Anna Maria Island is a 7 mile-long stretch located on the western Floridian coast. It’s a place for all excitement, sun, and small-town feel. Anna Maria Island is the best place for couples, families, as well as solo trippers. There are many enjoyable things to do on Anna Maria Island from shopping to soaking in the laid back beach atmosphere.
1. Visit the Historic Bridge Street
Don’t miss the Historic Bridge Street when visiting Anna Maria Island. It provides a welcome break with the best places to eat, drink, and shop at souvenir cottages, galleries, boutiques, and more.
2. Rose Memorial Church
This was the 1st church developed on the island in 1913. It was lit to serve as a beacon to fisherman years before electricity reached the island.
3. Spend Time at Coquina Beach
Coquina Beach is the quietest beach on the island. It is the perfect place to get friendly with the locals, visit the local market and take a walk along the Coquina Baywalk.
4. Catch Up on Some History
Learn about Island’s history at the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum. It will be the most memorable visit as each exhibit has a story to tell.
5. Exploring the Bean Point
The northern most tip of Anna Maria is Bean Point. It is where the Gulf of Mexico meets Tampa Bay.
Bean Point is the best place to catch a glimpse of manatee or dolphins in the endless turquoise water.
6. Experience the Old Florida
Visit 'Rod and Reel Pier' for a true Old Floridian experience. You can catch the sunrise or the famous Florida sunset while chomping down on a traditional menu, viewing a dolphin or stingray swimming from the porch.
7. Made to Order Donuts
Kids will love visiting 'The Donut Experiment' where you can order donuts with toppings of your choice.
8. The Sandbar
The best place on the beach with seating is 'The Sandbar'. You will love dining with the sunset in the background and enjoy the cool breeze in your hair.
9. Try Kayaking or Paddleboarding
If you are an expert with the waves, then try renting a paddleboard or go kayaking in the Gulf of Mexico.
10. How About Yoga?
Try a yoga class at the Island Yoga Space which conducts regular classes every Saturday morning at the Tortuga Inn, Bradenton Beach. They even hold a special class on the beach during a full moon called the ‘sunset to full moon flow’.
Some of the best things to do Anna Maria Island include walking through the Leffis Key or visiting the Palma Sola Botanical Park.
Anna Maria Island is made up of three bright cities Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, and Anna Maria. Laid-back and relaxing, it is the best place for the entire family to enjoy.