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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 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. robinson preserve, dog

#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 atMax's dog bakery onmain street in Sarasota. Take a walk down main street window shopping, makes for a great day.

Desoto Dog Beach#4)- Feel like a day trip? Fort Desoto Park in St. Petersburgh is only a little over an hour away. There isa 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!

Anna Maria Island Area Restaurant Information

Here is all the Anna Maria Island Area Restaurant Information you'll need for you next visit! The island has it all when it comes time for food. From beach café’s to Fine Dining, American, Mexican, Italian, Caribbean cuisine, and so much more. Take a look below and find the best place for your next breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just drinks and a snack.Anna Maria Island area Restaurant Information

If you don't have your own transportation take the Anna Maria Island Trolley it’s free! It will take you almost anywhere on Anna Maria Island too!

Fine Dining Anna Maria Island Restaurants

Anna Maria Island has several fine dining restaurants. The Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach is a nationally recognized as award winning. They offer an unforgettable dining experience with romantic Gulf of Mexico views. The Waterfront Restaurant is on the Bay side of Anna Maria City with dining outside too. Eat Here is in central Holmes Beach, and is also the sister restaurant to Beach Bistro.

Gulf Front Restaurants with outdoor Dining on Anna Maria Island

The SandBar is a great Anna Maria Island restaurant and offers fabulous American and Seafood Cuisine. The Beach House Restaurant is affiliated with the SandBar and has similar cuisine with outdoor sand in your toes dining in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. Try the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner and don't forget the Gulf Drive Cafe in Bradenton Beach.  Oma's Restaurant offers outdoor dining in Bradenton Beach and offers Italian Cuisine.

American Cuisine Restaurants on Anna Maria Island, Fl

The City Pier  is always a locals favorite. This is a beautiful spot at the very end of Pine Avenue. Hurricane Hank's has affordable everything and serves great food in Holmes Beach. Mr. Bones offers fabulous barbecue with some unique twists. Seafood more your speed, when in Rome so to speak or more like Maine?  Also try Island Gourmet Grill for American dishes, seafood, Italian and more.

Seeking a good breakfast? Rod and Reel or Peach's are good breakfast Anna Maria Island Restaurants. One of the best Anna Maria beach burger restaurants is just across from the Manatee public beach - Skinny's. Skinny's has outdoor seating as well. Anyone who has been to Anna Maria Island knows that Duffy's serves a mean hamburger as well in Holmes Beach. Try Slim's Place for an American style dinner and live music.    The Bridge Tender Inn Restaurant which offers outdoor waterfront dining as well as formal dining. Another great Bradenton Beach restaurant on Anna Maria Island is Sharky's.

Anna Maria Island Mexican, Italian, German and other Cuisine Restaurants

If you're looking for Anna Maria Island Restaurants that serve Mexican cuisine Tortilla Bay  is 100% Tex-Mex and is a walk up diner type restaurant.  So if you are searching for a inexpensive lunch or dinner Tortilla Bay is the perfect stop. If you are in the mood for German food then look no further. Try the Old Hamburg restaurant in Holmes Beach, Fl on Anna Maria Island. Jamaican Breeze moved off the Island and offers a Jamaican flair and great dishes. Wicked Cantina is a Tex-Mex source of food on Anna Maria Island.  Another Mexican based restaurant is Poppo's located in Anna Maria City on Pine Avenue.  Sorry, Banana Cabana is now closed.

Take out Anna Maria Island Restaurants

Try Subway. Don't forget the Pine Avenue store that has fabulous Sandwiches, pasta salads, and other quick take out lunches or snacks. The Pine Avenue General store is a small grocery store located in Anna Maria City so it's a perfect stop for a lunch at the Bay Front Park for a impromptu picnic. The Tortilla Bay Restaurant is a take out or dine in Tex-Mex restaurant located in Holmes Beach. Rudy's in Anna Maria City is a great choice for Philly steak sandwiches.

There is a small Chinese restaurant on the Anna Maria Island, China 1. For a great burger with onion rings or french fries try Skinny's. You can order on the telephone and pick it up. A fine dining restaurant that delivers is The Feast in Holmes Beach. The restaurant caters as well. If you are in the mood for fresh fish try the Fresh Fish Market. They sell a great selection of fish and offer small dishes like soups and freshly prepared salads. Island Gourmet offers both take out and delivery if you are looking for something better than your average chain store pizza. They also offer more upscale selections such as seafood, salads and pasta too.

Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach breakfast restaurants

There are quite a few great breakfast restaurants choices on Anna Maria Island. This category of dining can be one of the toughest to narrow down because most locals know the mainstream breakfast spots but there are a few hidden away gems that this blog will be sure to introduce. Minnie's Cafe is located in Holmes Beach and serves a great homestyle breakfast. Peach's which specializes in Breakfast is located in Holmes Beach and provides basic breakfasts as well as some fancy stuff too. Rod and Reel Pier Restaurant serves a fantastic breakfast as well and the views of the bay are phenomenal.  Want fresh donuts? Look no further the Donut Experiment is the perfect choice in Anna Maria City.  For more details on Breakfast around Anna Maria Island, check out Island Real Estate's additional breakfast post.

Treats and Ice Cream on Anna Maria Island, Florida

Tyler's ice cream is just off the island on Cortez. Two Scoops is located in Anna Maria, and so is Dip's, Joe's Eats and Sweets is in Bradenton Beach. For a desert experience to remember, try the Euphemia Haye Restaurant which has unique pies, cheesecakes, and too many deserts to remember. Just off the island is Cold Stone Creamery which serves gourmet ice cream hand mixed with your choice of toppings. If your taste buds are screaming for a milk shake then the Shake Pit is a great bet however it is just off Anna Maria Island.  Another fabulous find is Sweet berries which serves fantastic frozen custard.  Visit our top 5 ice cream suggestions when visiting Anna Maria Island.

Off Anna Maria Island Dining and Restaurants

There are fantastic restaurants just off Anna Maria Island. A few are chain restaurants like Outback, Bone Fish, Olive Garden, Applebee's and Carraba's. If you are still looking for the Anna Maria Island "feel," try Cortez Kitchen or Starfish Company as well as Anna Maria Oyster Bar.  Atlanta Bread Company, Sweet Berries Frozen Custard Eatery, and Marina's Restaurant are all conveniently located on Manatee Avenue. Always a favorite with the kids is of course Chuck E. Cheese. For a quick Mexican take out try Chipotle in Bradenton.  If you feel like venturing out into Sarasota try the very well known Columbia Restaurant.   Another great choices for Sarasota is Yoder's which is an Amish based restaurant.  Yoder's is well known for their pies.

Live Entertainment Taverns, Bars, and Restaurants

There are plenty of dining establishments on Anna Maria Island with live entertainment like SandBar, BeachHouse, Bridge Tender Inn, D.Coy Ducks and just off the island Ace's Lounge to name a few. Tune in later for more information.  Want more choices?  Our Anna Maria nightlife post lists bars, live music, billiards and more.  Check out our nightlife blog for more information.

Rhinos, Orangutans, Panthers, and More! - Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa!

What makes for a better family outing than a trip to the zoo? Especially if its the amazing Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. It is a home to over 1,300 animals, including Manatees, Orangutans, Giraffes, and more! Here, they rescue, rehabilitate, and then care for these animals.

This non-profit zoo is 63 acres, and draws over 1 million visitors each year! Which makes sense, because this place is AMAZING!!

The lush, tropical setting truly makes you feel like you have entered a new, wild world. Experience up-close animal encounters, do a behind the scenes tour, and take part in their seasonal events!

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Tampa, FL 33604