Family Fun on Anna Maria Island

Family fun on Anna Maria Island is all about love, and we have plenty of things you’ll love to do with your family while vacationing on Anna Maria Island.

Family Fun on Anna Maria Island!

Robinson Preserve Treehouse
Make it a day trip and visit some of the Manatee county parks which are as close as a bike ride to Anna Maria Island or check out some of our other day trip recommendations! There are plenty of other parks to have a picnic or you can spend a day with the kids at the local children’s playgrounds.  (Note, the tower in the picture can be found at Robinson’s Preserve which has fantastic views in all directions!)

Restaurants – Dining

Robinson Preserve Kayak
If you’re looking for a family friendly restaurant try checking out one of the island’s Gulf Front or Bay Front restaurants featuring live entertainment and a comfortable inviting atmosphere.  If you are looking for general dining information visit our restaurant summary page for more dining out choices.

Things To Do – Family Fun

Florida Aquarium
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!

Ellenton Outlet Mall also offers plenty of family fun. Featuring shops, restaurants, and sights galore there is plenty to keep you in the area for a full day. There is also the Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach to check out.
Island Pearl
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!

Video Tour

Invite your kids to share their opinions or check out more activities in our Kid’s Corner or check out the Top Ten Kid’s Activities.

The Island Branch Library February Calendar of events

The Island Branch Library holds a variety of classes, meeting, presentations and seminars throughout the month. Staff at the Library are also passionate about educating the community. Check out our list of their February events below and also give them a call at 941-778-6341 for any questions. Additionally, the Library is a great place to visit when looking for rainy day activities on Anna Maria Island! Find the Island Branch Library at located at 5701 Marina Drive on Holmes Beach.

Not only does the Library offer February events, but you’ll find things to do through out the entire year! Check back to the Local Scene page often for upcoming events.

February Events

Tuesday, February 4

2:00 p.m.
Author Lecture: Linda Petrat “A Great Big Adventure on a Good Little Boat”. Author lectures are always interesting and also informative!

Tuesday, February 4, 11, 18, 25

10:00 a.m. Storytime for the kids. Parents and children of all ages are welcome at Storytime! There are also great hands on activities provided.

Wednesday, February 5

1:00 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers welcome all ages to attend while working on new writing skills!
6:00 p.m. Mana-Tweens Book Club Ages 8-12. Registration is required for this great writing tutorial. Additionally, find a great group of new friends who share your hobby too!

Thursday, February 6

2:00 p.m.
Friends Lecture: Idaho Wilderness Trail. The trail is absolutely fascinating!

Friday, February 7

2:00 p.m.
Smart Phones & Tablets Class pres. by We Fix Computers

Fridays, February 7, 14

10:00 a.m.
Forty Carrots for babies and children up to age 5; space is limited

Saturday, February 8

10:00 a.m.
Origami is fun and also easy to learn.
1:00 p.m.
Social Networking for Small Business. Here you’ll learn strageies for organizing your small business on social media. This is also a great way to get a leg up on social media!

Wednesday, February 12

2:00 p.m.
Friends Lecture: The Florida Maritime Museum will present a great lecture about the facility and local history too!

Thursday, February 13

2:00 p.m.
Anna Maria’s Edible Gardens pres. by
Michal Miller. You’ll love finding out how to create an edible garden that is also beautiful.

Friday, February 14

2:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Assn. Caregiver Support

Wednesday, February 19

2:00 p.m.
Lifelong Learning Academy: Biological
Basis for Violence
6:00 p.m.
Mana-Tweens Craft Ages 8-12; Registration required

Thursday, February 20

10:00 a.m.
Friends Book Club: Geraldine Brooks’
“People of the Book”
2:00 p.m. Knitting. Learn to knit and makes some friends while you do it.

Friday, February 21

1:00 p.m. eReader Class. This class is great for those looking to beef up your online reading skills too.

Saturday, February 22

2:00 p.m. Ballroom/Latin Dance Demo with the Chawis. Learn to dance while doing it in style!

Tuesday, February 25

2:00 p.m. Enjoy cooking with Herbs. Herbs are not only delicious to cook with, but you’ll also learn how healthy they can be!

Wednesday, February 26

2:00 p.m. Acupuncture pres. by Fiorenza Arigoni. Acupuncture is a popular therapy, and also an interesting form of pain management.

Friday, February 28

10:00 a.m. Driving & Dementia What you need to know. You’ll learn about issues with dementia and also how driving and daily lives are affected.

Titanic Fashion Luncheon at Florida Maritime Museum

Titanic Fashion luncheonHave you ever wondered what it would be like to go back in time? You have a chance now with the upcoming Titanic Fashion Luncheon featuring Tracie Arnold!

Arnold is a historical fashion designer and historical lecturer. Selections from her permanent Titanic collection will be available for viewing at the event and Arnold will be giving a short presentation on the history of clothing from the Titanic following the luncheon.

The event will be taking place at the Florida Maritime Museum in historical Cortez Village just a short 10 minute drive from Anna Maria Island on February 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM.

The event is limited to 50 guests, and tickets are $50 each. For more information call (941) 708-6120.

Florida Maritime Museum
4415 119th Street West
Cortez, FL 34215

Fins, Scales and Tales Art Exhibit – Florida Maritime Museum – Cortez

Fins, Scales and Tales Art Exhibit is a light-hearted, fish-themed art exhibit will showcase the talents of multiple local artists as well as colorful quotes from fishermen throughout Cortez’s rich history.  Join in on the fun for light bites at the opening at The Florida Maritime Museum on Tuesday, December 4th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.  Artists include: Baobab Arts, Bill’s Tin Art, Gordon Turner, Mike Balas and Weedline Art.

Florida Maritime Museum
4415 119th St. W
Village of Cortez
For more information call: 941-708-6120

Fins, Scales and Tales Art Exhibit - Postcard

Want more artwork information for visiting Anna Maria Island?  Visit our art walk information page as well as ArtsHop and the Manatee performing Art Center information page.

The Cortez Fishing Village and Florida Maritime Museum

The Cortez Fishing Village goes back a long way in history and today it’s of the last working waterfronts in Florida.  Each year the historic Cortez fishing area holds an annual fishing festival.  Shop at the fresh fish market, eat at local restaurants like the Starfish Company and watch the fishing boats along the shoreline.  If you’re interested in Cortez history you can learn all about it at the Florida Maritime Museum.  Click the link below to watch a short video featured on Fox 13.

Cortez Fishing Village
Click Here To Watch Video!