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Anna Maria Island Local Guide

There is no better way to learn about a place than by the locals. Our local guide can assist you in finding out local information and tips and things to do on your vacation. Anna Maria Island is filled with many fun local events to do that go on throughout the year. Depending on what time of year you visit, you can enjoy various types of events in and around Anna Maria Island. Experiencing these activities with the locals is how many have made lifelong friends on the island and one of the main reasons they keep coming back year after year.

Sometimes you don’t have the time, or you can’t find the right information when researching things to do on the island. That’s what makes Anna Maria Island’s local guide so great. We take the research time and guesswork out of it for you. Looking for spa’s on Anna Maria Island or dog-friendly events and beaches? We’ve got you covered. We know the best dining spots are as well as the best nearby attractions. Want to rent a boat on Anna Maria Island or dive into some new watersports? Check out our local guide! Book an Anna Maria Island vacation today and get to know the island like the locals do!

Explore the island like a local

island-piersExplore the Island Piers
You will find that these piers provide an all-day experience for everyone. Rod and Reel Pier is the first stop on the Anna Maria sightseeing tour. Hidden away on the North end of the Island, you will find what’s left of “old Florida” on the Rod and Reel Pier…Read More.

watersports-divingWatersports on Anna Maria Island
No visit to the hidden gem of Anna Maria Island would be complete without experiencing some kind of watersport. When water surrounds you, it’s hard not to want to join in on the fun. …Read More.

boat-rentalsAnna Maria Island Boat Rentals
Situated ever so pleasantly on the ocean, Anna Maria Island provides visitors with a vast amount of sea fairing activities from fishing to dolphin watching. There are plenty of companies on Anna Maria Island to rent boats from, but we have compiled a list of a few to make it easier for you…Read More.

anna=maria-island-spasBest Spas on Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island is the place people go to in order to relax yet not many realize that Anna Maria Island has some of the best spas on this side of the coast to help you find even more tranquility during your vacation…Read More.

20121130-MOB_85635 Reasons to Visit Anna Maria Island in the Spring
Anna Maria Island is an absolutely wonderful place to vacation to in the Spring. We have so much to see and do on this world renowned 7 mile island. From outdoor activities, water sports, festivals, and cultural events. Anna Maria Island has something for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at some of the great reasons to visit…Read More.

sunset6 Best Spots to Watch the Sunset on Anna Maria Island!
While visiting Anna Maria Island you will never find a shortage of fun things to do and experience! While the day time offers an abundance of things to do, one of the best things about our barrier Island is the incredibly sunsets. Discover the best places to watch the sunset while you visit Anna Maria Island…Read More.

local guide photoA Local Guide: A Day in the City of Anna Maria
When you think of taking a vacation-one of the first things you look forward to is getting to sleep in—and while we know that this is a hard thing to give up—we promise taking at least one day out of your vacation to catch the sunrise on Anna Maria Island will definitely be worth it…Read More.

DogBest Places for a Dog Friendly Vacation on Anna Maria Island
Booking a vacation home offers many great benefits when it comes to planning your vacation, and one of those awesome perks is being able to bring along your fury companion. You and your dog are sure to enjoy all of the wonderful things that Anna Maria Island has to offer…Read More.

romantic dinner spotsBest Romantic Dinner Spots on Anna Maria Island
Discover the perfect locations to spend a night out with your loved one. If you are looking for some great romantic spots than look no further…Read More.

things to doThings To Do in the City of Anna Maria
The City of Anna Maria offers a diverse selection of fun and exciting activities to enjoy during your stay on the island. The popular Pine Avenue is a colorful street bursting with local shops and boutiques! From fashion to art, home décor and coastal apparel, you can find it and smiling local faces here…Read More.

best dining spotsBest Island Dining in Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria
If you are a foodie, than you will simply love the different variations of dining that you will find across Anna Maria Island. A local favorite and must visit is Skinny’s Place-a mom and pop burger shop located across the street from the popular Public Beach. There is no better way to cool off after an exhilarating morning at the beach…Read More.

South-Fl-MuseumNeighboring Attractions: The South Florida Museum
The South Florida Museum is located just a short 15 minute drive into downtown Bradenton on the mainland. This wonderful historic museum features numerous galleries, exhibits and is home to Manatee County’s mascot, Snooty the Manatee. Learn about the history of Florida, get up close and personal with the manatees at the aquarium and see…Read More.

zipline2Local Attraction: TreeUmph Adventure Course
Take to the trees at TreeUmph Adventure Course, just a short 45 minute drive into the mainland. This gorgeous 14-acre adventure park spans over 10 football fields in size and provides incredible scenery of the tropical lush landscaping of East Bradenton…Read More.

BushGardensLocal Attraction: Busch Gardens
If you seek a little more adventure during your tropical getaway than you are in for a treat because Busch Gardens Tampa is just an hour north of our 7 mile long barrier reef Island. With thrilling roller coasters, incredible live shows and animal exhibits for the whole family—this fun and exhilarating theme park is definitely worth the day trip up to Tampa during your Anna Maria Island vacation…Read More.