The Top Tens of Anna Maria Island

The Top Tens of Anna Maria Island!

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So you’re thinking about visiting Anna Maria Island? What are you going to do when you get here? Or maybe you’re already here? Island Real Estate has

Anna Maria Island Restaurants

the resources to help you make some decisions! Let’s start with counting by tens (because we know that’s much easier than threes or fours or any of those other boring numbers)!

Anna Maria Island’s best restaurants

Check out Jason’s Anna Maria Island restaurant picks! Follow it up with some of our selections for ice cream and desserts and you are ready to start doing what you really came here for. For a full list of recommendations visit our Anna Maria Island restaurants section.

Anna Maria Island Activities

We know you came here to do everything on our endless list of activities! That’s right, every last thing!
Anna Maria Island Activities for Kids

  1. Let’s start with some great family fun!  It’s fun for the whole family with these activities for kids!
  2. There’s plenty of don’t-miss adventure to be had on the island!  Try some of these daytime activities where you can rent some equipment and have some fun!
  3. Or let’s take a short trip just south of the island, to participate in Sarasota activities, with lots of fun options and some more beautiful scenery!
  4.  How about all the fun, none of the cost?  Don’t forget to enjoy some of these free activities like an Anna Maria Island scavenger hunt!
  5. Get the inside scoop on area fun by checking out some of our staff’s Favorites Lists. Don’t miss the tips on things like shopping and nightlife, from Carol’s, Amy’s, and Kacey’s Top 10 lists!

Read The Best of Anna Maria Island with our A,B,C’s

Anna Maria Island Activities to do on Rainy Days

Anna Maria Island Family Activities

Anna Maria Island Activities to do With Your Pets

Anna Maria Island salons, spas, and relaxation activities

Still have some time before the day is over? Venture off Anna Maria Island to take in some epic shopping in Tampa or at the Ellenton Outlet Mall.  Don’t forge there are some fabulous gift and beach shops all across Anna Maria Island!

So now it’s night time. What is there to do? Sleep? Not a chance! You’re on vacation so let’s keep the party going! Check out a couple prime locations to watch the sunset and then get ready for the nightlife. Do you sing in the shower or the car? Not anymore because now you’re going to be singing in front of a crowd that is cheering you on as you croon through each chorus at one of the numerous karaoke bars in the Anna Maria Island area. Doesn’t sound quite like your glass of beer? Then check out our favorite night spots!

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Anna Maria Island June Activities and Events

Anna Maria Island June activities and events are a great way to enjoy the start of Summer. As the weather warms up, so does the fun on island time!

Anna Maria Island June Activities and Events

Anna Maria Island June Activities and events
School’s out for Summer. Time to head to Anna Maria Island!

June fun on Anna Maria Island is all about the beach, and enjoying the very last bit of Spring weather for the year. This is when the days start to get hot, but the gulf is still crisp and refreshing. June is that time of year that all the locals absolutely adore because the beach weather is out of this world amazing!

Peruse our list of fun things to do and see while visiting Anna Maria Island in June! In celebration of summer this list has tons of kid friendly activities, but we didn’t forget about adult fun too.

School’s Out – June 1st.

Kid Friendly Anna Maria Island Beach rental
Summer isn’t complete without a trip Florida beaches. These cute kids are enjoying the pool at beach front rental Vista Grande!

For local schools, Summer is in full swing as of June 1st. You can bet the first thing kids want to do is head to the beach, lounge in swimming pools, eat hot dogs and enjoy the island life.

Your kids will love visiting Anna Maria Island this Summer. As this is one of Florida’s most family friendly beaches, you’ll find tons of ways to keep kids entertained!

Here are a few things to do with the kiddos:

  • Miniature golf at the FishHole. Click over to their website for a $1 off coupon.
  • Visit the pirate ship Playground at Coquina Beach.
  • Pier fishing on Bradenton Beach City Pier followed by lunch at Anna Maria Oyster Bar. Rent poles for $8 at the bait shop at the base of the pier.
  • Take a boat tour with Captain Kathe and first mate Pup-Pup. You’re sure to see Dolphins.
  • Get Ice Cream at Two Scoops and go for a walk on the Anna Maria City Pier.
  • Visit Flip Flop & Candy Shop on Pine Avenue.
  • Head over to the Holmes Beach Dollar Tree for tons of beach toys! The Anna Maria Island dollar store has a large selection of beach fun that won’t break the bank!

World Oceans Day Festival at Mote Marine – June 3rd

World Oceans Day
Celebrate World Oceans Day with Mote Marine Labs!

Mote Marine Labs and Aquarium will be hosting a World Oceans Day Festival 10am-1pm June 3rd. There will be live music, vendors, hands on activities and plenty of kid friendly marine education opportunities. Entrance to the event is free with the purchase of regular admission.

Find Mote Labs at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway on Longboat key just a short drive away!

2017 U.S Rowing Youth National Championship at Nathan Benderson Park – June 9-11th.

US Rowing Youth National Championships
Watch these young athletes in action!

Head down to Sarasota and catch all the action at the prestigious World Rowing Youth Championships. Over 350 crews from across the country will be competing in this three day event. Daily tickets are $10 or $25 for a three day pass.

Benderson Park is a beautiful spot to spend a day of fun. This park isn’t just a world class rowing facility, but offers many great amenities for those looking to get outdoors. Find picnic areas, walking trails, kayak launch and pets welcome.

Support a new local business – Paradise Found Book Store.

Paradise Found Book Shop
Support a new local Book shop on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria!

While on vacation the first essential items you may think to pack, would be a bathing suit, sunscreen, outfits, and a good book?

There are many times when we find ourselves even on a vacation needing a good read. Well, Paradise Found has you covered! Located on historic Pine Avenue, this shop is selling books of all genres. There are options for people of all ages, and all interests. You can browse the many selections of books, while your kids visit their children’s section.

There is more to buy here at the Paradise Found bookstore, they also have rare plants, and handmade oil paintings! If you find yourself on vacation and it is raining or you just enjoy a good read at the end of a beautiful day, stop by Paradise Found, and grab a great book!

Enjoy Live Music at Wicked Cantina

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Check out live music from acts like Hatley Band at Wicked Cantina.

While vacationing on Anna Maria Island you have to catch a live music act at one of the local night spots. Wicked Cantina is an excellent place to enjoy live tunes with gulf views, tasty Tex-Mex and fantastic cocktails too!

Find them on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.

Here’s the June live music schedule:

6-9 pm.
Tuesday’s – Hatley Band
Wednesday’s – Jody Gray
Thursday’s – Hatley Band
Friday’s – Jody Gray
Saturday’s – Noel Harris
Sunday’s – Chris Warner

June Featured Artist at Island Gallery West

Island Gallery West
Island Gallery West June Featured Artist Maria Sine.

Check out the Island Gallery West June featured artist Maria Sine. “The Shape of Things to Come” exhibit will be on display the entire month. Maria Sine has been an artist for 35 years. This exhibit will feature flora and fauna themes in the medium of acrylic with both abstract and realistic interpretations of Florida landscapes.

Find Island Gallery West 5368 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.

Anna Maria Island June activities and events are full of fun for the entire family!

Enjoy the start of Summer with this great list of things to do while visiting Florida! It’s not too late to plan your stay on Anna Maria Island, so visit IslandReal.com today and book the perfect Summer beach rental for your family.

 

Sarasota Bayfront

So you made the trip from Anna Maria Island to Sarasota and now you’re interested in exploring the Sarasota Bayfront? There are a couple things to take in while you’re there!
Unconditional Surrender statue
You will probably see the Unconditional Surrender statue just north of the Sarasota Bayfront park as you’re driving south on US-41. If you can find a parking spot near the Sarasota Bayfront Park you can make a short walk over to the statue for a picture or closer look.
Sarasota Bayfront Park
If you brought your kids along take them to the Waterfront Bay Park for some fun in the water or on the playground!

You can also check out Sarasota Main Street which has plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, art, a movie theater and more!

Sarasota Waterfront Park

Sarasota Bayfront Park

Located right along the Sarasota Bayfront there is a small water park with some fountains to play in, and there is also a playground for the kids to run around on after! Along the walk to the park you can take in some of the artwork on display created by local artists, or take a leisurely stroll around the 1/2 mile loop. There are plenty of boats and other scenery to take in along the way.  Sarasota is just a quick 30 minute drive to the South of Anna Maria Island.

Sarasota Bayfront Park
1 Marina Plaza
Sarasota, FL 34236

Visit our Sarasota Information page if you want some more ideas of things to do in Sarasota.    Visit our top ten things to do while in Sarasota!

Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Tampa

Summer Nights Busch Gardens

Looking for something to do during your summer vacation on Anna Maria Island? Summer Nights at Busch Gardens is an annual occurrence so check it out!

Summer Nights 2013 at the Busch Gardens Tampa theme park will take place from June 8, 2013 to August 18, 2013. Come out to watch the Kinetix acrobatic show on the Gwazi park stage, and stay to watch the fireworks following the nightly event. The show starts at 9:00 p.m. each day, and you can gain early entry by showing your dining receipt at the Gwazi park stage after 5:00 p.m.

Busch Gardens Tampa

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Busch Gardens can be found about an hour north of Anna Maria Island in Tampa, Florida. The amusement park features rides, roller coasters, and is also recognized as being one of the nation’s largest zoos.

There are a total of 24 rides at the park, which includes 8 roller coasters, and 3 water rides. The park is split up into 9 themed areas such as the Congo, Timbuktu, Egypt, Nairobi, and others. You can visit the five animal exhibits throughout the park or take a ride on the Serengeti Express to get a look while sitting back. The Skyride is also an option to get a look at the park wildlife from above.

If you’re visiting during October you might be able to catch the Howl-O-Scream event that is held annually for an extra scary evening! There are also additional events held throughout the year.

Busch Gardens Tampa
1-888-800-5447
10165 N McKinley Dr
Tampa, FL 33617

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Cheetah Hunt Busch Gardens

Cheetah Hunt

This ride is themed after the animal it is named for so you can expect high speed and turns when you ride it. The ride reaches a max speed of 60 mph, has a duration of 3:30, 1 inversion, and has a largest drop of 130 feet, and is 102 feet at its highest point.
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Busch Gardens Tampa Annual Events

Howl O Scream Busch GardensIt is always best to visit Busch Gardens for details on all Busch Gardens Tampa Annual events.  Below are the well established events you can count on when visiting Tampa, Florida from your vacation on Anna Maria Island.

Howl-O-Scream

Taking place during the month of October each year is Howl-O-Scream! The park undergoes some aesthetic changes, opening up haunted houses throughout the park, and introducing “scare zones.” Anyone who has never been to a Howl-O-Scream event at Busch Gardens before is missing out on an event that is a blast.
Summer Nights Busch Gardens
Summer Nights

Visit Busch Gardens during the summer months and you can expect longer hours of operation, Independence Day fireworks, and concert acts from various musicians. There is also a special effects show titled Kinetix. There are also some special effects that are introduced to the rides during only the summer season such as strobes and fog.

Visit our Busch Gardens information page for more details on Busch Gardens.

Home Depot Workshops for Kids

Kids' Workshop near Anna Maria IslandThe Home Depot offers Kids’ Workshop near Anna Maria Island on the first Saturday of every month.

Designed for children ages 5-12, the kids can enjoy making a FREE craft project from 9am-12pm on the first Saturday of each month.  They receive hands on instruction, a commemorative pin and certificate of achievement, not to mention, their very own Home Depot workshop apron.

Check with their website each month to see what they will be making.

Check out Island Real Estate’s top ten things to do information pages that make your visit to Anna Maria Island a breeze.  Visit our top ten things to do as a family.  Top ten things to do if you are a kid on Anna Maria Island.  AND lots more top ten lists of things to do!

Kid’s Corner – Anna Maria Island for Kids

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Kid’s Corner

Welcome to Kid’s Corner!  Looking for information about stuff for us kids to do on Anna Maria Island?  Well, this is the place to find it!  For kids, by kids…this info will help give you ideas while you are staying on our awesome island!  Have an idea to share?  Please leave us a comment!  We want to help you guys learn all the fun that is available on the island…with some insider tips, too!  Hope you enjoy your stay on the Gulf Coast, and we hope we can help make it even more fun!