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Nature & Wildlife

Catherine’s Florida Charters

Welcome aboard the elegant, enchanting, old style sailing vessel, the “Catherine”, a 53-foot Cutter Ketch that will enchant you as she
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WaterPlay USA

WaterPlayUSA takes the effort out of planning your aquatic adventures and lets you get back to enjoying your vacation! With
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TreeUmph! Adventure Course

When you want to get away from the beach and add some excitement to your Anna Maria Island vacation, spend the day or a
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Shelling

For the serious beachcomber, the most important thing about shelling is to know the tides. Charts are featured in most local
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Giraffe Ranch

Have you ever fed a giraffe? Have you ever smelled their grassy breath? These are memories that will last you a lifetime. At Giraffe
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Crowley Natural and Cultural History Center

Crowley Natural and Cultural History Center also known as “Crowley” is a non-profit organization furthering natural and
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Lipizzan Stallions

Just an hour’s drive from Anna Maria Island, the world famous dancing horses are a must see! Founded in the 16th century for the
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Bearadise Ranch

Home to the famous Welde family bears, Bearadise Ranch was established in 1926 to educate and generate public awareness for
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Anna Maria Bayfront Park

Anna Maria Bayfront Park is an ideal place to put things in perspective. From any vantage point, you get a sweeping view of
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Fort De Soto Park

Whether you are sitting on the beach or kayaking near the still water’s edge at Fort De Soto, you find yourself absorbed in the
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Neal Preserve

Open sunrise to sunset, Neal Preserve, is a 120-acre ecological gem that overlooks Sarasota Bay. Located on the south side of
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Around the Bend Nature Tours

Around the Bend Nature Tours offers professional guides to help you discover Native American history, creatures of Sarasota Bay,
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Egmont Key

Although Egmont Key is primarily a wildlife refuge, it can be a personal refuge — a place to relax and collect shells along secluded,
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Myakka River State Park

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Oscar Scherer State Parl

Located on U.S. 41, two miles south of Osprey and six miles south of Sarasota, Oscar Scherer State Park consists of more than two square
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Robinson Preserve

Robinson Preserve is a 487-acre coastal preserve located in northwestern Bradenton, just east of Anna Maria Island, in the Palma
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Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Sarasota Jungle Gardens is the area’s only zoological gardens featuring 10 acres of tropical vegetation and jungle trails. One of
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Marie Selby Botanical Garden

The beautiful Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is located in a brick-laid residential section of Sarasota and is home to thousands of
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Grassy Point Preserve

Located across from Walgreen’s off of East Bay Drive in Bradenton, Florida, Grassy Point Preserve is great for the whole family. It
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Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary

Big Cat Habitat is a nonprofit safe haven for exotic cats, bears, primates, birds, and other animals. The Rosaire family is a respected
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G.T. Bray Park & Recreation Center

Located in Bradenton, Florida, approximately 10 miles from Anna Maria, is G.T. Bray Park and Recreation Center. It is Manatee
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Lowry Park Zoo

Recognized as the #1 zoo in the United States by Parents magazine (2009) and Child magazine (2004), Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo features
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Big Cat Rescue

Big Cat Rescue is the largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. The
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