Anna Maria Island Activities
Activities on and around Anna Maria Island range from water and land sports to theme parks and shopping, from casual to discriminating. World class shopping is available nearby to appeal to all tastes from casual beach boutiques, and art galleries to the discriminating at St Armand’s Circle in Sarasota to the large outlet malls a short drive north.
Any and every water activity you can imagine is available within minutes of the cottages. Try the unique sport of parasailing where from high above the Gulf of Mexico you will see stunning views of Anna Maria, Bradenton, and Longboat as well as an abundance of sea life. Within a five mile radius, you can chose from over thirty fishing charter services are certain to meet your every requirement for deep sea fishing.
Get really close to nature ocean kayaking. Tour mangrove tunnels, view wildlife as you traverse our tropical barrier islands. You can also specifically request expeditions for manatee and dolphin watching. There are miles of beach on which to view birds and to comb looking for shells. Dolphin Cruises are customized for viewing dolphin in their natural habitat.
Rental wave runners are available at most of the boating business as well as small sailboats. Enjoy a day or evening gambling cruise or head to Tampa and experience Vegas style gambling at the Seminole Hard Rock and Casino.
Anna Maria's free trolley will pick you up at the trolley stop at end of Oak Street and you can traverse the entire island with the on-off service. Local shopping includes boutiques, antique shops, clothing, gift and island specialty stores. Numerous art galleries dot the island.
If Anna Maria shopping isn't enough ... St. Armands Circle in Sarasota transcends the everyday buying experience with the 130 stores and gourmet restaurants...a must side trip for all visitors. If your tastes run to outlet malls then the Ellenton Outlet Mall is open seven days a week.
A short drive from Anna Maria you can experience the best amusement parks the US has to offer. Disney World, MGM, Universal, Sea World, Busch Gardens are among local favorites. The Ringling estate and museum is a great day trip and the Mote Marine Aquarium exhibits shark, sea turtle, manatee and much more.Professional sporting events, concerts, theater are all available in Sarasote, Tampa or Orlando.