Top 10 Anna Maria Island 2018 Activities

There are some things in life that you just can’t pass up, and the top 10 Anna Maria Island 2018 activities is packed full of must do’s. While there’s always fun happenings on Anna Maria Island, this list is our suggestions for 2018.

Top 10 Anna Maria Island 2018 Activities

Top 10 Anna Maria Island 2018 Activities

A new year means new experiences. Try out these fun things to do this year on Anna Maria Island.

1 Eat at SmoqeHouse

One of the island’s newest eateries, SmoqeHouse, offers BBQ fusion for those who love meaty sandwiches. While not your traditional BBQ joint, here you’ll find something both gourmet and filling. Just about every menu item has a smoked component. From the meats and cheeses to fruits and veggies, find an unusual selection of in-house smoked delights.

Smoqe House
Smoked chicken, port wine+fig+goat cheese spread, arugula and pickled red onion

2 Feed Flamingos at Sarasota Jungle Gardens

If you’ve never made it to Sarasota Jungle Gardens this is the year to finally do it. This lovely facility isn’t too big making it the perfect morning or afternoon off-island activity. They offer a great selection of wildlife and peaceful garden trails. When you visit you simply must spend the extra $3 to feed the Flamingos. Grab a bag of Flamingo food at the front entrance. These gorgeous birds are very friendly, and will gently eat right from your hand. An experience of a lifetime!

Sarasota Jungle Garden
Feed the Flamingos at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Photo Credit: Hector Ferran

3 Egmont Key Adventures and Scott’s Deli Picnic

When visiting the island there is nothing more quintessential then chartering a boat tour. Egmont Key Adventures offers the perfect charter for any group. From fishing to sunset cruises, these tours are great for a day of snorkeling and exploring Egmont Key.

Don’t forget to bring along a lunch on your adventure! Just give Scott’s Deli a call and they’ll make some gourmet sandwiches for your ride.

Egmont Key Adventures
Egmont Key Adventures for a boat ride.

4 Pick up some bling at Island Charms

Island Charms is an adorable shop on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria. Here you’ll find a great selection of jewelry for any style. This is also a really great spot for finding souvenirs with so many great gift options. Purses, art work, pottery, home accessories and more. You’ll love Island Charms!

Island Charms
Island Charms

5 Get a Brew at Darwin’s

Darwin’s Brewery might be one of the most popular spots in Bradenton for a great local made beer. In the downtown area, this is a fun hangout for locals and visitors alike where you’ll find food trucks, trivia and live entertainment. You’ll also be close to McKechnie Field making this a great pre-game destination for beers with friends.

Darwin Brewing Company
Darwin Brewing Company

6 Eat Mullet from Cortez Fishing Village

If you’re from Manatee County, you undoubtedly have an appreciation for Mullet. A huge seafood staple of the Cortez Fishing Village, this fish is something you have to try when visiting the area. Smoked and served with a side of mustard sauce is a very typical preparation enjoyed by the locals, but you’ll also find it fried or blackened too.

Cortez Fishing Village
Cortez Fishing Village

7 Take the Ferry to Sarasota 

For years now there’s been local chatter about Ferry services and water taxis connecting Anna Maria Island with Sarasota. Set to start in early 2018, this ferry service will connect Bradenton Riverwalk, Anna Maria Island and Sarasota! Find out more information here about this highly anticipated service!

Paradise Boat Tours
Paradise Boat Tours

8 Hike Grassy Point Preserve

Few visitors ever make it to Grassy Point Preserve, making it somewhat of a hidden gem. This 34 acre plot of undeveloped Mangrove Coastline is just stunning. Find it tucked back into the northern end of Avenue C in Holmes Beach. This Preserve has boardwalk and shell paths providing a peaceful spot to stroll through nature.

Grassy Point Preserve
Grassy Point Preserve

9 Visit the Floating Jungle Gym

The floating gym is a new attraction just off the south end of Anna Maria Island. Something truly unique, this is a great family fun adventure. While only accessible by boat, the floating gym is worth it! Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm you’ll see this half gym half boat structure parked Between Beer Can Island and Jew fish Key in Sarasota Bay. Welcoming folks of any age, enjoy climbing and jumping on the water for $15/person. If you need to rent a boat to get to the gym check out BluWave boat rentals.

Floating Jungle Gym
Floating Jungle Gym

10 See What’s new at P&N

The always adorable Pine Avenue shop Pink & Navy is under new ownership! With these new changes you can still expect to find all the trendiest of island gear. Stop by and see what’s new in the shop! While you’re there, be sure to head next door to Bella by the Sea too!

Pink & Navy
Pink & Navy

Book the perfect vacation rental, enjoy the beach, celebrate another new year and check out these fantastic Anna Maria Island 2018 activities!