Anna Maria is a city in Manatee County, Florida, United States. Forty miles (64 kilometers) south of Tampa and just seven miles (11 km) west of Bradenton, Anna Maria is a paradise island. The seven-mile-long (11 km) tropical island is a gem, with beautiful white-sand beaches on all sides and a year-round population of just 1,800. The island was originally discovered by the Timucan and Caloosan Native Americans and then by Spanish explorers.
If you’re planning a trip to this beautiful haven, here are the best things to see and do here in Anna Maria Island:
1. Parasailing in Florida
You only live once, as the saying goes. Why not let your inner child come out and play? Be sure to soak up spectacular views of Anna Maria Island and the Gulf Coast from a parasail as you soar to new heights. Turn your frown upside down when you experience this fantastic adventure with Yolo Adventures.
Address: 4330 127th St W, Cortez, FL 34215, USA
2. Speed around the track in a cart at Andersen Race Park
Be a speed demon and take a lap around Andersen Race Park. Put your pedal to the metal on a one-mile (1.6 km), 13-turn test track “rock karts,” which lets you reach top speeds of 48 mph (77 kmph). Kart adventures are for children ages 5 through to adults.
Ride the Track
Address: 10101 US-41, Palmetto, FL 34221, USA
Website: Ride the Track
3. Explore the waterways by Jetski
Wanting to get out on the water for some high power fun on your own personal watercraft? Cortez Watersport’s jet ski rentals and tours are the best way to cool off and explore the crystal blue waterways surrounding Anna Maria Island. With their jet ski rentals and tours, you’ll have the time of your life, whether you are looking for an adventure during your vacation or a fun afternoon with friends!
Address: 4328 127th St W, Cortez, FL 34215, USA
Website: Cortez Water Sports
4. Get your feet off the ground and into the trees at TreeUmph!
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At TreeUmph, you’ll climb, swing, and fly through the woods. Screaming is allowed, in fact, it’s encouraged, as you ride a zip line, clamber over monkey bridges, and swing Tarzan-style on ropes up to 60 feet (18 meters) above the ground.
Address: 21805 E State Rd 70, Bradenton, FL 34202, USA
5. Go where motorboats only dream of and see Florida by kayak
See the wild side of Anna Maria Island! Rent or take a kayak tour with Happy Paddler to explore the undisturbed waterways of the Bradenton area. Slip through the marshes and mangroves where you can spot Florida’s native wildlife.
Address: Anna Maria, FL, USA
Website: Happy Paddler
6. Go Horse Surfing!
Horse Surfing is an experience you will not soon forget. In addition to riding along the palm-lined shores of Palma Sola Bay, you will ride out into the salt water where your horse will actually swim. You will also have the opportunity to try “horse skiing” and “horse surfing”!
Address: 8400 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209, USA
Website: Beach Horses
7. Boat Tour
Enjoy 90 minutes on a narrated boat tour of the Intra-coastal Waterway. Check out tons of wildlife including dolphins, manatees and special species of birds. The tour offered by Paradise Boat Tours takes off on the south end of the island at 10 am, noon and 2 pm. Make sure you call and ask about the sunset cruises! You can’t beat 30 USD and a guided tour of paradise! The kids will love it too.
Boat Tour of the Intra-coastal Waterway
Address: 200 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217, USA
8. Sunset at Fort Lauderdale Beach
I hate to state the obvious here, but it is a must to experience the sunset before leaving Anna Maria. Grab your own beach chairs and a plastic tumbler of something fruity and head over to the beach to enjoy the peaceful drop of the sun into the Gulf. If you are looking for a more dramatic sunset, check out the beachfront restaurants like The Beach House, Sand Bar or Gulf Drive Café. Fort Lauderdale Beach is the most loved beach here. Enjoy a cold drink, excited chatter and even a round of applause when the sun makes its final destination.
Sunset view at Fort Lauderdale Beach
Address: Beachfront, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-2426, USA
9. Bean Point Beach
I’m letting you in on a secret location that very few locals have even visited! Bean Point is on the northernmost point of Anna Maria Island. Breathtaking beauty and one of the purest beaches you will ever see in your life await you here. White sand, blue water, and out in the distance you get a beautiful view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. It is relatively secluded due to the fact that it isn’t exactly easy to find or get to. If possible, take a walk here or ride a bike.
Bean Point Beach
Address: Bean Point, Anna Maria, FL 34216, USA
10. Get a Tiki-tastic Massage right on the beach
Sea-renity (love the pun!) Spa provides the only beach massage on the island. Sunset sessions are especially nice. Feel free to bring your own picnic to enjoy on the beach before or after your massage!
Tiki-tastic Massage at Sea-renity Spa
Address: 1301 Gulf Drive North at the Silver Surf
Website: Sea-renity Spa
Fill your vacation with some good old self-pampering and an adrenaline rush
The quaint feel of Anna Maria Island makes it the perfect place to eat till your tummy is happy and kayak with dolphins. During your visit here, do not forget to visit the places mentioned above. Anna Maria Island is filled with numerous beaches, restaurants and events that make this place the perfect relaxation spot for your next holiday.
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