Relax Like an Islander
Things to Do on Anna Maria Island
Haley’s sugar sand, white beaches are a short walk from your front door. Haley’s is centrally located to restaurants, nightlife. like AMI Historical Museum, Coquina Baywalk and with the free island trolley, you can get anywhere in a matter of minutes. Or, rent a golf cart and cruise the island in style.
That Faraway Feel – Without the Faraway Travel
While the island may feel worlds away, it’s just 40 miles south of Tampa, a short drive to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and a 20-minute drive from Bradenton. It makes sense people travel from all over to experience Anna Maria Island – Conde Nast Traveler recently named it one of the best islands in the world.
Explore some of Anna Maria Island attractions below and start planning your island getaway. And if you need any advice on the best local spots, give us a call! We’re always happy to help.
Visiting Anna Maria City Pier is a must-do when on Anna Maria Island. You can jump aboard the complimentary north-bound Island Trolley and make your way to the pier and boardwalk without having to stress over parking. When you get there you will find a mecca of small boutique shops and places to grab a cool drink along Pine Avenue. Visit The Studio, which is owned by former Florida First Lady, Rhea Chiles. It always has an enchanting display of colorful local art and electric exhibits. Some local favorites along the trolley line is Ginnie and Jane E's Cafe and Gift Store on Gulf Drive where you can enjoy all sorts of bakery treats among antiques, delicious Italian cuisine at Vinny and Sheryl's Italian Kitchen and Rod and Reel Pier for a tasty breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Located on the north end of Sarasota Bay, this historic fishing pier is adored by the local residents and thousands of visitors every year. Explore Bridge Street and its many boutique shops and stop by the Beach House Restaurant for a delicious lunch or sunset dinner. (If you bring your fishing pole, you can catch your own dinner!) People come to the pier to enjoy stunning ocean views and excellent fishing opportunities. After a long day of sun, cool off with an ice cream treat at Joe's Eats and Sweets.
Located on Leffis Key, the Coquina Baywalk has numerous boardwalks and trails through mangrove tunnels to explore. The trails have amazing views and observation decks where you can take in breathtaking views of the ocean and bay.
Take the free Island Trolley to Holmes Beach, the largest of the three island cities, if you would like to do some shopping and exploring. You'll find art galleries, clothing stores, souvenir shops, restaurants, a post office, liquor store and more. For some music, yummy food and local entertainment, make your way over the tiki bar at Island Flea or Lobstahs. Don't miss out on the islands most unique restaurant, Mr. Bones BBQ, where the art of BBQ has been perfected.
Visit Bean Point Beach where you can explore a secluded stretch of beach unlike any other. This beach was once the original home and property of George Emerson Bean, Anna Maria Island's first permanent resident. Its azure waters, glorious sunsets, and sweeping ocean views will remain in your memory for years to come.
This beautiful park is located on the northern tip of the island and offers stunning views of Egmont Key and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. There are benches, grills, picnic tables, a playground, water fountains and more. Great for a family day out!
Take family and friends to downtown Bradenton where you can enjoy all sorts of fun and entertainment. This exciting hub has family friendly activities, arts and crafts, festivals, parks, sporting venues, water activities, nightlife and more!