Its not all beaches & swimming pools! There is so much else to explore on Anna Maria
Anna Maria Island is the perfect place to go green! Ditch the car and get around island style! One of the best options is the Anna Maria Trolley. Supported by many of the local businesses, the trolley is completely free to use and manages 14 stops, every 2 to 4 blocks, between its route from Anna Maria City Pie in the City on the north side, to Coquina Beach, on the south side in Bradenton Beach. The trolley runs from 6 a.m until 11 a.m every day of the week, with pick ups every half hour!
If you’d like to explore at your own pace, or even like to be a little more active, hop on a bike and get some exercise. Anna Maria is very flat so its easy to get around on a bike, and safe for kids. The speed limit on Anna Maria Island is only 25mph, and bikes have right of way! Or if you’re feeling a little lazy or fancy something with a little more punch, hire a golf buggy, or a fun cart. But remember you can’t take it off island!
There are also a number of great walks and tours you can join in on too. Here’s a few that we think are great:
Segway Tours on Anna Maria are such a fun way to explore! Book a guided or custom tour, or even take your own self guided tour and discover the island. Minimum age restriction is 12. Check out Segs by the Sea for more information.
Mix food with culture and history, with the Anna Mria Island Beach Life Food Tour. Stroll along, and stop at four local restaurants to taste samples of their best from the menu. The guide will also share the islands history as you walk! Organisers Key Culinary Tours also host other events in Sarasota and St Armands Circle, discovering food, cocktails and even farmers markets!
And two of our favorite exploration points are, Coquina Baywalk; a nature preserve at Leffis Key in Bradenton that is the product of a careful and long process to bring back native Floridian species and gives you an amazing vantage point of the 30 acres of restored habitat.
The area was previously destroyed as the result of the dredging of the Intracoastal Waterways which occurred decades ago in the 1950s. The restoration project began in the late 80s with the goal of restoring the wetlands and seagrass, reviving the mangroves, providing a habitat for spawning fish and birds, and allowing safe public access on scenic trails. Leffis Key is now one of the most important marine life habitats on Anna Maria Island.
And our second favorite walk is at Bean Point at the very northern tip of the island in Anna Maria City. Bean Point is just stunning and is the most perfect spot to capture sunrises, and sunsets, something Anna Maria Island is famous for, and enjoy this beautiful and very quiet peace of beach. It is a little tucked away, but you can find the walkway from the road to the beach on the corner of Gladiolas Street and North Shore Drive. Going to Bean Point is an absolute must while you’re here!
Another amazing way to explore is by water. You can hire your own kayak or paddle board from our friends at beach bum, and keep them at your rental. Our homes Honeyfish, Mintfish are located directly on the waters edge of Bimini Bay, so perfect for keeping a kayak. And many guests enjoy gliding alongside manatees and dolphins from here. Equally, Lemonfish and Plumfish on the canals, are the perfect rentals to access the water.
For a little more adventure and education, experience the Robinson Preserve, a 600+-acre coastal preserve located in northwestern Bradenton. As well as hiking paths, the main event is kayak and canoe tours, taking in waterways, bridges, picnic spots, mangrove forests and a 53-foot-tall tower with a wide-open view of the Tampa Bay area. Contact Beach Bums for more information.