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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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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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10/20/14
Day Trips

Circus Sarasota

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As Florida’s only not-for-profit resident circus, the mission of Circus Sarasota is to pay homage to an extraordinary community legacy by broadening the artistic contribution of the circus through education, and human service outreach programming; it fulfills its mission by enriching, educating and entertaining audiences of all ages. Its purpose is to educate children using unique and innovative learning programs; to improve the quality of life for individuals in institutionalized...

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10/15/14
Arts, Culture & Theatre

Rosa Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard

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Rosa Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard is a family-owned business located just south of Lake Manatee in the rolling hills of eastern Manatee County. The owners, Antonio and Rosa, moved to the Bradenton area from Casteldaccia, Sicily, and were struck by the similarities of the area to their native land. Soon there were five rows of bunch grapes in the backyard with the garden, and a corner of the garage closed...

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10/15/14
Arts, Culture & Theatre

Longboat Key Center for the Arts

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For more than 60 years, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts has provided programming that inspires creativity, enhances cultural understanding, and brings together a community of like-minded individuals in celebration of the arts staying true to the legacy of the early founders. A division of Ringling College of Art & Design and located in historic Longbeach Village at the north end of Longboat Key, the Center offers quality arts-based...

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10/9/14
Aquariums, Museums & Zoos

Family Heritage House Museum

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A gallery and resource center for the study of African-American achievements, the Family Heritage House Museum’s mission is to inspire children to have a respect for their ancestors, a love for learning, and a passion for service. Further, to strengthen black families and empower them to maintain historical bonds of kinship; to assist in the promulgation of the culture for the benefit of the general population. Since its inception in 1990,...

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