Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach

Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach is held from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm every Sunday November through April. The market is located at 107 Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Visit your favorite vendors every Sunday at the Bridge Street Market and enjoy great food, art, crafts, jewelry, local musicians, fresh produce, and much more!

Bridge Street Market
107 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach
For more information call: 215-906-0668

There are lots of events that occur on Bridge street all year long.  Here are a few events that occur on Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach.  Christmas on Bridge Street, Santa Clause comes to Bridge Street, Blues and Brews on Bridge Street and lots more can be found on Island Real Estate’s local scene.

Best Beaches For Splendid Seashells On Anna Maria Island

Best Beaches for Seashells on Anna Maria Island
Best Beaches for Seashells on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island has become famous for its pristine beaches, calm azure waters and unlimited Florida sunshine, but it has so much more than that to offer. People come here from all over the globe to get SEASHELLS!  Not just collectors or merchants, but real people like you and me can find absolute treasures.  Some of my favorites to find, and possibly the easiest are lion’s paws, tiger paws, clam shells, turkey wings and coquinas. The ones I love to find, and I sure everyone feels the same, are sand dollars!  You have to go pretty far out to get them intact, and you have to have some time to spend collecting Starfishthem from the sea floor. Here is a list of Anna Maria Island’s best shell finding beaches.

1. Manatee Public Beach at the end of SR64 – I am a fifth generation Bradenton Florida native, and this is the beach I grew up on. My parents brought me to this beach for the first time when I was only 6 months old. I learned to swim here, sunbathe here and my favorite beach activity to collect seashells.

2. Anna Maria City Beach at the end of White Avenue – Not only is the beach at the end of this road unspoiled it is mostly secluded. I remember finding seashells here that hadn’t even been touched by other beach goers. This is definitely where I am always able to find unbroken shells.

3. Bayfront Park on North Bay Boulevard – I find that this is a good place to find larger shells because there are not a lot of waves the on the bayside of Anna Maria Island. If you catch this area at its lowest tide you will be able to find shells like none other anywhere on the island.

4. Bean Point on North Shore Drive – This is a place easily missed by most vacationers to Anna Maria Island, but locals like me love to explore the northern most beaches of Anna Maria Island. I found a beaut of a large pink and white conch shell that my daughter swears she hears mermaids singing inside.

5. Coquina Public Beach on South Gulf Drive – The south end of Anna Maria Island is a great place to not only find seashells, but sharks teeth as well! Some great advice I got from a fellow local was to keep my eye on the water line, and that “shark’s teeth will tumble while seashells roll”. I have found the most sharks teeth just remembering that phrase!

Anna Maria Island Community Center Hosts Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Murder Mystery Dinner TheaterThe Anna Maria Island Community center hosts their murder mystery dinner theater “Till Death Do Us Part” this Saturday November 19th, 2011 from 6:30pm – 11pm.  Tickets are currently on sale for $30.00 each or $200.00 for a table of 8.   All of the proceeds will benefit the youth programs at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

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Amy’s Top 10 Family Friendly Things to Do While Visiting Anna Maria Island

Fish Hole Miniature Golf CourseAmy1. The Fish Hole Miniature Golf-An 18 hole golf course located on Historic Bridge Street. They have a koi pond that the kids will love to feed! Open 7 days!
115 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-3388

2. Anna Maria Bay Front Park– This is a great family friendly park which offers a playground, grills, picnic tables. There is a bay beach as well with views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and Egmont Key. There are public restrooms and showers to wash off the sand!
316 North Bay Blvd
Anna Maria City, FL 34212

Bay Front Park3. Two Scoops Ice Cream Parlor– They offer sundaes, ice cream cones, cookies & candy or you can grab lunch, sandwiches, hotdogs & chips!
101 South Bay Blvd
Anna Maria City, FL 34216
(941) 779-2422

4. Anna Maria Island Community Center-The Center has so many programs and activities for kids, teens and adults too!
407 Magnolia Ave
Anna Maria City, FL 34216
(941) 778-1908

5. South Florida Museum-This great museum located in Downtown Bradenton has Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium all under one roof! You must see Snooty; he is the oldest known manatee!
201 10th St. West
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 746-4131

Eternal Summer Surf Camp6. Eternal Summer Surf Camp-This is fantastic, free program offered in the summer. Every Sunday beginning July 4th, there is a 2 hour instructional class for children 14 and under. Did I mention it’s free?
Located at the beach on White Avenue

7. Mote Marine Laboratory-You can explore the sea through the touch pools, viewable-working labs and interactive exhibits. See sharks, dolphins, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.
1600Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 388-4441

8. Clearwater Marine Aquarium– This is a great family day trip to Clearwater. The aquarium is the official home of the Dolphin Winter, star of the new blockbuster movie, Dolphin Tale!
249 Windward Passage
Clearwater, FL 33767
(727) 441-1790

Go To The Beach9. De Soto National Park-This national park teaches the local history through a hands-on exhibit and re-enactments for the young and old. Pack a picnic and you can explore the nature trail!
8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 792-0458 ext. 105

10. GO TO THE BEACH!

Things To Do This October On Anna Maria Island

It’s officially fall and here are a few things to do on Anna Maria Island, and the Bradenton area.  So grab the family and head out for some fun at the South Florida Museum or a weekend of great food, and live music at the 11th Annual Anna Maria Island Bayfest and much more!!!Bayfest

Take a look at the list below for more details on some of the events coming up this October.

Saturday October 1st
9am – 12pm – Keep Manatee Beautiful Coastal Clean Up
Anna Maria Island Locations: Kingfish Boat Ramp, Anna Maria City Hall, Coquina Beach and Fish Preserve. For more information call: 941-795-8272

8am – 1pm – Plant Fair
Location: Manatee County Fair Grounds, 1303 17th Street West – Palmetto
For more information call: 941-722-4524

4pm – 8pm – Family Nights – Balinese Dancers
Location: South Florida Museum, 201 10th Street West – Bradenton
For more information call: 941-746-4131 Ext 27

10am – 5pm – Asolo Repertory Theatre Costume Sale
Location: Asolo Rep Scenic Studios, 1009 Tallevast Road – Sarasota
For more information call: 941-746-4131 Ext 27

Sunday October 2nd
9:30am – 11:15am – Photo Walk Through The historic Cortez Fishing Village
Location: Starfish Company parking lot, 12306 46th Ave West – Cortez
For more information call: 877-317-1167

Monday October 3rd
6:30pm – Children’s Book Illustrator Alexander Lillis Speaks to the Artist Guild Members
Location: Episcopal Church of Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive – Holmes Beach
For more information call: 941-778-6694

Tuesday October 4th
9:30am – 12:00 – Manatee Geological Society Meeting
Location: Central Library, 1301 1st Street West – Bradenton
For more information call: 941-748-5555

8pm – Fall Festival of Music Concert
Location: Neel Performing Arts Center at State College of Florida, 5840 26th Street West – Bradenton
For more information call: 941-752-5252

Wednesday October 5th
1:15pm – Gulf Coast Writers Meeting
Location: Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive – Holmes Beach
For more information call: 941-778-5701

Saturday October 8th
6:30pm – Hamlet Redux – By Aslo Repertory Theatre
Location: South Florida Museum, 201 10th Street West – Bradenton
For more information call: 941-746-4131 – Tickets $10

Friday October 14th
5pm – 10pm – 11th Annual Bayfest – Art, Music, Dancing, and Food
Anna Maria Island Chamber Of Commerce Presents the 11th Annual Bayfest
Location: The parking area just across the street from the Anna Maria City PierOctober things to do

6pm – 9pm – Incredible India Cultural Celebration – Art, Music, Dancing, and Food
Location: South Florida Museum, 201 10th Street West – Bradenton
For more information call: 941-746-4131 – Tickets $15 – $35

Saturday October 15th
10am – 10pm – 11th Annual Bayfest – Art, Music, Dancing, and Food
Anna Maria Island Chamber Of Commerce Presents the 11th Annual Bayfest
Location: The parking area just across the street from the Anna Maria City Pier

Anna Maria Island Chamber Of Commerce Presents The 11th Annual Bayfest

Anna Maria Island Chamber Of Commerce presents the 11th Annual Bayfest October 14th & 15th

Anna Maria Island Chamber Of Commerce presents the 11th Annual Bayfest October 14th & 15th in the parking area just across the street from the Anna Maria City Pier. Bayfest is a free family event on Anna Maria Island that you do not to miss. Food, arts & crafts, a classic car show, and live music from KoKo Ray and The Soul Providers, Dr. Dave Band, Billy Rice Band and much more…

Make sure you grab some food at the island food court, soft drinks, beer, and wine will be available for purchase and there is a kids area for your children to have a ball!

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Go Parasailing On Anna Maria Island!

If you want to relax and enjoy spectacular views of Anna Maria Island, you must experience what it’s like to go Parasailing 500 feet above the Gulf of Mexico.  Dry take-off and landing makes it safe and fun for all ages.

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Anna Maria Island SEGWAY Tour At Segs By The Sea In Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach – I took the 2 hour Anna Maria Island Segway tour with Segs By The Sea in Bradenton Beach and it was amazing.  It was a hot Thursday afternoon in June; I met up with Julie Kirkwood the operations manager at the Segs By The Sea on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.  Julie told me about the different tour options and other rentals that they offer at Segs By The Sea – like electric bikes, beach cruiser bikes, and paddle boards.

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Summer Activities At The Island Branch Library

Well school is over for the year and you’re probably wondering what you and the kids are going to do this summer.  The Island Branch Library in Holmes Beach has activities for all ages, all summer long.  Take a look at some of the events that the Island Branch Library in Holmes Beach has to offer this summer.

All of the programs are free and open to the public, including supplies needed for the arts & crafts programs.  Tourists and visitors are always welcome to all programs.  All programs are held at the Island Library unless otherwise noted.

Island Branch Library
5701 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach Fl
941-778-6341

Teen Events

Wed June 22nd
5:30 – Worst Case Scenario Trivia Contest

Wed July 29th
5:30 – T-shirt Surgery: Bring an old t-shirt with you

Sat July 2nd
2:00 – Hoola Monsters Hoola Hoop Troupe *Registration Required Please Call or Come In*

Wed July 6
5:30 – Origami

Wed July 13
5:50 – Want to go to College?  College Entrance Help with Debra Landesberg

Wed July 20
5:30 – Your Dolphin Neighbors with Mote Marine Labs

Sat July 23
2:00 – Anime Basics with artist Hihoshi *Registration Required Please Call or Come In*

Children’s Events

Thursday June 23
10:30 – Red, White & Blue American Tales with Katie Adams

Thursday June 30
10:30 – Purnama Sari Balinese Dance Company

Thursday July 7
10:30 – Dojo Storm Team with Kevin Bergquist

July 14
10:30 – Jim Whitehurst: Wizardly Magic Show

July 21
10:30 – Tampa Taiko Drums *At Anna Maria Island Community Center*

World’s Longest Conga Line This Weekend On Anna Maria Island

Worlds Largest Conga Line
Come And Join The World’s Longest Conga Line This Weekend
Mike Sales and other Anna Maria Island organizers are attempting the world’s longest conga line in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island this Saturday. This event will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, on the beach behind the Moose Lodge, located at 110 Gulf Drive S., in Bradenton Beach, just north of the Bridge Street.
Festivities will start earlier in the day.  The gathering point is Bradenton Beach roundabout at Bridge Street. (Moose Lodge)

11:00am The Moose will be open for beverages and we will have music. Our very talented local artist, Cheeta, will be performing “Live Sand Art”

12:30pm-1pm  Begin to line up for Conga

1:00pm-2:00pm  CONGA!!! Will include live music by Mike Sales, a video will be shot for a music video. Aerial Photos to be taken.

The proceeds from the event will benefit the Moonracer No-Kill Animal Rescue founded by Lisa Williams. Moonracer No-Kill Animal Rescue has started a no kill animal campaign for Manatee County, and locals are starting to get on board, I know I am.
Save the animals they have rights too! See you all in Bradenton Beach on Saturday at 1p.m. so we can all be a part of the world’s longest conga line with original music played by Mike Sales.