Top 10 Things to Do With Pets on Anna Maria Island

Top 10 Things to Do With Pets on Anna Maria Island

We love our furry family members, so why leave your pet behind when Island Real Estate Vacations has so many Anna Maria Island pet friendly rental properties.  The island is very dog friendly with water bowls randomly placed and lots of restaurants that allow pets in outdoor seating areas.    Unfortunately, Anna Maria Island does not have any pet friendly beaches but there are plenty of other options.  By the way, not sure if this is the exact order but they are all great things to do with pets!

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#10 – Take Your Dog to Herb Dolan Park in Bradenton Beach

Located at 26th street North and Avenue A, Herb Dolan Park is located in Bradenton Beach.  Shhh, this is an insider secret for most residents that live on the island as the Herb Dolan park is off the beaten path.  The park has a kayak launch, picnic areas, play structure, swings and a playing field.  This is not a dog park so you will need to keep your pup on a leash but a great place to get some walking in.

dog on a kayak at robinson preserve Bradenton, FL

#9 – Take a Walk to Anna Maria City

There are so many places to visit and so many businesses that are excited to see your pets. Grab an easy to tie up leash and then stop by Ginny and Janie’s to grab one of those famous scones for your walk.

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#8 – Take a Walk at Robinson’s Preserve.

Robinson’s Preserve has a wonderful tower that has gorgeous views of the Tampa Bay.  There are miles and miles of walkway’s with pet friendly bag stands throughout. Some of the dogs even take their humans kayaking.

#7 – Enjoy the Water At The Causeway

The Causeway is the beach you see traveling to Anna Maria Island on Manatee Avenue or State Route 64.  It is only about 1/4 of a mile from 75th Street on the mainland of Bradenton, Fl.  Just a short 5 minute drive of Anna Maria.  If you want to grab Google maps type in Anna Maria Island and move the map East until you see Palma Sola Bay.  You and your pets can wade in water along the shore.

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#6) – Take the Short Drive Into Sarasota and St. Armand’s Circle.

The Circle in Sarasota is a fantastic shopping area with clothing, jewelry, artwork, etc.  Lots of great local gifts and trinkets to grab and soooo many ice cream shops and restaurants with outdoor seating that allow you to sit outside with your pet and grab a bite to eat.

#5) – While in Sarasota Take the Pups to  Marina Jack’s

This fun restaurant allows well behaved dogs on the outside deck and even has a doggie menu.  After grabbing a bit to eat at Marina Jack’s  take a stroll downtown and grab a snack at Max’s dog bakery on main street in Sarasota.

#4) – Feel Like a Day Trip? Head To Fort Desoto Park

Located in St. Petersburgh, only a little over an hour away, Fort Desoto Park is a great day-trip destination.  There is a very large, fenced dog park that leads toward an expansive area of beach reserved for furry beachgoers. Dogs and their humans have a great time splashing in the waves and swimming for water toys. They even have rinsing stations on the way out as well. Get directions to Fort De Soto Dog Park/Dog Beach and read reviews.

#3) Check Out The Park on Flotilla Drive in Holmes Beach called Central Park

Central Park is a small fenced in area close to your vacation rental that your dog can run around in to use up some energy. Nothing fancy, but there are benches to relax at and some shade, and its only a few minutes walk from most of our Holmes Beach rentals.

#2)  Visit Lakewood Ranch and Take in a Polo Match

Horses and lots of spectators taking in the Polo action.  Polo matches are open to the public on Sunday’s. They typically start matches in December and they go until April.  The kids can take a hay ride on one of the breaks and your pet will love you for it.  Get out in the sunshine on their over 140 acres and spend some time outside with the entire family, including your furry family members.

#1)  Take Them to GT. Bray Park in Bradenton, Florida

Maybe a 20 minute drive, GT. Bray Park in Bradenton is a fantastic fenced in park where dogs have tons of room to run and make friends with the other dogs.  There are areas for small and large dogs and water buckets and shade throughout the park. You can also rinse them off after playing in the water station. Good times for all!

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Whether you’ve been planning your trip for months or are looking for a last-minute getaway, there is so much to see and do when you stay on Anna Maria Island, from the beautiful sugar-sand beaches to the quaint shops and restaurants you’ll never get tired of exploring all this island has to offer, and with numerous pet-friendly rental options, including the top 7 dog-friendly rentals on Anna Maria Island, you don’t need to worry about leaving your furry family members at home. We have plenty of rentals with pools and oceanfront rentals that allow pets too!

If you have any questions about booking an Anna Maria Island beach rental or more activities available on Anna Maria Island for your family and pets – please feel free to call the office at 877-778-6066 to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable booking experts, or click “chat” in the lower right-hand corner!

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