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Top Fitness Activities – Anna Maria Island

When visiting Anna Maria Island there are plenty of fitness activities to keep you feeling healthy during your paradise getaway. Enjoy a great vacation guilt free when you try out these Top 11 fitness activities on Anna Maria Island.

Top 11 Fitness Activities

  1. Going to the Gym: The Fitness Center at The Center of Anna Maria Island is a great place to go get your workout in. The Fitness Center consists of a Cardio Center, Weight Center, Specialty Fitness Room, and a Stretch and Mobility Room. They also offer some awesome fitness classes and are always adding new ones. Iron Yoga, Body Blast, and Tai Chi are just some of the classes done here. For none-members, classes are $15.
    The Fitness Center at The Center of Anna Maria Island: 407 Magnolia, Anna Maria City, FL 34216
    – Phone: (941) 778-1908

2. Fit Crew: Since 2010, Fit Crew Bradenton has been offering Personal Training, Sports Specific Training, Nutritional Services, and Cross Training Group Classes. It is also the biggest non-commercial gym in Bradenton. This is a great place for challenging yourself both physically and mentally, while also forming bonds with others and forming friendships.
Fit Crew Bradenton: 608 19th Ave West, Bradenton, FL 34205
– Phone : (941) 749-0400

3. Bike riding from Anna Maria Island to the Robinson Preserve and back. I love the 11 mile bike ride, and it can easily be completed in 1 hour. Plus you always see local wildlife!
Robinson Preserve: 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: (941) 742-5923

4. Bike riding to Harry’s Continental Kitchen on Longboat Key is another decent ride. This lets you get familiar with Longboat Key and try the delicious food at Harry’s.
Harry’s Continental Kitchen: 525 St Judes Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228
– Phone: (941) 383-0777

Insider tip:  The Coquina Bike path is a great low key bike path that takes you off the streets and lets you bike on a side walk close to the Beach!

5. Paddle boarding or kayaking around the bayous and gulf side is an awesome fitness activity. Love the workout and being able to be out on the water while getting a tan! And you basically always see marine life, whether it be dolphins, rays, sea turtles, and more!

6. Playing golf at one of the many golf courses in the area. Click here to see all the Golf Courses on and near AMI.

7. Rollerblading is back baby! Rollerblading has become more popular recently, and the back streets of the Island are great for rolling around.

8. Playing tennis at the local free tennis courts, or shooting some hoops at the public Basketball Court.

9. Pure Barre: Located in Northwest Bradenton, Pure Bare offers 4 different group class formats that are concentrated on lifting & toning muscles using low impact, high intensity movements. Everyone I know that has tried out Pure Barre has loved it!
Pure Barre: 6745 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209
– Phone: (941) 792-8663

10. Activities at the Anna Maria Island Community Center are great for keeping you in shape during your stay on Anna Maria Island. There’s tennis, pickleball, and adult & youth sports.
The Center of Anna Maria Island:  407 Magnolia Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
– Phone: (941) 778-1908

11. Last but not least, going on a sunset beach run/walk along the water. I love taking pictures and watching the day end as I get a good run in!

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Anna Maria Island Top Seven Ice Cream Shops

This information page provides Anna Maria Island top ten ice cream shops.  Well summer is here once again!  Nothing is better than spending a day on the beach soaking up the warm Florida Sun, and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. One of my favorite things to do after a day at the beach, and one of the best ways to cool down during the summer heat on Anna Maria Island is to grab an ice cream treat.  So I spent the day traveling the Island in search of the best ice cream and candy treats in the area.

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Anna Maria Island Top Ten Restaurants

Looking for tasty food while you’re on the Anna Maria Island? Well you’re in luck we have composed list of Anna Maria Island restaurants from fine dining, to beachfront restaurants, pizza, and where to get the best burger on the island. We have plenty of tasty restaurants to choose from on AMI but the ten restaurants below are a MUST VISIT!

1) Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach – Enjoy fine dining on the Gulf of Mexico with an excellent wine selection and amazing entrée’s.

6600 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-6444

2) Island Ocean Star in The City of Anna Maria – A unique dining experience on Anna Maria Island with award winning Sushi and a Hibachi Grill.

902 South Bay
Anna Maria, FL, 34216
(941) 251-6940

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Top 13 Ways to Keep Anna Maria Island Beaches Clean

Doing your part to keep Anna Maria Island beaches clean is easy. Every year humans dump plastics and garbage into our ecosystem, but if we employ mindfulness this can change. The impact of garbage on the beaches and in waterways is an enormous strain on wildlife. This effect works its way up through the food chain, and has global implications.

Plastics effect on marine birds and wildlife

A 2015 study found that nearly 90% of seabirds are ingesting plastics. Plastics and garbage not only effect seabirds, but also harm hundreds of species of Marine life.  Researchers have found many animals deceased with plastic in their stomach and digestive tracts. A few species include sea turtles, whales, dolphins, fish and sea lions.

Up to 80% of marine debris can be attributed to urban runoff and land based sources. This figure gives us insight into the effect of human habits. We can decrease this number by making small changes in our daily life, especially when visiting the beaches of Anna Maria Island.

Top 13 ways to keep Anna Maria Island Beaches Clean

1. The Two Minute Beach Clean

Any time you visit a beach on Anna Maria Island, or elsewhere, you should practice the two minute beach clean. A simple movement, the two minute beach clean started in coastal England. Any time you visit a beach take two minutes from your trip and clean up any debris you see. It’s easy to do a two minute beach clean, and you’ll leave feeling accomplished in doing your part.

2. Be a Conscientious Angler

Fishing line and tackle can take up to 600 years to decompose enough to no longer effect marine animals. When you are fishing on the beaches of Anna Maria Island keep this in mind. Never leave behind debris, and NEVER cut lines caught on wildlife. Reel, remove, release is the best way to care for entanglement, and is the only solution to prevent wildlife deaths.

3. Leave plastic bags at home

Plastic bags are easy to lose on a trip to the beach, and don’t help keep Anna Maria Island beaches clean. Plastic bags can easily fly away with even the smallest of breezes. When you visit Anna Maria Island beaches leave the plastic bag at home, and instead, use a reusable tote or beach bag.

4. Use garbage receptacles

Garbage receptacles are found at almost every public beach access on Anna Maria Island, so use them. Never bury trash in the sand, and always take a quick look around before you leave. If a piece of trash become caught in the wind, chase it down!

5. Join a Beach Clean

Many different organizations and groups hold beach cleaning events. Cleaning the beach sounds like a difficult task, but it is actually fun. Cool off in the gulf, get a little sun, and enjoy the outdoors. Occasionally you may even find something interesting on the beach. Jewelry, coins, sunglasses, beach toys and tons of other goods are rescued from the beaches when you help keep Anna Maria Island beaches cleans. You never know what you’ll find while picking up garbage.

6. Ditch single use plastics

Single use plastics are a huge contributor to marine pollution, and are easily lost at the beach. Avoiding single use plastic is a practice you can implement in your everyday routine, and not just during a trip to Anna Maria Island.

Ask yourself these questions about single use plastic:

Is it really so hard to bring a spoon from home, then bring it back at the end of the day? Why couldn’t you bring a reusable cup instead of a solo cup you’ll use for just a few hours? Is going to the store to buy temporary utensils and flatware actually more convenient than just grabbing the things you already have at home? Does single use plastic actually make your trip more convenient, or is it just something a manufacturer has sold you on?

7. No Butts!

Cigarette butts are one of the most common types of garbage you will find on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. It takes cigarette butts 10-12 years to decompose, so they really start to build up, especially around sand dunes. Smoking on the beach exposes others to second hand smoke, and really just isn’t polite. No one wants to smell cigarette smoke instead of fresh salt air. If you must smoke at the beach NEVER put your butts out in the sand, and pick a fire safe receptacle to park your butts.

8. Leave the pets at home

There are no pets allowed on Anna Maria Island beaches. As much as we love our pets, they can make beaches a very dirty place. Pet waste can become a health hazard due to fecal bacteria, and can also contain parasites that cause health issues for humans and other animals. Only bring you pets to designated pet friendly beaches. If you are visiting Anna Maria Island with a pet you will find pet friendly beaches to the East of the Manatee Bridge along the Palma Sola Causeway Park.

9. Don’t Build Fires

Fires of any kind are not permitted on Anna Maria Island beaches. Fire can easily spread on the beach, and cause great ecological damage to sensitive beach dune. Debris leftover from fires makes the beach dirty, and an unsafe place for beach wildlife.

10. Barbecue in designated areas

Many of the public beaches on Anna Maria Island offer designated grilling areas. Grilling on the beach can be unsafe for both people and wildlife. You can find designated grilling areas on Anna Maria Island at Coquina Beach, Manatee Public Beach and Bay Front Park.

11. Pick up Food Waste

Pieces of food left on the beach are harmful. When you leave the beach don’t leave food around. Human food is not meant to be eaten by beach wildlife, and can attract predator species out to coastal areas. When predator species come on to the beach they disturb natural processes such as nesting. Food can attract animals such as Raccoons and Feral Cats that don’t belong. These predators will stick around, and eat shorebirds, baby birds, and both bird and turtle eggs. These predators can have an enormous effect on beach ecosystems.

Do not feed wildlife! The seagulls might be cute, and persistent, but DO NOT FEED THEM! Seagulls are not meant to eat human food, and can become sick. Seagulls can also confuse plastics with human food, and mistakenly eat plastic. When you feed seagulls on the beach it makes them aggressive toward people causing them to snatch food out of your hand. This behavior is bad for both the Seagull and people, and does not help keep Anna Maria Island beaches clean.

12. Be a Conscientious Boater

It is all too easy for plastics and garbage to fly off your boat. When enjoying the waters around Anna Maria Island be sure to keep items secure. Pinterest offers tons of great boat organization hacks to keep items in place and secure. If you come across floating garbage while boating pluck it out of the water, but only if you can do so safely.

13. Donate to Environmental Organizations

There are tons of not for profit organizations that care for the environment on both local and global levels. You can help keep Anna Maria Island beaches clean by supporting the efforts of organizations such as Keep Manatee Beautiful. This organization is dedicated to litter prevention. Also, consider supporting the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring. This great non-profit monitors and protects local wildlife, and they also help keep Anna Maria Island beaches clean with beach clean up efforts.

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Reserve your Anna Maria Island vacation rental or accommodations today at AnnaMariaIsland.com!

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Top 5 Rainy Day Activities

I know, a rainy day can put a damper on your beach vacation. Especially when you’re in “The Sunshine State”. Though when we start creeping into Summer and Hurricane season, rain chances start to rise for AMI. Especially in the afternoons. And while the rain typically lasts only a few hours until the sun is back our to play, it can still be discouraging to visitors. That is why we have put together a list of out top 5 activities to keep you occupied on a rainy day, check it out below!

Spa Day!

Spa days are the best days. Take advantage of the cruddy weather and head to one of the many spas located on Anna Maria Island (Acqua Aveda, Body & Sol, etc). Go get yourself a new hairstyle, get your nails done, a relaxing message, or all three! You deserve it.

Go to the Movies

The movies is always a good option for a day where the weather isn’t cooperating. Load up the family and head to Oakmont 8 theater in Bradenton. This is the closest movie theater to AMI (about a 20 minute car ride). Get some buttery popcorn, candy, and go enjoy some Hollywood entertainment.

Bowling!!

Next to going to the movies, bowling is always a good rainy day activity. try out your bowling skills at Bowlero in Bradenton (about a 20 minute car ride from the Island).

Red Barn Flea Market

Visiting the Red Barn Flea Market would definitely take up most of your rainy day. This place is like no other! there are over 600 flea market booths in this  145,000 sq.ft area. Though the outdoor portion might be closed, the indoor area is still worth the 30 minute drive. Check out our blog on the Red Barn for more details on this awesome market.

The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature

Formerly known as the South Florida Museum, the The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature is located in Downtown Bradenton. This is the place Snooty the Manatee, the oldest recorded Manatee, lived out his life until tragically passing away in 2017 at the impressive age of 69 years old. Though Snooty may not be around, the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature still rehabilitates manatees. Go say hello to some “sea cows”, experience their awesome digital full-dome planetarium theater, and visit all the other great exhibits they have! Fun for the whole family.

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Breakfast Options on Anna Maria Island

Breakfast, it’s the most important meal of the day. Lucky for you, I put together a list of all the breakfast options Anna Maria Island has to offer.
Check it out and let us know which one is your favorite place to stop for breakfast.

Breakfast Options in Anna Maria:

Ginny’s & Jane E’s Cafe (9807 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria):
A unique place to shop and get a light breakfast. Stop by for one of their delicious (and ginormous) cinnamon rolls, or a refreshing smoothie. 
Rod and Reel Pier (875 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria):
Enjoy your food overlooking the water at Rod and Reel Pier. Omelettes, french toast, biscuits and gravy, and all the other staple breakfast dishes. 
The Donut Experiment (210c Pine Ave, Anna Maria):
Here you can create your own custom donut experiment. Freshly made cake donuts with your choice of frosting and toppings. The kids especially love this place.
The Waffle Press (425 Pine Ave, Anna Maria):
Made from scratch Belgian Liege Waffles with Artisanal Toppings. 

Breakfast Options in Holmes Beach:

Peach’s (3240 E Bay Dr, Holmes Beach):
Casual breakfast spot that opens at 6AM everyday. Breakfast Burrito, Chicken Fried Steak N’ Eggs, Homemade Biscuits and Gravy,etc.
Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe (4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach):
The only island restaurant that is directly on the beach and serves breakfast. Known for their
All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes.

Minnie’s Beach Cafe (5360 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach):
Casual dining, with the friendliest staff. Waffles, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, omelettes,
egg sandwiches, etc.

The Ugly Grouper (5704 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach):
The Ugly Grouper only recently began serving breakfast. They now open at 7:30AM, and serve for breakfast Pancakes, Cheese Fan Breakfast Taco, and their “Ugly” Omelettes. 
Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen (5325 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach):
Here at Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen, you can expect some unique and tasty options to start your day. Ruby Shrimp & Grits, Lox & Bagel, Avocado Toast, and much more!

Breakfast Options in Bradenton Beach:

Wicked Cantina (101 7th St N, Bradenton Beach):
Not only Staple breakfast foods are served here, but also Tex-Mex breakfast foods as well. From their Classic American Breakfast to their Breakfast Chimi.
Island Creperie (127 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach):
Freshly baked croissants, mouthwatering crepes (of course), and savory sandwiches. 

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The Best Jewelry Stores on Anna Maria Island

Are you looking to find a unique gift from one of the local jewelry stores on Anna Maria Island?  Luckily, there are many locally owned and operated shops and boutiques to choose from!

Top Five Jewelry Stores on Anna Maria Island

From Pine Avenue to Bridge Street, there are many shops carrying high quality, hand-crafted, beach, wedding and destination jewelry. For your convenience, we have carefully selected our Top Five Jewelry Stores on Anna Maria Island.  Though it was tough trying to narrow down the list, We think these are the best jewelry stores on Anna Maria Island.

Creations by L

Creations by L is in Holmes Beach and will delight those who must have that special “one-of-a-kind” piece. Lois incorporates semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls and gorgeous beads into her designs. She also offers classes from May through October, and you can take home your own hand-made memory. Her very special wedding collection is amazing and she will customize jewelry to your wishes. So please stop by Creations by L to browse the selection at our number 5 pick!

Restless Natives and Back Alley

The number 4 choice for jewelry shopping actually has 2 locations, Restless Natives in Holmes Beach and the Back Alley in Bradenton Beach.  About 25 local artists display their pieces, including beer bottle cap pendants and “green” jewelry.  One peek in either shop and you will know why we love them!Sand Dollar necklace

The Sand Dollar

The Sand Dollar comes in our third favorite place for jewelry on Anna Maria Island.

Known more for their unique beach style home goods and gifts, this “must” visit store on every list. But the jewelry at the Sand Dollar is amazing too!  Here you will find accessories like nowhere else on the island…rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces, many of these are statement pieces to wear and you will want to come back again! The Sand Dollar has a great online store too, for your fix when you are not in Holmes Beach: Sand Dollar.

The Hive Gifts and Arts

Once located in The Old Post Office Plaza of Anna Maria, The Hive is now one of the merchants of Bridge Street. Special selections of imported silver jewelry from Bali, Denmark, Italy, South Africa, and Tibet as well as locally hand-made jewelry will suit your individual personality.

Bridge Street Jewelers

Finally, the number one choice for jewelry shopping on Anna Maria Island is Bridge Street Jewelers.  They brought the first certified master jeweler and gemologist to the island and were the first to introduce the Anna Maria Island destination bracelets which are patented and trademarked. To coordinate with the destination jewelry line, they also have Anna Maria Island rings, earrings and pendants.  Bridge Street Jewelers also carries a selection of fine jewelry from diamond engagement rings to sapphire starfish earrings.

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Top Ten Night Spots – Libations Anna Maria Island

If you are looking to enjoy a little night life while visiting Anna Maria Island we have got you covered! Here is our top ten night spots on Anna Maria Island.  By the way in no particular order and tried to include the normal outfits found for patrons visiting the night spot.  We would classify night spots into three categories; Motorcycle bar, Coastal Vacationer bar, Local bar or a mixture of Vacationer and Local.

Top Ten Night Spots

1. Hurricane Hanks– Laid-back sports bar with a fantastic menu!  I have never had a bad meal at Hurricane’s so grab a drink and enjoy some great eat’s.  My father love’s grabbing a gin and tonic with the scallops and bacon appetizer.  Business casual is normally the outfits found at Hurricane Hanks and this is a mixture of Coastal Vacationer and Locals.

5346 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL
(941) 778-5788

2. Island Time Bar & Grill– Great atmosphere with live music & a tasty menu!  Coastal casual wear is what would be found at Island time and this is a mixture of Coastal Vacationer and Locals.

111 Gulf Drive
South Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
1st Floor
TEL: 941-782-1122

3. Cortez Kitchen– Located not too far off the Cortez Bridge, this outdoors, laid back restaurant most likely will have a live band, good food, and a good time in store for you.  Good mix of coastal visitors and locals makes this a good choice for any type of evening you are looking for.

4528 119th Street West Cortez, FL 34215
(941) 798-9404

4. Bridge Tender Inn & Dockside Bar- Inside is the sports bar and restaurant, outside’s a tiki bar with live music, right on the water, and even a flat screen for game days!  Located in Bradenton Beach just of Bridge Street.  Parking can be a challenge so bring your patience or ride the trolley!  Good mixture of Coastal Vacationers and Locals.

155 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-4849

5. Dcoy Ducks – Great nightspot with live music, poker nights and more!  Located in the heart of Holmes Beach right next to the Feast.  Go grab some fabulous food at the Feast and walk less than 30 feet to Dcoy Duck’s!  Normal outfit would be a tshirt with some casual shorts.  Leather could be included but this is a good mix of visitors and locals that patronize this bar.  Mixture of locals, coastal vacationers and motorcyle patrons.

5410 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL
(941) 778-5888

6.  Drift Inn- Small town bar on historic bridge street.  Normal outfit could include a little leather but likely includes a t-shirt and some torn up blue jeans.  More of a feel of motorcycle patrons along with locals.

120 Bridge Street,
Bradenton Beach, FL
(941) 778-9088

7Anchor Inn– Friendly bar with pool tables and darts.  This is one of several local bars located just South of Publix.  Normal outfit would include a little leather.  More of a feel of motorcycle patrons along with locals.

3007 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL
(941) 778-3085

8.  Bortells – Pinball, video games, and pool tables.  Normal outfit would include a little leather and some blue jeans.

10002 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria, FL
(941) 778-5487

9.  The Doctor’s office is located within a short 2-3 minute stroll from the Feast or Dcoy Ducks.  The Doctor’s Office is a craft cocktail bar.  They have small bites, wine, beer and some unique cocktails to offer.  This is a very quaint and cozy bar that reminds me more of a cigar parlor with comfy seats and fabulous staff that works to meet your every whim.  Normal outfit would be business casual and this has strong coastal vacationer feel.

5312 Holmes Blvd
Holmes Beach, FL
(941) 213-9926

10. Slim’s- Great place to watch sports! Great food, billiards and live entertainment.  This for sure is a local hang out and many nights they host after party teams from the Anna Maria community Center extracurricular evening sports activities.  Normal outfit would be coastal wear with some shorts.  Coastal vacationer and local hangout.

9701 Gulf Dr.
Anna Maria, FL
(941) 567-4056

We have plenty of more suggestions for places to visit while on Anna Maria Island.  Visit our nightlife information page.

By the way – there is no reason to drink and drive on Anna Maria Island.  Check out the free monkey bus or the free Anna Maria Island Trolley for plans to let someone else handle the heavy lifting while out on the town!

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Top 5 Activities for Teens on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island Activities for teens – As a teenager myself I know it can be hard to find fun activities for teens on Anna Maria Island without the parents that won’t worry them like crazy. However, here on the island there is such a variety of activities it will seem almost too easy to get away and make memories with your friends.

Anna Maria Island Activities for Teens

1. Bike around the island

A great way to experience the island is biking. With the island only being seven miles long the trip isn’t strenuous, and is a great way to find shops and explore the island. Also, it’s a great way to keep in shape and help the environment, which is something Anna Maria prides itself on. Some great places to rent bikes are Beach Bums, Just 4 Fun, and AMI Beach Fun. Check out the Anna Maria Island bike guide here!

2. Go paddle boarding

Paddle Boarding around the island is one of the most fun ways to explore new places and sea life. For beginners, it’s recommended to find a place with calm water to learn on. Some good places to launch off of are the pier on 63rd street, Bimini Bay, and Bayfront Park. Many places are accessible by Anna Maria’s free trolley that goes through Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach. Find the trolley schedule here.

3. Catch ’em all

With the newest app Pokémon Go being released in late 2016 Anna Maria has become the perfect place to find tons of poke stops and gyms during your stay. Not only is the game extremely fun, it gives you the chance to explore the island, and meet new people along the way. Collect pokeballs and powerups at the Florida Friendly Demonstration Garden while experiencing a place you might not have known about otherwise. Also, since you’re so close to the ocean you get to find water Pokémon such as Psyduck and Squirtle. This helps add to your collection AND find better Pokémon to battle with! Want a playlist to catch ’em all to? Click here to add some spunk to your adventure! Just remember if you’re driving to be safe and #DontCatchAndDrive.

4. Eat!

I can proudly say eating different food is one of my favorite parts of vacationing, and Anna Maria doesn’t let down. Start your day off with Minnie’s Beach Cafe for breakfast on Holmes Beach, where they serve delicious pancakes and sandwiches! For lunch try Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe where they serve delicious sandwiches and platters. Dinner is served at Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier where there is yummy sea food and a pretty view.  Also, if you’re craving a treat The Donut Experiment makes tasty made-to-order donuts, or Two Scoops is the home to 32 different flavors of ice cream.

5. Shop Shop Shop!

Who doesn’t love to shop while on vacation? The Island has the coolest shops, providing fun presents for the family and fun activities for teens on Anna Maria Island. Some of the best shops are:

Anna Maria- Three Island Monkeys, Two Sides of Nature, White Egret

Holmes Beach- Sand Dollar Gift Shop, Island Bazaar, West Coast Surf Shop

Bradenton Beach- Bridge Street Bazaar, Green Turtle Shell and Gift Shop, The Hive Creations

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The Top Tens of Anna Maria Island

The Top Tens of Anna Maria Island!

So you’re thinking about visiting Anna Maria Island? What are you going to do when you get here? Or maybe you’re already here? Island Real Estate has

the resources to help you make some decisions! Let’s start with counting by tens (because we know that’s much easier than threes or fours or any of those other boring numbers)!

Anna Maria Island’s best restaurants

Check out Jason’s Anna Maria Island restaurant picks! Follow it up with some of our selections for ice cream and desserts and you are ready to start doing what you really came here for. For a full list of recommendations visit our Anna Maria Island restaurants section.

Anna Maria Island Activities

We know you came here to do everything on our endless list of activities! That’s right, every last thing!
Anna Maria Island Activities for Kids

  1. Let’s start with some great family fun!  It’s fun for the whole family with these activities for kids!
  2. There’s plenty of don’t-miss adventure to be had on the island!  Try some of these daytime activities where you can rent some equipment and have some fun!
  3. Or let’s take a short trip just south of the island, to participate in Sarasota activities, with lots of fun options and some more beautiful scenery!
  4.  How about all the fun, none of the cost?  Don’t forget to enjoy some of these free activities like an Anna Maria Island scavenger hunt!
  5. Get the inside scoop on area fun by checking out some of our staff’s Favorites Lists. Don’t miss the tips on things like shopping and nightlife, from Carol’s, Amy’s, and Kacey’s Top 10 lists!

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Anna Maria Island Activities to do on Rainy Days

Anna Maria Island Family Activities

Anna Maria Island Activities to do With Your Pets

Anna Maria Island salons, spas, and relaxation activities

Still have some time before the day is over? Venture off Anna Maria Island to take in some epic shopping in Tampa or at the Ellenton Outlet Mall.  Don’t forge there are some fabulous gift and beach shops all across Anna Maria Island!

So now it’s night time. What is there to do? Sleep? Not a chance! You’re on vacation so let’s keep the party going! Check out a couple prime locations to watch the sunset and then get ready for the nightlife. Do you sing in the shower or the car? Not anymore because now you’re going to be singing in front of a crowd that is cheering you on as you croon through each chorus at one of the numerous karaoke bars in the Anna Maria Island area. Doesn’t sound quite like your glass of beer? Then check out our favorite night spots!

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