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Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

After spending hours on the flight, the last thing you want to do is travel even longer in a car and deal with traffic. Especially Tampa traffic. Which is why I always suggest flying into the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport if you can. Unlike Tampa International Airport, the Sarasota Airport is only a 30 minute drive away from AMI. With TPA being over an hour away.

While this airport may be closer, it unfortunately does not offer as many airlines/destinations as TPA does. Unlike Tampa which has over 60 non stop flights (including international flights), Sarasota-Bradenton only has 20, with none being international. However, they do appear to be slowly adding more destinations, so hopefully one day there will be more options. As for now, if you can get a flight to this airport rather than Tampa, I would highly suggest it.

 

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Tampa International Airport – TPA

Serving over 21 million passengers annually, is the Tampa International Airport (TPA). This airport is the second closest airport to Anna Maria Island (a little over an hour drive). Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) being the closest (about a half an hour drive). While TPA may be a little further, it offers more flights, and is significantly larger.

Tampa International Airport

TPA has routes going to 90 different places around the world, and has even been named the second best domestic airport by Travel + Leisure magazine, and Condé Nast Traveler. This airport has over 40 restaurants/places to get a bite to eat. This includes 6 Starbucks locations, 2 Chick-fil-A’s, and even a Columbia Café! Seriously, there are so many restaurants here, it can be kind of overwhelming.

There are currently over 20,000 parking places at Tampa International Airport. The parking spaces are split between the short-term and long-term parking garages. A really nice feature to the TPA is their Cell Phone Waiting Lot, which has a huge display that shows real time flight info. It really is a wonderful feature, and helps to decrease traffic at the Landside Terminal.

Need a last minute gift to bring back from your Florida vacation? No worries, go ahead and check out some of the shops here! You’ll find stores like Ron Jon Surf Shop, Swarovski/Tumi, Dylan’s Candy Bar, and many more!

So why haven’t you bought you’re ticket yet? Anna Maria Island is calling your name.

 Tampa International Airport
4100 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa, FL 33607
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Pirate Adventures of Cortez – Kid Friendly Fun

Ahoy Mateys! If you’re looking for a super fun activity for the kiddos to take part in, then I highly suggest checking out Pirate Adventures of Cortez. This kid-oriented pirate excursion is super unique, and you definitely won’t find anything else like it in the area.

Pirate Adventures of Cortez

Pirate Adventures of Cortez operates year-round. Which means no one gets to miss out on this awesome experience, no matter what time of the year you’re here. Once your child steps foot on the Sea Gypsy, they will be thrown into a whole new world. Here, they will become a brave pirate or a beautiful mermaid before they embark on their adventure. Once aboard the “Pirate Ship”, the Sea Gypsy crew will explain the rules of the sea before following a treasure map to the sunken treasure. The kids even get to use water cannons on the ship to fight off the smelliest pirate there ever was. Pirate Pete.

The whole experience is really exciting for everyone involved. I wish they had this kind of stuff when I was a kid!


Hours of Operation:

Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Sailing four times daily at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm

For more activities to keep the kids entertained, check out our blog on Fun Children Attractions near Anna Maria Island.