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Shop, Play & Dine on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach – Anna Maria Island

Bridge Street is where the original wooden bridge stood and at one time was the only means of access to the island. The wooden bridge was replaced in 1967 with the concrete bridge that you see today running from the mainland to Anna Maria Island.
Bridge Street offers the same laid-back Florida charm that is consistent with all of Anna Maria Island. Instead of high-rise condos and shopping malls, you will find boutique style shops and restaurants. Historic Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach which is the southernmost city of Anna Maria Island. With spectacular Bay to Gulf water views, Bridge Street is a must see!
So, let’s get started — Parking is limited on the Bridge Street. We recommend that you leave your car and walk or use the free Island trolley. The area is very walkable with rest benches along the way.
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Shop — Anna Maria Island shopping on Bridge Street, with a wide variety of local art, jewelry, clothing and beach souvenirs. Bridge Street stores are walkable, right between the beach and bay. Find one of a kind items from many of the merchants, including, Bridge Street Bazaar, Bridges Street Interiors, Back Alley Treasures, Bridge Street Jewellery. There are a few not to be missed shops that have just recently opened, right beside Bridge Street Bazaar. Shopping on Bridge Street is a relaxing experience. Have fun while you look for that treasure souvenir to take back home with you.
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Activities — Play a round at Florida’s most unique miniature golf course. Fish Hole Adventure golf is an old Florida fishing village themed course. With misters to keep you cool on a hot Florida day, a 3000 gallon pond filled with koi of all sizes and colors, and native Florida plants this is a fun activity. Perfect for the whole family!
If you are looking to book any tours or activities, be sure to stop at Book a Little Sunshine. Choose from water adventures, fishing charters, snorkeling, sunsets cruises, paddle experiences and more. You name it, they will arrange it.
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Dine — There are plenty of places to dine, many offering nightly live music (some day music too). Here are a few of the restaurants we recommend on Bridge Street: Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier, Bridge Tender Inn, Island Creperie, Blue Marlin, Island Time Bar & Grill, Bridge Street Bistro. We are sure one of these will become your new favourite spot. Bridge Street = the best place for Anna Maria Island dining and entertainment.
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After you’ve wandered along Bridge Street and enjoyed a little shopping and a delicious meal, make your way onto the Bridge Street Pier. There is always a breeze and some great views of the waterway and its many boats. Its almost magical!
As you end your day on Bridge Street, take a seat on one of the benches or swings and relax on the Pier. You’ll be happy you did.
Bridge Street is a very inviting and happening street — the place to be and enjoy….
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Anna Maria Island & nearby – MARCH – Things to Do, Festivals & Events

If you are looking for a guide to keep you and your family entertained with local events, we’ve got you covered! March is a busy month for festivals and events.
Here are a few of our favorite things to add to your list:

Saturday, March 2 — 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Heritage Day Festival & Settler’s Market
Celebrate life on Anna Maria Island and learn how the early settlers lived. You will have an opportunity to watch all day demonstrations by beekeepers, wool spinners, bonnet makers, candle makers, wood workers, soap makers and arts and crafts as practiced by early Island settlers. There will be a Settlers Market with local produce, honey, herbs and settler’s bread baked by local volunteers. There will be auctions as well as collectibles available for purchase and the newly renovated gift shop will be open. Listen to live music provided by the Anna Maria Island Stringband featuring Howie Banfield and enjoy food, drinks, old fashioned children’s games and a scavenger hunt. The museum, Belle Haven Cottage and the surrounding native plant garden will be open for tours. Our favourite pirates, the Anna Maria Island Privateers will be joining the Heritage Day festivities and will be performing a jail capture around 11:00. Wild Life Rescue (WLR) will be also be there. Justin Matthews from WLR will be on hand with his wildlife friends, a great horned owl, screech owl, iguana, alligator and a boa!
Bid on this auction item donated by Fun and More Rentals—They will set up your beach day on Anna Maria Island! Then they will pack up and pick up the following:
Six person golf cart, Float big enough for 10 people, 4 stand up paddle boards, 4 boogie boards, 2 kayaks, 1 corn hole, 1 bocce ball, Up to 20 beach chairs and beach towels, 2 canopies, 2 coolers of your choice adult beverage. Come on out and bid on this amazing auction donation!
Parking is available at the City Pier lot and Roser Community Church. Please consider taking the free Island trolley which will will drop you off right in front of the museum at trolley stop #42.
Location: Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum, 402 Pine Avenue in the Historical Park, Anna Maria Island, FL
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Saturday, March 2 — 8:00am – 8:50am
Beach Boot Camp (at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe)
Get your sweat on with your feet in the sand and cool breezes on your back, courtesy of the Gulf of Mexico. Class offers a variety of circuit training and team workouts.
What to bring: water, towel and a friend.
Location: 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach (meet just left of the Anna Maria Cafe)
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March 3, 2019 — The Gamble Plantation Historic State Park Annual UDC 59th Annual Spring Open House 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Free admission and parking.
This is your opportunity to visit the Gamble Plantation during the Mansion’s ‘free tours’. Explore the mansion and see the many lifestyle demonstrations of the era of the 1840’s – 1870’s. As well, members of the 4th Florida Volunteer Infantry will have a Confederate encampment. Music, crafts and more on the grounds.
Location: 3708 Patten Avenue, Ellenton, FL. Look for the Landmark white picket fence on US 301 and turn into the main park entrance. It is one and a half miles west of I-75 (exit #224)
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Every Sunday in March (3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2019) @ 2:00 pm
Enjoy Sarasota’s own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their Sunday afternoon show at the Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place Sundays at 2:00 pm now through to the middle of May.
We were there to watch them perform last Sunday and were totally amazed!
The Ski-A-Rees put on a wonderful show with great music and the announcers are quite entertaining. The team are a dedicated group doing what they love to do, and it shows! Juggling the demands of full time careers, some are Doctors, lawyers and physician assistants, they unselfishly find time to perform. Their show is non-stop, exciting and a great family activity. The skiers display their talents performing tricks and their skill while making a 16 person skiing pyramid. When you go, be sure to get there at least about hour early as it usually draws a big crowd. There are bleacher seats, some of which are covered, but most of the seats are in the sun so dress accordingly. Sunscreen and hats for everyone! Bring a cushion if you don’t want to sit on the metal seats. We were in the open area which provides a behind the scenes view of the team. Talking to people seated in the covered stands, they were partially blocked from some stunts, but said it wasn’t often. You can also bring your own lawn chair. There is a shaded area under the trees where you still have a good view of the show. We found lots of free parking and there are snacks and drinks available for purchase.
Although the shows and parking are free, donations are appreciated. Please give generously as the Ski-A-Rees are a non-profit organization.
Location: 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway, near Mote Marine Aquarium – look for the Ski-A-Reese signs
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Every Sunday & Wednesday — 10:00am – 4:00pm
Coquina Beach Market
There is shopping at a mall and then there is the unique experience of shopping at the beach! Imagine enjoying the Florida sun while strolling along Coquina Beach listening to live music. With many great vendors offering a diverse selection of jewellery, home decor, plants and fresh produce, you are sure to find that unique treasure you’ve been looking for. Coquina Beach is at the southern most tip of Anna Maria Island with lots of free parking. If you would rather leave your car at home, you can ride the Free Island Trolley that stops every 20 minutes in the Coquina Beach parking lot.
Location: 2650 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach
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Every Tuesday (March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th) — 8:30am – 2:00pm
The City of Anna Maria hosts a Farmer’s Market every Tuesday until May. Pick up fresh Southwest Florida produce and baked goods. While you’re there you just might find those herbs, plants, or flowers you’ve been looking for. Market hours are 11– 5, but this market welcomes Early birds!
Location: City Pier Park, 100 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, Florida
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March 6, 2019 — 6:30pm – 8:30pm — Classic Movie in the Park
Playing…First Kid
Show will play, weather permitting. Bring chairs and blankets, select refreshments will be provided.
Location: City Pier Park, Anna Maria, FL
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March 7 – March 24, 2019 — The Island Players Theatre
Coming Soon! Tickets on Sale now!
A FLEA IN HER EAR
Raymonde believes her husband Victor Emmanuel has been unfaithful, so she hatches a scheme to catch him at a nearby hotel notorious for extramarital hanky-panky. The great French farce is full of mischief, mistaken identities and slamming doors in this new adaptation by David Ives.
Regular Show Performances are: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM
Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM
The Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Florida
Phone: 941 778-5755
//www.theislandplayers.org/
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Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 17, 2019 — 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
You can step aboard a bit of maritime history starting March 8th as replicas of ‘Columbus Ships’ will Open in Palmetto.
The Nina and Pinta replicas — two of three ships Christopher Columbus guided from Spain to The Bahamas in 1492 will be docked at Regatta Pointe Marina and open every day until their departure early Monday morning, March 18th.
Admission charges are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students 5 – 16. Children 4 and under are Free.
Location: 1005 Riverside Drive, Palmetto, FL
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Saturday, March 9 – AMI Privateers’ Thieves Market – 8:00am – 3:00pm
A “Pirate Style” Flea Market with craft vendors and plenty of treasures to be found. Yes, the Pirates will be there with their 60 foot Pirate Ship and it all happens right on Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island. Custom Handmade Jewelry, Sharks Teeth on a String, Golf paraphernalia, Antiques and more. As well, you will find lots to eat, hamburgers/hot dogs, tacos, roasted corn on the cob, Pirate Chili & Cheese, and pastries and baked goods.
All money raised will go towards the Privateers, a 501 c3 Non-Profit organization, Mission Statement of “Pirates for Kids & Community”
Bring your beach gear and when your finished at the market enjoy the rest of the day on the beautiful white sand at Coquina beach.
Location: 2650 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach
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March 9, 2019 — 11:00 am – 12:30
Baseball Fans – The Pittsburgh Pirates 13th annual Pirate Fest with family-friendly fun, free player autographs, games, prizes, music and more all inside LECOM Park. This pirate fest is free and open to the public. Buy your tickets now for the game at 1:05 pm vs. the Twins.
Location: LECOM Field, 1611 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL
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March 9th & 10th, 2019 — 10:00am – 5:00pm
The Anna Maria Island Art League 31st Annual SPRINGFEST in Holmes Beach is a festival of Fine Arts and Crafts. Eighty professional artist and crafts persons from across the United States will gather to compete in this juried exhibition. This event will also include children’s young at art exhibit and art activities. Families will enjoy the continuous live music on stage Saturday and large food court offering a variety of food and beverages. Also exhibiting will be community organizations that include various, historical, and environmental groups with information about these worthwhile causes. Free admission and parking.
Location: Right next to City Hall – 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida
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Sunday, March 10 — 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm — Doors open at 3:00 pm

Be part of the Roser Concert Series when Ring Sarasota creates a symphony of sound. Showcasing over 200 bells rung by 30 hands with special effects mimicking the piccolo, percussion, chimes, trombone, even the Tibetan singing bowl. Their music has been described as an inspirational mix of melody and muscle.

Free Admission – There will be a Free-will offering

Location: Roser Community Church, 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria

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March 16, 2019 — 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Pancakes anyone? Bring the whole family for a Roser style Pancake Breakfast in their Fellowship Hall. For only $6.00 you can enjoy pancakes, sausage, syrup and/or melted butter, applesauce, biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee or tea. There is no charge for children under the age of 5.
For more information go to www.roserchurch.com or call the church at 941-778-0414.
After breakfast stroll across the street and browse the bargains in the Guild Thrift Shop between 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Location: Roser Church, 512 Pine Avenue. The Fellowship Hall is the entrance east of the Roser Memorial Chapel.
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Saturday, March 16 – Sunday, March 17 — 10:00am – 4:00pm
11th Annual Anna Maria Taste of Arts & Crafts Show featuring the creations of talented artists and crafts people from all over. Enjoy the illustrations of the paintings, bronzes, stone, clay, glass, metal, wood, pottery, sculptures, seafood, craft product, photography, fiber, and much more. Admission and parking is free.
Location: City of Holmes Beach, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL
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Sunday, March 17 — Beach Bistro Saint Patrick’s Day Parade: At the time this blog was written, information was not posted regarding the parade. I sent a message to the restaurant inquiring and have not received a response. The Beach Bistro has been doing the Saint Patrick’s Day parade for 19 years and hopefully they will continue the tradition. The Bistro usually celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on the Sunday closest to St. Patrick’s Day and with it falling on a Sunday this year, I would guess that is when the fun will happen.
Normally, the parade route starts in Holmes Beach and proceeds north along Marina Drive. You may want to check the link for updates //www.beachbistro.com/
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Tuesday, March 19 — 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Oldies Beach Dance –
Tickets $10.00 in advance — $15.00 at the door
Get your tickets to the Oldies Beach Party at the Sandbar. Listen to a danceable mix of oldies from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s plus some favourite swing, jazz, country and popular music. There will be great energy in the air, you don’t want to miss it! Bring your dancing shoes, flip-flops are fine too! 😉The Sandbar will provide refreshments at an additional charge.
Tickets are available at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. You can also purchase tickets at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call the Chamber at 941-778-1541.
Location: Sandbar Pavilion, 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria Island, FL
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March 29, 2019 — 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Music in the Park at the Riverwalk in Bradenton. Bring a picnic basket, blankets or chairs to the Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater and enjoy the show. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase. Admission is free.
Location: Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Mosaic Amphitheater
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We sure hope you find the above list helpful and that you enjoy your visit with us. If you are interested in any activities or events we have missed, please let us know and we will do our best to find what you are looking for.

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Spring is ONE MONTH away! – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Thinking about a SPRING Vacation?

As the cold winter continues to drag on and you dream of warm sunshine and beach days Anna Maria Island awaits. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway for just the two of you or a vacation for the whole family, you’ll find it here.

Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a Florida vacation. If the thoughts of warm temperatures, awesome restaurants and strolling along white sandy beaches aren’t enough to entice you to book a vacation rental with us, we have got a few more reasons you should come to Anna Maria Island.

1. The Spectacular Weather – With average spring temperatures on Anna Maria Island ranging from high 70’s to mid 80’s you will soon forget about the snow covered streets and icy chill back home. Pack your shorts, t-shirts and swimsuits and leave your winter gear behind. Florida spring weather is perfect for enjoying days at the beach, water activities, fishing or a fabulous sunset cruise.

2. Great Restaurants – With so many restaurants to choose from, you can’t go wrong with a night out enjoying the local fare. Spring isn’t as busy as the winter months, meaning you won’t need reservations and will avoid long lines. You can choose from fine dining, casual beachfront restaurants or pizza take-out, we have plenty of wonderful restaurants on Anna Maria Island.

3. Fishing for Dinner – If you enjoy casting a line and eating your fresh fish for dinner, then Anna Maria Island is the perfect vacation spot for you. A short walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals is a beautiful, scenic place to fish with a great view of northern Sarasota Bay. The Historic Bridge Street Pier, also known as the Historic Bradenton Beach City Pier is this fishing spot located at the end of Bridge Street with a 300 foot dock, bait and tackle shop, bathhouse and restrooms, and a restaurant. You will find it is not crowded giving you lots of room to move. What might you catch here? Bonnet Head Shark, Tarpon, Snook, Snapper, Redfish, Flounder, Cobia, Bluefish are a few of the fish species found in the area. Whatever your preference, -pier fish, surf cast from the beach, or a deep-sea fishing expedition, the spring months offer some great opportunities Please note, all anglers in Florida must have a valid state-issued fishing license.

4. “Tee Time” – The surrounding areas of Bradenton and Sarasota have plenty of world class golf courses to challenge your game. Play in the beautiful sunshine with the advantage of much lower rates than during the winter months. Tee off at famous Waterlefe Golf and River Club, take a swing at Rosedale Golf and Country Club or go for a hole in one at University Park Country Club. With the added benefit of fewer people and temperate weather, a day or two on the greens may be just what you need to complete your perfect vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

5. Plenty of Adventures – Whether you’re looking to explore nature trails, bike our scenic seven mile Island or paddleboard on the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Island has an abundance of activities to offer. No matter what you choose … Segway tour, wildlife boat tour or flyboarding for the first time — your adventure is waiting.

6. Shopping – Anna Maria Island has many great shops from Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach to Pine Avenue at the North part of the Island. Located in the middle of Anna Maria Island is the Island Shopping Center which has a variety of unique boutiques and restaurants. A Publix supermarket and dollar store are also conveniently located on the Island. There are also many outlet stores and a great outlet mall nearby.

7. Transportation – Getting around Anna Maria Island is easy and you don’t need a vehicle with the transportation options that are available. You can easily get from one end of the island to another using the Free trolley. The trolley operates from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm daily and stops every 20 minutes right out front of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Other convenient options include golf cart and bike rentals. As well, many restaurants and shops are within walking distance of our vacation rental properties.

8. Sunset – On Anna Maria Island you will see sunsets that are truly out of this world. There is nothing quite as magical as watching the glowing sun illuminate the sky with colours ranging from orange and yellow to red, pink and purple before it slips below the horizon. What a spectacular way to end your day at the beach!

9. Relaxing – Enjoy the slow pace and relaxing charm of Anna Maria Island. Our beach isn’t crowded and you will enjoy your own private beach access. You can pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read and relax in the sun while you breath in the warm salt air. Take a relaxing stroll along our sugar white sand beaches, or just sit back and enjoy the quietness of Anna Maria Island.

Call us today and make your dream vacation a reality.
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Is there Red Tide on Anna Maria Island?

This is a question we’ve heard hundreds of times over the past few months. As travellers come to Anna Maria Island to soak up the Florida sunshine and spend time on our pristine beaches the red tide question is an important one. Especially with the cold and icy conditions the north and mid-west have recently been experiencing, tourists and other folks are migrating to Florida by the thousands. Whether you can manage to get away for a week or a month, I can’t think of a better place to spend your vacation than on Anna Maria Island.
 
Now, to answer your question, “Is there red tide on Anna Maria Island”, NO!
 
Florida’s red tide levels have continually decreased since September when they peaked. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported yesterday, from their latest lab tests, Florida’s coastal waters are entirely free of red tide algal blooms. This is news we have been anxious to hear, it deserves repeating. According to the latest round of tests conducted by the FWC, they found no red tide present in Florida’s coastal waters, NONE!
 
Here is a Statewide Red Tide Status Map from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission —
Please be sure to click on the map and expand looking at the dots specifically in our Manatee region.
 
Naturally, people have been worried about the impacts of red tide so the reports that we are red tide free is certainly great news. For anyone planning to visit us you can now put your worries to rest knowing our waters are clear. As always, we will continue to monitor the conditions and update you with any changes.
 
Good-bye red tide, hello and welcome, guests! Enjoy the beautiful, turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and everything Anna Maria Island has to offer.
 
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February 6th is National #bookdirect Day!

Today, February 6th, vacation rental managers, homeowners and vacation industry leaders unite as we raise a collective voice to educate the public as to why booking direct is a fantastic option for just about everyone. We are joining forces in a one day #BookDirect campaign where we project a singular message. Our mission is to let all travelers know that there are many great advantages to bypassing those third-party channels/on-line travel agents (OTA’s) such as Booking.com, Expedia, TripAdvisor, HomeAway and Airbnb. We want to encourage guests to book directly with us owners/property managers.We believe that vacation rental homes are the best value for your vacation dollar and there are many benefits of booking directly with an owner and not third party on-line-travel agents.

Did you know you can save money and get even better service by booking directly with an owner or property manager? The biggest reason we recommend booking directly with an owner/property manager is that you will always get the lowest rate. There are no service fees when you book directly from an owner or property manager, and in fact, you can save hundreds by booking directly with the own.

Travellers know Airbnb, VRBO, vacationrentals.com, HomeAway, and TripAdvisor charge fees to consumers. In some cases, these “service” fees are not easily recognizable to a guest who has chosen to book through a third-party.

-HomeAway, VRBO, vacationrentals.com, all charge the guests a booking fee
-TripAdvisor charges both the guest and supplier a booking fee
-Booking.com and Expedia charge the property owner/manager a 15-18 % fee per booking. From a guest standpoint, be aware that this fee is built into the price you pay for your rental. Therefore,         booking fees means increased vacation rental costs to you, the guest.
OTA charges are not insignificant, whether these surcharges/guest service fees are added to or “included” in the rental rate. Bottom line is, these fees translate to travellers paying hundreds of dollars more just to use these big OTA websites.

Here are some other reasons to #bookdirect rather than through an OTA:
1. It’s easier — When you go directly to annamariaislandcondorentals.com you cut out the middle man. There’s no hassle of trying to find available dates from the OTA’s array of homes, there’s no pressure to try to book sooner, and you can find exactly the home you want directly from the source. By going straight to us you can cut out any other hassle and start relaxing before your vacation even begins.

2. Communication between the guest and owner/property manager — Traditionally, sites like HomeAway and VRBO and others were a way to connect owners with travelers who wanted to rent. It was an advertising platform — nothing more. Today, on virtually all of the OTA’s sites, all phone numbers, emails, websites and all identifying information is masked and direct communication between owners and guests is impossible. Unfortunately, the OTA system blocks out any and all contact information and all communication goes through the OTA until after the booking is made. You might want to know if there is a grill, a kayak, what check-in time is, or if there is a grocery store close by. When you book direct, you can ask these important questions and get the answers before you commit to a booking.

3. Book direct with knowledgeable owners — Who knows your destination area better than the owner/property manager? Whether you are looking for restaurants, activities, equipment rentals or tours we will always give you the best and most up-to-date advice. We can tell you about all the fabulous things to do and what not to miss during your stay. With the local knowledge the owner or property manager has, we know all the best places to eat or drink, the best things to do and will give you all the information you need to make sure you have the best possible vacation experience. It’s our pleasure to suggest activities in the area that are beyond the obvious as well as special deals only locals know about. Ask away, we owners are always happy to help and offer suggestions.

4. #bookdirect and receive special offers — Different periods throughout the year property managers and owners have special rates and special offers available. With direct communication with us you get the best offers. These are specials that we use to reward our loyal guests.

5. Special discounts to local activities, tours, fishing charters, rental equipment and more! — Another benefit from booking direct with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals is the partnerships we have with local businesses. We partner with companies in exchange for a nice discount for all our guests. We do not receive a commission from this partnership, we do it strictly to benefit our guests. These are discounts that the OTAs won’t offer you and you won’t find them in local coupon books. Once your direct booking with us has been confirmed , you can take a look on our website at some of the great deals offered.

How do you book direct?
When you are searching for a property and you’ve found a property (or properties) you’re interested in, it’s easy enough to click “Book Now” and complete your reservation. But, savvy travelers are learning to save money and take an extra step. In the property listing, look for a property name or company logo. Then a quick Google location search will help you find the property by matching their name or logo. Once you have that, visit their website, contact the owner/property manager through Facebook, or, even better, pick up the phone and call them.

Next time you are looking to book your dream vacation, skip the OTA’s and go directly to our website — annamariaislandcondorentals.com — #bookdirect and save!
Not only do we offer you a dream vacation, we will make the booking process easy while offering you the best prices with no hidden or additional fees.

Note: Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offers the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from the above and are listing only to assist our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced.
The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

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Where To Watch The Super Bowl On Anna Maria Island

Calling all Football Fans! Are you ready?

Super Bowl LIII takes place this Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kickoff time is 6:30 p.m. ET.
Tune in early and don’t miss Atlanta native, Gladys Knight, seven-time Grammy Award winner, famous for “Midnight Train to Georgia,” sing the national anthem before kickoff.
For the ninth time in 18 seasons, the New England Patriots are representing the AFC in the Super Bowl. The NFC champions, the Los Angeles Rams, are returning to the big game for the first time since January 2002, when they faced … the Pats. The two teams will meet in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI, which the Patriots won 20-17.
So, with the big game right around the corner where are you going to watch it?
Here are some great places on Anna Maria Island to watch Super Bowl 2019 —
 
Beach House — 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-2222
Imagine watching the Super Bowl with the Gulf of Mexico in the background. Sound too good to be true? Join the Beach House for their 2nd Annual Beach Bowl Tailgate Party. Watch the big game on their outside covered deck complete with a big screen TV. Indoor seating will also be available. The festivities begin at 5:00 pm with great food and drink specials, give aways and more. Come early, seating is first come first serve.
Enjoy some great food, drinks and a great game!
Note: leave your car parked; only a few minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals
 
Bridge Tender Inn — 135 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach 941-778-4849
Join the crew at The Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar located on historic Bridge Street overlooking Sarasota Bay. With plenty of TV’s it is a favorite among sports fans and sure to be a busy spot for the Super Bowl. Their extensive menu offers plenty of selection, tasty appetizers, sandwiches, fresh seafood, chicken and more.The Bridge Tender Inn has three full service bars with inside and outdoor covered seating. Want to experience a great game, great views, endless Bradenton Beach character and old Florida charm? Bridge Tender Inn has it!
Note: Located at the end of Bridge Street right on the water’s edge, approximately five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
 
Island Time Bar & Grill — 111 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach 941-782-1122
Island time delivers consistent good,food, good service and cold beer. Open air bar, but don’t worry if it gets cool, they will pull out the propane heaters.
Loads of TVs to view football, a great place to watch the game!
Note: This place will be kicking, football brings in the best crowds. Better get here early! Only five minutes from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
 
Kokunut Hut — 900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941- 778-1919
Walking distance from your accommodations, perfect! Located right on the beach and the view is amazing. You might even be lucky enough to catch the sunset before kick off. Their food is great, fresh and good portions.
Beach, sunset, great service, ice cold beer and watching the Super Bowl. What more can you ask?
Note: about a two minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
 
Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus — 3246 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach 941-778-1320
Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus is the Anna Maria Island Restaurant serving authentic German fare. Combine their home cooked Bavarian and Austrian dishes with the best German draft beers and wine in the area and you’ve got a winner. Come out and watch the game on their huge projector screen and enjoy some fresh imported draft beer.
Reservations are recommended.
Note: Located in the Anna Maria Island Centre. There is a Trolley stop out front.
 
Slim’s Place — 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria 941-567-4056
This is a great little spot to visit while on the island and Slim’s Place is having a Super Bowl Party! There will be food and drink specials all day long and pools and prizes during the game. Open seating, so reservations are not needed.
 Slim’s is a great little spot on the Island where the atmosphere is laid back and the food is very good. Their menu is surprisingly extensive for a small place; a real sports bar with Ice cold local beers and lots of big TV’s to view the game. The space is decorated with a variety of sport memorabilia all over the walls.
The service is good, the staff is friendly and helpful and we have always encountered a fun, local, friendly crowd. Parking is quick and easy in their own lot.
Note: Located approximately 10 minute drive north of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals or take the Free Island Trolley or Monkey Bus.
 
Solo Pizza — 3246 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach 941-778-8118
A fun sports restaurant with several TVs to view the game. Solo’s serves excellent pizza and other food as well has a good selection of reasonably priced wine, draft and bottle beer. Love the nice casual ambience and friendly service.
Note: Located in Anna Maria Island Shops with a trolley stop out front
 
The Moose Lodge #2188 — 110 Gulf Drive South Bradenton Beach 
Starting at 4 PM – Super Bowl specials – 16 oz. aluminum bottles Budweiser, Budweiser lite, Miller lite, Coors lite, Micelob Ultra $2.50 Plus, Jello shots trivia, prizes, give aways, $.50 wings.
The kitchen will stay open until Half Time is over.
Note: Private – for Moose Lodge members only or Guest of a Moose member.
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Lots of people watching the game are also excited to see what’s happening during ‘Halftime’. This year promises to bring with it an amazing halftime show featuring Maroon Five. Fans can expect a great performance from lead singer Adam Levine and his band. The live spectacular entertainment with Maroon Five and special guests Big Boi and Travis Scott should prove to be a successful halftime show.
Super Bowl Sunday, where the L.A. Rams will take on the New England Patriots to determine who is the best in the NFL. Will Tom Brady’s Patriots or Jared Goff’s Rams come out on top?
No matter where you choose to watch Super Bowl 2019 and regardless of the outcome, we’re glad you chose to vacation with us, Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.
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Celebrating VALENTINE’S DAY On ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Did you know that in America, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day to dine out? Valentine’s Day is the most romantic dining holiday of the year and right around the corner, so let us, Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals help you prepare. Anna Maria Island is the perfect vacation destination with the best dining options, perfect whether you’re celebrating with your significant other, best friend, or family.We’ve combed through the most romantic restaurants in the area to select our favorites based on personal and guest reviews, menu, service, and ambiance.
To help you choose the perfect spot, here is a list, in alphabetical order of our favourites for romantic dining on Anna Maria Island:
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Beach Bistro – 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach 941-778-6444
Take a five-star cuisine, five star attentiveness, refined but nicely understated cozy atmosphere looking right out at the Gulf of Mexico and you’ve got one over-the-top Valentine’s Day experience. Enjoy dishes like Grilled Swordfish, Roasted Maple Leaf Duckling, Rack of Lamb embellished with port wine and roasted asparagus all with some culinary flourishes that go above and beyond. For dessert try the Chocolate Truffle Terrine or Key Lime Pie, delicious!
You can savour a beautiful dinner in their dining room or outside on the beach with your toes in the sand while enjoying amazing food and a beautiful sunset.
Many consider this to be the finest dining experience in the area. Some guests have told us it is a little pricey, but they go on to tell us the food is worth every penny. If you’re looking to impress your significant other this might be the place!
Note: If you don’t make it here for Valentine’s Day, don’t worry, the Beach Bistro is romantic year round.
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Beach House – 200 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-2222
If all you did was sit at one of the tables and drink a glass of water, you would enjoy yourself. Fortunately, with Chef Will’s creativity the Beach House offers so much more than that. Offering delicious dishes all with an emphasis on sustainability and local ingredients, picked produce from their own farm and fresh from the Gulf seafood.
Located directly on the beach with indoor and outdoor dining and sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico. Dine with your toes in the sand, listening to live music and enjoy a relaxing evening as you watch the sunset over the Gulf.
Note: This is one of my personal favourite restaurants on Anna Maria Island.
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Blue Marlin Grill – 121 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach 941-896-9737
Located in an original 1920s cottage on historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.
The Blue Marlin is known on Anna Maria Island for their quality, fresh, local seafood and offers fine dining without that “stuffy” feeling. The restored beach cottage decor is a perfect combination of classic yet nautical and chic, a lovely atmosphere. The wall art blends well with the nautical ship lamps which provide a warm, relaxing feeling.
You will enjoy their appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts. Blue Marlin is a special place for a special meal.
Note: Reservations are a must! Parking can be a problem. It is about a five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals or you can take the Free Island Trolley or tips for service Monkey Bus.
After dinner take a romantic walk on the pier at the East end of Bridge Street.
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Bridge Street Bistro – 222 Gulf Drive South, Bradenton Beach 941- 782-1122
The Bridge Street Bistro main dining room, is located on the 3rd floor and boasts panoramic views of the gulf with indoor and terrace seating.
Watch the sunset while enjoying expertly prepared cuisine. The entrees, including Grouper, Cedar Planked Salmon, Duck and Filet Mignon, are delicious, but the chocolate beyond reason for dessert is the ultimate indulgence.
Note: it is very easy to confuse this dining area with their sister restaurant, Island Time Bar and Grill which is downstairs.
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Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen – 5325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach 941-238-6264
Valentine’s Dinner 2019 from 4 PM – 10 PM Three Course Prix Fixe Menu
Enjoy a romantic dinner at Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen with a Three Course Prix Fixe Menu. You will find a variety of options in all three courses that are sure to please everyone. For your second course/entree you can select, Seared Sea Scallop & BBQ Pork Belly, Colorado Rack of Lamb, Peruvian Surf & Turf or Red Snapper Ramen. 
The food and service here is good and the attmosphere is nice. They have a beautiful patio overlooking the canal that you can watch the boats come in-and-out.
For reservations call 941-238-6264 or book on OpenTable through their website.
Note: Located at Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club
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French Table – 103 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach 941-779-1930
If you’re looking for romance, you can never go wrong with a nice French restaurant. And, if cozy and quaint is what you’re looking for, French Table should get your reservation. French Table is a small family business serving authentic French food and the atmosphere is incredibly pleasant. The food, especially their homemade bread, Scallops and Shrimp, Duck, Pate Carbonara Fettuccini and dessert are delicious. We have found the portions are a little smaller, but they do leave you feeling satisfied. This is definitely a place where you’ll want to take your time and enjoy this little gem.
Note: Parking is limited, but the French Table is less than a five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. Highly recommend making a reservation.
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Isola Bella Italian Eatery – 5904 Marina Drive Holmes Beach 941-242-5309
Who doesn’t like Italian food? It’s always good, when you head to Isola Bella on Anna Maria Island. A small family run restaurant serving real Sicilian cuisine made with fresh ingredients, from simple and authentic recipes, with a wine list selected accordinglyThe dishes are authentically prepared and served by a wonderful Sicilian family. They even make their own pasta! You can feel the Love they pour into their foods! 
Notethis restaurant has only been open for approximately 1 Year and the food seems to taste better every time we go.
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Waterfront Restaurant  111 Bay Blvd. South, Anna Maria 941-778-1515
This beautiful, upscale restaurant is known for cuisine inspired by seasonal flavors and the finest ingredients. Whether you prefer shrimp, scallops, salmon or steak there is no end to delicious dishes served at this waterfront restaurant. And, their handcrafted cocktails are the best!
Indoor and outdoor seating is available. The indoor seating is quite charming, lending itself to a lovely romantic atmosphere. There is outdoor seating at the front of the restaurant overlooking the water as well as outdoor patio seating to the back. You will find both are cozy and casual.
Note: This is a very popular restaurant on Anna Maria Island so call now for a reservation. They might already be fully booked for Valentine’s Day, but any day is a good day to dine at the Waterfront.
One of the key ingredients to having a romantic evening out on Valentine’s Day is choosing the right restaurant. The above restaurants are all conveniently located in proximity to Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals. We think you will enjoy any one of them, but to ensure that you make the right choice, please, call them ahead to make your reservations and also to make sure the menu can accommodate any special dietary needs.
Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals are honoured that you have chosen us to provide you with the most memorable vacation and hope that your Valentine’s Day dinner is one to be to remembered. ❤
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PLAYING PICKLEBALL ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Thinking of playing pickleball while vacationing with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals? Excellent! No reason you can’t enjoy your game at home and on vacation too. With the increasing popularity of pickleball the number of places to play is increasing, but we have found on our travels that many destinations do not offer facilities to play.However, when you are vacationing with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, no worries, we have you covered. But, before we get to the where, let’s talk a little bit about the game itself.
 
At any sports complex you will find people playing all kinds of paddle or racket sports. Tennis and racquetball are two of the most popular of this variety of sport, but there are other creative options available. For those of you that have never played or are new to the sport of Pickleball you might be curious to know more about the game.
 
You may have just learned of Pickleball, but it isn’t new, it was actually invented in 1965 by three Washington dads to provide a game that the whole family could play together. In 1975 it was recognized as “America’s newest racquet sport”, and by 1990, pickleball was being played in all 50 United States.
 
So, what is pickleball? It is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It can be played with 2–4 people on a court similar to the size of a badminton court. The net in Badminton is elevated, a Pickleball net is low to the ground like on a tennis court. Instead of using a racquet and tennis ball, players use paddles made from solid wood or composite materials and a perforated plastic ball, a “Wiffle ball.” Pickleball is a sport that can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors and has it own unique set of rules. It can be played as singles or doubles. When you serve you do it underhand. Only the serving team is able to score a point and after every point teammates switch spots.
 
A game is played to 11 and the victor must win by at least two points. Pickleball is a sport for all ages. Being played on a smaller court makes it popular for retired aged folks as they can get their exercise without having to play on a larger sized tennis court and you can actually carry on a casual conversation while playing.
 
Younger adults also like playing on the smaller court and enjoy an intense game testing their hand eye coordination much like ping pong. When I compare Pickleball to other sports, I find Pickleball is easier to get the swing and serving down because of the paddles and smaller court. When I first started to play tennis it took me months to get good enough to play a game, but when I started playing Pickleball it only took me a few hours to get the rules and techniques down.
 
The game of Pickleball can be a fun, competitive or a social game that almost anyone can play. For some players it is an adrenaline rush of playing great and winning. For me, it’s about the social interaction and experiencing the physical, mental, and social benefits of feeling great!
Okay, now where can you can play Pickleball in Anna Maria Island?
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The Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria, FL
Phone: 941-778-1908
Pickleball — February 2019 Monday and Wednesday 12:30 – 3:00
Tuesday Thurs Friday Sat 10:30 – 1:30
Note: The last hour of Pickleball is for lessons & less competitive play
Drop In Fee $15
Tennis or pickleball pass for $45 a month
Weekly and Monthly rates are available
Center hours — Monday – Thursday 7am-9pm
Friday – 7am-8pm
Saturday 8am-3pm
Sunday Closed
The Center offers Individual and Family – Day, Weekly, Monthly Passes 
Included in Pass
• Fitness Center – Fitness and wellness classes
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball
  • Open Gym and field time
  • Playground
While you’re enjoying the glorious beauty of Anna Maria Island, come on out and get your game on. Click on the link below and you will see, The Center isn’t limited to only Pickleball.
 
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Mark your Calendar — FABULOUS FEBRUARY Events In & Around ANNA MARIA ISLAND-Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals

Anna Maria Island (AMI) is known for its palm trees, incredible white sand beaches and beautiful turquoise water. Add to that, the quaint feel of this beautiful destination and you have one of the best places in the world to visit.
 
Thousands of tourists flock to our Gulf coast area each year to soak up the sun, catch some waves and feel the sand between their toes, but there are more things to do in Anna Maria Island than spending time at the beach. I would be lying if I didn’t say heading to the beach to relax isn’t one of my favourite things to do, but I also enjoy the many inviting activities the Island has to offer.
 
Check out this list of things to do while you’re visiting Anna Maria Island.
Healthy Walking Tours – Select one or more of these happy, healthy walking tours. Lace up your sneakers and dress for the weather to discover some of the best nature spots Anna Maria Island and the surrounding area has to offer.
  • Leffis Key: Early Restoration Efforts February 1 
  • Robinson Preserve: Mangrove Migration February 8 
  • Grassy Point & Neal Preserve: Intracoastal February 15
  • Felts Preserve: Bird Migration Changes February 22 
Cost: $25/person   4-pack $80   Series $150 Attend all 7 tours – get one FREE!
To Register or for additional information contact:
Around the Bend Nature Tours — aroundbend.com — 941-794-8773
On these weekly morning tours you will have lots of time to interpret nature and cultural history. All tours are guided by Professional Master Naturalists and/or NAI Certified Interpretive Guides. All walks are Friday’s 9:30-Noon/1:00 pm
 
February 2 – 3, 2019: The Holmes Beach Arts and Crafts Festival benefits the North American Butterfly Association. Come check out the handmade jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, paintings, stained glass, photography, live music and food plus plants, orchids, handmade soaps, gourmet spices, a green market and more. Free admission. Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holmes Beach City Hall, Event Field, 5801 Marina Drive, Anna Maria Island, FL.
 
February 2 – 3, 2019: 19th Annual Plantation Festival at Gamble Mansion and Plantation. 3708 Patten Avenue, Ellenton, FL. Look for the Landmark white picket fence and turn right into the main park entrance. 
Enjoy an arts and crafts show, a student art competition, free tours of the Gamble Mansion, food and beverage vendors and more. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free admission and $1 donation for parking.
While you are in the area, you might consider going to the Ellenton Premium Outlet Mall. It is only about 5 minutes East of the Gamble Mansion and offers some nice outdoor walking as well as some great buys!
 
February 3, 2019: Enjoy Sarasota’s own Ski-A-Rees Water Ski Team and their 1st Sunday afternoon show of the new season at 2 p.m. at Ski-A-Ree Stadium. This free show takes place at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway (near/behind Mote Marine Aquarium on the water.)
The Ski-A-Rees put on a wonderful show with great music and entertaining announcers. They are a very professional group and their show is non stop, exciting and a great family activity. The skiers display their talent performing tricks and their skill while making a twelve person skiing pyramid. When you go be sure to get there at least an hour early as it usually draws a big crowd. There are bleacher seats, some of which are covered, but most of the seats are in the sun so dress accordingly. Sunscreen and hats for everyone! Bring a cushion if you don’t want to sit on the metal seats. We were in the open area which provides a behind the scenes view of the team. Talking to people seated in the covered stands, they were partially blocked from some stunts, but said it wasn’t often. You can also bring your own lawn chair. There is a shaded area under the trees where you still have a good view of the show.
Free parking and snacks and drinks are available for purchase.
Although the shows and parking are free, donations are appreciated as the Ski-A-Rees are a non-profit organization.
If you miss their first show on February 2, you’re in luck, the Ski-A-Reese Ski Team will also be performing February 10, 2019, February 17, 2019 and February 24, 2019. All shows take place at 2:00 pm at 1602 Ken Thompson Parkway-look for the Ski-A-Reese signs
 
Visit the spectacular Ringling in Sarasota —
February 4, 2019: Come out for Ringling by the Bay on the Bolger Campiello at The Ringling Museum, featuring live music and dancing 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Admission: $5 – $15. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitors Pavilion on the day of the event, purchased online at ringling.org or by calling 941-358-3180.
Limited seating is available. Ringling Museum grounds, Bayshore Gardens. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
 
February 7, 2019: Ringling Underground – enjoy live music and art in the Museum of Art Courtyard 8:00 pm -11:00 pm. This event features an eclectic mix of local and regional live music. While you’re there be sure to check out the display of work by up-and-coming artists in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Select galleries will be open until 11:00pm. Admission: $15. Free for Members and College Students w/ ID and free with “Art After Five” admission. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL. 941-358-3180 or online ringling.org
 
February 7 – 18, 2019: The Florida State Fair is held annually at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa 4800 N U.S. Highway 301, TAMPA, FLORIDA
Phone: 813-621-7821
The 2019 Florida State Fair brings 12 Days of Fun, featuring rides, amazing agricultural exhibits featuring over 5,000 animals, excellent craft show and a great variety of fantastic food. Parking is Free at the fair.
You can buy tickets online, at any of our local Publix stores or at the Fair Box Office located on the Fairgrounds open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fair Box Office – 813-740-4640.
There are some on-line price discounts. Go to – tickets.floridastatefair.net
 
February 9, 2019: There’s a street party for you: “Main Street Live!” on Historic Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton. There will be live music starting at 5:00 pm. This popular party closes the street to vehicular traffic and the streets will be lined with arts and crafts vendors and food trucks. Music ends at 10 p.m. but Old Main Street will remain closed until midnight.
 
February 9, 2019: Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market on beautiful Coquina Beach, Gulf Drive South, Anna Maria Island. From 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, it’s a treasure hunt at “The Thieves” Flea Market. With 100’s of Vendors you can search for treasures and say hello to the Pirates on their 60 foot pirate ship. Choose from custom made jewellery, t-shirts, golf paraphernalia, fresh produce and more.
Free admission.
 
February 9, 2019: Family fun at the 5th annual Bradenton Area River Regatta on the Manatee River. This year the Free event features, boat races, food fest to satisfy any appetite, kids zone on both shores of the river, fireworks and more!
Watch the boat races from either the Bradenton or Palmetto river fronts or on the bridge itself. Featuring, Powerboat Superleague Formula-2—splitting the surf at speeds over 120/mph and added this year Formula-3 racing with speeds hitting 100/mph.
Enjoy live music on two main stage venues…In Bradenton—national recording artists and Bradenton natives: We the Kings…and on Palmetto’s main stage, country music group: the Andy Pursell Band from Arcadia, FL.
An after dark fireworks display over the river provided by Zambelli Internationale, will light up the sky with pyrotechnic brilliance to end the day with an exhilarating blast of multi-coloured beauty.
Mark your calendar — the all FREE, fifth annual Bradenton Area River Regatta
8:00 am – 10:00 pm Downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk and in Palmetto.
 
Sunday, February 10, 2019 – New Orleans Nighthawks Jazz Band
Concert Series, Roser Church, 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, FL
The New Orleans Nighthawks are a seven-piece jazz band and have been playing together for about 8 years. Most of the band members are snow-birds coming to Florida between October and April. They play Dixieland and swing tunes in a New Orleans traditional jazz style. With a solid rhythm section from the band’s leader on clarinet, two trombones enhanced by banjo, bass, drums and vocalist, they provide a unique and mellow, yet driving and exciting sound. This concert will be held in the Roser Community Church Sanctuary at 4:00 PM. Doors open at 3:00. A free-will offering is appreciated and will help to make these dynamic events possible.
 
February 12, 2019: It’s the 16th Annual Anna Maria Jazz Fest. Featured will be jazz standards of the past 70 years! Proceeds benefit the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra. $10 advance, $15 at the door. 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Sandbar Restaurant Pavilion, 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria Island.Tickets: 410-812-2468 or at the AMI Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL.
 
February 16, 2019: It’s the Pittsburgh Pirates Annual Pep Rally 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Where: Manatee Avenue West & Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton, FL
The Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Headquarters in Bradenton, Florida is known as “Pirate City.” This years pep rally will feature a photo booth, player appearances and free autographs, games, live music, face painting, various vendors, family fun and more. The Pirates are celebrating their 51st year in Bradenton this year. Show your spirit and wear your best Pirates colors or costume.
 
February 16 – 17, 2019: Enjoy the 8th Annual J.D. Hamel Park Arts & Crafts Show in the open air. Featuring the creations of talented artists and crafts people from all over. 10:00 am – 4:30 pm both days. Free admission and free parking in the Palm Avenue garage. Main Street and US 41 in Sarasota, across from Marina Jack’s.
 
February 16 – 17, 2019: Enjoy the 3rd Annual Lido Beach Winter Fine Art Festival in an outdoor gallery of original fine art and crafts. Meet with the talented artisans as you view their sculpture, painting, ceramics, woodworking, fiber art, photography, jewellery, metal work and more. Find the piece of art for your home or office that you have been looking for, or commission a piece made specifically for you. Admission is free. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Lido Key, 400 Benjamin Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL.
 
February 16 – 17, 2019: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm both days. Don’t miss the 37th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, being held in historic Cortez, Florida.
Cortez established itself as a fishing village in the 1800’s and is one of the last remaining fishing villages on Florida’s southwest Gulf Coast. This annual event has grown from 500 attendees when it debuted in 1981 to 25,000 in recent years.
This fishing festival celebrates the area’s commercial fishing industry and features continuous live music, arts and crafts, kid’s activities, lots of food, including locally caught seafood.
Admission to the festival is $4; children under 12 are free. Festival proceeds are used by the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) to expand and restore the 95-acre FISH Preserve east of the village on Sarasota Bay.
Parking is limited. There will be off-site parking with shuttle service available.
While you’re here in Cortez, experience “Old Florida” with a walk through the village, past the small charming cottages. Visit the old fish houses, seafood restaurants and the Florida Maritime Museum, which documents a unique culture and traditional life on Sarasota Bay.
 
February 23 – 24, 2019: It’s the 19th annual Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County a juried event that takes place at the beautiful Riverwalk Park in Downtown Bradenton. Open to the public, admission and parking is free in the Bradenton Financial Center, 1402 Manatee Avenue West.
The festival is being held Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 9 am – 4 pm and features local, regional and national award-winning artists. There will be artist demos, shopping, music vendors as artists display their work in this juried show with cash prizes. Featuring fine craft, painting, jewelry, clay, stained glass, leather and more hosted by the ArtCenter Manatee. Proceeds of this festival benefit ArtCenter Manatee’s Education and Outreach programs. Please visit www.artcentermanatee.org for more information.
 
February 24, 2019: Baseball fans…The Pittsburgh Pirates will celebrate their 51st Spring Training season in Bradenton as the home schedule begins with the game vs the Miami Marlins at 1:05 pm at LECOM Field, 1611 9th St W, Bradenton, FL
 
February, 25 the Pirates take on the Boston Red Sox in Bradenton. Game time 1:05
 
February, 27 the Toronto Blue Jays are in Bradenton to play the Pirates at 1:05 pm. Tickets: mlb.com
 
Now Through – March 10, 2019: Circus Sarasota celebrating 22 years of Big Top Performances! Previous headliners have included comic daredevil, Sarasota’s own international star, Bello Nock and Sarasota’s high wire artist, Nik Wallenda.
International circus artists will leave audiences awestruck. Every year features a new cast in an intimate one-ring European style Big Top. This year’s show features incredible artistry on the Cyr Wheel, a modern blend of aerial dance and majestic horses, hand-to-hand acrobatics, high wire, teeterboard, juggling and much more.
The all new winter production features performances at various times and dates. Ticket prices range from $15 – $55. Performances take place Under the air-conditioned Ulla Searing Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park behind the Mall at UTC. The Big Top opens 1 hour before show time. Big Top Parking: $5 for local charities. 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, FL.
Contact a ticketing representative at (941) 355-9805 for more information, or purchase tickets online at any time – circusarts.org
 
I believe that covers the majority of our February events. Please let us know It there is something that you are interested in that is not on our list. Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals will help you find whatever it is that will make your perfect vacationfabulously perfect!
 
And, if you haven’t booked your winter escape yet, contact Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals today!
 
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STILL LOOKING FOR THAT PERFECT MARCH VACATION?

Look no further — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals has a few openings left, but supply is limited. Book now, Book direct, NO Booking Fees
Anna Maria Island is the ideal place for a beach getaway
✅ Sunshine & lots of it!
✅ 7 miles of world famous white sandy beaches
✅ accommodations reasonably priced with all the amenities you will need
✅ close to airport – Bradenton/Sarasota, Tampa, Clearwater/St. Petersburg
✅ beautiful sunrises
✅ spectacular sunsets
✅ family-friendly
✅ this popular destination offers the best of both worlds — relaxed “Old Florida Charm” atmosphere, pristine nature and all amenities
✅ A perfect getaway spot, offering amazing attractions spanning from wildlife excursions, dolphin boat tours, water sports, to science museums and much more.
✅ neighbourly and friendly locals
✅ no hi-rises or tall buildings to obstruct your view
✅ Quiet even during spring break
✅ No car needed – 7 mile long Island you can bike, walk, rent a golf cart
✅ FREE Island Trolley
✅ Amazing Fresh Local seafood
✅ historic attractions – Bean Point and its scenic views of the Gulf of Mexico and wildlife, Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Historical Society
And, if that isn’t enough to entice you, take a look at this …
Anna Maria Island Weather Forecast — March 2019
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For the perfect way to enjoy the best that Anna Maria Island has to offer we have some spectacular amenity loaded condos. Check them out on our website today or call us at (289)660-2331 or (905)449-8696.
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Note: Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offers the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from the above and are listing only to assist our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced.
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