Back Alley Treasures – Coffee, Wine, Craft Beer, and Funky Treasures

Get yourself a cup of coffee or an ice cold beer while you shop for local art and unique gifts to bring back home. Back Alley Treasures is a really cool bar and store located on Bridge Street (across the street from the Fish Hole)

Really, this place is super funky and fun. Find art by local artists, jewelry, clothing, stained glass, etc. Everything in this place is colorful and fun. Even if you don’t buy anything, It’s a great place to get a drink and hangout.

Speaking of drinks, they have tons to choose from. There are coffee drinks, smoothies, frozen lemonade, beer, and wine. Plus, you can make any of their smoothies or lemonades boozy, or ask for your coffee drink to be spiked. On one of our hot summer days, a frozen lemonade with a little (or a lot) of alcohol sounds pretty nice if you ask me.

Back Alley Treasures is open Monday – Saturday from 9AM – 8PM, and open Sunday from 9AM – 5PM.

108 Historic, Bridge St
Bradenton Beach, 34217

The Green Turtle Gift Shop

Looking for the perfect souvenir to give to a friend back home from your trip to Anna Maria Island? If so, then stop by The Green Turtle Shell & Gift Shop in Bradenton Beach!

The Green Turtle has everything from apparel, jewelry, home decor, and more! They also have tons of large shells to chose from so you can always have a piece of the beach with you. It’s a great family owned business that’s just a short stroll from the Gulf Drive Cafe, and across the parking lot from Wicked Cantina.

Speaking of Wicked Cantina, if you bring your Wicked Cantina receipt over to The Green Turtle, they will give you a free necklace similar to the one pictured below!

The Green Turtle Gift Shop is open everyday, from 9AM – 8PM.

Muscle Car City – Classic Cars in Punta Gorda, Florida

Can you ever get sick of looking at old classic vehicles from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s?  Anna Maria Island is home to some great classic car shows and festivals but if you are unlucky enough not to schedule a visit around one of our classic car festivals you can grab your fix by visiting the Sarasota Classic Car museum or if you are looking for a real treat take a trip down to Punta Gorda, Florida.  An easy 1.5 hour drive South from Anna Maria Island to Punta Gorda’s Muscle Car City.

Muscle Car city boasts 99,000 square feet of mostly GM performance cars from 1957 to 1970.  Camaros, Chevelles, Caminos, Impala’s, GTO’s and yes of course Corvettes.  Muscle car city is one of the largest General Motors classic car collections in the United States.  If you are a Corvette fan there is no better place to go than Punta Gorda.  Rick has collected one or more of each Corvette from the year 1954 to 1975.  In many years he has several different variations of the model year all displayed at the museum.

At the time of this writing Muscle Car City is open Tuesday through Sunday with day pass costing just over $12.  The museum also boasts an old retro 1960’s diner with plenty to eat.  Old fashioned floats, milk shakes, hamburgers if you can remember eating it at a diner, they have it.  In addition, at the end of the tour they have a memorabilia store and gift shop where you can pick up some models, signs, cards and plenty of other great classic car paraphernalia.

So, if you need a new or old fix of GM muscle cars then take the drive down to Punta Gorda.  You will be amazed of the 100’s of cars that have been assembled in the 99,000 square foot museum.   Take a look at the photo’s below.  They are from my visit in 2010…wow, visit if you are a GM Classic Car fan, you will not be dissappointed!

Muscle Car City
10175 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950