(Sorry, but because of the 2017 Hurricane named Irma, the City pier was damaged and had to be completely rebuilt. The Pier will hopefully reopen in 2020).
Anna Maria – Anna Maria City pier is a great place to take a stroll and wash your cares away. Whether your walking out to see folks fishing or take in the Skyway bridge it is a great place to relax. There is a restaurant at the public pier that is indoors and is enclosed by extra large windows to take in the scenery while taking in the Tampa Bay. There is a small bar inside with a few seats and televisions so it can be a place to just grab a quick cocktail.
G.T. Bray Recreation Center is a fantastic place to cool off anytime of the year if you are staying on Anna Maria Island or in Western Bradenton, Fl. The G.T. Bray Public pool and splash park is large with plenty of facilities for the fitness enthusiast. GT Bray is just 15 minutes from Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach. Drive along State Route 64, Manatee Avenue. See the link below for a map.
SWIMMING – AQUATIC PARK
G.T. Bray has a 50 (6) lane Meter Pool, 18 X 18 yard dive pool equipped with a 1 and 3 meter diving board, 12 foot three flume water slide, a 2 foot wading-kiddie pool and a 4,000 square foot Splash water park. So there is tons of water activities to do for the entire family. Summer hours are extended as compared to other seasons and the Summer is considered Mid-June to Mid August. The Pool park is open Monday through Saturday from around 11 AM to 5 PM. Access to the recreation facility is not free but inexpensive. As of Summer 2012 the fee ranges from $4.00 to $6.00 depending on age for a daily pass. The pass provides access to all their facilities for the day. Gymnasium, fitness center, teen/game room, racquetball and hard tennis courts. GT Bray offers monthly rates and normally in the Summer offers a quarterly reduce rate. The rate ranges from $35 to $80 for a month.
Anna Maria Island has one public basketball court located in Holmes Beach. The basketball court is located across from the tennis courts just at the end of 62nd street just East of Island Real Estate. It is a full basketball court fenced in so errand balls will remain in play. I have used the court several times and have never seen others playing on the court so having the court available is a fairly good bet.