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Anna Maria Island Donut Experience at the Donut Experiment!

08/04/2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Donut  Experiment began life in 2012 as Anna Maria Donuts in Anna Maria, FL. The original mad scientists are the husband-and-wife team of Shawn and Cecilia Wampole. Hailing from the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania, the couple was surprised to find that there was not a donut shop on Anna Maria Island when they vacationed there. What originally started out as a joke about opening a donut shop, eventually led to, after some number crunching and careful planning, the couple quitting their jobs, selling their house and moving to Florida.

Located at 210 Pine AVE and Anna Maria Island’s only donut shop. The Donut Experiment features made-to-order donuts. You may ask, what exactly is a made-to-order donut? Well, starting out with a vanilla cake donut, that is made right in front of you, and then you pick your icing and topping. Offering a minimum of four icings and 14 toppings to choose from, so the possibilities are endless. Served fresh roasted, fresh ground and fresh brewed coffee. With a constant rotation of coffee flavors, you never know what we are brewing up.

The Donut Experiment typically sells between 800 and 1,500 doughnuts in a single day, with most customers ordering at least a dozen at a time.

So popular is the Donut Experiment it is not uncommon to see long line ups out the door for one of the worlds most beloved treats.

Enjoy a scenic ride on the free trolley which stops directly in front of Absolute Anna Maria at trolley stop 34S all the way to the north end of the island to the Donut Experience.

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Where to eat and drink in annamariaisland – Great bars – Island Time Bar & Grill

08/04/2017

Island Time Bar & Grill

Originally a parking garage Island Time restaurant is now one of my favourite restaurants on Anna Maria Island featuring live music seven nights a week starting a 7:00pm and the most “happening” place on Anna Maria Island.

Just a five minute walk from Absolute Anna Maria located at 111 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach.

Located directly below the Bradenton Beach Bistro which offers fine dinning Island Time offers a much more casual experience which includes covered seating in a sports bar atmosphere with live entertainment, plus sidewalk seating under umbrellas with superb sunset views. An extensive menu of seafood sandwiches, burgers, tacos, and fish or steak entrees should please the older kids and parents.

A placemat-sized kids’ menu includes coloring (crayons provided) and games, plus 10 meal selections from hot dogs to coconut shrimp in a $5 to $11 price range that includes a beverage. For dessert, there’s crème brulee, hot fudge or caramel sundae, and warm berry cobbler a la mode.

Island Time’s menu should satisfy everyone’s appetite and features the popular crunchy grouper sandwich that is never frozen, fresh Florida grouper, great chicken wings and their New York-style burger. There is also a large appetizer menu that includes ahi tuna, coconut shrimp, chips with salsa and guacamole, baskets of fries and onion rings and more. Entree offerings include cedar-planked salmon, filet mignon, coconut and almond-crusted mahi, a broiled seafood platter and a selection of entree-style salads. Island Time also offers side salads and soup, including lobster bisque and French onion; a wide array of sandwiches; lobster mac and cheese; fish and chips and many delicious desserts. The list goes on, and Herlihy says you can get anything from chicken wings to filet mignon, and it all comes out of the same kitchen that serves the Bridge Street Bistro.

Happy Hour daily from 11:30am -4pm Monday -Saturday and Nightly Happy Hour from 10 to midnight.

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What to see in annamariaisland – Places of interest – Mote Marine

08/03/2017

Looking for something to do with the kids Mote Marine is a must see when vacationing on Anna Maria Island.

Explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.

Rain or Shine view all exhibits from undercover spaces. The main Aquarium and the Marine Mammal Center have both indoor and outdoor exhibits. The outdoor spaces in the main Aquarium building are undercover with open siding (which is temperature exposed). The Marine Mammal Center is mostly undercover, with the exception of the first floor viewing of Otters & Their Waters and our newest exhibit, The Teeth Beneath. These two exhibits are also viewable from the second floor which has an overhang which protects visitors from inclement weather.

Comprised of scientists, explorers and stewards of the ocean. Driven by research, education and excitement working to create a better environment.

This independent marine research institution comprised of world-class marine scientists committed to the belief that the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans begins with research and education.

Enjoy an Echo friendly tour an exciting, hands-on, educational and fun on-the-water experience — guided by experts who can tell you what you’re looking at. Sarasota Bay Explorers, working with The Aquarium at Mote, offer interactive, hands-on eco-adventures on the Sea Life Encounter Cruise, Guided Kayak Tours, Nature Safari and private charters aboard the Miss Explorer.

Experience a shark encounter. You can be chef to the sharks and find out how they get their vitamins during our Shark Encounter, a behind-the-scenes program atop the 135,000-gallon shark habitat in Mote Aquarium. And don’t worry — our sharks’ favorite food is fish!

Up to three guests may join Mote staff to prepare brunch for the sharks and large fish, including blacknose, nurse and sandbar sharks, southern stingrays, tarpon, snook, goliath grouper and more. Guests will learn about shark biology, care, feeding and research from elasmobranch specialists.

Participants in Shark Encounter will help Mote’s aquarium biologists feed the sharks during our public narrated training session — a special program where sharks are trained to swim toward patterned targets to receive their food.

Located at 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236. When leave Absolute Anna Maria follow Gulf of Mexico Dr. straight south for 15 minutes.

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Mini Putting With Live Alligators on Anna Maria Island!

08/01/2017

Treat the kids to an 18 hole mini putt golf adventure with live alligators.

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf course feature 18 Holes of adventure style golf in which you’ll navigate through caves, pirate ships, waterfalls and live alligators! Each Smugglers location has an Educational American Alligator Exhibit which are home to 20 to 30 American Alligators at each of our five locations. At Smugglers Cove you can feed our alligators using cane fishing poles for a unique and fun experience. Smugglers Cove won best mini golf in Florida five years in a row!

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf has been providing outdoor fun since 1987 when our first course opened in Ft. Myers, Florida. By winning “Best Mini Golf in Florida” five years in a row Smugglers Cove has proven to be consistent in providing a family friendly adventure for all ages. Prepare yourself for twists and turns through caves, rushing waterfalls, and even a pirate ship (or shipwreck). Our Educational Alligator Exhibit provides a unique experience where you can interact by feeding more than 25 LIVE alligators!

Located at 2000 Cortez Road West Bradenton, FL 34207 which is a 15 minute drive from Absolute Anna Maria straight east on Cortez Rd.

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What to do in annamariaisland – Golf – Mini Putt With Live Alligators

08/01/2017

Treat the kids to an 18 hole mini putt golf adventure with live alligators.

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf course feature 18 Holes of adventure style golf in which you’ll navigate through caves, pirate ships, waterfalls and live alligators! Each Smugglers location has an Educational American Alligator Exhibit which are home to 20 to 30 American Alligators at each of our five locations. At Smugglers Cove you can feed our alligators using cane fishing poles for a unique and fun experience. Smugglers Cove won best mini golf in Florida five years in a row!

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf has been providing outdoor fun since 1987 when our first course opened in Ft. Myers, Florida. By winning “Best Mini Golf in Florida” five years in a row Smugglers Cove has proven to be consistent in providing a family friendly adventure for all ages. Prepare yourself for twists and turns through caves, rushing waterfalls, and even a pirate ship (or shipwreck). Our Educational Alligator Exhibit provides a unique experience where you can interact by feeding more than 25 LIVE alligators!

Located at 2000 Cortez Road West Bradenton, FL 34207 which is a 15 minute drive from Absolute Anna Maria straight east on Cortez Rd.

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Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours!

07/31/2017

One of the most frequently ask questions our guests ask is where can I find a dolphin tour.

Anna Maria Island condo rentals highly recommend Captain Kim.

Set sail for fun and relaxation with boat rides and tours from Captain Kim’s Boat Rides and Charters. We provide all the excitement of the high seas without the hassle of renting or buying equipment. Just step onto our pontoon or deck boat and get ready for a breezy day of dolphin and bird watching, sand bar hopping, or just some good old rest and relaxation. Perfect for the whole family, the tours last up to three hours.

For almost 20 years, Captain Kim has provided quality and affordable boat tours for Anna Maria Island and Cortez, Florida. A licensed captain and commercial fisherwoman specializing in dolphin watching and ecology tours with star fish, sand dollars, and sea horses just to name a few of the things you can find. Kim brings her passion for the seas to every boat ride.

Located at in the Cortez Village less only a few minutes drive from Absolute Anna Maria. Call Kim at (941)920-3307. Website: //www.kimscharters.net/about.html

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What’s on in annamariaisland – Tours – Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours

07/31/2017

One of the most frequently ask questions our guests ask is where can I find a dolphin tour.

Anna Maria Island condo rentals highly recommend Captain Kim.

Set sail for fun and relaxation with boat rides and tours from Captain Kim’s Boat Rides and Charters. We provide all the excitement of the high seas without the hassle of renting or buying equipment. Just step onto our pontoon or deck boat and get ready for a breezy day of dolphin and bird watching, sand bar hopping, or just some good old rest and relaxation. Perfect for the whole family, the tours last up to three hours.

For almost 20 years, Captain Kim has provided quality and affordable boat tours for Anna Maria Island and Cortez, Florida. A licensed captain and commercial fisherwoman specializing in dolphin watching and ecology tours with star fish, sand dollars, and sea horses just to name a few of the things you can find. Kim brings her passion for the seas to every boat ride.

Located at in the Cortez Village less only a few minutes drive from Absolute Anna Maria. Call Kim at (941)920-3307. Website: //www.kimscharters.net/about.html

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Where to eat and drink in annamariaisland – – Donuts-Made-To-Order-Anna Maria Island

07/28/2017

The Donut Experiment began life in 2012 as Anna Maria Donuts in Anna Maria, FL. The original mad scientists are the husband-and-wife team of Shawn and Cecilia Wampole. Hailing from the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania, the couple was surprised to find that there was not a donut shop on Anna Maria Island when they vacationed there. What originally started out as a joke about opening a donut shop, eventually led to, after some number crunching and careful planning, the couple quitting their jobs, selling their house and moving to Florida.

Located at 210 Pine AVE and Anna Maria Island’s only donut shop. The Donut Experiment features made-to-order donuts. You may ask, what exactly is a made-to-order donut? Well, starting out with a vanilla cake donut, that is made right in front of you, and then you pick your icing and topping. Offering a minimum of four icings and 14 toppings to choose from, so the possibilities are endless. Served fresh roasted, fresh ground and fresh brewed coffee. With a constant rotation of coffee flavors, you never know what we are brewing up.

The Donut Experiment typically sells between 800 and 1,500 doughnuts in a single day, with most customers ordering at least a dozen at a time.

So popular is the Donut Experiment it is not uncommon to see long line ups out the door for one of the worlds most beloved treats.

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What to see in annamariaisland – Local attractions – St. Armands Circle

07/27/2017

St. Armand”s Circle a must see for anyone vacationing on Anna Maria Island. Enjoy a stunning picturesque drive from Anna Maria Island straight south along Gulf of Mexico drive filled with stunning views of mansions, golf courses, waterfront and wildlife.

Located one block from Lido Beach St. Armand’s circle know for it’s high end shopping and restaurants. Featuring over 140 merchants St. Armands Circle are committed to making your visit as memorable as it is rewarding. Visit for a day or stay for a lifetime; the St. Armands experience is one you won’t soon forget. You want have to travel far to find the world’s treasures; they’re all here on St. Armands Circle!

Today, St. Armands Circle is a hub of activities for the island that is otherwise filled with mostly posh residences. The beach, sitting on Lido Key, on the Gulf of Mexico is only a few blocks away, another excellent feature.

Two other main arteries go through the area and boast shops and restaurants at the points where they connect with St. Armands Circle. Boulevard of the Presidents runs mostly north and south while John Ringling Boulevard runs mostly east and west. This configuration separates the area into four quadrants. Signage and directories use these quadrants to better orient visitors. The Pink Quadrant is to the northwest, the Gold Quadrant is to the northeast, the Aqua Quadrant is to the southeast, and the Purple Quadrant is to the southwest. Along the center of John Ringling Boulevard and the Boulevard of the Presidents are wide medians with park-like features including trees, brick paths, benches, and most interestingly, classic-themed statues. Many of the statues date back to the twenties and reflect John Ringling’s belief in bringing art and culture to the city of Sarasota.

St. Armands Circle is located in southwest Florida and sits close to the Gulf of Mexico coast. It is about 60 miles south of Tampa and about 40 miles south of St. Petersburg. St. Armands Circle is located in the city of Sarasota, which is located in Sarasota County, Florida. Businesses on St. Armands Circle proper will have a St. Armands Circle street address so if you set your GPS for one of those you will be able to make your way to the heart of town.

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Where to stay in annamariaisland – Guest reviews – Hamilton Family Review

07/26/2017

A special thank you to the Hamilton Family for this awesome review. It was our pleasure having the Hamilton’s as our guests at Absolute Anna Maria.

“We stayed at this condo for 10 perfect days. The condo was great, clean with great appliances, comfortable king sized master suite etc. One minute to an amazing beach! The condo pool was perfect in the evenings. The free Trolley is right outside to take you to a great grocery store next to any “spirits” you need. Lots of restaurants. The sunsets over the gulf is almost indescribable it’s so wonderful. Zero complaints, it’s heaven…..go for it!”

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