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SUNSET TOURS-ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Watch as day turns into night off the coast of Florida on a sunset cruise from Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island. Enjoy the scenery and peaceful calm of a sunset cruise on board a catamaran vessel with plenty of space for everyone. Enjoy the narrative as the captain shares his/her knowledge of the Island. You will have the best views to take your best photos of a colourful Anna Maria Island sunset, while you cruise past multi million dollar homes and get an up close view of the beauty of Anna Maria Island paradise. Settle in to watch the tropical magic of the flaming sun as it meets the horizon and sinks into the Gulf of Mexico. A sunset cruise is perfect for families, couples, honeymooners, and kids alike!
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We suggest booking with a premier boat tour company right here on Bradenton Beach. Walk or drive, this tour company is at the East end of Bridge Street on the Pier. Only a five minute walk from your Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island – vacation property. Or, take the FREE Island Trolley service, with a stop right out front of your condo.
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Paradise Boat Tours – 200 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach 941-465-8624 paradiseboattours.com

Prices are as follows ….
• Children ages 3 to 13 are $20 and Under 3 isfree
• Seniors are $25
• Adults $30
Advertised on their website — 95% of Tours see Dolphins and great for all ages. Very safe and stable catamaran.
You are allowed to bring food and beverage (including alcohol) on board with you.

Bring a jacket, as the night air on a sunset boat ride tends to be cooler at times.
Arrive early especially if you’re driving as parking is very limited. If you come too early, no worries, there’s lots to see and do on Bridge Street. Stroll along the pier, watch people fish, or admire the beautiful boats as they pass by. There is always something to see on the Pier.
Enjoy your sunset cruise, a perfect way to end your day!

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Our family with little ones ranging from 1 year to 10 years old traveled with First Mate Jessica and Captain Chris tonight for a sunset cruise. We saw a ton of dolphins and had a wonderful time. Chris and Jess were amazing. Such a great, worthwhile experience.

Wonderful company that makes you feel welcome and right at home. Captain Chad and Firstmate Jessica were very friendly and knew the exact spots to go to find dolphins and see the sunset. They knew the history of the area, pointed out certain landmarks and narrated the tour which was wonderful!

We took our daughter and granddaughter on a sunset cruise and had a fantastic time! First Captain Chris took us to see dolphins and first mate Jessica explained all about the dolphins. She told us what kind of dolphins they were, how much they eat, how they sleep and how the nicks on their dorsal fin distinguishes which dolphin they are. Then we sailed out between Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key just far enough to watch the sunset.

Jessica even took pictures of each family using their own camera/phone and a special light so you could still see our faces with the sunset behind us.
Wonderful sunset cruise with Jake and Chad! Not only fabulous sunset with pictures by Jake but also saw several pods of dolphin along with informative dialogue. Highly recommend!!

We visit AMI every spring. Last week, we had the pleasure of taking a boat tour with Captain Mike & Erin. They were fantastic; very friendly & knowledgeable of the area & the wildlife. We saw several dolphins & our hosts even knew their names! We took the last cruise & enjoyed a stunning sunset. This is also a great choice for kids; our girls were treated so nicely & were gifted with a dolphin trinket, which they really appreciated. Parking in this area can be an issue, so allow plenty of time to find a spot, or take public transportation. We look forward to taking this cruise again next year.

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*Please note — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offer the above company name and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from the above and are listing it only as an aid for our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we know you will be well taken care of.

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EXPERIENCE BRIDGE STREET — BRADENTON BEACH, FLORIDA

While you are enjoying your vacation with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217  enjoy a few hours, the day or an evening on Bridge Street. Any day is a great day to visit Bridge Street and being only a five minute walk from your vacation rental you will probably visit more than once! From our condo you can walk south along Gulf Drive to the roundabout or, enjoy a beautiful stroll on the white sand beach of the Gulf of Mexico; when you reach the bright blue building “The Moose Lodge” you will know you have come to Bridge Street.
Anna Maria Island is known for its laid back Florida charm and as you walk along Bridge Street you will experience that feeling first hand.

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A little bit about Bridge Street …. Bridge Street is a walkable community with spectacular water views from the both the pier and the gulf beach. To the East at the end of Bridge Street, is the Pier which at one time was a wooden bridge and the only way on or off Anna Maria Island from the mainland. Now there is a beautiful fishing pier in place of the bridge with wonderful views of Sarasota Bay and Cortez. Historic Bridge Street is an active, beautifully landscaped street spanning from beach to bay where you will find minutes turn into hours, Shopping – Dining- or Playing. With no high-rise condos or shopping malls on Bradenton Beach, here on Bridge Street you will find quaint buildings with a mix of boutique style shops, restaurants and bars.
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The Pier is always a place we make a point to go. This pier is free and is nice to walk, to fish or watch others fish. You can rent fishing equipment and there is a fish cleaning stations with places for multiple rods. For those not wanting to fish there are places to sit in the shade with some old fashioned wooden swings at the end inviting you to sit and stay awhile. You will see lots of fish, we have often seen dolphin and there are pelicans and cormorants and many other types of birds as well. Just watching the boats pass by while the Cortez bridge goes up is so relaxing.
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Fish Hole Adventure Golf is home to our annual family golf outing. This unique miniature golf course is an old Florida fishing village themed course on Bridge Street. They have a ‘fish fact’ plaque at each hole and it is neat to read about the different type of fish. It has misters, which are really nice on a hot day. It is fairly priced and at the end you have a chance to win a free game which we have been lucky enough to do.

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Bridge Street Interiors – I absolutely love this store. This shop is deceiving, looks small from the outside, but once inside you will be surprised how much stuff is packed in. The store has lots of beautiful handcrafted jewelry, the best mermaid jewelry, home accessories, original prints, incredible wall art, scents, candles and tropical apparel.

They offer interior design services and are happy to help you with your decorating needs. Find a piece that won’t fit it in your luggage? That’s okay, they ship!I have been visiting this store for more than 25 years and purchased many treasures here. It is actually one of my favourite stores not just on Bridge Street, but in the whole Bradenton/Sarasota area.
Bridge Street Jewellers – a hidden treasure on Bridge this shop is definitely worth going into. The selection of jewelry is wonderful. It has some exquisite one-of-a-kind pieces, as well as sea life and other fine jewelry. You will see some amazing custom make pieces here. Every time we visit we find the staff to be very helpful, always taking their time with us and eager to answer any questions we have.
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Bridge Street Bazaar is such a cute shop with lots of beachy things, summer shoes, hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, purses and those delish coconut patties you can only get in Florida!

Back Alley Treasures is funky little spot. It’s like walking into a treasure chest full of original little treasures you won’t find at home. The Back Alley is home to several local artists’ work, unique jewelry, handmade gifts, great coffee and tasty treats. They don’t just sell home brewed coffee, they also serve espresso creations either hot or cold, island smoothies, frozen lemonade, as well as craft beer & fabulous wine.Live music on popular Bridge Street happens nightly and often in the afternoon as well. On any given day you might hear rock, blues, country, steel drum, and even Irish music. With a lot of great local talent on Anna Maria Island there is always a spot on Bridge Street to sit back and relax or get up and dance. The great thing about Bridge Street is if you don’t care from one s few minute walk will take you to another that’s more suited to your taste.

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Restaurants are plentiful on Bridge Street. A few of our favourites are:
Bridge Tender Inn – Indoor or outdoor dining with live entertainment. Great food and entertainment too! Right on the water overlooking Sarasota Bay with awesome views, great tropical drinks and good service.

​-​Island Creperie – We love this restaurant. Great food and service. Serve breakfast and early lunch and only open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
​-​Island Time – Right across from the beach this is a fun place to grab some food, drinks and listen to music. Nice indoor or outside seating. Always good live entertainment.
​-​Bridge Street Bistro – We have always had excellent meals here. The food is awesome with good drinks and a nice wine menu. Nice dining room with white table clothes. Located on the second floor offers a great view, a perfect place to watch the sunset.
Parking is limited on Bridge Street, so we recommend leaving your car at the condo and walking or using the FREE island trolley (there is a stop right in front of our condo).
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*Please note — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offer the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from any and are listing them only as an aid for our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we know you will be taken care of.*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Anna Maria Condo Rentals.

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SEARCHING FOR PINK FLAMINGOS IN FLORIDA

Since buying our first condo in 1995 on Anna Maria Island, I have formed a mental image of seeing a wild flamingo. The flamingo is one of Florida’s famous trademarks and even today I still hold that image and think that by some miracle I will see a flamingo flying overhead or prancing nearby on one of our beach walks. Realistically, I know Flamingos are actually quite rare in the Sunshine State of Florida, although they did once inhabit the southernmost point of Florida about a century ago. Now they can only be seen at zoos and conservation areas. Although, recently reported on Feb. 21, 2108 in a paper published in the journal, the Candor, a team of South Florida researchers made the case that the conventional scientific wisdom of almost a century is wrong. They say, Florida in fact has flamingos – real birds, not the plastic kind. Until we know more,  I will suggest one place in our area to go see a real flamingo and that is Sarasota’s Jungle Gardens (about a 20 minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217

After giving up my arduous search of a pink flamingo, I did get to see some true Florida pink birds, the Roseate Spoonbills at nearby Robinson Preserve. The roseate spoonbill is a large wading bird and just as pink as a flamingo. Not as tall or as svelte as the flamingo, their body is similarly light pink with an almost coral hue and the tips of their wings are a bright reddish pink. While the flamingo has a distinct down turned black bill the spoonbill’s bill is shaped like a long spoon. Both the flamingo and the spoonbill are social animals and live in large groups. On our hike through the preserve we found some spoonbills in a shallow muddy area and watched them “fish” underwater with their spoon shaped bill to catch insects and crustaceans.

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We have found Robinson Preserve a great place to see the Roseate Spoonbills in Florida, specifically in the Anna Maria Island area. The best place to see spoonbills is on the 2.1 mile trail which is appropriately named “Spoonbill Trail” and where we found spoonbills looking for their dinner. While walking through the preserve, you’ll enjoy some of the best birding on Florida’s Gulf Coast, no matter the time of day. With trails for hikers, cyclists, and paddlers to explore, this family-friendly preserve is an excellent coastal destination. A variety of birds and wildlife can be seen throughout the preserve with its 637 acres of preserved coastal wetlands.

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I do not consider myself to be a true bird watcher, I do not know the names of many of the birds I see, but I do get excited when I sight some of the beautiful, unique birds that inhabit this area. I was especially excited to see these flamingo look-a-likes on our recent trip and couldn’t wait to tell our family and friends. Whether you are a true birder or someone like me that enjoys nature, Robinson Preserve with around 100 species of birds is a great place for Florida bird-watching. And, maybe one day my image will become a reality and I will see a Pink Flamingo!

Robinson Preserve is located at — 1704 99th St. NW, Bradenton, FL 34209

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*Please note — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offer the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from any and are listing them only as an aid for our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we know you will be taken care of.
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LATEST UPDATE –  REBUILDING ANNA MARIA CITY PIER 

News just in from “The Islander” newspaper — Work on the Anna Maria City Pier will commence in May 2018. All work should be completed by December 2019.

Such great news for local Islanders and tourists alike! Looks like we will be walking on the iconic Anna Maria City Pier before the end of 2019. The view from the Anna Maria Island City Pier is a picture-perfect snapshot.The pier draws thousands each year and takes us back to the pictures, many years ago when people first arrived on the island and they came to this pier. I can’t count the number of times our family visited the Pier, sometimes just to walk, sometimes for lunch or dinner.  One thing our visit always included was the “family photo shoot”. The Pier is such a popular site. We have been so fortunate over the years to meet people from all over the world, but not this year 🙁

The 678 foot pier built in 1911 was already scheduled for renovations when it suffered major damage from Hurricane Irma in September 2017.   Fortunately most of Anna Maria Island sustained little damage from Irma, but the waves and wind made a mess of the foundation and decking at the historic Anna Maria City Pier. The roof was torn off the bait shop and there was significant damage on the northwest side to the wooden planking. In the days following the hurricane an inspection of the pier was done and it was deemed unsafe and  closed immediately. It was unclear at that time when the City Pier and its restaurant would re-open to the public.

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According to the VP of project engineering firm Ayre Associates, the firm in charge of rebuilding the pier, demolition will begin early May 2018 with a completion date of early September 2018. The planks part of the decking will be removed around May 15, 2018. After removal, the engraved planks that were part of the decking will be used to build a custom fence on the perimeter of City Pier Park and at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. Work on the platform is expected to begin in late August 2018 and work on the restaurant is set to begin in April 2019.

As for the buildings on the pier, a decision has been made on the siding and meetings are underway to discuss changes to the restaurant area. Any changes will not alter the look as Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy has stated that the design and architecture will look exactly the same as it does today.

The new pier should reopen by the end of 2019. I think most will be happy with the decision to keep the look the same; no one wants their image of the 100 year old City Pier to change. The only change anyone wants to see is the removal of the large signs that read, NO TRESPASSING – PIER CLOSED.

The countdown is on … approximately… 597 days until we see …. ANNA MARIA CITY PIER OPEN!!

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REASONS TO VISIT ANNA MARIA ISLAND AND STAY WITH ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONDO RENTALS 

When we bought our first condo in 1989 friends would ask, what is it that you love so much about Anna Maria island?  Once they visited it only took them a few minutes to understand.

For those of you that haven’t stayed with Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217  before here are just a few of the things we Love about Anna Maria Island …

—As soon as you arrive you will experience first hand the Old Florida atmosphere. No hi-rise buildings, no chain restaurants or chain stores just lots of quaint shops and restaurants. Locals here are friendly, warm and laid back. Here you will see pastel coloured beach houses with locals and tourists riding bicycles. Anna Maria Island has that old Florida feel with the conveniences of modern living. Any amount of time on Anna Maria Island is the perfect amount of time to melt away the stress you brought with you. With its slow-pace and beauty Anna Maria Island is a perfect place to reconnect with both nature and yourself and one of the many reasons people come back time after time.

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—The beauty of the calm waters and the soft white sand beaches. You can be on your own private beach right out front of the condo from sunrise to sunset. Or, you can choose to go to the popular family-friendly public beach with full facilities like Coquina and Manatee Public Beaches.

—The beautiful weather. With an average of 361 days of sunshine a year making every day a beach day. The average temperature on Anna Maria Island is 74 degrees Fahrenheit or 23 degrees Celsius. When it’s cold or snowing at home you can be walking in your flip flops, wearing shorts, swimming in the pool or lounging at the beach. As I’m writing this the temperature on Bradenton Beach is 84 Fahrenheit or 29 Celsius and Sunny!
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—Sunset watchers beware the incredible sunsets on Anna Maria Island. Any month you visit the Island you are able to catch spectacular sunsets. Such an amazing feeling as you watch the sun drop below the horizon gently into the Gulf of Mexico. Many restaurants on the island offer amazing waterfront views for sunset watchers.

—You don’t need a car on Anna Maria Island. Free Trolley service, Island Monkey Bus, Golf Cart or Bicycle Rental makes getting from place to place easy and convenient. Anna Maria Island is also very walkable.

—Anna Maria Island restaurants serve great food and there are many restaurants to choose from. You can walk along the beach to go out for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some restaurants are right on the beach offering a “toes in the sand” experience. We can give you the names of at least ten restaurants within a five minute walk from our condo and almost all are kid friendly. You won’t find any chain restaurants on the island, rather quaint island restaurants. Please check our other blogs for restaurant suggestions.

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—There is so much to see and do on Anna Maria Island. A must see is historic Bridge Street, a short walk from the condo with lots of fun shops and restaurants. On Bridge Street you will find a varied selection of restaurants serving breakfast, lunch or dinner.  At the end of Bridge Street is the Bradenton Beach pier where you can watch the boats go by and enjoy the sensational views of Sarasota Bay.  On your way home stop for some ice cream at Big Olaf’s or Tyler’s ice cream shop. At the North end of the Island on Pine Avenue you will find our family’s favourite donut shop, The Donut Experiment. Pine Street is home to lots of local and sustainable boutique shops. Amazing outdoor adventures on Anna Maria Island are plentiful. You can choose from dolphin boat tours, kayaking, biking, snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, jet-skiing, hiking, parasailing and so much more.

—Your hosts of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals will help you find just about anything you need, from things you want to do and things you don’t want to do. While on vacation you might want more time at the beach and don’t want to spend time in the grocery store, we will put you in touch with someone to shop for you. If you need help booking tours or rentals of any kind, just ask us.

—If you’re lucky enough to be on an extended stay there are plenty of fun social events in the winter months to get involved with and a lot of volunteering groups that are constantly looking for help. Ask and we will point you in the right direction.

I think after vacationing with us on Anna Maria Island you will find it is a place you won’t visit only once. Like us, you will find it’s a place you want to return to.

Contact us today at 289-660-2331 and let us prepare your dream vacation to Anna Maria Island!

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*Please note — Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals offer the above company names and affiliated links as suggestions only. We are not receiving commissions from any and are listing them only as an aid for our guests. We recommend services that we or close friends and family have experienced so we are confident you will be in good hands.
*The content of this blog is not to be copied, adapted or shared without the written consent of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals.

New Years Eve on Anna Maria Island

CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE 2017

There are lots of exciting events this year on Anna Maria Island or in nearby Bradenton or Sarasota.

Hosting its festive beachside New Year’s Eve party that rivals the best of them, with a full fireworks display. 

Dinner will be served outdoors on the covered deck as well as inside the restaurant. Enjoy their impressive seafood and cocktails. First-come-first serve tables so come early.

SEAFOOD SHACK – 4110 127th St W,  Cortez, FL 34215    941-794-1235

Seafood Shack’s The Neptune Room will host a most entertaining New Year’s Eve celebration. Includes party favors, multiple bars, drink specials, Chef’s special Party Appetizer Menu and live music & dancing with The Eric Von Band.BRADENTONOld Main Street, 400 12th Street W, Bradenton

Food trucks, pubs, casual eateries, boutique shops, and other independent businesses are all joining in the festivities of Main Street Live this New Year’s Eve.

Aside from an eclectic and unique selection of specialty food providers from all over the city, you will find a bustling center of local live music, family activities, and dancing on the closed off streets.

You will have to take a short drive off of Anna Maria Island for the event, but it is well worth it. Be sure to leave room for a few different dinner options. There’s every type of cuisine available in downtown Bradenton and more. The event starts at 5pm and will continue past midnight.

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You are guaranteed a full afternoon and evening of excitement at The Pineapple Drop in Sarasota. 

Rivalling the Times Square ball drop enjoy the fun in a much warmer climate.

The drop occurs at midnight, but the party starts earlier in the afternoon at around 1 p.m. around Lemon Avenue and Main Street. People from all over the country visit for the carnival-like atmosphere, vendors, incredible local food, gifts, rides, live music and a host of other spectacular attractions.

Marina Jack Fireworks – 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota    941-365-4232

Marina Jack’s will be host to a brilliant firework display. The display will be outside the marina at midnight. You can watch the fireworks from an inside table or free at the Bayfront Park or other nearby points.

Inside the marina you’ll get to enjoy live music while dining on elegant seafood and sipping their specialty cocktails.

Seating for dinner at the Deep Six Lounge & Piano Bar and Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill at the marina will start at around 7pm. The dining room will have two seating options, one from 4pm to 7pm and another starting at 8:45pm. Or, take a cruise on the Marina II with a full buffet, while dancing to live music.

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ANNA MARIA ISLAND CONDO RENTALS!


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11th Annual artsHOP – Art walk & Seahorses Public Art Launch – Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Bradenton Beach

Looking for a fantastic way to spend an afternoon?

Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island is celebrating the 11th Annual artsHOP by hosting an Art Walk and Seahorses public art launch on Saturday November 11th from Noon to 5pm. Bridge Street will be offering plenty of art, music, food and fun.

The Art Walk is a low-key event which is typical of the Island. It is a stand-alone activity for locals and visitors to the island. Larry Wilhelm, of Longboat Key, will provide the live entertainment for the Art Walk as a pirate strolling minstrel.

The Art Walk will also be the start of the 3rd Annual Bridge Street Public Art Project. Seahorses will be first available for pickup for a $30 refundable fee at one of the Bridge Street shops, Sea-renity (Stop # 4)

Historic Bridge Street features the beach to the west and the bay on the east.

Bridge Street is a walkable community with spectacular water views from both the pier looking out over Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico beaches.

All of Anna Maria Island provides you with an “Old Florida” experience, but the feeling is exceptionally vibrant on Bridge Street. Here you will feel what Florida was like decades ago.

As you look for that perfect piece of art, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants on Bridge Street. Enjoy some shopping at any of the quaint boutique style shops and take in the scenic view of the water with a walk on the Bridge Street Pier.

This tourist attraction is a former bridge, once the only way to access the island. You will see plenty of fishermen there and families stopping to watch the boats pass by.

Hop on the free Anna Maria Island trolley which stops nearby so you’ll be able to get to Bridge Street easily while taking away the worry of having to pay for transportation or parking.

ArtsHOP on Bridge Street is a place to enjoy the art and also a fun day trip to this scenic, family friendly area.

A perfect way to spend another perfect day on Anna Maria Island!

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11th Annual artsHOP – Art walk & Seahorses Public Art Launch – Saturday, November 11, 2017 – Bradenton Beach

Looking for a fantastic way to spend an afternoon?

Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island is celebrating the 11th Annual artsHOP by hosting an Art Walk and Seahorses public art launch on Saturday November 11th from Noon to 5pm. Bridge Street will be offering plenty of art, music, food and fun.

The Art Walk is a low-key event which is typical of the Island. It is a stand-alone activity for locals and visitors to the island. Larry Wilhelm, of Longboat Key, will provide the live entertainment for the Art Walk as a pirate strolling minstrel.

The Art Walk will also be the start of the 3rd Annual Bridge Street Public Art Project. Seahorses will be first available for pickup for a $30 refundable fee at one of the Bridge Street shops, Sea-renity (Stop # 4)

Historic Bridge Street features the beach to the west and the bay on the east.

Bridge Street is a walkable community with spectacular water views from both the pier looking out over Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico beaches.

All of Anna Maria Island provides you with an “Old Florida” experience, but the feeling is exceptionally vibrant on Bridge Street. Here you will feel what Florida was like decades ago.

As you look for that perfect piece of art, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants on Bridge Street. Enjoy some shopping at any of the quaint boutique style shops and take in the scenic view of the water with a walk on the Bridge Street Pier.

This tourist attraction is a former bridge, once the only way to access the island. You will see plenty of fishermen there and families stopping to watch the boats pass by.

Hop on the free Anna Maria Island trolley which stops nearby so you’ll be able to get to Bridge Street easily while taking away the worry of having to pay for transportation or parking.

ArtsHOP on Bridge Street is a place to enjoy the art and also a fun day trip to this scenic, family friendly area.

A perfect way to spend another perfect day on Anna Maria Island!

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What To See On Anna Maria Island – Art galleries – ISLAND GALLERY WEST – Anna Maria Island

ISLAND GALLERY WEST

Open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM – Located at – 5368 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217.

Just a short ride on the Anna Maria Island free trolley from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals, located at 601 Gulf Dr. N. Bradenton Beach, Fl 34217

We found this gallery advertised in a local paper and are so glad we decided to visit. It was great way to spend our afternoon and we treated ourself to another “memory” of Anna Maria Island.

The gallery has an eclectic collection of art in lots of different mediums, watercolours to cartoons, oils on canvas to pencil sketches.. They also offer pottery, jewellery, stained glass and finer art. We enjoyed the many works of art displayed in two exhibit areas. For us it was like going to an art festival, but in a pleasant, relaxing gallery setting.

Located in the heart of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island, Island Gallery West is a fine art gallery cooperative of approximately 30 diverse local artists and some regional artists. In business for over 25 years, as an artists’ cooperative it is owned and operated by its members.

There are no paid employees, and each member staffs the gallery once a month.

The gallery offered a nice variety and it was fun to interact with some of the artists and learn about their work. The member artist on duty was happy to help with our selection and visit with us.

The artist welcomed the opportunity to discuss their art with us and were happy to provide some interesting information about the island. Prices were very reasonable, affordable for tourists to high for collectors.

When on vacation we like to buy from local artists to help remember our trip. We were lucky to find the perfect piece and are looking forward to hanging our newest memory with our other vacation artwork.

This gallery is now on our list of must visit whenever we are on the island. Can’t wait to go back and see what other treasured artwork awaits us. We’re sure we left a piece with our name on it!

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What To See On Anna Maria Island – News – NO CAR NEEDED…TRAVEL BY WATER — SARASOTA TO BRADENTON

10/26/2017

Exciting news! – – The Sarasota Bradenton Ferry water taxi service will be launching in early 2018. The service will connect downtown Sarasota, Anna Maria Island and downtown Bradenton.

The ability to provide this innovative service has been exclusively permitted to the Sarasota Bradenton Ferry Company. With the approval by all municipalities concerned, key officials see this as an economic opportunity for the region and hope to see a much need reduction to traffic. The drive between Sarasota and Bradenton Beach (Anna Maria Island) can take approximately 35 to 40 minutes without traffic, but the commute by water is expected to take just 28 minutes.

The Sarasota Bradenton Ferry Co. plans to launch its first 149-passenger vessel to provide transportation from the 10th Street Pier in downtown Sarasota, Bradenton Beach Bridge Street Pier and the Bradenton Riverwalk.

We are really excited about this new service for our guests. To catch the Ferry at the Bradenton Beach City Street Pier is only a five minute walk from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals located at 601 Gulf Dr. N. Bradenton Beach 34217.

The ferry will work for commuters, locals and tourists. To begin, the group will operate one boat with plans for 30 daily voyages in the future. As of now the vessel will run all day, but a final schedule is still being worked on. The company wants all riders to feel comfortable and be able to depend on their schedule. They have set up a Facebook account and website. Their website displays a survey for residents and visitors of the Sarasota-Bradenton area with a goal to allow input from the community and to start building local relationships.

The Ferry is all been about community needs: expanding options, alleviating gridlock and providing convenience or leisure. They plan to release updates on Facebook between now and their anticipated 2018 launch, which will include ways for the community and its leaders to get more involved. Because of the scale of this marine operation the company is taking a careful approach, working with local conservation organizations as well as the U.S. Coast Guard. This will ensure the launch of the safest and most environmentally friendly use of waterways for transportation.

There are concerns being voiced about very few parking spaces available for cars at the boat ramps. The ferry company is working with ride sharing companies and local free-rides to solve the issue. They hope more employees travelling to work will take advantage of the ferry.

Only time will tell. As owners on Anna Maria Island we are very excited and can’t for this ferry service to be up and running.

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