Things To Do

Visitors vacationing can enjoy many Local Events held on or near Anna Maria Island and Bradenton. For more activities, Anna Maria Island has 2 fishing pier with restaurants, 3 public beaches with picnic tables, Public tennis courts, a playground, Community Center, Island Players Theater & the Island Branch of the Manatee Public Library. There are many exciting events to attend that take place year round.


Monday, July 2
        • Shortly after dusk — Fourth annual Boom Boom on the Bay at the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, 760 Broadway St., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2391.
  Tuesday, July 3
• Shortly after dusk —  19th annual Fireworks Extravaganza, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222
  Wednesday, July 4

Guided and self guided ECO tours

Naive Rentals kayak tours are available daily from sunrise to sunset 7 days a week. ECO tours are easy to maneuver for any beginner paddler or expert on the water. Multiple routes are available that will give you a beautiful view of the surrouning areas. You will see dolphins, manatee, fish, and many different species of birds that are indiginous to this area. All of these locations are only a mile from the beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island. Book Now!

Red Barn Flea Market

One of Florida's most popular markets. Now air conditioned. More than 600 unique shops and flea market-style booths. Enjoy family fun, bargains, farm-fresh produce, and more. Free admission and parking. Open Fri. - Sun. year-round and Wed. seasonally from Nov. - April. 1707 First St. E. Bradenton, FL 34208, 941-747-3794.

Free Wine Tastings Every Day

The Rosa Fiorelli Winery and Fiorelli Vineyard in Bradenton is a must-see stop for those who enjoy the art of wine-making … and tasting. The cream of the crop of Florida wineries, this landmark has been attracting visitors to the hills of Manatee County for nine years. Family-owned and -operated, the 3,000-plus-square-foot winery was started by Rosa and her husband Antonio after relocating from Sicily.

Bradenton Motorsports Park

Bradenton Motorsports Park hosts sports car events and exhibitions. National races take place here and the park also hosts weekly "Throwdown Thursdays," in which anyone can race for $10. Camping is nearby, concessions are available and children under 11 are admitted free. 941-741-8534

Horseback Riding on the Beach

Guided sunset horseback ride along a palm-lined stretch of beach at Palma Sola Bay. As the sun’s orange orb turns the sand a sparkling silver, you head back – and then the excitement ratchets up a notch, as your horse wades into the surf! Kids as young as age 3 are welcome. To purchase tickets visit their website.

Friday Night Drum Circle on the Beach

Free Event every Friday night from 5:30PM, until 10PM on Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Bring your drums if you have them!

Yoga on the Beach

Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Yoga on the Beach at the Pine Avenue Beach Access on Anna Maria Island.  For more Information call 941-794-6723.