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Historic City Pier Anna Maria - Take A Stroll on Tampa Bay

The Anna Maria City Pier has been a huge attraction for over 100 years. Visitors used to love coming out, walking the pier, watching fishermen, and grabbing a bite to eat or a drink at the Pier Restaurant that sat at the end of the Pier.

However, that all came to a stop in 2017 when the Pier was damaged by Hurricane Irma. The Pier had to be closed, completely demolished, and re-built. Luckily, all the hard work has come to an end, and as of 2020 the City Pier has re-opened and resembles the original Pier that stood here before.

Now, the Pier looks better than ever, and hopefully by 2021 the City Pier Grill & Bait Shop will open!

City Pier Anna Maria is a Historical Site


The sign at the entrance of the City Pier Anna Maria says it all.  "The Anna Maria Development Company built this pier and wharf in 1911-1912 to provide dockage for ships from St. Petersburg and Tampa.  It has since withstood hurricanes and lesser storms too numerous to mention.  Although parts were damaged in storms in 1918, 1935, 1974, 1988, and 2017. Over the years it has nurtured the hopes of fisherman and the dreams of lovers. Provided roosts for pelicans and other sea birds, and has also been a friend to residents and visitors alike.

D Coy Ducks Bar and Music in Holmes Beach Fl

Dcoy Ducks in Holmes Beach is where you can find most locals on a Friday or Saturday night. This laid-back bar is a popular hangout spot and a great place to grab a beer and listen to live music. Whether its 10:30am or 2:30am, Ducks will be ready to serve you a cold adult beverage.

That’s right, this bar is open everyday of the week from 10:30am, till 2:30am. They are also a non-smoking establishment, so don’t worry about second-hand smoke.

They a full liquor bar, cold beers, and nightly entertainment.  If you are looking for some late night action on your Anna Maria Island Vacation, you can find it here any night of the week, or you can stop in early for a drink on your way to the beach, whatever makes you happy.


Dcoy Ducks also has different events during the week you can take part in.
. Mondays at 7pm they have Texas Hold Em Poker
. Tuesdays at 7pm is their Trivia Night
. Wednesdays at 9pm is Karaoke
. Happy Hour is on Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm - 8pm
. Live Music Fridays & Saturdays from 10pm - 2am
. Sundays they have NFL on the 8 flat screen T.V.'s

The Island Donut Company on Historic Bridge Street

There are tons of different places on the Island that offer sweet treats, and as of 2020 there is a new establishment in Bradenton Beach that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. I'm talking about the Island Donut Company, located on Historic Bridge Street.

Island Donut Company offers delicious made-to-order donuts, specialty coffees, and other bakes goods. You can always count on the donuts and coffee, and depending on the day you stop by they also might have truffles, macaroons, pies, or brownies available. Recently, they have had Banana Bread, Pumpkin Swirl Ice Cream, Apple Cinnamon Scones, and Soft Pretzels available for purchase.

Island Donut Company is open from 8am - 1pm daily, and sits right next door from Back Alley Treasures.

Island Donut Company
110 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
(941) 840-0095