Anna Maria Island – Top Ten Happy Hours!

You know what they say…..Its five o’clock somewhere! Nowhere is that more true than when you are visiting beautiful Anna Maria Island. We put together a list of some of the islands best happy hours to help stretch those vacation dollars.

Island Time Bar & Grill: Island Time Bar & Grill is located at the beginning of Bridge Street and right across the street from the beach. The location is picture perfect, not a bad seat in the house! Happy hour is Monday thru Saturday from 11:30am – 5:00pm with $2.50 drafts, $2.50 domestics, $6 signature drinks and $5 frozen drinks.  Call Island Time Bar & Grill for more details (941) 782-1122. For more information visit their page.

Island Time Bar and Grill

Island Gourmet Grill: Island Gourmet Grill’s motto is “Why limit happy to an Hour?  Monday through Saturday from 11:30-6:00. Happy hour specials include $5 cocktails, $5 wines by the glass and $2.50 domestic  beers. Island Gourmet Grill can be reached at (941)778-0333. For more information visit their page.

Island Gourmet Grill

Hurricane Hanks: Hurricane Hanks offers great food, great atmosphere and some of the best prices in town! Happy hour is Monday through Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00, with well drinks and domestic beers only $2.25! They also have glass wine for $3.50 and $5 bar bites. Call Hurricane Hanks for more information at (941)778-5788. For more information visit their page.

Hurricane Hanks

The Waterfront Restaurant: The Waterfront Restaurant is located on the northern end of Anna Maria Island offering spectacular views of Tampa Bay. Their happy hour is everyday from 4:30pm – 6:30pm with wine and beer specials (excellent craft beer selection). For more details contact The Waterfront Restaurant at (941)778-1515. For more information visit their page

The Waterfront Restaurant

Beachhouse:  This one is my favorite!!! The Beachhouse is located right on the beach with incredible views! Monday thru Friday from 2pm until 4pm at the bar you can enjoy reduced priced appetizers and HALF OFF ANY DRINK! Go for happy hour….stay for the sunset! For more information call The Beach House at (941)779-2222. For more information visit their page.

The Beachhouse

Gulf Drive Cafe: Visiting Gulf Drive Cafe is like walking onto a scene from a movie. On the beach, Tiki hut, live music, toes in the sand, and your dog is welcome too!   Happy hour varies but its a must see for guests of the Island. Contact Gulf Drive Cafe now for more details (941)778-1919. For more information visit their page.

Gulf Drive Cafe

7 Bridgetender Inn: The Bridgetender Inn is a dockside bar located at the end of historic Bridge Street. Great for boaters! Happy hour is Monday through Friday and offers $.50 off beers, well drinks and house wine everyday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm unless there is entertainment. For more information call The Bridgetender Inn at (941) 778-4849. For more information visit their page.

The Bridgetender

Slims PlaceYou are in paradise but sometimes you still need that football fix. No better place on the island than Slims Place, home of the “No Shower Happy Hour”. Monday through Friday 3:00 to 5:00 with great specials like a $4 dollar Electric Lemonade and a $6 Cheese Steak and many more. For more information call Slims Place at (941) 567-4056. For more information visit their page.

Slims Place

The Doctor’s Office: Tucked away in an old timey doctors office carefully refurbished you will find The Doctors Office. At the time of this blog we are unsure of any traditional happy hour specials. We give The Doctors Office an honorable mention though because one drink alone will make you pretty happy, heck, even the menu will make you laugh. Call The Doctor’s Office for more details at (941)213-9926. For more information visit their page

The Doctors Office

10 Dcoy Ducks: Dcoy Ducks (or better known by the locals as The Duck) is a favorite spot for the locals of the island. Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm to 9pm you can enjoy 2 for 1 drinks then the band starts at 10pm. One of the few places on the island that is open till 2am on the weekend.  Call Dcoy Ducks for more details at (941)778-5888. For more information visit their page.

D'Coy Ducks

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

1. 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

3. 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. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature-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

6. 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

9. 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!

Top Ten Things To Do During Your Visit To Anna Maria Islandn


Top Ten Things To Do!

1)      Go for a bike ride along Coquina Beach.

2)      Spend the day at Myakka River State Park walk the trails and watch the aligators. Continue reading Top Ten Things To Do During Your Visit To Anna Maria Islandn

Carol’s top ten list of things to do when visiting Anna Maria Island

1)  Have lunch at Tortilla Bay after….
2)  Shopping at Irene’s – the only island Brighton retailer!
3)  Watch the sunset at Café on the Beach on a Friday night
4)  Take a photo of friends inside the Anna Maria City Jail
5)  Split a banana split at Joe’s Eats and Sweets
6)  Visit one of America top beaches and spend the day on Siesta Key beach.
7)  See a movie at Burns Court – independently owned theater in Sarasota that shows independent and interesting films
8)  Trivia night on Tuesdays at Lakewood Ranch Beef O Bradys!
9) Sarasota Main Street Friday nights Art Walk – galleries open late and all local artists showing their work
10) St. Armand’s Circle Walk – start at the South end for dinner at Tommy Bahamas and end of the 360 gets you at Kilwins for ice cream!

Top Ten Silhouettes at Sunset

I found this very difficult because there are so many beautiful sunsets on Anna Maria Island and I was there with my camera snapping away.

These are like my children and it is not easy to kick any out. They all are such creations and for that I do not take the credit. I do love sharing them with you and especially to the visitors who are here maybe only a few weeks out of the year. This allows you to catch the sunset on Anna Maria on a weekly basis. It is my hope that you will get busy on your keyboard and click on each picture to enlarge them. That way you get details to help you make your selection. I want you to comment on your favorite and I will then try to narrow it down to the top ten. I would prefer for my viewers to select your favorite sunset. I can view sunsets every night but I post them for your enjoyment and pleasure. Please select and then enjoy the sunset!!

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