Top Ten 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 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!

#10 – Take a walk to Anna Maria City with an easy to tie up leash.  So many places to visit and so many businesses that are excited to see your pets.  You can stop by Ginny and Janie’s, grab one of those famous scones for your walk.

#9 – Go up to Bayfront park in Anna Maria City and enjoy a picnic while you enjoy the bay.  If you have children they can have fun on the playground as well. Grab a sandwich for a quick fun afternoon.

#8 – Go take a walk at Robinson’s preserve.  The park 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 – Go to the causeway and let your pet enjoy the beach and the water.  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.

#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 you are in Sarasota stop by Bay Front Park and then take the pups to  Marina Jack’s. They allow well behaved dogs on the outside deck and even have a doggie menu.   While you are in Sarasota take a stroll downtown and grab a snack at Max’s dog bakery on main street in Sarasota.   Take a walk down  main street window shopping, makes for a great day.

#4) – Feel like a day trip? Fort Desoto Park in St. Petersburgh is only a little over an hour away.  There is a very large, fenced  dog park  that leads toward the an expansive area of the beach reserved for furry beachgoers. Dogs and their humans have a great time splashing in the waves and swimming for water toys. They have rinsing stations on the way out as well.

#3) There is a park on Flotilla Drive in Holmes Beach called Central Park. There is a small fenced in area so that your dog can use up some energy.
Nothing fancy, but there are benches to relax at and some shade.

#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 and 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 where the entire family, including your pet, will create memories for a lifetime.

#1)  Drum roll…. Need room to roam? Space to catch a tennis ball? Then take them to GT. Bray Park in Bradenton, Florida.  Maybe a 20 minute drive to this 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!

In order to enjoy all the above activities with your fur babies you’ll need a place to stay. Island Real Estate Vacations has some great pet friendly options like LongBoard which is west of Gulf Drive with a pool, or Blue Lagoon 3 which is a newer condo less than a block to the beach!  You can’t go wrong with either choice!

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