Anna Maria Things to Do

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Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures

Serving Anna Maria Island/Sarasota
190 Taft Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-504-6296

If you are looking for an outdoor adventure during your vacation to Anna Maria Island, then look no further! Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures provides a wide variety of guided kayak eco tours that will allow you to get closer to nature while experiencing an adventure of a lifetime. You can explore the natural beauty of Florida and venture through pristine ecosystems and breath-taking surroundings; all while looking for dolphins and manatees. 

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The Real BeachHorses

8400 Manatee Ave West
Bradenton, FL 34209
941-907-7272

Treat yourself to an hour of riding an absolutely beautiful and gentle horse along the palm-lined beaches of Palma Sola Bay. This beach experience is fully customized. They have accommodated everyone from children as young as 3, to disabled senior citizens. The only restriction is that you must weigh under 240 pounds. No exceptions.

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Bishop Planetarium

201 10th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
941-748-5829

The Bishop Planetarium is a multipurpose, state of the art domed theater, boasting one of the most advanced all-digital projection systems in the world. Incorporating unidirectional stadium style seating, high definition DVD, TV, and PowerPoint projection, and a digital 25,000 watt Dolby 5.1 surround sound system.

The Bishop is capable of accommodating a wide range of programs. The planetarium is a remarkable astronomy education resource, allowing visitors to explore their universe through traditional live star talks and immersive virtual journeys to the far reaches of the cosmos.

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Bradenton Beach Marina

402 Church Street
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
741-778-2288

Bradenton Beach Marina is a full-service boat yard and marina featuring: boat repairs and maintenance, jet ski and boat rentals, inside high-dry storage, wet slips including transient slips, fuel, and a yacht brokerage.

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Captain Kim’s

Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach, Florida 34217 (call for pick up)
941-920-3307

Charter boat for sight-seeing rides, hands-on eco rides, historical trips, sunbathing, shelling, fishing charters and shark tours. Also maintenance for vessels including cleaning, waxing, maintenance and deliveries.

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Lazy Turtle Beach Rentals

1301Gulf Drive North
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
941-726-3163

Whether you are looking for an exciting sightseeing adventure around the island or a laid back island cruise, Lazy Turtle Beach Rentals provides a cool and comfortable way to ride with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face.

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Mixon Fruit Farms

2712 26th Ave East
Bradenton, FL 34208
941-748-5829

See how Florida’s finest citrus is grown and harvested, watch Mixon’s packinghouse in operation from the visitor’s observation area. Enjoy this memory making attraction expanded to include a Garden Oasis for Weddings and Events, Tropical Gardens, and get lost in the Butterfly Maze. Ride the “Orange Blossom Express” Tram Tour with a stop at the Wildlife Rescue. Savor the taste of the “Orange Swirl” ice cream, homemade fudge, fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juice and, of course, fresh citrus fruit.

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Parker Manatee Aquarium

201 10th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
941-746-4131

The Parker Manatee Aquarium, designed to house three adult manatees, holds nearly 60,000 gallons of water, including a medication pool. The pool offers both deep and shallow water, allowing the manatees to maintain natural feeding behaviors. An exhibit area within the facility helps to educate the public about manatee anatomy, physiology and habitat, and provides above and below water viewing. Working closely with Lowry Park Zoo’s critical care hospital for manatees, the Parker Manatee Aquarium is a second stage rehabilitation facility.

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Zegway by the Bay

2501 Gulf Drive
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
941-565-2082 

Zoom around the Island on a Segway. Come see breathtaking views of the emerald Gulf of Mexico, sugar-white coastline, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Tampa Bay, Anna Marie Sound and Sarasota Bay. During the tour you will visit historic Bridge Street, Coquina Beach, Longboat Pass and Leffis Key Park.