Things to do on Anna Maria Island
From the moment your toes touch the sugar-white sands of Anna Maria Island, you will know you have arrived at a vacation destination like no other. Here, there is no need to plan your day around best times to avoid crowds and traffic delays. Once your feet hit the beaches, you chart your own course, be it languishing on a blanket surfside or off and running to enjoy a unique island adventure.
The best way to explore Anna Maria Island is ped-power! Walking is not only good for your health but the best way to see every wonderful detail, from shell-lined shores to tropical birds and other island wildlife. Rather catch a ride? The island offers a free trolley service and there are plenty of places to rent a bicycle, canoe or boat. If you're up for the adventure, you can get a bird's eye view of the island by taking a parasailing ride or check out the catch-of-the-day up close and personal on board a deep sea fishing charter!
Shopping is another way to explore the island. Throughout the island you will find everything from traditional beachwear to fine linens and jewelry designed by local artists.
Take a boat tour, kayak to the intercoastal, scuba dive on the old sugar barge, parasail, bird watch or take a relaxing walk on our pristine beaches and collect beautiful shell mementos of your vacation. Whatever your passion, Anna Maria Island is "Your Island Adventure In The Sun."
Local museums, historical attractions and eco-tourism opportunities will fill your soul with wonder and delight. From our own Island Players live theatre to the nearby South Florida Museum and aquarium, Ringling Museum of Art, Selby Gardens, Jungle Gardens, Mote Marine Aquarium, DeSoto National Park or the Manatee Players, the Asolo Center for the Performing Arts and many other venues, Anna Maria Island and its neighboring cities offer plenty of mind-bending fun and intellectual stimulation. Visit the G-wiz science museum, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Sarasota West Coast Symphony, Tampa's Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, the Florida Aquarium and the renowned Dali Museum in nearby St. Petersburg.
Anna Maria Island Community Orchestra and Chorus
No need to leave your sports fan friends back home...
Our neighboring cities play host to year-round excitement with training and seasonal games for teams like baseball's legendary Pirates , Red Sox and the Tampa Devil Rays as well as Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as the Stanley Cup winners of the Tampa Bay Lighting. And if you want to improve your game, the internationally famous David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Nick Boliterie Tennis Academy and IMG Academy are all located in Bradenton .
If golf is your game, then the Manatee/Sarasota bi-county area will provide you with a choice of more than 45 courses ranging from tight executive par threes to challenging championship 18s that will test any golfer's ability from tee to green.
Whether you seek natural beauty, cultural outlets or a sportsmen's challenge, Anna Maria Island supplies the setting and inspiration. You'll find it easy to fit in.