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 – Included in this article you will find a series of links about Anna Maria Island. The facts you will find are general in nature but could provide “Jeopardy” like questions regarding Anna Maria Island. For example, “Zero,” the question? How many Hurricanes have hit Anna Maria Island from 1950 to 2015? Another example, 74.8 Degrees F. What is the average temperature on Anna Maria Island? I think you now have the hang of it…
Anna Maria Island has three cities. This may not sound unusual however locals consider it interesting that we require three cities on a small 9 mile long by 10+ block wide island. Islanders are passionate about retaining our old Florida charm so there are plenty of volunteers to aide in decision making on the island. A Tale of three cities…
The Gulf waters become bath-like by the middle of the summer. It still offers fabulous refreshment, but each summer it still amazes me how warm the water becomes. Obviously as the ambient temperature increases so does the water temperature.
Sorry, the public pier has been closed after Hurricane Irma but the City of Anna Maria is hard at work arranging for repairs so that it can be re-opened!
The Historical City Pier on Anna Maria Island is a very unique place, and has been a Anna Maria Island tourist attraction in Manatee County for a long time. “The City Pier is a special place that you can take 750 steps into the bay, go 30 years back in time, and really get that Old Florida Look and feel” said David Sork at the City Pier Restaurant on Monday. The City Pier has spectacular views of the Bay, great fishing, tasty food, and cold beer at the Restaurant.