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Best Breweries Near Anna Maria Island to Quench Your Thirst After a Day at the Beach

Beach vacations are relaxing and fun, but at the end of the day, you may need a refreshing drink to unwind. After a busy day, a nice, cold beer is the perfect way to finish the night. While we love... Read more

4 Best Day Trips from Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is known for being one of the more laid-back areas of Florida, where you can experience the warm sunshine and gorgeous Gulf views without being bombarded by crowds. Anna Maria Island hotels and rentals tend to have... Read more

Visit Bradenton Near Anna Maria Island

Bradenton Beach, Florida is a beautiful place to spend the day while staying on Anna Maria Island. Just a short 20-minute drive over the bridge takes you where you can experience all that Florida has to offer. You most likely... Read more

Drum Circle Distilling in Sarasota

Anna Maria Island is an extraordinary vacation destination. The Island has seven miles of white sand beaches and clear, turquoise water. In this laid-back atmosphere, you can shop, cycle, and sightsee, or just lay on the beach and enjoy sun... Read more

De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton

Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto’s pursuit of glory and riches brought him to the New World in 1539, one of the first Europeans credited with discovering America. De Soto was significant in shaping the history of the United States as... 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

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Sure, you could stay at your beachfront rentals on Anna Maria Island and enjoy the wind through your hair, the cascading waves, and the turquoise glow of the waters. But at some point, even for just an afternoon, you may... 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

What To Do at the Rod and Reel Pier

Anna Maria Island has become an easy traveler’s paradise. Tucked away from the vibrant urban sprawl of Sarasota and nearby Bradenton, it’s the perfect place for an off-the-beaten-path adventure. Anna Maria Island treasures quiet lunches, coastal wildlife, and wide stretches... Read more

5 Incredible Historic Must-See Sites on Anna Maria Island

Historic Attractions on Anna Maria Island When you think Anna Maria Island, chances are that beaches, blue waters, spectacular sunsets and unbeatable eateries all come immediately to mind. Maybe you think about scuba diving, fishing or parasailing. The island is... Read more

Visit Leffis Key near Anna Maria Island

Location: 2350 Gulf Dr. S Bradenton Beach, FL Leffis Key on Anna Maria Island is one of the most scenic, exotic and pristine nature preserves in all of Florida. Although it is small, you can see an impressive range of... Read more

Historic Bridge Street Pier

The historic Bridge Street pier on Anna Maria Island is located at 200 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Florida. It is certainly worth spending a few hours here whenever you’re in the Bradenton Beach community on the southern end of the... Read more

Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum

Location: 402 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria Island, FL Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Jan-Mar) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (April-December) The Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum on Pine Avenue is one of the most visited tourist attractions in... Read more

Local Attraction: Busch Gardens

One of the best parts of vacationing on Anna Maria Island is that you are never too far from any of the amazing neighboring attractions. Whether you are traveling from within the US or from across the seas, you will... Read more

Neighboring 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... Read more

Spend the Day in Sarasota

Sarasota is the type of place you want to be able to experience all that it has to offer but the likelihood is that you won’t be able to experience it all in one day. However, you may be able... Read more

Catch a Tampa Bay Ray’s Game During your Anna Maria Island visit!

Baseball season is finally upon us and with the Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, just a short 45 minute drive north of the Anna Maria Island beaches—it is a great activity to add to your vacation checklist.... Read more

Spring Training with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles

Spring is on its way and that means it’s almost baseball season! Each Spring, as the snows melt and the flowers bloom the Sarasota/Bradenton area sees the return of a long standing tradition, Major League Baseball Spring training. Whether you... Read more

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