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Sightseeing Anna Maria Island Piers

Sightseeing Anna Maria Island Piers is a great activity during your visit. All located on the bay side of the island, there are three different piers to see.

Sightseeing Anna Maria Island Piers
The Bradenton Beach Pier is great for Fishing and Sightseeing.

Sightseeing Anna Maria Island Piers

Each of the three island piers has a little something different to offer, but all have beautiful views. Enjoy a peaceful stroll along with a respite from time on the beach.

Rod & Reel Pier

The Rod & Reel Pier is the northern most of the three. Here you’ll enjoy views of Tampa Bay and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. At the end of the pier you’ll find the Rod & Reel Restaurant. The small downstairs bar is a great stop for a beer. Grab a drink and sit down on one of the outdoor benches. Upstairs you’ll find the dining room with both indoor and outdoor seating.

For a small fee you can fish off the pier too! This is a great place for family fun with a view. If you are looking for a taste of old Florida, you’re sure to find it on this pier.

Anna Maria City Pier

The Anna Maria City Pier is located just a few blocks south of Rod & Reel pier. Here you’ll also enjoy views of Tampa Bay and the Sunshine Skyway. The city pier is a historical site with an important past. This is where boats would drop off “Day Trippers” from the mainland before a bridge was built.

At the end of the city pier is a restaurant and small gift shop. The menu here offers a little of something for everyone. Find the city pier at the end of Pine Avenue. There are also some bay beaches to visit around the base of the pier.

Bradenton Beach City Pier

On the south end of the island you’ll find The Bradenton Beach city pier at the end of Bridge Street. The pier is in the location of what was the first bridge connecting the island to the main land.

Here you’ll enjoy views of Sarasota Bay and the old fishing Village of Cortez directly across the Intracoastal Waterway.

At the base of the pier is the Anna Maria Oyster Bar restaurant. The menu has great seafood in addition to chicken and burgers. Anna Maria Oyster bar offers a full service bar along with both indoor and outdoor seating.

The Bradenton Beach City Pier is a popular spot for fishing too. Bring your own pole, or rent one from the bait shop. You can also catch a dolphin watching boat tour here.

Be sure to enjoy a walk on one of the three island piers on your next visit to Anna Maria Island.

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Celebrate the Holidays on Anna Maria Island in Style!

Are you planning to celebrate the holidays on Anna Maria Island? The businesses and merchants of Anna Maria are open throughout the holiday season.  There is Great Shopping to be from the North End all the way down to Longboat Key.

The free Anna Maria Island Trolley is a fun way to get around!  With convenient stops up and down the island, you can take the kids to the shops and the beaches!

Lights, Camera, Santa Claus! Come Enjoy the Holidays on Anna Maria Island

Enjoy music, special performances, small bites and refreshments at the shops during your visit. At night, take in the holiday lights and décor and dine at some the island’s best restaurants.  Day or Night, come stroll along Gulf Drive, Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard and relax during the Holidays.

Bingo games for prizes are sometimes played. The angelic Roser Children’s Choir, “Joyful Noise” usually perform in the Historical Park at 402 Pine Avenue.

Santa Claus comes to the beach too!!!  Just because there isn’t snow doesn’t mean that Santa Claus can’t land his sleigh!  Let the kids know that Anna Maria is his favorite place to be.

Visiting Anna Maria during the holidays is a fun filled time.  Don’t forget to take your beach photos with family and friends!!!

 

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The Shiny Fish Emporium On Pine Avenue

 

Shopping at the Shiny Fish Emporium on Pine Avenue
Shiny Fish Emporium

1950‘s Palm Beach elegance and style meets the tranquil low-key lifestyle of Anna Maria Island. The Shiny Fish Emporium is the inspiration of Creative Director Rebecca Preston. The Shiny Fish welcomes you to a shopping experience in which you’ll find the latest treasures that Rebecca can’t wait to share with you.

Table of crafts
Let’s go shopping!

Lots of Candy and Gifts at Shiny Fish Emporium on Pine Avenue

Walk through the door and be transported to an irresistible place, where Beach Glam© gifts are found next to unique toys for kids of all ages. Candy hued pom-pom beach cover ups, tropical scented candles, award winning Glenda Geis handbags, and mini surfboards are just a few of this shop’s treasures.

Bring home one of our original “sugared” sand dollars, hand-painted by Rebecca–or slip into Shiny Fish’s original home-grown line of gem T-shirts for kids and adults.  Visit the shops’ porch window display to see an array of the latest fun and funny designs for kids.

Tropical Ice Cream Bubbles
Tropical Ice Cream Bubbles

Shiny Fish offers Beach Glam© decorating services: from the Jonathan Adler furniture, lighting and accessories line, to one-of-a-kind mid-century finds. Ask Rebecca about her exciting new line of custom decorating pieces straight from Hollywood to your home. Come in barefoot, or pop on a pair of  bling seahorse Havianas, and enjoy a refreshing tropical ice cream bubble, while relaxing on our dill pickle lounge couch…

Are you wondering what a tropical ice cream bubble is?  Well then stop in and see Rebecca at the Shiny Fish Emporium on Pine Avenue today!  Shiny Fish Emporium on Pine Avenue made our top ten ice cream shops on Anna Maria Island Blog!

 

 

Shiny Fish Emporium
306C Pine Avenue
Anna Maria, FL 34207
941-896-9742

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Pine Avenue General Store in Anna Maria City on Anna Maria Island

The Pine Avenue General store is a wonderful small convenience store located in Anna Maria City right on Pine Avenue.  The store does not have auto fuel but serves normal convenience store goods.  Magazines, soda’s, medicine, milk, basic products to get you through the day or the evening.  The Pine avenue store also will make sandwiches to order and they offer limited lunch meats.

Pine Avenue General Store Foods

They also have chicken salad, cold salads, and heated sandwiches.  The Cuban pressed sandwiches are fantastic. The General Store actually has a full menu online that you can check out to see what all the options are.

One favorite for my family is to stop by the Pine Avenue store on our way up to the Bay Front park or one of the Anna Maria City piers and pick up a quick lunch for $20 and sit and eat and take in the natural wonders of the Tampa Bay.

For teenage aged children I would suggest going to the Rod and Reel pier or the public pier and have lunch just sitting on the edge of the pier or on the benches provided on the Rod and Reel pier.  If you have pre-teenage children then a good bet is to visit the playground at the Bay Front Park just a quick two blocks North once you reach the end of Pine Avenue. Some of my fondest memories often revolve around the simplest of activities. A quick relaxing picnic lunch is just what you were looking for. Remember RELAX, your on vacation!

Pine Avenue General Store

503 Pine Avenue
Anna Maria City, FL, 34216
(941) 779-9200

Note, don’t be surprised when this picture does not match the sign.  Just had a Turkey and Swiss sandwich made and the make to order sandwich was fantastic!  As of August 2015.