Every once in a while, a little rain must fall. But when you are staying on Anna Maria Island, you still have lots to do, and lots of activities to choose from. As we’ve mentioned before on our Top Seven Things to Do on a Rainy Day blog , going to the movies can be a good way to pass the time away on a rainy afternoon, or a lazy afternoon, or any afternoon, or evening, for that matter. Just a quick car ride across the Cortez Bridge and out 53rd Ave/SR70 will take you to the AMC Bradenton 20, where you can catch the latest releases on the big screen. AMC Bradenton 20 is located at 2507 53rd Ave E in Bradenton (map it here). That’s right, 20 theaters playing the latest shows only a hop, skip and a jump (and about 20 minutes in the car) from the beach! Check out their website for showtimes. Their Super Bargain shows start at $6.00 and prices go up from there. If you are a planner, you can head to Fandango and purchase your tickets to your favorite show online, ahead of time. They also accept Visa and Mastercard at the ticket counter, and the concession stand.
The last time we were there, the debate was not over which movie to see, but what to add to the popcorn! The concession stand has a whole” Personalize your Popcorn” station. You can add their tasty shakers o’ flavor to your classic movie snack. They have savory and sweet flavors-including cheese! But the winner for my crowd was our own purchase, and the old stand by- M&Ms! It’s the perfect combination of savory and sweet…and it’s always a pleasant surprise in the dark of the theater, to guess how many chocolatey treats you might grab out of the bucket! If you make it early for your show, there’s a seating area in the lobby where you can nosh while you wait. There is plenty of signage too, to make sure you know which direction to head to catch your flick. The theaters are good sized, and the seats are large and comfy, with cup holders big enough for those gi-normous drinks!
So, if you are looking for a rainy day activity, or date night fun, head in to town to catch a movie. They are SURE to be playing something you’ll enjoy at the AMC Bradenton 20! Oh yeah, did I mention they have 3-D movies as well? Sorry, these movies are a bit more expensive but they do supply 3-D plastic glasses to enjoy the movie with, and what a thrill!
Paradise needs to have a rainy day or two. If you are unfortunate enough to catch a rainy day while on Anna Maria Island there is still plenty to do. Most things to do on a rainy day are off the island in Bradenton, FL however it is just a short drive away. Most area attractions off Anna Maria Island can be found on Manatee Avenue or Cortez road. Below is our top five things to do while enduring a rainy day on Anna Maria.
Bowling on a Rainy Day
Just off Anna Maria Island in Bradenton you can find Bowling. Only 15 minutes from Anna Maria, FL you will find open bowling just of Cortez. Visit our Florida Bowling Blog for more information.
Go take in the latest big screen movie. The Oakmont Theater is a newly renovated theater just of Cortez only 15 minutes from Anna Maria Island. There you will find all the normal requirements necessary to enjoy the latest blockbuster of a movie. Popcorn, reclining seats, hot dogs, candy, soda, everything you need to gain those extra 5 lbs needed to ensure you were on a true vacation.
Restaurants on Anna Maria Island
Go out to anyone of our fabulous restaurants on Anna Maria island. Obviously outdoor seating will not work well under rainy circumstances but there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Whether it be a breakfast or lunch just to catch up or a 5 course meal your are sure to find plenty of choices on or off Anna Maria Island.
Read a book at the Library
Go relax and read a good book or catch up on the latest magazine gossip or news at the Holmes Beach City Library. For a small amount you can become a member of the library. Of course you only need a library card if you plan to take books, CD’s, or DVD’s home for review there. It’s absolutely free to use the 8 computers they have on site with Internet as well as use their Internet hub for your laptop. They have an amazing collection of DVD’s, VHS movies, as well as some recent publications for self help or the latest novel you have been looking to read. The children’s area has plenty of books, games, a computer for their use as well as soft plush toys to play with.
Pamper yourself with a spa day. Anna Maria Island enjoys many “full meal deal” spas that can accommodate your every whim. Massage, pedicure, hair, sea wraps, you name it. Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach boasts several spa choices to choose from. In addition there are several individuals that will come to your vacation rental and give you a massage in your accommodations. Perhaps on a covered beach front patio? It’s a bit tough to schedule a rainy day in paradise but you should be able to plan your spa day last minute as there are plenty of choices on Anna Maria Island.
Rainy days while at the beach can be difficult however I have fond memories as a child seeing the Star War series while on several vacations with my family. Watching a movie is perfect evening or rainy day entertainment while staying on Anna Maria, Florida. The Oakmont Theater is a short 15 minute drive from Anna Maria Island. The theater has eight very nice individual theaters that play the latest releases. The Oakmont is recently renovated and has stadium style seating that allows everyone to get a great view of the movie.
The movie theater is located on Cortez Road West on the South side just 15 minutes from Anna Maria Island, Fl. Of course the theater has plenty of popcorn, drinks, candy, and snacks. If you are looking for dining before or after your movie there are plenty of choices that you will pass by on your way to the Oakmont from Anna Maria Island.
Regal Oakmont 8
4801 Cortez Road West
Bradenton, Fl, 34210
Want more rainy day entertainment ideas?
Yup, perfect late night entertainment can be found at the Ruskin Drive in movie Theater. They pride themselves on being family oriented as the manager was quick to inform all at the drive in that shenanigans would not be tolerated. The movie started at dusk which was around 8:30 PM for the middle of the summer. They have the old style hang in your window speakers however you can listen in on your car radio also. We sat outside in front of our vehicle in lawn chairs which was perfect as the night was a comfortable temperature.
Be sure to bring bug spray for mosquitoes as well as tics, etc. We stopped at a store for some snacks and drinks
prior to arriving. The drive from Anna Maria Island was about 40 minutes so I would not take the trip lightly but it can provide for inexpensive entertainment for hours. Of course the drive in has a two movie feature and for less than $15 our family was entertained from 8:30 – 1 AM. There was a 10 minute intermission between films and they show high quality films. The films we saw, just came out and one was within the first week of being released. As usual, they had a snack bar that was open for the majority of the night and they served inexpensive 12″ pizza’s, nachos, hot dogs, snacks, drinks, huge pickles, etc. It was like walking back in time even as compared to Anna Maria Island’s historical environment. The snack shack is not much to look at but it does the job. Below are directions from Anna Maria Island…Be careful, bring cash as they take no credit cards or checks. They allow no RV’s or motorcycles and ask extra large vehicles to sit in the back. I would estimate they can accommodate about 100 vehicles and we visited on a weeknight and had a great spot without much difficulty.
From the South (Bradenton/Sarasota):
Travel 64 EAST to North on I-75; at the Sun City Center/Ruskin exit, Turn left WEST on CR 674 ,go to US 41 right turn heading north; Pass 19th Ave. Drive-In is on the right side of the road.
Ruskin Family Drive-in
5011 U.S. Hwy 41 North
Ruskin, Fl, 33572
Not in the mood to watch movies outside. Check out our local movie informational page.