Hey friends! Tami Turtle here! Anna Maria Island is full of fun things to do, but all of my favorite activities take place on the beach and in the water! What’s my favorite thing to do? Go for a swim of course! But there’s also surfing, paddle boarding, sun tanning, building sand castles, playing frisbee, snorkeling, playing volleyball, having a picnic and so much more! What is your favorite activity on the beach? Shells and kisses, Tami Turtle
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.
G.T. Bray Recreation Center –
5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton, Fl 34209
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.
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.
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
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