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The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Formerly known as the South Florida Museum, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is located in Downtown Bradenton. It is the biggest cultural and natural history museum on the Gulf coast of Florida. Most people know the museum as the home for Snooty the Manatee. The oldest recorded Manatee ever. Sadly, Snooty passed away in 2017 at the incredible age of 69 years old. But don’t worry, you can still see other Manatees here in the Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature has tons of awesome exhibitions, an impressive planetarium, and of course, the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat.

 

 Exhibitions

Let’s begin with the first floor of the museum. Here is where you will find some incredible fossil evidence of the earliest animals to live in the state. The exhibits on the first floor include; Great Hall, Land of Change, Fabulous Florida Seas, Archaic Peoples and the Tallant Gallery. There is even a underwater viewing window that lets you see the manatees being cared for in the rehabilitation facility. The second floor features the River Heritage Hall, the Environmental Hall ,and the Visible Storage Gallery.

Planetarium

The digital full-dome planetarium theater is truly out of this world. Featuring a digital 25,000 watt Dolby 5.1 surround sound system and stadium like seating. It’s even the west coast of Florida’s premier astronomy education facility! Check out the planetarium show schedule on the museums website.

Manatee Habitat

The most popular part of the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature would definitely be the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat. It consists of a giant medical pool, about 60,000 gallons of water, and some manatees of course. This manatee habitat serves as a second stage rehabilitation facility. This is where the manatees temporarily stay before being released back into the wild. The manatees end up at the habitat after they have received treatment. There is an exhibit area where the medical pool is which allows visitors to learn about Manatees, and view the ones in the pool from above and below the water. Believe me, it’s pretty awesome!

 

While you’re in Bradenton, check out some other great places, like the Red Barn Flea Market, and Myakka State Park!

 

 

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Ice Cream Options on Anna Maria Island

There’s nothing better than treating yourself to some delicious, cold ice cream on a hot and humid Florida day. Which may be the reason why there is quite a selection of ice cream options on Anna Maria Island. Here are all the ice cream shops the Island has to offer, and which Island city they’re located in:

Anna Maria City:


Holmes Beach:


Bradenton Beach:

 

 

 

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Island Scoops – Bradenton Beach

Serving ice cream, gourmet sodas, baked goods, and much more is Island Scoops in Bradenton Beach. Island Scoops sells Big Olaf ice cream, which is hand mixed by local Amish craftsmen and absolutely to die for. Seriously, visitors return year after year for some of the best homemade ice cream Florida has to offer. With about 20 different flavors always on the menu, coming to your final decision may be a bit difficult.

Flavors Include:
Dutch Peanut Butter
Amaretto Almond
Butter Pecan
Kahlua Krunch
Coconut Almond Joy
Pistachio
Heath Bar
Chocolate Lovers
Etc.

Aside from ice cream, they also carry tons of assorted candy, baked goods, and retro gourmet sodas. Some baked good items include cupcakes, gourmet pies, cookies, etc. They have anything and everything sugary and sweet, except their sugar-free ice cream of course.

Island Scoops is open everyday, from 1PM – 10PM. Check out their full menu!

 

For more ice cream options, check out this blog that lists all the ice cream shops on Anna Maria Island.

 

 

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Anna Maria Island Creamery and Bakery

Baked goods and sugary goodness is what you’re in store for at Anna Maria Island Creamery and Bakery. Located toward the North end of the Island, this shop is  just two blocks before Pine Ave. Here you will find Handmade Italian gelato, premium soft serve, and sorbettes. Among classic bakery items like croissants and danishes, this bakery also sells William Dean truffles (known from the Hunger Games).

Anna Maria Island Creamery and Bakery

This family owned business uses fresh fruit and local dairy. They even produce their gelato on site! If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ll appreciate the fact that they have 8 different chocolate based flavors. Or you could go for their delicious dairy-free sorbetto. The kiddos will really enjoy the customized sundaes they do. Now lets talk about the bakery aspect of the Anna Maria Island Creamery and Bakery.

The bakery offers danishes, croissants, and more! Though, this bakery also carries a very unique product, William Dean truffles. These truffles are known for their flavor combos, like peanut butter & jelly, port & fig, etc. In fact, you can choose from 36 flavors of the William Dean truffles.


9801 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216
(941) 896-5308
Open from 10am – 10pm everyday

 

 

If you liked this blog (and ice cream), then you’ll definitley apprecaite our “Ice Cream Options on Anna Maria Island” blog.

 

 

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Joe’s Eats & Sweets in Bradenton Beach

If the bright & fun colors of the building don’t get your attention, then the tasty treats inside sure will. Joe’s Eats & Sweets is an adorable stop in Bradenton Beach that will have your taste buds happy you stopped by.  Homemade ice cream, sundaes, and fudge is what they specialize in. The selection of ice cream flavors include classics like chocolate, strawberry, and mint chip, but they also have key lime cheesecake, cotton candy and nerds, pineapple coconut, and even almond turtle fudge. And the list goes on!

Sundae options include over 15 different, delicious concoctions. Two of my favorites are the Coffee Lovers Dream, which contains coffee ice cream, of course, topped with coffee syrup, whipped cream (the real stuff), and a cherry. My second favorite Brownie Sundae, mainly because it comes with a homemade walnut brownie.
End your evening out with a stop here after dinner on Bridge Street, or come over after a day at the beach.

 

Check out our blog, “Ice Cream Options on Anna Maria Island” for details on all the local ice cream shops.