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What To Do On Anna Maria Island – Family days out – MIXON FRUIT FARMS

Mixon Fruit Farms is truly a unique location in the Bradenton Area to experience the taste of Florida!

Like us, you will probably be surprised when you visit. It is so much more than the citrus grove that we were expecting to see.

They share a portion of their citrus grove with Wildlife Inc. for a Florida Wildlife Care and Education Center providing land and shelter for orphaned and injured animals, birds and reptiles. Cages are built next to the orange trees where you can meet the animals up close. As part of their wildlife rescue project, we enjoyed the interactive show about rescued Florida birds, reptiles and animals.

We took a tour of the orange groves on their very own MIXON Orange Blossom Express. We enjoyed this one-hour tram ride with commentary that provided us with some interesting facts and fun trivia.

The best part was the stop where the animals are recovering from rescue. White skunk, gray raccoon, turtles, birds and we even got to hold a small alligator.

They have a really nice koi pond where you can feed the fish and a shady gazebo for those wanting a break from the sunny rays. We wandered around their tropical garden, another beautiful spot.

If you’re hungry they have an excellent Groveside Café. You can also bring your own picnic to eat outside and enjoy the surroundings.

Our visit wasn’t complete until we stopped at their gift store. We couldn’t buy a box of their citrus fruit without a couple of fruit themed bowls for home that nicely hold our fresh fruit.

Their 14,000 square foot gift shop displayed lots of nice souvenirs, many unique one of a kind gifts, as well as salad dressings, preserves, fruit teas and lots of Florida themed gifts.

The store is full of free samples from orange juice, lemonade, grapefruit juice, wine and more. You can also order and ship home their wonderful tasty fruit.
We were there in December and learned the best time to visit is from November to April which is the citrus season. But, MIXON Fruit Farms is open to visitors year round.

We spent about 3 hours there ending with their amazing must have orange swirl soft serve ice cream. I really think what made this such a great outing was that the staff were so friendly and energetic. This family owned and operated location is truly a Florida treasure!

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What To Do On Anna Maria Island – News – ANNA MARIA CITY PIER TO RE-OPEN IN 2019

While Hurricane Irma took many last-minute shifts and turns many areas in Florida were spared catastrophic damages, the historic Anna Maria City Pier didn’t fare so well..

It was obvious after the passing blow on September 10th and 11th that Irma had badly damaged the 678 foot pier that was built in 1911. The tin roof was torn off the bait shop and there was significant damage on the northwest side to the wooden planking. The days after Irma swept through Anna Maria Island it was unclear when the City Pier and its restaurant would re-open to the public.

Originally, officials were hopeful it would only be closed for a short time, possibly taking a few months to a year to repair. The initial engineering assessment found the pier to be in poor condition and found shifted beams and missing pilings causing portions of the walkway to sag not providing adequate support. The report recommended an immediate closure with a timeline of 12+ months to complete necessary repairs.

It appears now the damage far more extensive than what was anticipated, and in October the city commission voted for the City Pier to be torn down and rebuilt from scratch.

The estimated date to re-open is 2019. While the material will be different, officials say the new pier will look the same as the original. That is a small consolation for those where the pier was their favourite place to look out at the Gulf with Egmont Key to the left and straight ahead the Sunshine Skyway bridge.

It’s not easy now for the dozens of fisherman who sat daily atop their buckets, in the afternoon casting for snapper and shark in the evening.

What will happen to the wooden planks of the pier carved with names and remembrances? I’m sure they will be sold, people lining up to buy a piece of what remains of their pier.

The pier is sentimental to so many, their favourite place to go and for them 2019 can’t come soon enough.

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What To Do On Anna Maria Island – Helicopter trips – Helicopter Sightseeing Tours

What better way to see the beautiful turquoise waters of Sarasota Bay and the scenic Gulf of Mexico beaches then with a helicopter ride.

We found Heli-Aviation on line and are so glad we chose them for our tour. They offer many packages and impressed us with their total commitment to our safety and their pleasant customer service. They have a varied selection of flight tour options to choose from – The Romantic Tour, Downtown Tour, Ultimate Beach Tour and Sunset Tour to name a few.

We chose the Ultimate Beach Tour. Our tour departed from the Sarasota Airport which is only a 15 minute drive from our condos – Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – located at 601 Gulf Dr. N. Bradenton Beach, Fl 34217

To describe the professionalism of this company and our fabulous experience in one word, AMAZING! Dee was fantastic with arranging our tour over the phone. When we arrived we were greeted by the Owner, followed by a walk through of their meticulously clean hangar with uniformed support personnel in abundance and then an awesome and inspirational tour by “Trip”. We could not have asked for a more personable and knowledgeable pilot than Trip. He was always very accommodating, several times circling back to show us some dolphin or manatee in the water.
We have wanted to cross this off our bucket list and cruising over our beautiful Anna Maria Island from the sky was the perfect way to do it.

The price was very reasonable, comparable to a fine dinner anywhere in town, but these memories we will share for a lifetime.

We highly recommend this and wonder why we didn’t do it sooner. A fabulous experience, we will be back!

Heli-Aviation – Go to their website heliaf.com or call (941) 355-1525

Current offer —

PURCHASE THE ULTIMATE BEACH TOUR FOR NOVEMBER 23, 2017 AND GET 15 ADDITIONAL MINUTES IN THE AIR, PLUS COMPLEMENTARY CHAMPAGNE AND MUSIC. ALL OTHER TOUR OPTIONS ARE 15% OFF! USE DISCOUNT CODE “THANKSGIVING” DURING CHECKOUT OR CALL TO MAKE A RESERVATION.

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What To Do On Anna Maria Island – Sailing – SAILING ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

SAILING ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND

This is something we have always planned to do on one of our visits to Anna Maria Island and this year we finally did it. We wanted to rent a boat that we could sail without a captain. We found Bimini Bay Sailing and rented a very stable, yet exciting WindRider 17 Trimaran. We were given initial instruction on how to operate and then set off into the Bay for four hours. Surrounded by dolphins, manatees and abundance of natural life it was an unforgettable experience, we can’t wait to do it again!

Laid-back and natural, Anna Maria Island – a seven-mile strip of beautiful white-sand beaches at the southern mouth of Tampa Bay. Nestled between the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Tampa Bay on the Eastern shore, Anna Maria Island has charm to spare because of its congenial air of unhurried casual living. The three small municipalities on the island each have their own character, from Bradenton Beach in the south, Holmes Beach in the center of the island and the city of Anna Maria in the north. Bimini Bay Sailing is located in the city of Anna Maria.

Brian at Bimini Bay Sailing has a variety of boats that will work for one person or for the whole family for your sailing adventure. They have several WindRider 17 Trimarans and also a great assortment of fun-to-sail sailboats. They do private and group lessons at all skill levels.

All of their boats are beach-launched sailboats so come prepared with your water shoes and swimwear. Enjoy the view of the Sunshine Skyway, Anna Maria Island and St. Pete as you take lessons or sail alone on the beautiful waters of South West Tampa Bay.

Captain Brian is great, and if you want to learn to sail, he is the one you want. To reserve by phone, call Brian at (941) 685-1400

Don’t forget to bring your hat, water shoes, food/drink (no glass bottles), sunscreen, swimwear and towels.

While visiting us on Anna Maria Island consider renting a boat where you can relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.

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What To Do On Anna Maria Island – Family days out – Halloween-Famly Fun-Anna Maria Island, Florida

10/17/2017

HALLOWEEN FUN – ST. ARMAND’S CIRCLE

Family fun and just a short drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

Trick-n-Treat around the Circle where ghosts from St. Armands’ past lurk around ever corner.
This fabulous Halloween event, is returning for another year for the “young and young at heart.” FRIGHT NIGHT transforms St. Armands Circle from island sophistication to Halloween fun.

October 31, 2017 6 pm – 8:30 pm ~ 9th Annual Fright Night on St. Armand’s Circle

There will be decorated haunted store fronts setting the stage for wandering spirits of St. Armands past. Frightening characters appear around every corner and statues are dressed in the Halloween spirit. Children can trick-or-treat throughout the Circle with numerous retailers and restaurants contributing to the Halloween spirit with treats and customized promotions. In collaboration with the Sarasota High School Drama Department, a performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” will take place at 8:00pm.

Dressed up or not, this is a NOT to be missed event!

Directions From Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals:

-Head south on Gulf Dr N toward 1st St N

-At the traffic circle, continue straight onto Gulf Dr S
1.6 mi

-Continue onto Gulf of Mexico Dr
10.3 mi

-Continue onto John Ringling Pkwy
0.6 mi

-Continue onto N Boulevard of the Presidents
0.7 mi

Enter St Armands Circle



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What to do in annamariaisland – News – The Clydesdale’s Come To Anna Maria Island

10/10/2017

BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES ARE COMING!

Clydesdales on Bridge Street – October 14, 2017

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be visiting Anna Maria Island! We will have a front row stop. They will be out front and a little south of our condos..

Saturday, October 14th from 5pm – 7pm. Come and enjoy watching them as they make their way from Cortez Beach to Bridge Street, down to the pier roundabout and back to Cortez Beach.

History on the Budweiser Clydesdales *

Quintessential Draft Horses — More than 300 years ago, this imposing breed was first developed for farm work in the region of Clydesdale, Scotland. They are most easily recognized for their substantial feather — the long hairs of the lower leg that cover the hooves. Despite a dressy appearance, they are capable of pulling a 1-ton load at 5 MPH.

Origins — The Budweiser Clydesdales made their first-ever appearance on April 7, 1933. A gift from August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch to their father in celebration of the repeal of Prohibition, the presentation of the original two six-horse hitches of champion Clydesdales moved father, sons and drivers to tears. The phrase “crying in your beer” was officially coined shortly thereafter.

Drawing Beer and Crowds — No strangers to television broadcasts and parades, the Budweiser Clydesdales have figured prominently in two Presidential inaugurations. They appeared in Missouri native Harry Truman’s inaugural parade in 1949, and then again for Bill Clinton’s in 1993.

A Clydesdale’s Best Friend — In 1950, the Budweiser Clydesdales received their very own mascot: the Dalmatian. Traditionally used to guide horse-drawn fire carts, this spotted dog serves as friend and companion to the team, sitting aside the driver.

10 Fun Facts about the Budweiser Clydesdales *

What are the qualifications to be part of the Budweiser hitch?
Age: four years of age or older
Height: at least 6 feet tall from ground to shoulder
Weight: between 1,800 and 2,300 lbs.
Appearance: Bay coat, four white legs, white blaze, black mane and tail

How much does a Clydesdale eat?

Each Budweiser Clydesdale hitch horse will eat as much as 20 to 25 quarts of whole grains, 50 to 60 pounds of hay, and drink 30 gallons of water per day.

Where are the Hitch locations?

When the Budweiser hitches are not on the road, the Budweiser Clydesdales can be seen at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo., Merrimack, N.H., and Ft. Collins, Colo. They also may be seen at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch near Boonville, Mo.

How are locations chosen for appearances?

Thousands of requests for the Budweiser Clydesdales are received each year from all over the U.S. Each request is evaluated on criteria, such as: type of event, event dates, and how often the horses have made an appearance in or around that location.

How are the Clydesdales transported to events?

Ten horses are transported in three 50-foot tractor-trailers. The team stops each night at local stables so the horses can rest. Each trailer is equipped with air-cushioned suspension and thick rubber flooring to ensure a smooth and comfortable ride.

How does one become a Hitch Driver?

Driving the combined 12 tons of wagon and horses requires expert skill and physical strength. Hitch drivers endure a lengthy training process before they assume the prestigious role of “Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch Driver.”

How big are the Clydesdales’ horseshoes?

Clydesdale horseshoes measure more than 20 inches from end to end and weighs about 5 pounds – a regular horse’s shoe is about 10 inches and weighs about a pound.

What are the Clydesdale’s hoofs made of?

A Clydesdale’s hoof is made of a nerveless, horn-like substance similar to the human fingernail.

Does it hurt when a Clydesdale gets new shoes put on?

Not at all, it is much like a person getting a manicure.
What type of wagons are used at hitch events?

The wagons are restored, turn-of-the-century beer wagons.


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The Budweiser Clydesdale’s Come To Anna Maria Island

10/10/2017

BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES ARE COMING!

Clydesdales on Bridge Street – October 14, 2017

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be visiting Anna Maria Island! We will have a front row stop. They will be out front and a little south of our condos..

Saturday, October 14th from 5pm – 7pm. Come and enjoy watching them as they make their way from Cortez Beach to Bridge Street, down to the pier roundabout and back to Cortez Beach.

History on the Budweiser Clydesdales *

Quintessential Draft Horses — More than 300 years ago, this imposing breed was first developed for farm work in the region of Clydesdale, Scotland. They are most easily recognized for their substantial feather — the long hairs of the lower leg that cover the hooves. Despite a dressy appearance, they are capable of pulling a 1-ton load at 5 MPH.

Origins — The Budweiser Clydesdales made their first-ever appearance on April 7, 1933. A gift from August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch to their father in celebration of the repeal of Prohibition, the presentation of the original two six-horse hitches of champion Clydesdales moved father, sons and drivers to tears. The phrase “crying in your beer” was officially coined shortly thereafter.

Drawing Beer and Crowds — No strangers to television broadcasts and parades, the Budweiser Clydesdales have figured prominently in two Presidential inaugurations. They appeared in Missouri native Harry Truman’s inaugural parade in 1949, and then again for Bill Clinton’s in 1993.

A Clydesdale’s Best Friend — In 1950, the Budweiser Clydesdales received their very own mascot: the Dalmatian. Traditionally used to guide horse-drawn fire carts, this spotted dog serves as friend and companion to the team, sitting aside the driver.

10 Fun Facts about the Budweiser Clydesdales *

What are the qualifications to be part of the Budweiser hitch?
Age: four years of age or older
Height: at least 6 feet tall from ground to shoulder
Weight: between 1,800 and 2,300 lbs.
Appearance: Bay coat, four white legs, white blaze, black mane and tail

How much does a Clydesdale eat?

Each Budweiser Clydesdale hitch horse will eat as much as 20 to 25 quarts of whole grains, 50 to 60 pounds of hay, and drink 30 gallons of water per day.

Where are the Hitch locations?

When the Budweiser hitches are not on the road, the Budweiser Clydesdales can be seen at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo., Merrimack, N.H., and Ft. Collins, Colo. They also may be seen at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch near Boonville, Mo.

How are locations chosen for appearances?

Thousands of requests for the Budweiser Clydesdales are received each year from all over the U.S. Each request is evaluated on criteria, such as: type of event, event dates, and how often the horses have made an appearance in or around that location.

How are the Clydesdales transported to events?

Ten horses are transported in three 50-foot tractor-trailers. The team stops each night at local stables so the horses can rest. Each trailer is equipped with air-cushioned suspension and thick rubber flooring to ensure a smooth and comfortable ride.

How does one become a Hitch Driver?

Driving the combined 12 tons of wagon and horses requires expert skill and physical strength. Hitch drivers endure a lengthy training process before they assume the prestigious role of “Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch Driver.”

How big are the Clydesdales’ horseshoes?

Clydesdale horseshoes measure more than 20 inches from end to end and weighs about 5 pounds – a regular horse’s shoe is about 10 inches and weighs about a pound.

What are the Clydesdale’s hoofs made of?

A Clydesdale’s hoof is made of a nerveless, horn-like substance similar to the human fingernail.

Does it hurt when a Clydesdale gets new shoes put on?

Not at all, it is much like a person getting a manicure.
What type of wagons are used at hitch events?

The wagons are restored, turn-of-the-century beer wagons.


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Where to golf on and around Anna Maria Island!

10/03/2017

“FORE” OUR GOLF GUEST ENTHUSIASTS!

Anna Maria Island/Bradenton/Sarasota Golfing

Anna Maria Island is only 7 miles long so you may not be too surprised to learn that there is only one golf course on the Island. What are other golfing options? The Bradenton and Sarasota area, like most of Florida, hosts a massive and diverse number of golf courses most of which are open to the public. You can reach 10 different and unique golf courses within a 30-minute drive from the Island. There is nothing better than 18 holes of golf on a beautiful Florida morning followed by some beach time in the afternoon.

Key Royal Club – 700 Key Royale Drive, Anna Maria Island 941-778-3055

The Key Royale Club, a private members club, is the only golf course on Anna Maria Island. It is a beautiful 2,017 yard par 32 nine hole walking course. Open from sunrise to sunset, the course allows for a wonderful golfing experience.

For the seasoned golfer, the par 32 layout provides the opportunity to use every club in your bag. For the 18-hole experience, playing from the forward tees and back tees allows 3,949 yards to test all your skills. For the higher handicappers, generous fairways are less intimidating, making for an enjoyable time for all.

Key Royale Club offers golf, corporate, junior, and social memberships. Many choose to become full members but the club does offer an introductory 6 month membership to get started.

Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club ~ 5260 Ironwood Circle, Bradenton 941-792-3288

Nestled inside a beautiful community in the heart of Bradenton, Florida Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club has a challenge for golfers of all ages and handicaps. The greens were renovated in the summer of 2003 with “Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda”. This putting surface is far superior to the traditional bermuda grass seen on most courses. If you would like a true roll then these are the greens for you. Sixteen of the fairways are bordered by water with 37 bunkers surrounding the eighteen greens. The amenities include a pro shop, snacks, refreshments and putting green. This club is only a short distance from Anna Maria Island.

Manatee County Golf Course ~ 6415 53rd Avenue West Bradenton 941-792-6773

This municipal course opened in 1977 and is still a locals’ favorite. Aside from the fact that is located next to a water treatment plant that sometimes gives off a foul odor, the course has been rated 4 Stars by Golf Digest. It offers lots of challenges, including getting onto the well-bunkered greens. The course plays pretty long, too, and there’s no break at the end – the par-5 No. 18 is 567 yards, the longest hole on the course, and it’s got water on left and a bunker on the right. The course plays 6,703 yards from the back tees and there are five sets of tees.

River Run Golf Links ~ 1801 27th Street East Bradenton Florida 941-708-8459

Fast greens and tight fairways are the hallmark of this municipal course that was originally designed by Ward Northrup. Jed Azinger and Gordie Lewis redesigned the track in 2005, but it still has an old Florida feel, as Spanish moss drips from the oak trees along the fairways. The course is fairly flat and though it has some bunkering and water features, players can recover from mishits and still post a good score. The course is a par-70 and plays 6,293 yards from the back tees. There are three sets of tees, the women’s tees are fairly short (4,709 yards).

Waterlefe Golf ~ 1022 Fish Hook Cove, Bradenton 941-744-9771

An 18-hole luxury golf course at Waterlefe Golf & River Club. Waterlefe’s unrivaled natural setting along the Manatee River is composed of a collection of signature golf holes designed by course architect Ted McAnlis. The competitive layout presents a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. There are five sets of tees ranging in length from 4700 to 6908 yards. Features include five unforgettable holes that touch and border the scenic Manatee River. When you arrive you are promptly greeted by a staff member with a cart to help load your clubs and offering help with where to go. Before you tee off there is water and ice and plenty more found along the course. The carts have GPS which work well. The course mixes some relatively easy holes with others that really test your game.The closing stretch can be really tough but good course management can get you through (you just have to hit the right shots!). That aside this is a really great course with an excellent club house.

Legacy Golf Club ~ 8255 Legacy Blvd. Bradenton, Florida 941-907-7920

Legacy is known for its beauty and challenging greens. An Arnold Palmer design, Legacy Golf Club’s central feature is an enormous lake that comes into play on several holes. The course brings amateurs and professionals together to explore the challenging layout and stunning surroundings of the greens. The course has really wide fairways, elevated tees and nearly every hole is framed by sand and water, creating a picturesque place to test your abilities. Visitors relate the atmosphere to that of a world-class private facility.The course has been honored by Golf Digest and Zagat as a Best Place to Play and prides itself on offering good service.

Rosedale Golf & Country Club ~ 8678 54th Avenue Cir E Bradenton 941-755-4099

Consistently recognized as the “Best Place to Play” in the Bradenton/Sarasota area with lush fairways, nicely groomed traps and flawless greens. It is a challenging course, narrow fairways, plenty of water and a true test of your golf game. Be warned that you will not be hitting your driver much, but we’ll let you decide. The fairways are VERY tight and driver on the par 5s is probably not a good idea with water on the left at 250 yards off the tee on all 4 of them. All the times we played the greens were in excellent shape. True practice range, not hitting over water to targets as is often the case in Florida, several practice greens, a great offering in the pro shop and plenty of water on the course.

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What to do in annamariaisland – Golf – FORE OUR GOLF GUEST ENTHUSIASTS

10/03/2017

FORE OUR GOLF GUEST ENTHUSIASTS

Anna Maria Island/Bradenton/Sarasota Golfing
Anna Maria Island is only 7 miles long so you may not be too surprised to learn that there is only one golf course on the Island. What are other golfing options? The Bradenton and Sarasota area, like most of Florida, hosts a massive and diverse number of golf courses most of which are open to the public. You can reach 10 different and unique golf courses within a 30-minute drive from the Island. There is nothing better than 18 holes of golf on a beautiful Florida morning followed by some beach time in the afternoon.

Key Royal Club – 700 Key Royale Drive, Anna Maria Island 941-778-3055

The Key Royale Club, a private members club, is the only golf course on Anna Maria Island. It is a beautiful 2,017 yard par 32 nine hole walking course. Open from sunrise to sunset, the course allows for a wonderful golfing experience.

For the seasoned golfer, the par 32 layout provides the opportunity to use every club in your bag. For the 18-hole experience, playing from the forward tees and back tees allows 3,949 yards to test all your skills. For the higher handicappers, generous fairways are less intimidating, making for an enjoyable time for all.

Key Royale Club offers golf, corporate, junior, and social memberships. Many choose to become full members but the club does offer an introductory 6 month membership to get started.

Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club ~ 5260 Ironwood Circle, Bradenton 941-792-3288

Nestled inside a beautiful community in the heart of Bradenton, Florida Pinebrook/Ironwood Golf Club has a challenge for golfers of all ages and handicaps. The greens were renovated in the summer of 2003 with “Champion Ultra Dwarf Bermuda”. This putting surface is far superior to the traditional bermuda grass seen on most courses. If you would like a true roll then these are the greens for you. Sixteen of the fairways are bordered by water with 37 bunkers surrounding the eighteen greens. The amenities include a pro shop, snacks, refreshments and putting green. This club is only a short distance from Anna Maria Island.

Manatee County Golf Course ~ 6415 53rd Avenue West Bradenton 941-792-6773

This municipal course opened in 1977 and is still a locals’ favorite. Aside from the fact that is located next to a water treatment plant that sometimes gives off a foul odor, the course has been rated 4 Stars by Golf Digest. It offers lots of challenges, including getting onto the well-bunkered greens. The course plays pretty long, too, and there’s no break at the end – the par-5 No. 18 is 567 yards, the longest hole on the course, and it’s got water on left and a bunker on the right. The course plays 6,703 yards from the back tees and there are five sets of tees.

River Run Golf Links ~ 1801 27th Street East Bradenton Florida 941-708-8459

Fast greens and tight fairways are the hallmark of this municipal course that was originally designed by Ward Northrup. Jed Azinger and Gordie Lewis redesigned the track in 2005, but it still has an old Florida feel, as Spanish moss drips from the oak trees along the fairways. The course is fairly flat and though it has some bunkering and water features, players can recover from mishits and still post a good score. The course is a par-70 and plays 6,293 yards from the back tees. There are three sets of tees, the women’s tees are fairly short (4,709 yards).

Waterlefe Golf ~ 1022 Fish Hook Cove, Bradenton 941-744-9771

An 18-hole luxury golf course at Waterlefe Golf & River Club. Waterlefe’s unrivaled natural setting along the Manatee River is composed of a collection of signature golf holes designed by course architect Ted McAnlis. The competitive layout presents a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. There are five sets of tees ranging in length from 4700 to 6908 yards. Features include five unforgettable holes that touch and border the scenic Manatee River. When you arrive you are promptly greeted by a staff member with a cart to help load your clubs and offering help with where to go. Before you tee off there is water and ice and plenty more found along the course. The carts have GPS which work well. The course mixes some relatively easy holes with others that really test your game.The closing stretch can be really tough but good course management can get you through (you just have to hit the right shots!). That aside this is a really great course with an excellent club house.

Legacy Golf Club ~ 8255 Legacy Blvd. Bradenton, Florida 941-907-7920

Legacy is known for its beauty and challenging greens. An Arnold Palmer design, Legacy Golf Club’s central feature is an enormous lake that comes into play on several holes. The course brings amateurs and professionals together to explore the challenging layout and stunning surroundings of the greens. The course has really wide fairways, elevated tees and nearly every hole is framed by sand and water, creating a picturesque place to test your abilities. Visitors relate the atmosphere to that of a world-class private facility.The course has been honored by Golf Digest and Zagat as a Best Place to Play and prides itself on offering good service.

Rosedale Golf & Country Club ~ 8678 54th Avenue Cir E Bradenton 941-755-4099

Consistently recognized as the “Best Place to Play” in the Bradenton/Sarasota area with lush fairways, nicely groomed traps and flawless greens. It is a challenging course, narrow fairways, plenty of water and a true test of your golf game. Be warned that you will not be hitting your driver much, but we’ll let you decide. The fairways are VERY tight and driver on the par 5s is probably not a good idea with water on the left at 250 yards off the tee on all 4 of them. All the times we played the greens were in excellent shape. True practice range, not hitting over water to targets as is often the case in Florida, several practice greens, a great offering in the pro shop and plenty of water on the course.

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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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