What? You heard it right, free transportation on Anna Maria Island. Maybe you are planning a night out on the town taking in some libations and you want someone else to do the heavy lifting? Perhaps you want to enjoy the sights of Anna Maria Island without worrying about traffic, pedestrians in cross walks, you name it. After all you are on vacation! Locals refer to the service as the Monkey Bus.
The crown jewel of Anna Maria Island is our free Trolley service that travels the entire island. The trolley definitely has limited hours it shuttles patrons around Anna Maria Island so be sure if you are hitting some local night spots that you plan appropriately to get home or prepared to call a taxi. The Anna Maria Island trolley does accept donations.
Another free transportation is what Anna Maria Island locals refer to as the “Monkey bus.” It is really not free as they accept tips but a great way to get around the island if you have time to spare. They operate fairly late but at the time of our post their hours are noon to 3 AM. They can seat any number of passengers from their 8 passenger golf cart to their mini bus. They make travel fun and can be reached at 941 565-6542. They can handle special occassions as well but require reservations.
Anna Maria Island – Like Yoga? Love the beach? Get down to Bradenton Beach for donation based free Yoga classes. Shown to counteract inflexibility, tone and strengthen the body, and invite a sensation of peace into the mind, Yoga is only made better when it is done on the beach.
Each class lasts about 30 minutes and complimentary tea is made available at ALUNA Wellness after the session to allow time to calm down and meet each other. Classes are weather permitting, so call 941-778-8400 if you are unsure of the weather. Parking is available at ALÚNA or on 23rd St. Class will take place across the street from ALÚNA. 2219 Gulf Dr. N. Bradenton Beach, FL Classes are taught by certified yoga teacher, Amanda Curl.
The next classes are taking place on Saturday December 19th, Thursday December 26th, Saturday December 28th and January 2nd. Thursday classes are at 5:00 pm, Saturdays are at 8:30 am.
Light up the night! Get ready for Santa Claus and even some snow! On Friday, December 6, 2013 from 5pm-8pm bring your friends and family for free holiday fun to the annual AMI Chamber Tree Lighting and Holmes Beach Walk-About. The annual Lighting of the Tree will take place at the beginning of the open house – just around sunset – in front of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Santa will arrive at The Feast at 5:30pm with treats for the kids.
Even the Privateers will be spreading holiday cheer! The friendly downtown businesses will have in-store specials, there will be sample wines, appetizers, music and a raffle prize drawing for 3 big packages of gift items organized by the Islander newspaper. This is a great time to socialize with your island friends and neighbors! For further information please contact the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce at 941-778-1541.
Mark Saturday, November 30th on your calendar ~ we have a great way to get in the holiday spirit!
That evening from 5pm through 10pm, we are all welcome to enjoy the first official holiday Lighting of Bridge Street. Bring your friends, family (both human and furry) to Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. The night will come alive with live holiday music by “Ted Stevens and the Doo Shots”. There will be shopping, crafts, food and a full bar available. The exact location is 107 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach….but leave the car at home! You can let loose, have a good time and shake your tail feathers by taking the free Anna Maria Island Trolley!!
What a fun way to follow up an island Thanksgiving!
This is the first of many merry holiday events on Anna Maria Island, beginning in the city of Bradenton Beach.
For more information on the host, Bridge Street Merchants, click here.
The public Island Library often hosts free classes informing islanders and visitors of all ages, on arts and crafts. Some of their upcoming topics include origami and knitting. The library hosts an origami class every second Saturday of the month led by Judy Pruitt. All ages are welcome and no supplies are needed for this free class on the ancient art of Japanese paper folding. Ms. Pruitt demonstrates different origami designs of varying difficulty for newcomers and veterans alike. The knitting class is led by a devoted group of women who meet regularly to share their knowledge and help novices begin knitting projects. They also are happy to answer any questions, or just provide a friendly place to practice your craft. Both classes are free.
On Sunday August 18th, from 2-4 pm, the Island Players on Anna Maria Island will be hosting an open house. This event is for the public as well as returning volunteers to learn more about getting involved. The afternoon will start with tours of the theatre and descriptions of volunteer opportunities, including set construction, acting, box office assistance, and more. Afterwards, some of the most exalted directors in the Bradenton/ Sarasota area will discuss the Players’ upcoming season. Refreshments and appetizers will be served throughout.
Snooty the manatee makes his home at the South Florida Museum in downtown Bradenton, and he is celebrating his 65th birthday on Saturday, July 20th! Snooty is the first manatee to have a recorded birth date, and he has blossomed into a mascot for Anna Maria and Bradenton. The party will include numerous games and activities from not only the museum but also Mote Marine Laboratory, Busch Gardens, Bishop Animal Shelter, and Jungle Gardens. Snooty’s party is themed around wildlife preservation, ecological conservation and environmental sustainability. This celebration welcomes the entire family from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m for free!
Note: while this event has come and gone. You can count on at least a small celebration each Summer for Snooty. Be sure to go visit South Florida Museum if you want to participate in the celebration. Sorry, not sure if admission will be free but well worth your time!
Our beaches are still clean and oil free. The sugar white sand is soft as ever, and the wild life is extraordinary! My children and I were running up the North End beach the other night, and got to enjoy another one of our beautiful sunsets. There are lots of turtles’ nests getting ready to hatch at this time of the year. We saw at least five up on the beach near the Sandbar Restaurant. Last weekend, during an earlier morning trek to the beach, we got to enjoy the crabs crawling all over the beach. And there is never a shortage of shore birds flitting in and out of the turquoise water. The breezes are blowing, the water is crystal clear, and the sand is ripe for building a castle fit for a king!
If you are looking for a place to stay (a little larger than a sandcastle!), Island Real Estate is happy to help! Plan your trip today, and come enjoy all the wonders of Anna Maria Island. Give us a call at 877-778-6066, and find your perfect vacation accommodation with our Vacation Rentals team. You can also get help planning your vacation activities, by checking out all the suggestions on our Top Ten Lists and Attractions section of our site. Come enjoy the fantastic weather, and glorious clean white beaches of AMI!