Memorial Day Weekend on Anna Maria Island

Memorial Day Weekend on Anna Maria Island

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have fought for our freedoms and paid with their lives. It is also the unofficial start of summer, although it’s always summer on Anna Maria Island, isn’t it? Whether you’re going to a parade or a ceremony or having a cook out with friends, this long weekend is a special one. If you’re visiting this weekend, there is plenty to do both on and off the island.

Memorial DayJust off Anna Maria Island, Lakewood Ranch is having their “Tribute to Heroes” Parade. The parade takes place on Main St, Sunday, May 28, with a pre party beginning at 6:00 PM and lasting after the parade until 10:00 PM. Each year thousands of residents line up to see veterans, residents and businesses parade through Main Street honoring our local heroes.


Here on Anna Maria Island, head on over to the Freckled Fin Restaurant and Public House to see Dan Signor Live and get Unleashed Memorial Day.

Of course, no beach vacation, OR long weekend for that matter would be complete without a beautiful day at the beach with friends or family. What better way is there to spend your family vacation than here on our beautiful 7 mile stretch of white sandy beaches to relax and unwind on? We have something for everyone here, from shopping, to water activities, dining and more! Don’t forget to take in a sunset while you’re here. Our sunsets are the best!

We hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

Top 5 Things to Do on Anna Maria Island

Top 5 Things to Do on Anna Maria Island 

Things to Do

  • Go to the Beach – Anna Maria Island has the most beautiful white sand beaches of anywhere in the world. Despite the fact that as a guest of Silver Surf, you will have access to its own private beach as well as having beach access at Bridgewalk, there are many other beaches and parks that you may want to explore, such as Bean Point on the northern most point of the island.
  • Take in a sunset – We have some of the most beautiful. It’s a gift every night.
  • Shopping – There is plenty of shopping on Anna Maria Island. At Bridgewalk, you will find both quaint and eclectic shops right on the property. Get ready to bring some “island time” home with you. Don’t forget to stop by the Beach Market at Coquina Beach, every Sunday, except Easter Sunday. The market is a great place to find island treasures, fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and much more.
  • Water Activities – Get your blood pumping on a wave runner or go parasailing. For a more relaxing view of the water, rent a kayak, paddleboard and catamaran or seek out the wildlife underwater at one of the local shipwrecks.
  • City Pier – No trip is complete without stopping by the City Pier. Check out the breathtaking views and wildlife. There’s also a restaurant at the end of the pier, as well as the ability to fish.

Spring Fun in March

Spring Fun in March

Spring is just about here, and March is a very popular time of year here on Anna Maria Island. Lazy beach days are the best; you can’t beat our sugar sand beaches and beautiful turquoise waters. But if you’re looking for some other things to do, check out some fun picks for the weekend and beyond.

Spring Fun in March

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and there’s plenty to do all weekend long. The Freckled Fin right here on Main St. in Bradenton Beach has live music and entertainment all day and night today in celebration of the holiday.

If you’re looking for some family fun, head on over to Holmes Beach on Sunday for the Beach Bistro’s 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade begins at 4pm. Parade organizers claim that it’s the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade south and east of Savannah Georgia.

The parade begins at Eat Here near the corner of Marina Drive and Gulf Drive and proceeds north along Marina Drive and then Palm Drive and winds up at 79th St. in Holmes Beach. The parade features high school bands, floats and the mascot of the Pittsburg Pirates.

Speaking of Pirates, spring training is in full effect. Head on over to Lecom Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training and catch a game. Lecom Park is only a short drive from Anna Maria Island over in Bradenton. Spring training games are fun for kids and adults alike. You might even get a chance to meet your favorite player. Check out this fun guide full of tips for getting autographs. 

Spring Break

Spring Break

Spring Break is only a few weeks away, and soon Anna Maria Island will be bustling with visitors of all types.  Not only do colleges have their Spring Break in March, but our area schools are out on vacation too.  Anna Maria Island is a great place to spend your vacation for so many reasons. I’ll just name a few.

Spring BreakWe have miles of world class beaches. Our beaches feature beautiful soft white powdered sand. While you’re beaching it, you can gaze at beautiful turquoise warm Gulf waters, take part in one of the many water activities on the island, and enjoy the most beautiful sunsets.

If you’re looking for fun for the whole family, we’ve got that too! Your vacation memoires will last a life time, so you want them to be memorable. There are many places to visit and engage each other both on the island and off. If museums are your thing, we’ve got that. We also have mini golf, water parks, and zoos.

There are plenty of places to eat and have fun at night too. Who wouldn’t want to have unlimited pancakes on the beach at the Anna Maria Island Café? Or stop by the Donut Experiment and make your own donut!

A beach vacation wouldn’t be complete without shopping and picking up souvenirs. You can find something for everyone at one of our shops on Pine Avenue, or Bridge Street.

And, in case you want to “live on island time” more frequently, check out our Vacation Club and see how you can earn 5% of your room charges back in reward points.

Bradenton Area River Regatta

RegattaIf you’re looking for some excitement on your trip to Anna Maria Island, next weekend there will be just that. Bradenton is in Manatee County too, and is only a short drive from Anna Maria Island. Next weekend Manatee County’s largest spectator event is coming back! The Bradenton Area River Regatta is back on the Manatee River on Saturday February 4th. This event has everything, and best of all, it’s a free FAMILY friendly event!


This year the fun has been expanded on both sides of the river. There will be many events in both Bradenton and Palmetto.

The day kicks off with a 5k and then, the DeSoto Historical Society will have a kids’ fishing tournament off the Palmetto Pier. The first 100 anglers are given a free rod and reel. The activities will be in full swing by 10 a.m. on both sides of the river. Family Fun Zones in both Bradenton and Palmetto are taking place from 10 am to 6:45 pm. It will be so much fun that you‘ll probably end up staying until the fireworks spectacular at night. 

On the river, events begin at 10 am also with the Formula 2 Powerboat Qualifying races. There will be BMX events, and concerts taking place throughout the day.

See here for a full list of scheduled events.

Here is a detailed map of scheduled events. 

Get to Know Anna Maria Island

Get to Know Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria IslandAnna Maria Island is the perfect beach getaway. With 7 miles of beautiful white sand beaches, and gorgeous turquoise gulf waters, we think there’s no better place to be. Anna Maria Island is a barrier island, south of Tampa, and just north of Sarasota, and is sometimes referred to as Anna Maria Key.

The island is made up of 3 cities, Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, and Holmes Beach. Anna Maria Island also boasts some beautiful beaches, such as Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Coquina Beach, and Bean Point to name a few.

Anna Maria Island Trolley runs up and down the length of the island, from Anna Maria City Pier on the north to Coquina Beach on the south and is free. This trolley makes numerous stops and provides sheltered stops along the way. You can even get off at the south end of Coquina Beach where Longboat Key Trolley (for $.75) takes you across Longboat Key and into Sarasota.

There is plenty of wild life; in fact, Anna Maria Island is a bird sanctuary, with pelicans, multiple types of cranes and herons, wild parrots, sand pipers, osprey, sharing the island with humans along with a nesting pair of bald eagles. Out in our waters, bottlenose dolphins can be observed both in the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf and there are many locations where you might see manatee cruising the beach or inhabiting Bimini Bay.

Anna Maria Island

Silver Resorts offers two locations on Anna Maria Island. Bridgewalk, a landmark resort located on quaint, centrally located Historic Bridge Street and offers spacious accommodations, most with Jacuzzi tubs and large screened verandas, and Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort, an affordable Anna Maria Island resort, with a private beach and a friendly, social atmosphere. If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation with gorgeous views, endless activities, and an “Old Florida” feel, then Anna Maria Island is the place for you!


Holiday Activities

Candy Cane The Bradenton Beach area has so many wonderful holiday activities going on, there’s no chance you can’t get into the holiday spirit. There are many beautiful light displays around town, as well as festive holiday activities. Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean the fun stops. Here are some great holiday activities to experience while you’re here.

December 2 – 3, 2016: It’s A Village Christmas Artwalk!  Enjoy the Christmas lights and see all the galleries decorated for the holidays. Enjoy live music and special guests as well as unique holiday shopping.

December 9, 2016: Celebrate the Holidays Around The Ranch on Main Street at Lakewood Ranch. The season is made for sharing and this event like no other will bring us together to enchant in the ambiance of the season. Free admission to the public.

December 9 – 10, 2016: See the twinkle of thousands of lights decorating the pathways and surroundings of Sarasota Jungle Gardens for their annual “Holiday Lights Spectacular” Celebration.

December 10, 2016: It’s the Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade that starts at 10 a.m. It’s free to all participants. The parade will go the entire length of the island, starting at the north end (Bay Front Park) and ending at Coquina Beach, where Santa will board the Privateers’ Flagship for all the kids to sit on Santa’s Lap.

December 10, 2016: The 19th Annual Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade. At dusk the lighted vessels will assemble near Snead Island and proceed past the Bradenton Yacht Club to Riverhouse Reef and Grill / Regatta Pointe Marina and then turn south at the Green Bridge and proceed onward to Pier 22.

December 16 – 18, 2016: Snow Fest Sarasota with over 250 tons of snow brought in! There will also be live shows and entertainment.

December 31, 2016: Ring in the New Year at “Main Street Live,” the New Year’s Eve 2016 Celebration on Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton. Live music and dozens of vendors will be selling food, beverages, and arts and crafts.

There are so many activities, I couldn’t list them all here, so check out some other local events here. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Spooky Fun in October on Anna Maria Island

Spooky Fun in October on Anna Maria Island 

Fall is in the air, and our beaches come alive at night. Your Anna Maria Island vacation isn’t complete without some spooky fun during the month of October.  Who would have thought that paranormal activity exists in this beautiful area? The Paranormal Society of Bradenton offers ghost tours of Bradenton Beach Tuesday through Saturday nights. These tours fill up quickly, and advanced reservations are required.

According to the Paranormal Society, their tours are based on facts. The guides will take you to local landmarks on this walking tour. The Bradenton area is full of history, and the tour guides will fill you in on ghost stories past and present. Not only do tour guides make tours spooky, but they also provide some comic relief. They wouldn’t want you to be too spooked! 

What better way to kick off the Halloween season than with a spooky ghost tour!

Read more here.

Welcome to Island Time!

Welcome to Island Time!

Silver Resorts has two resorts, BridgeWalk a Landmark Resort and Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort, located on Bradenton Beach. Both resorts are conveniently located near Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key & Sarasota.

Bridgewalk rooms are known for their roominess. Silver Resorts BridgeWalk

A majority of the rooms at our Bridgewalk Anna Maria resort are over 800 square feet not including the very large screened verandah. All of the rooms have tile floors and granite counter tops and nearly all the rooms at Bridgewalk have Jacuzzi tubs. Property amenities include a heated outdoor pool, complimentary beach towels, chairs and umbrellas, continental breakfast each morning, a restaurant/island bar and a spa on the property, as well as several retail stores. Don’t worry about doing your dishes; you will receive daily maid service with a smile. We love our guests and treat them as a guest in our home.

Silver Surf‘s rooms are known for being affordable and clean. Silver Resorts silver-surf

All of Silver Surf’s rooms are tiled and each stationary bed is triple-sheeted and has a three inch topper for comfortable sleeping. Nearly all of the rooms have either a full or mini kitchen. Property amenities include a private beach, a heated outdoor pool, complimentary beach towels, chairs and umbrellas, SeaRenity Spa tiki massage and Coastal Watersports boat rentals. Don’t worry about doing your dishes; you will receive daily maid service with a smile. We love our guests and treat them as a guest in our home.