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12/12/14
Anna Maria

City Pier Restaurant

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The historic Anna Maria City Pier is a great place to take a stroll, fish (fishing is free when you purchase anything at the restaurant or bait shop!), buy some authentic jewelry or grab a great meal. Located at the end of the 750-foot-long pier is the appropriately-named City Pier Restaurant. The waterfront restaurant is open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10:00 p.m. Friday...

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11/25/14
Aquariums, Museums & Zoos

Great Explorations Children’s Museum

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Great Explorations Children’s Museum has served the Tampa Bay area since 1987. Designed for children 10 and under, the 23,000 square foot museum is filled with exhibits and activities to stimulate learning through creativity, play and exploration. The museum is a learning playground where children can make a discovery, make a mess, and even make a new friend. The museum is the first mid-size children’s museum in the country and...

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11/25/14
Anna Maria

Pink & Navy

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Pink & Navy is an award-winning boutique anchored at the beginning of Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria. Focusing on finding the newest and up-to-date fashion trends, this Anna Maria Island trendy boutique has an understated elegance without feeling pretentious. Scan the racks, have a fashion show in the dressing rooms, or relax in the seating area with a cup of tea . . . there’s a reason...

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11/14/14
Sports & Recreation

Boating Lessons

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Did you know that anyone born after January 1, 1988 is required to have a Florida Boating Certificate and a photo ID to operate a boat? Do you know how do you get a license? By simply completing the America’s Boating Course offered by the Anna Maria Island Sail & Power Squadron. This basic boating course is held on two consecutive Saturdays, 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the first...

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10/21/14
Day Trips

TreeUmph! Adventure Course

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When you want to get away from the beach and add some excitement to your Anna Maria Island vacation, spend the day or a few hours at TreeUmph, Southwest Florida’s only elevated adventure course! About a 45-minute drive from AMI, at TreeUmph! you’ll feel the exhilaration of climbing, zip lining, swinging and free-falling from 15 to 60 feet in the air . . . all while harnessed to equipment designed...

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10/20/14
Kid Friendly

AMF Bradenton Lanes

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Just a 15-minute drive from Anna Maria Island, AMF Bradenton Lanes offers traditional bowling on 64 lanes in a completely renovated center that features a new Qubica scoring system. Relax and take a break in the separate bar that features two flat-screen TVs, a 96-inch projection-screen TV, dart boards, pool tables and some family-friendly arcade games. Open to midnight every day except Friday and Saurday when it’s open until 1:00...

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10/20/14
Kid Friendly

Astro Skate and Family Fun Center

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Astro Skate and Family Fun Center is dedicated to providing safe, clean, family friendly fun with an emphasis on a high value experience at an economical cost. Home of the world famous Party Pandas, this family owned and operated business started over 32 years ago and has three locations, with its most recent location opening in 2010 in Bradenton. With a large wood skating floor, dance rooms, inflatable bounce houses,...

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10/20/14
Aquariums, Museums & Zoos

Sarasota Classic Car Museum

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Recognized as the second oldest continuously operating antique car museum in the country, the Sarasota Classic Car Museum is a must-see for any classic car enthusiast. As you stroll through the museum, which is about a 30-minute drive from Anna Maria island, travel back in time and into the future of man’s greatest invention . . . the automobile! The museum features over 75 automobiles, consisting of the alphabet of...

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10/20/14
Aquariums, Museums & Zoos

Manatee County Agricultural Museum

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With tourism promoted as the number one industry in Manatee County, the historical role agriculture has played in the development of the county has been lost among young people. The Manatee County Agricultural Museum works to combine recognizing the historical achievements of its pioneer farmers with a hands-on museum designed to educate as well as entertain. The museum’s exhibits focus on Manatee County’s primary commodities including livestock, vegetables, citrus, horticulture,...

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10/20/14
Aquariums, Museums & Zoos

Florida Maritime Museum

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Housed in the restored historic 1912 schoolhouse located on the park like grounds of the Cortez Nature Preserve just south of Anna Maria Island, the Florida Maritime Museum captures the true essence of the historic fishing village of Cortez and the Florida fishing industry. At the museum you will find pieces of the almost forgotten past — the Banks Shell collection, ship models, historic boats and a surprise butterfly garden. You...

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