolley stops, shopping and dining.
Waterfront Retreat is a six bedroom rental updated specifically for family get togethers. Sleep 14 guests on canal front just a short walk to Tampa Bay beaches.
Great thought was put into the amenities and decor of this home to accommodate all family members needs. The upper level bunk room can fit all the kids, and Grandma will love the lower level pink Queen suite.
The large kitchen has two dishwashers along with a fun bar area looking over the canal. Enjoy the heated pool, and beautiful canal views from three of the bedrooms. Bring the boat on this vacation, as you’ll be just a short ride from Tampa Bay. Pets up to 50 pounds welcome with pet fee.
Villa 2 is a great spot for a small family getaway for four guests. This one bedroom condo has 1 queen bed and 1 queen sleeper sofa.
This location is fantastic! You’ll be just a short walk to everything including beaches, trolley stops, shops, restaurants and sightseeing attractions on Historic Bridge Street.
Enjoy the shared heated pool at this laid back Anna Maria Island vacation spot.
Flip Flops Forever
Flip Flops Forever is a relaxed kid friendly vacation rental just two blocks from gulf beaches. Sleep up to 10 guest with five bedrooms. There is 1 king bed, 3 queens, 2 twins, a twin bed with trundle and a small toddler bed. One of the queen bedrooms also has a second small kitchen area with mini fridge, sink and microwave.
The backyard features a heated pool and and putting green that everyone will love!
When you Book your Family Friendly Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals with Island Real Estate, you’re sure to be pleased!
Anna Maria Island March activities are a fantastic way to stay entertained when you aren’t too busy relaxing on the beach! Spring is a very popular time of year to visit the island, so you’ll find plenty of happenings. From art to the outdoors, check out our list of Anna Maria Island March activities.
Anna Maria Island March Activities
The weather is perfect and Florida is the place to be!
Art Slam 2017
Head off island March 4th for an immersive art experience in Downtown Bradenton. Art Slam is an annual event where local creatives come together to celebrate art, youth and the creative process. Every year this event brings a unique experience to attendees. Visit Old Main Street in Downtown Bradenton from 9am-4pm.
Explore Waif Gopher Tortoises at Perico Preserve.
Perico Preserve is a gorgeous new park just a short drive over the Manatee Bridge from Anna Maria Island. While these animals are native, the park is developing a special interest for their habitat.
Waif Gopher tortoise refers to animals ready to be released back into the wild, but don’t have a known specific area of origin. This can happen for a variety of reasons.
Manatee County has developed Perico Preserve into the perfect habitat for these homeless Waif Gopher Tortoises. While on Anna Maria Island, be sure to visit Perico Preserve for a chance to see them in person!
Island Gallery West March Feature
Check out the March featured Student Artist at the Island Gallery West. Olivia Sabo is a student at Lakewood Ranch High School. Her work “Spuds” will be on display at the gallery for the month of March. Her acrylic painting on display was inspired by her fathers Chris Sabo was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2010.
Treat Yourself at Cupcake Delights!
Head over to Capcake Delights in Holmes Beach and grab yourself one or a dozen. Because, why not? You don’t need a reason to enjoy a sweet treat when vacationing on Anna Maria Island!
Lionfish Lecture at FMM
The Florida Maritime Museum is hosting a Lecture March 15th at 3pm. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Lionfish Control Team will talk about this invasive species and how people can help combat their proliferation of Florida waterways.
Nap on the Beach
March 13 is National Napping Day which follows Day Light Savings on March 12. Celebrate with a nap on the beaches of Anna Maria Island! The sun will be warm and the sand soft! Grab a towel and an umbrella and get comfy! Just don’t forget your sunblock!
Beach Bistro Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
This year the Beach Bistro’s St. Patricks Day Parade will be on Sunday the 19th. The Parade begins at the corner of Marina and Gulf Drive the proceeds north toward Anna Maria.
Anna Maria Island Seagulls are so cute and friendly, but don’t feed them! While it may seem fun, feeding gulls is harmful to both people and birds.
Don’t Feed Anna Maria Island Seagulls
Just about everyone is guilty of feeding birds. However, few know the real impact of the action. When you are sitting on the beach relaxing, and a gull stops by, it’s easy to toss a piece of snack at them. They will beg you. They will stand on the sand and look you straight in the face, but don’t give in!
Feeding Gulls makes them ill.
Naturally gulls forage, hunt and scavenge for food. They have a diverse diet consisting of fish, mollusks, insects, reptiles, rodents and just about anything meaty they can get their beak on. Typically when people feed gulls, they offer up human food like french fries and potato chips. These types of food aren’t even good for humans, so you can be sure they are harmful to sea birds. Without proper nutrition, Gulls can become sick and weak. A people diet can actually kill these feathered friends.
Feeding Gulls changes their natural instinct.
Gulls play an important part in their environment by cleaning up bits of detritus from beaches. They won’t do their job if they are given handouts of people food.
Instinctively birds tend to be afraid of humans, but become too friendly when hand fed. Not only do they loose their fear of humans, but they become aggressive toward us. Gulls will dive bomb people and steal food right out of their hand. This is a direct consequence of human interaction. There is nothing worse than a family trip to the beach spoiled by a gull nabbing the ice cream out of a kids hand.
In some instances these birds become extremely aggressive causing people to throw rocks and objects at the birds to scare them away. Obviously this is animal abuse, and could have been avoided completely. Birds that are not scared of people also run a higher risk of being injured by cars, fishing gear, boats and other human made obstacles.
Birds fed human food have a tougher time differentiating between real food and objects. Subsequently, gulls will try to eat plastics, garbage and other non-food items.
Feeding Seagulls has a negative impact on ALL species of birds.
When birds become accustomed to hand feeding they will congregate in larger groups than they naturally would do. This has an impact on increasing the spread of bird diseases. Populations of all birds are vulnerable to disease. Avian Pox is spread by an increase in birds having direct physical contact, especially when competing for food.
Additionally, these inflated groups of Gulls can have a harmful impact on all nesting shorebirds. Gulls prey on eggs and baby birds. It’s natural for a few eggs and baby birds to fall prey to a Seagull. However, these large swarms of gulls, attracted by people, can take out entire nesting colonies of birds such as Terns, Plovers and Skimmmers. A large group of Seagulls can also take out an entire nest of hatchling Sea Turtles making their way to the water’s edge.
What to do if you get swarmed?
If you encounter a swarm of aggressive gulls, first, hide all food. Seagulls even know what a potato chip bag looks like! Get all food out of sight. Any food that falls on the ground needs to be picked up or buried under sand. Once all food is away, stand up and slowly start walking towards the birds in an attempt to disburse them. Chasing birds stresses them out, so move slowly and confidently. Do not wave your hands around as they may think you are offering them food. Once the gulls move on you can bring your food back out.
Feeding Gulls – It’s just plain rude!
While feeding Seagulls is not illegal in the state of Florida, it is extremely rude. Gull feeding frenzies are disruptive to beach goers and is inconsiderate to both humans and birds.
On your next trip to the beach, don’t feed Anna Maria Island Seagulls! Don’t just take our word! Read what the University of Florida has to say about feeding wildlife!
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