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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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Outdoor Dining on Anna Maria Island

There is nothing better than relaxing on Anna Maria Island and dining outdoors.  It is a fabulous way to enjoy our tropical weather and enjoy the great outdoors!  Anna Maria Island does boast some fabulous restaurants that offer dining with waterfront views.  Open air dining with a waterfront view is pretty spectacular.

Lots of choices below and hopefully we have wet your appetite enough to go visit a few.  Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Question pages for more information on Anna Maria Island.

Sandbar – 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria
Sandbar offers direct Gulf front Dining.  Plenty of parking located in Anna Maria City.

The Waterfront – 111 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
The restaurant offers views of the public pier from outdoor covered dining.

Anna Maria Public Pier – 100 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria
The public pier offers mostly dining inside but has phenomenal Bay views.  Sorry 2020 pier was rebuilt.  Awaiting restaurant choice of City.

Bridgetender – 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach
The restaurant has a small area where outside seating is offered.  The area has views across the street to the intercoastal.

Island Time Bar & Grill – 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach
Open-air setting, across the street from the Gulf and is located on a main thoroughfare with lots of people watching options.

The Beachhouse – 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach
Direct Gulf front with tons of seating, some covered and the ability to host very large parties.

Coquina Café – 2650 Gulf Drive South, Coquina Beach
Direct Gulf front dining with a bar and very large dining area with lots of televisions to enjoy a sporting event or two.

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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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Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach

Located in Bradenton Beach is the Bridge Street Market! This event takes place every Sunday in November through April, from 10AM – 3PM. It is a wonderful way to get out and see some great local vendors and their creations! Enjoy delicious food, listen to some great local musicians, and purchase some beautiful locally made jewelry, art, and more.

Bridge Street Market
107 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach
For more information call: 215-906-0668

While you’re there, check out some of the awesome restaurants and shops located on Bridge Street, including: Bridge Street Bistro, Blue Marlin Grill, Bridge Street Bazaar, and many more!

 

 

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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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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.

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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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Anna Maria Island Pizza Restaurants

There is no shortage of Anna Maria Island Pizza Restaurants. In fact, the island offers five different places to munch on a slice and two places just off island.

Anna Maria Island Pizza Restaurants

Anna Maria Island Pizza Restaurants
Head over to Danny’s Pizzeria just a short drive in land from Anna Maria Island.

Pizza is the perfect food to enjoy on the beach, or in a fantastic Anna Maria Island beach house rental!

Oma’s Pizza in Bradenton Beach

On the south end of the Island you’ll find Oma’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant at 201 Gulf Drive N. Oma’s offers big floppy slices of pizza along with many of the traditional family style Italian specialties.

Solo’s Pizza in Holmes Beach

This casual restaurant is located in the Anna Maria Island Shops plaza at 3244 East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach. Solo’s is a mix between a pizza joint and a sports bar. They also have thin sliced pizza, sandwiches and pub grub fare.

The Feast in Holmes Beach

Not only can you find great pizza here, but also an assortment of great seafood and something for everyone. The Feast is casual, but slightly higher end. This isn’t really a pizza place, but an nice restaurant that also offers fantastic pizza pies. Find the Feast in the Island Shopping Center at 5406 Marina Drive.

Island Gourmet Grill in Holmes Beach

Located at 5910 Marina Drive, Island Gourmet has something for everyone. Find great pizzas along with a wide selection of menu items. This restaurant is always offering daily specials, so be sure to ask.

J Burns Pizza in Anna Maria

Find this quick and easy pizza place at 308 Pine Avenue. J Burns offer thing and crispy square cut pizza. Additionally you’ll find gluten free options and sub sandwiches.

Off Anna Maria Island Pizza Restaurants

There are plenty of pizza restaurants on Anna Maria Island, but you’ll also find two right off island.

Danny’s Pizzeria in Bradenton

Located at 7220 Manatee Avenue in West Bradenton, Danny’s is a very popular spot among locals. They serve delicious thin crust pizza, sandwiches and delicious Italian specialties for dinner. Excellent pizza and wings along with a great meatball! Danny’s also offers pizza by the slice.

Village Idiot Pizza in Bradenton

This pizza shop is located at 11904 Cortez Road West just past the city of Cortez. Village Idiot has many specialty pizzas, tacos and daily specials.

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Blues Brews and BBQ in Bradenton Beach

Join the Bridge Street Merchants for their second annual Blues Brews and BBQ on Bridge Street May 21st from 3-9pm. Admission is $5 with children under 12 free. The gates open at 2pm, and patrons are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to set up their spot.

Blues Brews and BBQ

Gene “Sarasota Slim” Hardage will be headlining the event with Blues Pig and Mac McConnell as the opening acts.

Island Time Bar and Grill will be serving barbecue ribs and pulled pork platters along with Fire and Stone offering barbecue pizza. Bradenton’s Motorworks Brewery will have craft beers. There will also be a full liquor bar along with non alcoholic beverages.

Outside food, drinks and coolers will not be permitted through the gates; however, patrons may come and go from the event to explore all the shops and restaurants on Bridge Street.

For more information about the event head over to the Bridge Street Merchants website.