Things to do on Anna Maria Island

From white sandy beaches to warm ocean breezes. During your stay at Bridgewalk Resort or Silver Surf Resort, you'll discover everything Anna Maria Island offers to enjoy your next Florida vacation getaway. This is just one of the reasons why we say "You're Going To Love It Here".

  • Spa & Wellness

    Relax and rejuvenate while staying with us at Bridgewalk or Silver Surf. Make your reservation in advance for a facial or massage right on Bridgewalk's property at SeaRenity.

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    SeaRenity

    Experience relaxation & stress reliever at our Anna Maria Island spa around the beach. It is possible to choose to take your massage experience indoor or around the beach in our private tiki hut.

    You should also have the opportunity to shop our Bou-Tiki for jewelry, all-cotton clothing, wellness items, and gulf-inspired gifts. We proudly feature the project several dozen local artists and jewelry designers. Spa guests receive exclusive savings when shopping, too!

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  • Water Sports

    Get your blood pumping on a wave runner or parasailing. For a more relaxing view of the water, rent a kayak, paddleboard, catamaran, or seek out the wildlife underwater at a local shipwreck.

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    Coastal Water Sports

    Wave runners, kayaks, paddle-boards, and catamarans. Coastal Watersports has become a family managed recreational water sports facility, ​located directly around the Gulf Coast beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, Florida. They offer Jet Ski Rentals in addition to Sailing, Kayaking, and Paddle Boarding around the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Understand why Coastal Watersports is the areas preferred watercraft rental destination!

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    Yolo Parasailing

    At YOLO Adventures, experience the thrilling excitement of a lifetime by soaring above the Anna Maria Island and Gulf Coast parasailing. Our experienced crew always gives gentle takeoffs, water dips when requested, and smooth landings.

    Parasailing is a fun and safe family activity for all ages that anybody will remember for any lifetime. Give your journey that extra boost of excitement.

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    Sea Trek Divers

    Sea Trek Divers is a licensed dive shop run who may have years of experience and local knowledge. We are the "one-stop-shop" on the region offering the only friendly, family-oriented, full-service dive shop ready to meet many scuba or snorkeling needs.

    We provide scuba certifications, Discover Scuba Programs, gear rentals, equipment service, tank fills, equipment retail, and chartered trips for scuba and snorkel..

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  • Family Fun

    Vacations are a time to create memories that last a lifetime. One of the best ways to do that is by doing things together. On Anna Maria Island you can have a luxury vacation, have all of the amenities to fit your entire family's needs, and finally sit back and relax knowing that everyone is having a great time.

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    Fish Hole

    The Fish Hole is a little gem with two beautiful locations in Bradenton Beach and Lakewood Ranch. Both are unique, essential attractions as misters to help keep you fresh, a 30,000-gallon pond full of koi of all sizes and colors, and native Florida plants.

    They have party packages, coupons, and seasonal promotions. Come go to Fosh Hole if you'll be in the Manatee, Sarasota, or Anna Maria Island area.

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    Island Fun and Tours (located on Bridge Street)

    Segways make it easier to explore beautiful Bradenton Beach & Anna Maria Island areas in a whole new way! You're sure to enjoy the Segway Smile just like you cruise through our coastal communities.

    Take in the sights across the Longboat Key Bridge and view spectacular sunsets alongside Coquina Trail. The coastal routes include picturesque gulf water views, wildlife, elegant vacation homes, beachfront inns, fishing piers, museums, restaurants, and quaint shops.

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    Scooter and Bike Rentals

    If you are interested in a fantastic sightseeing adventure across the Island or merely a casual cruise around the beach, Island Scooter Rentals give you the fresh and cozy way to ride.

    They give environmentally responsible gas driven carts. They are the way to begin to see the town or ride around the beach. They're roadworthy and fun. They are the ideal method of getting around without having to think about parking a large car.

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    Beach Horses (just off-island)

    Great World Adventures (GWA) is the only company offering riding horses on a beach in Southwest Florida. It is one of the top-rated attractions in Florida.

    The first half from the ride is around the beach. The trainers will teach everybody the authentic local moves like HorseSurfing and HorseSkiing. You'll be able to ride on a horse while it's swimming, too!

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    Mote Marine Aquarium (off-island)

    Explore the strategies of the water through touch pools, viewable-working labs, and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, manatees and, turtles, along with 100 other types of marine life.

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    Jungle Gardens (off-island)

    Sarasota Jungle Gardens have more than 200 native and exotic animals. Its includes birds of prey, various types of parrots and macaws, primates, small mammals, snakes, lizards, iguanas, alligators, crocodiles along with other reptiles. A lot of them rescued or donated. All nestled within 10 acres of lush tropical landscaping connected by winding jungle trails.

    The fascinating flamingos are well-liked among visitors who travel from across the world to begin to see the long-legged, pink-hued wading birds. The flamingos are certainly not shy and sometimes greet guests personally, sometimes face to face.

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    Ringling Museum of Art and Circus Museum (off-island)

    The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida and is run by Florida State University. It carries a historic mansion, art museum, circus museum, landmark theater, conservation center, arboretum, and reference library, situated on 66 acres of spectacular bayfront property in Sarasota.

    The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida and is run by Florida State University. It carries a historic mansion, art museum, circus museum, landmark theater, conservation center, arboretum, and reference library, situated on 66 acres of spectacular bayfront property in Sarasota. It is a host to art, architecture, and circus in a setting that inspires, educates, and entertains with an exceptional center of art and culture.

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    TreeUmph (off-island)

    Get ready for climbing, swinging & adventuring over the trees. They were given over ten football fields of challenging terrain and a vast selection of aerial adventure games- Plus, a considerable number of smiling faces both young & younger generation.

    Fly via a dense forest from tree to tree on crazy-fun obstacles that defy gravity. Be in sync with nature. Love every moment spent with you and your guests as you experience the unique attractions in Florida.

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  • Fishing/Boats Tours

    Oh how the locals like to fish, tell you a story, and maybe even both. Whether you want to deep-sea fish, fish the flats, or view the wildlife, our boating friends can help. Book fishing trips or cruise the local waters with an experienced captain on your private boat tours.

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    Bridge Street Pier

    The historic Bridge Street pier on Anna Maria Island is located at 200 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Florida. It is unquestionably worth spending a few hours here whenever you're in the Bradenton Beach. This tourist attraction is just a former bridge that at one time was the sole means of access to the island!

    A recent restoration project has created a walkable and exciting community laden up with attractions including locally famous restaurants, shopping destinations, farmers markets, and community events.

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    The Rod and Reel Pier

    Bring your pole and fish off the píer. The Rod and Reel Pier is just an among Anna Maria Islands hidden treasure dining experiences. Saved on the far North end of Anna Maria, it is just a "Little bit of Old Florida." It is serving traditional fare, local favorites and great fish specials since 1947. The Rod & Reel Pier is only a two-story, newly renovated restaurant, directly out on the Gulf of Mexico.

    Casual Dining for everyone to take pleasure from upstairs either seated inside or out on its quaint covered outside deck provides a one a genuine Old Florida experience. The downstairs is a unique casual bar, serving beer and wine: a favorite island way too many locals and travelers for years.

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    Wolfmouth Charters

    Come spend time with Captain Wayne on "WOLFMOUTH" and enjoy the absolute most beautiful places on the west coast of Florida. Fishing day or night, Cruising and dolphin watching tours, Photo excursions and Egmont Key picnic and nature walk.

    On our Catch & Release trips, we use specialized hooks and light tackle techniques that don't injure the fish we catch. Following a great photograph or two, we put them in the water, and they continue happily on with their day.

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    Boat Rentals & Small Group Tours

    Anna Maria Island is noted for having some of the very breathtaking sunsets with this side of the coast so what better place to experience this scenery than on a vessel tour, sunset cruise, or catamaran ride. You'll still discover that “old Florida” charm littered through the entire Island. These boat tours and charters will help you step from the hustle and bustle of the city and become an Islander for a visit.

    So where can you book your Anna Maria Island boat charters and tours? They give boat tours, private charters, sunset cruises, and private trips at sea.

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  • Shopping

    There is plenty of shopping in 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.

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    Bridge Street

    “Anna Maria's Hot Spot” is Historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, the southernmost city of Anna Maria Island. Bridge Street offers a walkable community with spectacular water views from both the pier and the gulf beach.

    Ride the FREE Island Trolley and log off at “Anna Maria's Hot Spot,” to create new friendships, bond with old friends, or escape life for the day. Visit our street as a guest and leave as a pal!

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    Pine Avenue

    Pine Avenue offers a series of small businesses providing useful products and services for residents and visitors alike. These businesses include guest services for visitors and property owners, shabby chic furniture, hairdresser, Podiatrist, Olive Oil, and gourmet foods, the top useful two rated boutiques in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Children's crafts and gifts, an Art Gallery and even a doggie spa.

    It serves as an invitation to others with good ideas for goods and services. We wish to speak with you about making your ideas a fact as well. Too good to be true? Maybe too beautiful to pass up.

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    St. Armands Circle (off-island)

    Whether it is your very first time or 100th time, a trip to St. Armands Circle is always a memorable one. Nestled between the sparkling waters of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, St. Armands is genuinely unique in concept, history, and ambiance. It's an easy task to relax, unwind, and let your cares fade away.

    Renowned as a continental marketplace, the Circle is a charming and graceful synthesis of past and present, using its lush tropical plants, courtyards and patios, antique statuary and contemporary architectural design. Whether searching for trinkets and treasures, high fashion or home décor, gourmet snacks to candlelit feasts underneath the stars, you'll find everything on the Circle.

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    Flea Market (off-island)

    Owned and operated by the same family since 1981, the Red Barn in Bradenton, FL, combines a traditional flea market, plaza shops, food courts, and open-air farmers markets in a 145,000 sq.ft area.

    Enjoy 80,000 sq. Ft. of air-conditioned indoor shopping, fresh produce, entertainment, and a variety of prepared foods. Attempt a treasure hunt through more than 600 flea market booths and shops. You'll always find something new at the Red Barn!

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  • Beaches & Parks

    Anna Maria Island has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world. A very calm area of white sand on Anna Maria Island is a great place to spend the day and enjoy the warmth of Florida. Even though as a guest of Silver Surf, you will have access to its private beach and beach access at Bridgewalk, there are many other beaches and parks that you may want to explore.

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    Beer Can Island (Greer Island)

    Beer Can Island (also referred to as Greer Island) is a secluded sandy hook at the northern tip of Longboat Key. With time, mother nature has eroded portions of the beach uprooting most of the Australian pine trees that once stood on the shore. The massive tree trunks and roots give the beach a “Cast Away-Esque” feel and create a fantastic landscape of fallen and weathered wood.

    There are no facilities, no lifeguard, and limited street parking. A lot of people arrived at Beer Can Island by boat. There no formal docking spots, nevertheless the shallow sandy water helps it be an excellent spot to drop anchor and come ashore for a bit.

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    Coquina Beach

    Coquina Beach is situated on the southern tip of Anna Maria Island in a pristine natural setting in the Bradenton Beach area. Surrounded by looming Australian pine trees that provide a lot of shade, this beach is perfect for couples and families using its lifeguard services and amenities.

    Coquina Beach is a truly fantastic place to invest your vacation days. It includes a more private and casual atmosphere in comparison to the other beaches in the area. It's often less crowded than Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach but offers just as many facilities.

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    Cortez Beach

    Cortez Beach! It can be a unique "Old Florida" style beach, a beach with a long strand of sand, situated on the southwest side of Anna Maria Island, Florida. This beach area has that classic "good days of the past" feel to it. Maybe it's because of the Old Florida charm that much of Anna Maria Island encapsulates.

    Cortez Beach picks through to its south end where Coquina Beach leaves off on its north end, but includes a unique look, feel and character about it. To start you will find no lifeguard towers, so you swim or surf at your own risk at this Anna Maria Island, Florida beach.

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    Anna Maria Bayfront Park

    Bayfront Park and the beach is located at the north end of Anna Maria Island, on the bayside. Bayfront Park offers impressive views of Tampa Bay and the famous Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

    It's one of the more popular Anna Maria Island Parks due to its incredible scenery and convenient location. It's outdoor activities for all the family, is close to Bean Point, the initial settlement on Anna Maria Island, and is nearby lots of restaurants, shopping, and historic sites. As you of the greatest Anna Maria Island things regarding kids, Bayfront Park is a superb place to take pleasure from sunlight, sand, ocean, and have fun with the family.

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    Downtown Bradenton Riverfront Park and Skate Park (off-island)

    Although the island has enough attractions to keep you busy all day, it is worth a tour of the region to see what it can offer. Downtown Bradenton area is a superb place to invest a day or afternoon on a warm day.

    Within the last year, the Bradenton Riverwalk was completed and is now available to the public. It can undoubtedly be found by driving East from the island on Manatee Avenue into downtown Bradenton. Then follow the signs for the Riverwalk!

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    Palma Sola Botanical Park (off-island)

    Palma Sola Botanical Garden is a ten-acre botanical garden after a residential area in the heart of NW Bradenton. It is designed around three ponds with two attractive “Old Florida style buildings” along with several lovely gazebos. There is an enclosed picnic pavilion, a tiny playground for kids and beautiful shelled walkways and bench areas.

    You can relax with your lunch and an excellent book and enjoy nature while sitting beside one of the three sizeable ponds. There are some very unusual things including, native and tropical plants, a lush garden, lotus pond, and an exotic fruit tree section.

    There is an excellent gazebo near one of the ponds having an attractive bridge that connects the rare fruit tree area to the trunk of the park. The unique and unusual tree exhibit is one Palma Sola Botanical Garden's major attractions. There is a post beside each tree that identifies what it is.

  • Day Trips

    Now that we've given you all the tips on Anna Maria Island near Tampa, Florida, here are some more tips that will make your trip even better. You are very close to amusement parks, outlets, and museums, so being well located and close to major sights makes all the difference.

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    Busch Gardens (one hour)

    Busch Gardens Tampa Bay attractions are a must-do for anyone looking for one of the best places to visit in Florida. Our extensive collection of roller coasters make us Florida's thrill ride leader, and our world-class shows provide entertainment for all ages. Our state-of-the-art animal habitats are home to more than 200 species of animals, making us one of the largest zoos in North America.

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    Adventure Island Water Park

    Adventure Island is Tampa's largest water park! The park is located northeast of Tampa, Florida, across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The park features 30 acres (12 ha) of water slides to choose from, a lazy river, kid-friendly rides, dining, and other attractions. There's plenty for the whole family.

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    Dali Museum

    The Dalí Museum cares for and shares an expertly curated collection of Salvador Dalí works to delight, educate our visitors, and to provide unique inspiration for events, programs & special exhibits. The Museum serves as an active resource in the cultural life of our community and the world at large.

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