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St. Armands Circle and Lido Key

If you’re looking for great day trips near Anna Maria Island, St. Armands Circle should be on your radar. St. Armands is a grassy, palm-filled island shopping center surrounded by a plaza divided into four quadrants of stores, boutiques, and... Read more

Sarasota Attraction: Big Cat Habitat

The Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary in Sarasota is a haven for wild animals, big and small, and an exciting family attraction for both locals and visitors to the city. Here’s a guide to the Big Cat Habitat,... Read more

Art Galleries & Events in Sarasota

Known as Florida’s Cultural Capital, the city of Sarasota is really good at bringing the arts to life. It has an active visual, performing, and musical arts scene that hosts both seasoned artists from around the world and supports up-and-coming... Read more

Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is Sarasota’s “living museum.” Housing about 5,000 species of plants, Selby Botanical Gardens is an education and research center, tourist attraction, and event venue all rolled into one. With workshops, kids’ activities, and seasonal events, this... Read more

How To Spend the Perfect 2 Days in Anna Maria Island

Whether you’re staying at Anna Maria Island rental properties, in nearby Bradenton, or in another mainland area, planning a two-day trip to the island is a great way to see all it has to offer in a short timeframe. Your... Read more

Tee Off Around Anna Maria Island At These 5 Great Golf Courses

Bask in the Florida sun and enjoy the summer air as you play your best game of golf ever. After all, isn’t that what vacation is all about? Picture this: waking up bright and early for a round of golf,... Read more

Visit Bayfront Park on Anna Maria Island

Bayfront Park and beach is located at the north end of Anna Maria Island, on the bay side. Bayfront Park offers impressive views of Tampa Bay and the famous Sunshine Skyway Bridge. It is one of the more popular Anna... Read more

Plan the Perfect Bachelorette Party on Anna Maria Island

Two decades ago, bachelorette parties were nothing more than a rowdy pre-wedding party, usually the night before the big day. Now, they often consist of weekend – or even week – long girls trips to ski chalets, wineries, or the... Read more

Best Anna Maria Island Souvenirs to Take Home With You

When you make Anna Maria Island your summer vacation destination, one thing is for sure: you’re going to be creating lots of wonderful memories. From stunning white sand beaches to comfortable Florida Gulf front rentals, Anna Maria Island is everything... Read more

Cortez Fishing Village

Cortez, Florida is one of the last small coastal fishing villages in Florida, located right off Anna Maria Island across the Cortez Bridge. Founded in the 1880s by settlers from North Carolina, you will find that Cortez still has the... Read more

Best Restaurants on AMI for large group gatherings

Did you bring the whole family along for your vacation to Anna Maria Island? It might be a noisy and frantic vacation, but you know that already. You probably also know that finding a suitable restaurant for a large group... Read more

Fun Things to Do Near Anna Maria Island

If Florida is known for anything besides its brilliant beaches, it’s the theme parks. Some of the most iconic theme parks can be found in the direct heart of Florida, with some massive parks also along each of the state’s... Read more

Little Known Shipwrecks off the coast of Anna Maria Island

Regina Wreck The Regina Wreck is one of the most famous shipwrecks in Florida. Throughout centuries of pirate dominance, epic storms, and tumultuous territory fighting and protecting of the barrier islands of Florida, numerous ships fell victims to the waters.... Read more

Best Anna Maria Island Coffee Shops

No matter how exciting the attraction, how prepared you are for the vacation, and how well-behaved the kids are, you need a little pick-me-up. There’s no better way to indulge in an afternoon break than an espresso or cup of... Read more

Folk School at the Florida Maritime Museum

Just across the Cortez Street Bridge is the “Old Florida” style Historic Fishing Village of Cortez. Visitors to this area are invited to take a stroll through yesteryear. The Cortez Fishing Village has lots of unique shops and the best... Read more

Shelling on Anna Maria Island

The beaches you’ll find near your gorgeous Anna Maria Island rentals are known for their beauty, white sand, and of course shells. Spending day after day lounging or swimming at the beach can get old fast, but finding a great... Read more

Best Nail Salons on the Island

Pamper yourself and indulge in self-care while planning out your activities on the next Anna Maria Island vacation. Thankfully, you got plenty of choices. The below is a quick guide to the top five best Anna Maria Island nail salons... Read more

Best Place to Get a Bathing Suit on Anna Maria

Want something cute and adorable, or sassy and funky to wear on the beach during your Anna Maria island vacation? There are plenty of things to do on the island, but all that can wait until you are ready with... Read more

Best Restaurants to Take Your Valentine on Anna Maria

Away from the daily grind of work, you can find the quintessential romantic getaway on Anna Maria Island. The radiant views, the bouncing dolphins, and, perhaps most importantly, the fantastic sunset dining all help make Anna Maria a divine destination... Read more

The History of Anna Maria Island

The City of Anna Maria was the first community on Anna Maria Island, and to this day it is a central gathering area full of exciting destinations, things to do, and historical sites. Although the area attractions many tourists for... Read more


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