Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2012 Home Games

Tampa Bay Buccaneers logoEnjoy NFL action live and in person at the next home Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game, just less than an hour from the beaches of Anna Maria Island!  Sunday November 25th at 1pm in Raymond James Stadium the Bucs take on the Atlanta Falcons in a classic NFC South Divisional matchup.  Catch Josh Freeman, future Hall of Famer Ronde Barber and the November 4th Offensive Player of the Week RB Doug Martin in action.  Tickets available from just $35 at www.buccaneers.com.

Top 10 Things for Kids on Anna Maria Island

Top 10 Anna Maria Island Things To Do With Kids

Anna Maria Island Things To Do
Today’s blog is about the Top 10 Anna Maria Island Things To Do With Kids.  Essentially,  the best stuff to do on Anna Maria Island.  I’ve come up with a list of the best places to go & the greatest things to do while on your vacay on the island. It’s filled to the rim with mind-blowing fun for everyone, whether it’s mini-golfing or grabbing exotic ice cream – just read this list & choose one, some, or all of the activities to do during your summer, & it’s sure to be a blast.

Top 10 Must-Do’s of Your Summer on A.M.I:

1: Hang at Bayfront Park & have a picnic. This park is right on the beach  located on the north end of the island in Anna Maria & is sure to entertain everyone. They have a playground, covered eating areas, & grills for all of your needs

2: Go fishing off of the Rod & Reel or City Pier. Both located in Anna Maria on the north end of the island, these piers are sure to help you get some big fish. Buy your bait there or bring your own. You don’t even need a license. Just bring your gear to fish &    there’s always someone to help you out.

3: Bring your skateboard and visit Bradenton Riverwalk which is just 20 minutes into Bradenton, Florida.  For Anna Maria Island skating visit the Holmes Beach Skate Park.

4: Go for a round of mini-golfing at the Fish Hole on Bridge Street.  This place is located on the Historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach & is tons of fun. With 18 different holes each named after a different fish, fun history, & fish feeding, the Fish Hole is a great place for a post-beach activity.

5: Play volleyball or build a sand castle on the Public Beach. This place has two volleyball courts in the sand, a playground, a cafe right on the beach, & a lifeguard on duty. It also has an ice cream &  gift shop with all of your beach necessities.

6: Rent a kayak & explore the island waters. Many places on the island offer low-rate kayak renting prices with different styles & sizes, as well as the amount of time you can rent them. You can freely take your kayak out into the Gulf of Mexico & paddle along as you travel across the shore & see the sights.

7: Search for unique & pretty shells on the shore near you. On the A.M.I. beaches you can find endless different types of shells, clams, & coquinas in many different shapes & colors. Some of the shells have holes in them, perfect for making a necklace, bracelet, or other jewelry. This multi-purpose task is loads of fun for everyone.

8: Play soccer, football, or baseball at the Holmes Beach or Community Center fields. These places offer the free use of their fields. All you need to bring is your sports gear & a good time. This is a fun way to spend your time, especially if you like sports.

9: Walk down Pine Avenue & explore all the cool shops & attractions. Pine Avenue is known for its unique shops & historic sites. With many boutiques, eateries, & history, the activities are endless. The activities include bocche ball outside of the Olive Oil Outpost, small festivities in front of the Flip-Flop Shop & Candy Stop. The Flip-Flop Shop is also a must-do for kid island vacationers that love sweets & small treats. Yum!

10: Have fun & enjoy your stay on A.M.I. Pick a beach & bodysurf, swim, or soak up the sun. With all of these activities to do & more, you’ll have so much fun.

Just follow these steps and you’ll be guaranteed to enjoy your summer lots & lots. Stick around, because more Kid’s Korner is coming your way. Enjoy your summer!!!

Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals and Accommodations

Island Real Estate offers the largest selection of vacation rental homes on Anna Maria Island! When looking for the perfect accommodations with great customer service Island Real Estate is the best choice. Reserve your stay today!

Holmes Beach vacation rental on Anna Maria Island
Gulf Winds is the ultimate Anna Maria Island family destination with kids! These two homes combine to offer 8 bedrooms accommodating up to 23 guests just a short stroll to gulf beaches. Enjoy two of everything during your stay including two pools! Click on the image above to reserve your stay at Gulf Winds today!

Tampa and St. Petersburg area information

Tampa Area Activities and Information

Tampa and St. Petersburg area information

Tampa Bay Football
Football

Looking for something to do in the Tampa/St Petersburg area?  Our Tampa and St. Petersburg area information page will for sure help tick off your things to do while visiting Anna Maria Island.  There are plenty of things to do like catch a ball game, or a concert, or plan to take a day trip to one of the theme parks, visit the Florida Aquarium, the Lowery Park Zoo, or the Dali museum. Here are a few places to get you started on planning your next Tamp/St Petersburg adventure.

Boasting the nation’s fourth largest zoo, Busch Gardens features African animals roaming free and exciting amusement park rides Kumba the renowned roller-coaster, Montu. Kids will like the Land of the Dragons and the whole family will like Hollywood Live on Ice and Dolphins of the Deep.

Another member of the Busch Gardens Amusement Park family, Adventure Island water park is right down the road from Busch Gardens. Experience thrills and spills on Key West Rapids, or splash through over 700 feet of water mines, twists, turns and a spectacular grand finale plunge into a refreshing pool.

Florida Aquarium
Florida Aquarium

Located Channelside in Tampa, Visit The Florida Aquarium and follow the path of a single drop of water from underground aquifer to the deep blue sea. Birds, plants ans sea creatures of all sizes, shapes and colors in their near-natural habitats.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo features rare Asian animals and a native Florida wildlife area, shaped like the Sunshine State itself. See Florida Manatees in a unique underwater habitat. The zoo’s Aquatic Center is home to one of three critical care facilities in Florida for this endangered species.

Watch a movie at the Ruskin Drive in Theater or take the family to see the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Tampa International Airport

Kite Boarding Along The Shores Of Anna Maria Island

Its March 3rd 2011 the weather is perfect and people are enjoying their Anna Maria Island Vacation.  I’m standing on the dock with the camera rolling watching these two kite boarders tear it up on this beautiful day, at the boat ramp in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island.

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Sports and So Much More at the Anna Maria Island Community Center

Island Real Estate’s team for Anna Maria Island Community Center’s 2010 Soccer Season

Soccer season on Anna Maria Island has just begun, and the Island Real Estate team has started off their season with a bang!  During Spirit Day on Saturday, the Island Real Estate team showed their colors and their pride, as they played hard in their two exhibition games.   The Anna Maria Island Sun newspaper features shining examples of the World Cup sized talent our 6-7 year olds exhibit!  Their season opener was another celebration last night, as they passed, kicked and scored their way to victory!  Go Island Real Estate!

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G. T. Bray Park is a large park in Bradenton, Fl

GT Bray Park
GT Bray Park

G.T. Bray Park located in Bradenton, Fl has something for everyone.  You can walk tree rimmed paths, swing on the swing in one of the three playgrounds, swim and play in the water fountains or take your dog to the very safe enclosed dog park.

If you are looking to have a larger event while visiting Bradenton or Anna Maria Island then G.T. Bray Park could be your perfect ticket.  The Bradenton park has seven pavilions (Picnic Shelters.)  Of course sizes vary.  If you refer to the map below the numbers here correlate to those on the GT Bray park map.  (1)Cedar Hammock (2) Oak Knoll (3) Hickory Hollow (4) Meadow View (5) Woodland Grove (6) Whispering Pine (7) Bright Outlook – located adjacent to the Activity Center.  For information on availability of the picnic pavilions call (941) 742-5974.

The dog park is called happy tails and is a perfect treat for pet visitors to Anna Maria Island.  Happy Tails Canine Park is a fenced in, 3-acre off leash dog park located at the North East corner of G.T. Bray Bradenton park.  Happy Tails is just off 51st Street West. Amenities at the dog park includes one drinking fountain and free waste bags and a enclosed separate area exclusively for small, fragile, or elderly dogs.

GT Bray Dog Park
GT Bray Dog Park

This Bradenton park is a great place to relax or play soccer, softball or football in one of their many open fields.  Tennis and racquetball  courts are available year round.  There is a weight room available for a fee.  Skate and hockey court is also just one of the great amenities the Bradenton park has to offer.  The skate park is located at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton, Fl, 34209.

Depending on the time of year you are visiting the beaches of Anna Maria Island, you can find many family friendly events for children all  year long.  The Christmas party is a must see, Santa Claus flies in on a helicopter with Batman to give the children their opportunity to tell him what they want for Christmas and have their photos taken.  The holiday celebration is perfect for families of all ages, face painting, bounce houses, games, crafts, etc.  Easter is when they have the largest Easter egg hunt I have ever seen!  The G.T. Park staff fill and lay out thousands of eggs.  Imagine three baseball outfields covered in plastic Easter

Covered pavilion and Playground
Covered pavilion and Playground

eggs!  These are just a few holiday events that the G.T. Bray park has to offer.

G.T. Bray Park
5502 33rd Avenue Drive West
Bradenton, Florida
(941) 742-5923

G.T. Bray Park Map
G.T. Bray Park Map
G.T. Park Bray Christmas
G.T. Park Bray Christmas

Tampa Bay Hockey is great big city sports entertainment

Tampa Bay Lightning offers wonderful “big city” sports entertainment for Anna Maria Island residents and visitors.   Tampa, Florida entertainment starts in early October and regular season games end in Mid-April.  Post season games typically last until late May, early June.  The drive from Anna Maria via East of Tampa is about a 1 hour drive and West of Tampa is about 1 hour and twenty minutes.

Specific directions from Anna Maria Island are as follows:  take Route 64 East to Route 41 North (The Non-Business Route).  Pick up 275 South and then take I-75 North to Tampa.  Take State Route 618 also known as Crosstown West until Exit #7.  Take Exit 7 which is the Downtown West exit and follow the exit loop.  There is a parking lot to your immediate left once the exit ramp ends.  Turn left on East Bell Street and Park.  Parking at the time of this article is $8.  The exact address of the St. Petersburg Times Forum is 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Fl, 33602.

There is plenty of food to choose at the Tampa Bay Lighteing hockey games.  Westshore pizza has good pizza but I would skip the philly cheesesteak.  I absolutely love Five Guys Burgers and Fries.  They give you a bag of fries that is large enough to feed two big guys or a family of four.  Their burgers are fantastic.  Of course there are peanuts, beer, soda, pretzels, cotton candy, chicken fingers and fries, hot dogs, etc.  Yes there is a place that sells salads on the first level where Five Guys Burgers and Fries can be found.

If you go to a hockey game give yourself about 1.5 hours to make the normal 7:30 PM starting games.  They have lots of games with give-aways so plan accordingly if you the give away is a must have.  Be ready for a late night.  Normally we get back to Anna Maria Island at about 11:30 PM.

St. Petersburg Times Forum
Tampa Bay Lightning
401 Channelside Drive
Tampa, Fl, 33602