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Salty Buddha SUP Yoga

If you are looking for a one of a kind Yoga experience, Salty Buddha SUP Yoga is for you! Join local native instructor Rachael Croll for a truly unforgetable Yoga session on the water! Classes included an introduction to paddle boarding, a short paddle...More

AMI Charters

Include AMI Charters in your Anna Maria Island plans. They offer fishing trips, sunset cruises, boat & kayak tours, and fun runs!...More

Mixon Fruit Farms

Looking for a fun family day outing? Tired of going to the beach? Well then head over to Mixon Fruit Farms in East Bradenton (about a 30 minute drive)....More

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

What makes for a better family outing than a trip to the zoo? Especially if its the amazing Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa....More

Neal Preserve

Open daily from sunrise to sunset, Neal Preserve is 120 acres of beautiful coastal habitat like mangrove forests, salt terns, and oak hammock uplands....More

Scentral Park - Dog Park

If you have traveled to AMI with your furry friend before, you have probably been to the dog park before! But if you and your dog are Island newbie's, you may not be aware of the small dog park in Holmes Beach....More

Bayfront Park

Bayfront Park located on the North end of the island is a quiet park that is great for a picnic with the kiddos....More

Amalie Arena

The Amalie Arena is the permanent host to the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey team as well as the Tampa Bay Storm football team. The Forum offers sports events and concerts....More

Tampa Bay Hockey

Tampa Bay Lightning offers wonderful big city sports entertainment for Anna Maria Island residents and visitors. ...More

Anna Maria Island Rainy Day Top 5

Paradise needs to have a rainy day or two. If you are unfortunate enough to catch a rainy day while on Anna Maria Island find plenty to do....More

Perfect Anna Maria Island Rainy Day Entertainment, a Movie

Rainy days while at the beach can be difficult however I have fond memories as a child seeing the Star War series while on several vacations with my family....More

Anna Maria Island Stormy Surfing

Everyone breathes a sigh of relief when a hurricane misses Anna Maria, but there is always hope it'll create decent surfing conditions. ...More

Ruskin Family Drive-In Theatre

Perfect late night entertainment can be found at the Ruskin Drive in movie Theatre. Enjoy viewing movies old and new like they used to do in the good old days. ...More

Anna Maria Island Surfing

We might not be Hawaii, Australia, or Costa Rica, but we still can get some decent surf here on AMI....More

Beach Volleyball on Anna Maria Island

Who doesn't love a little beach volleyball? Anna Maria Island has two beaches with volleyball nets. One on Manatee Beach, and one at Coquina Beach....More

Holmes Beach Public Basketball Court

Enjoy a game of basketball at the Holmes Beach Public Basketball Court....More

Birdie Tebbetts Field

Enjoy the baseball softball field Anna Maria Island style! Get a baseball game going at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach...More

Holmes Beach Micro Skate Park

A very popular spot for kids on Anna Maria Island is the Holmes Beach Skate Park. Check it out, the park was recently renovated in 2020....More

G.T. Bray Park Easter Egg Dash

G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton hosts an awesome Easter egg dash each year. Kids love it!...More

Anna Maria Island Shelling – DIY Souvenirs

Shelling for free souvenir's and free sunsets. Some of the most relaxation you'll find at an Anna Maria Island beach rental....More

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

The Anna Maria City Pier is a great site to see when visiting Anna Maria Island, Florida. Grab an ice cream and walk the pier....More

Hey Sports Fans! Here’s where you can watch your Games

Attention Sports Fans! There are several fun options for watching both college and professional sports on T.V while enjoying some good food and maybe a cold beer....More

Your Guide to Shelling on Anna Maria Island Beaches!

Your guide on how to find the best shells on Anna Maria Islands beautiful beaches!...More

Top Ten Things to Do With Pets on Anna Maria Island

Island Real Estate has plenty of vacation rentals that are pet friendly and here are the top ten things to do with your pets while vacationing on Anna Maria Island....More

Aluna Wellness Center & Spa

If you're staying in Bradenton Beach and are in need of some serious pampering and relaxation, head over to Aluna Wellness Center & Spa. They offer massages, acupuncture, facials, yoga, and meditation!...More

Island Yoga Space

Beach yoga, SUP yoga, meditation classes, and more! Island Yoga Space in Anna Maria offers all of these classes taught by only the best instructors....More

Perico Preserve

Perico Preserve isn't just a preserve, it's a bird sanctuary. Without the added noise of pets and bikes, the birds and wildlife here have the best chances of being successful in the breeding and rearing of their young....More

Duette Preserve

Located in the Northeastern part of the county is where you'll find Duette Preserve. It is the largest preserve in all of Manatee County, and takes up 21,000 acres....More

Rye Preserve

Want to experience Old Florida? Look no further than Rye Preserve in Parish. About an hour drive from Anna Maria Island....More

Emerson Point Preserve

Emerson Point Preserve is located in Palmetto, FL, and is a 365 acre preserve full of hiking and kayak trails....More

Jiggs Landing Preserve

Located in East Bradenton, Jiggs Landing Preserve offers freshwater fishing, canoeing, and more. This place is very popular because of the boat ramp here, where you can launch right into Braden River....More

Riverview Pointe Preserve

Riverview Pointe Preserve is a small park adjacent to DeSoto National Memorial Park in Bradenton. It is 11 acres of uplands & coastal habitats....More

DeSoto National Memorial Park

Located in North West Bradenton, not far from Robinson Preserve, is DeSoto National Memorial Park. Explore the trails that run through the mangroves, and the beautiful 3,000 Ft. of shoreline...More

Bean Point

White sand beaches meet at the tip of Anna Maria Island, Florida. Bean Point in Anna Maria City is the spot where Tampa Bay opens to the Gulf of Mexico....More

SeaWorld Orlando

Sea World offers a great mix of entertainment for children.  Just 1.5 - 2 hours drive away from Anna Maria Island, it offers a great full day get away....More

The Center of Anna Maria Island

The Center of Anna Maria Island, located in Anna Maria City, is a non-profit community center open Monday - Saturday.  The Center provides an abundance of different human service needs for children, seniors, and every age group in between....More

Bowlero Bradenton

Get out of the house/rental and go bowling with the family at Bowlero in Bradenton. Bowling is always a fun activity, especially on a rainy day....More

Top 10 Activities to do in Sarasota

Have you been spending a lot of time on Anna Maria Island? Looking for a change of pace? Experience the beautiful city of Sarasota, where there is a whole lot to do! See our picks for the top 10 Sarasota activities to take part in....More

Wildlife Inc.

Wildlife Inc. Education & Rehabilitation Center on Anna Maria Island has been rescuing and rehabilitating wild animals in Manatee and Sarasota County since they opened back in 1988. ...More

The Annual DeSoto Grand Parade

The DeSoto Grand Parade is a huge event, and in recent years, it has brought in a crowd of over 200,000 spectators....More

Yoga on Anna Maria Island

AMI is the perfect place to get your yoga on, and luckily, there are a few different local options when it comes to finding the right yoga instructor for you....More

Robinson Preserve

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Local Fishing Charters for Anna Maria Island

Ready for a trip out on the waters off of Anna Maria Island? Because I know I am. Here is a list of local fishing charters. This should help you get an idea of how many charters there are to choose from, and which one suits what you're looking for...More

Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

Who Dun it? Find out at the annual  Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. The dinner (which in 2018 was a two night event) has a different theme each year. ...More

Theme Parks and Water Parks a Few Hours Away from AMI

The one thing Florida is known best for, besides our gorgeous beaches, is our variety of theme parks and water parks....More

Bradenton Riverwalk Events

Check out all the fun that's going on throughout the year at the Bradenton Riverwalk, including: Bradenton Blues Festival, Music in the Park, and more!...More

Local Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

Anna Maria Island and the surrounding area features a selection of festivals that take place every year. Check out the information on all of the fun local festivals & events taking place on and off the island! You'll end up wanting to take part in e...More

Local Art Events

Discover the different art events that take place locally throughout the year. Both on the Island and off....More

Bayfest

If you plan to be on or near Anna Maria Island in mid-October, than you’ll definitely want to check out the annual Anna Maria Island Bayfest on Pine Avenue! If you don’t already have plans to be here, you should make some!...More

Local Easter Events & Church Services

If your vacation overlaps Easter Sunday this year, or this is your first Easter being an Anna Maria Island resident, no worries! Whether a church service, or some Easter Bunny fun, there is something to do for everyone....More

Local Halloween Events

Welcome to Halloween on Anna Maria Island! If you’ve never been on or near AMI during the spookiest time of year, you’re in for a treat (and maybe a few tricks), with a great selection of local family friendly events that everyone is sure to...More

4th of July on Anna Maria Island

There’s nothing better than spending the 4th of July holiday on the beach, making a delicious meal on the BBQ, and of course, watching some spectacular fireworks. Luckily Anna Maria Island offers all three and then some!...More

The Annual Cortez Fishing Festival

The Cortez Fishing Festival, a local tradition and rightly so with the delicious fresh seafood and old Florida atmosphere it brings. The festival which takes place in Cortez’s historic fishing village is a fun filled day for everyone...More

The Beautiful Beaches of Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is a barrier island surrounded by beautiful warm waters of both the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Even though the island is only seven miles long, there are some distinct differences in the beach areas....More

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature (South Florida Museum)

Just a short trip over the bridge from Anna Maria Island into the mainland of Bradenton, you'll find the The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature. Founded in 1947, the museum is a special component to Manatee County’s cultural exposure and developm...More

Island Branch Library

The Island Branch Public library in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island is a great place to check out books, movies, use computers with web access and much more....More

Why Morning Walks are the Best on Anna Maria Island

 Here are five reasons why morning walks on the beach are the best....More

Family Fun on Anna Maria Island

Family Fun on Anna Maria Island.  Check out fun activities, beautiful sights, great food, and a wonderful time on Anna Maria Island. ...More

Coquina Bike Path in Bradenton Beach

An easy bike ride through Coquina Beach located in Bradenton Beach is one of life's simple pleasures....More

Out of Town Activities for All Ages

Even though Anna Maria has extremely fun activities, it's nice to find enjoyable things to do out of town....More

Beach Warning Flags – Swim Safely on Anna Maria Island

While relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island you may notice beach warning flags. A notice of swimming conditions....More

TreeUmph Adventure Courses

Come out for a day of outdoor play in the trees at Southwest Florida’s only elevated ropes course with TreeUmph adventure courses....More

Egmont Key!

Taking a vacation to Anna Maria Island is an amazing experience all on its own. While you’re here, you should spoil yourself even more and take a day trip to Egmont Key!...More

Everybody Loves an Anna Maria Island Parade

A small town parade is just what is needed to bring together the locals and vacationers on Anna Maria Island....More

Bradenton Marauders Baseball

The Bradenton Marauders are an outstanding affiliate baseball team of the Pittsburgh Pirates, they are also one of the only two minor league affiliates owned and operated by a major league club....More

AMI Historical Society

Your one stop shop for local history is the AMI Historical Society at 402 Pine Avenue. A visit to our island paradise isn’t complete without...More

Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex

The ice skating rink in Ellenton, Florida is not far from the beaches of Anna Maria Island. It has hosted Olympic hopefuls in figure skating from around the world....More

Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park is a nature adventure! 57 square miles of nature boasting 38.9 miles of trails to nature watch, hike, bike, or camp....More

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Sarasota Jungle Gardens is a great zoo to get in touch with wildlife! You can adopt an animal and receive the benefits of knowing you've helped a good cause....More

Tampa Bay Automobile Museum

This is a Tampa Bay Auto-car museum with more than 50 vehicles in their collection. Just a short 1 hour drive from Anna Maria Island....More

Disney Springs

Downtown Disney offers shopping, entertainment, and dining options galore! Downtown Disney brings the true Disney magic alive....More

Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

Disney's Blizzard Beach water park is a great summer destination for slippery slopes and cool waters to beat the heat.  Visit our information page for more....More

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Cool and refreshing in the summer heat, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park is a prime destination for a day with the family....More

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom will bring out your wild side! Get in touch with exotic animals from all around the world in this conservation centric park....More

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios brings the movies to life!...More

Disney’s Epcot

Disney's Epcot Park features cuisines from a variety of cultures along with attractions catering to cultural learning....More

Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Disney's Magic Kingdom brings fairytales to life! Bring out the kid in you and relive your favorite childhood memories with the characters!...More

Walt Disney World Park Guide

Considering visiting Disney World? Check out our helpful Walt Disney World Park Guide for more information and to begin planning your accommodations....More

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas shows many of the latest releases located conveniently on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. ...More

Legacy Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch

Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch in Bradenton, FL features an Arnold Palmer designed 18 holes of championship level golf....More

Islands of Adventure Park

Islands of Adventure is a must visit during your Anna Maria Vacation. Located in Orlando with incredible rides, family fun, and great entertainment for all!...More

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Venture the streets with our guide of Hogsmeade in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter located in the Islands of Adventure Park at Universal Studios Orlando!...More

Florida Strawberry Festival

Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, FL. Find all you need to know to get the most out of the festival here!  A short trip from Anna Maria Island....More

Siesta Key Activities

Enjoy the sand, sun, water, and relaxation of Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota Florida. Take a day away from your Anna Maria vacation to enjoy the sights!...More

Arrived Early to Anna Maria Island – Need to Wait for Check in – Now What to Do?

Maybe you are arriving early to a vacation rental on Anna Maria Island. Now what should you do? Well we have the perfect list for your!...More

Sarasota Medieval Fair Is Great Day Trip for Anna Maria Visitors

Sarasota Medieval Fair is an annual renaissance festival for all to enjoy. Family fun with live demonstrations and rides and games....More

Scuba Diving Anna Maria Island or Free Diving- Where to Go

Looking for places to go Scuba Diving Anna Maria Island? Check out our list of the top locations here!...More

Manasota Vineyards

Looking for an Anna Maria Winery? Manasota Vineyards vineyard and winery is located in East Manatee County in Bradenton Florida. They offer tours and wine tastings....More

Awesome Aquariums Near Anna Maria Island, Florida

Explore Aquariums and marine wildlife in the Anna Maria Island Area. Find out more on aquariums near Anna Maria Island.  ...More

Nature Parks Near Anna Maria Island – Manatee County

There are many nature parks near Anna Maria Island. Most visitors to Anna Maria Island know about Robinson's Preserve located near by, but there are many more to explore!...More

Top 10 Things for Kids on Anna Maria Island

Looking for the Top 10 Anna Maria Island Things To Do With Kids? Check out our list of free things to do with your children while visiting!...More

G.T. Bray Public Pool and Splash Park

G.T. Bray Recreational facility is just 15 minutes from Anna Maria Island and has the closest public pool and splash park to Anna Maria....More

Kid’s Korner on Anna Maria Island – Top Things to Do

At Anna Maria Island Kid's Corner, find the best kid's activities, events, and latest happening on Anna Maria Island from a kid’s point of view....More

Anna Maria Island Activities, Day Trips, and Things To Do

Discover the old Florida charm of Anna Maria Island with a plethora of activities in a gorgeous natural setting. ...More

Mote Marine

Mote Marine Laboratory Aquarium is located in Sarasota, a short 30-45 minute drive from Anna Maria Island....More

The A, B, C’s of Anna Maria Island – The Best of Anna Maria Island

The Best of the Best on Anna Maria Island will help you find the best local restaurants, activities, attractions, and things to do Anna Maria Island....More

Bradenton, Florida Area Information and Things to Do

Bradenton, Florida Area information and more.  Visit our Bradenton Information page for plenty of ideas of where to eat, where to play and where to shop....More

Public Tennis Court

There are tennis courts just at the end of 62nd street in Holmes Beach. Our page has information on Public tennis court information on Anna Maria Island....More

Family Fun, Playgrounds and Parks on Anna Maria Island

There are several family fun activities across the island perfect for keeping the kids entertained. No matter which of the three cities you are visiting on Island, you wont have to travel far to find a play place....More

Sarasota Area Information and Things to Do

Sarasota area information and things to do.  Sarasota has fantastic arts, festivals, shopping, restaurants, and has lots of things to do....More

Tampa and St. Petersburg Area Information

Escape the ordinary on Anna Maria Island. Visit our Tampa and St. Petersburg area information page....More

Anna Maria Island Salons – Get Pampered

This is our list of the top 5 Anna Maria Island Salons! There are several in each of our three cities Anna Maria Bradenton Beach Holmes Beach...More

Top 10 Family Friendly Things to Do While Visiting Anna Maria Island

Amy from Island Real Estate shares her top ten things to do during your Anna Maria Island vacation…...More

Go Parasailing On Anna Maria Island!

When you are ready to go parasailing during your visit to Anna Maria Island, contact Yolo Parasail and experience this fantastic adventure....More

Dakin Dairy Farm

Dakin Dairy Farm is the only milk bottler in Florida that where you can experience fresh milk that is 100% produced and bottled right on the farm....More

Sea-renity Spa

With advanced training in deep tissue massage, pregnancy message, and reflexology, Sea-renity Spa in Bradenton Beach is the place to go for your wellness....More

Segs By The Sea

Anna Maria Island  Segway tour is 2 hours long and takes visitors through Bradenton Beach over the Long Boat Key Bridge and back....More

Eternal Summer Surf Camp

The Eternal Summer Surf Camp has been teaching children how to surf on Anna Maria Island since 2008...More

Top Ten Things To Do During Your Visit To Anna Maria Island

Jason's top ten things to do During Your Visit To Anna Maria Island...More

Bay Front Park On Anna Maria Island

Bay Front Park on Anna Maria Island is the perfect place for a picnic and offers covered tables, grills, public restrooms, and a beach for children....More

Manatee Beach On Anna Maria Island

Activities and information about Manatee Beach on Anna Maria Island Florida....More

Coquina Bay Walk at Leffis Key Preserve

Take a stroll down the boardwalk through the mangroves along Sarasota Bay. Coquina baywalk at Leffis key will not cost you a dime and has plenty of parking....More

Highlands Hammock State Park

The Hammock State Park is one of the oldest nature parks of Florida. Only 2 hours away from Anna Maria Island you will find the real Florida with lots of wildlife and jungle like foliage....More

McCurdy’s Comedy Club – Sarasota, Florida

If you are visiting Anna Maria Island, Longboat, Bradenton, or Sarasota then McCurdy's could be just what you are looking for. McCurdy's is a great comedy...More

Fish Hole Mini Golf

Looking to play Mini Golf Bradenton FL? The Fish Hole, located on historic Bridge Street , is the perfect choice for you!...More

G. T. Bray Park Is a Large Park in Bradenton, FL

G.T. Bray park has plenty to do for Anna Maria Island visitors. The park is located just a few minutes from Anna Maria Island. Around any holiday season GT Bray normally has a free event for children....More

Sea World

SeaWorld Is The Perfect Anna Maria Orlando Day Trip for visitors. Check out our post to see why....More

Chuck E Cheese

One of the great things to do that is close to Anna Maria island and the beaches on a rainy day is to go to Chuck E Cheeses. Kids absolutely love it....More

Palma Sola Botanical Park

Palma Sola Park is just a few minutes off Anna Maria Island. The garden has two buildings that are offered for rent. ...More

Anna Maria Island and Bradenton, Florida Area Golf Courses

Visiting Anna Maria Island provides for a great vacation.  There are lots of local golf courses to choose from and we supply a full list of golf courses....More