THINGS TO DO - SITES TO SEE - FOOD TO EAT
Fun Food & Casual Dining
Dips Ice Cream - Hand scooped ice cream, lots of flavors, waffle cones, Italian ice, milk shakes combined with a candy shop. (There are a number of ice cream shops on the island but this is one of our favorite!) Cash only & no seating.
Two Scoops Ice Cream Parlor & Coffee Cafe' - Ice cream, shakes, floats, sundaes, coffee, espresso, breakfast & lunch. Located in the Bayview Plaza, a little shopping strip in front of the post office and across the street from the Anna Maria City Pier, this is a nice place to enjoy a sandwich or treat.
Duffy's Tavern - Family owned and operated burgers & beer. Cash only, no fries. Carry-out orders.
Skinny's Place - No windows and limited seating but definitely a favorite on the island. Often times, standing room only. This is a favorite of visitors to the island. Family owned and operated sandwiches, burgers, sides, fries & beers. Carry-out orders.
Annie's Bait & Tackle (Cortez) - Known more for its bait & tackle as well as charter fishing, they also offer a variety of sandwiches and appetizers. Eat inside the tackle store or carry-out. Their secret = good crab cakes. Located just across the Cortez bridge.
The Beachhouse - A waterfront restaurant where you may dine-in or outside on the covered deck. Great food and atmosphere. There is sometimes live music by local talents on the deck. They also host weddings.
Sandbar - Seafood restaurant offering a dine-in or outside experience. Great place to catch a sunset and enjoy good food. They also host beach weddings.
Cody's Original Roadhouse (Bradenton) - Good ol' steaks and lobster here. Can't beat the family-friendly atmosphere and their adult-friendly happy hour specials. You won't leave hungry! They are also open holidays if you prefer not to cook a big meal (or clean up afterwards) while on vacation and you can call ahead to let them know you're on your way.
Island Time Bar & Grill - Open air bar & grill. While shopping on Bridge Street stop in here for a sandwich & listen to live entertainment or catch a game on the multiple TVs.
Bridge Street Bistro - Located directly above the Island Time Bar & Grill (same owner), you may enjoy a fine dining experience here. The restaurant occupies two levels (elevator available). Windows surround the dining rooms providing views of the Bridge Street area and allowing you to enjoy a bright day while inside.
Eat Here - This small restaurant is only open for dinner but they do it well. Serving local seafood, soups, salads, and wood stone pizzas (don't forget to try the garlic potato chips). They also offer a variety of wines, craft beers, and cocktails.
Lobstahs - A popular hangout in the area. One side is a dine-in restaurant while the other is more of a bar and grill. Open for lunch and dinner, they offer a variety of options on their menus. Family friendly and near local shops.
Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe' - Buy souvenirs, swim in the gulf, sunbathe on the beach, play beach volley ball, children's playground, drum circle, and live entertainment every night. Cafe' style menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as ice cream. Check out on the all you can eat pancakes. Plus, the trolley will drop you off at the door. Come in your shorts or swimsuit. You can walk the beach to get there (it's approximately a sandy mile from the 81st Street, Holmes Beach entrance).
Rod & Reel Pier Restaurant - Providing a little of old Florida to diners and the opportunity to eat at the end of the pier surrounded by beautiful waters and a view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge off in the distance. Rod & Reel is longtime island staple for locals and visitors and is a popular place to see pelicans and maybe the occasional shark. (No worries though because there is no swimming permitted here.) They serve traditional fare and local favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are two levels: casual, family dining upstairs and a bar downstairs. For a small fee, you may bring your pole and fish from the walkway and dock.
Mote Marine & Aquarium - A cool place to visit and learn about local marine life. Don't forget to visit their building across the street the houses marine life that they are rehabilitating and plan to release back into nature.
The Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary - Started by a man that wanted to help injured pelicans, this has grown into a sanctuary for multiple types of local birds big and small. See them up close and occasionally catch a pelican wandering the wooden path with you. The operate primarily on donations and are located right beside Mote Marine & Aquarium so plan on doing both the same day!
Parasailing - Get a view of the island that you can't experience any other way! A fun time for all!
Golf Cart Rentals - Park the automobile and cruise around the island with the brisk, gulf air blowing through your hair.
Bicycle Rentals - Get a little exercise while navigating the island. Parking is easy and there are times when traveling by bike is quicker than a vehicle.
Moped Rentals - For a little more fun, rent a moped as you get to know the island.
Boat Rides - There are different boat rides you can take in the area. Some look for dolphins, manatees, and other wildlife.
Kayaking - Kayaks are available for rent on/around the island. Experience the waterways at your own relaxing pace.
Fishing - Charter a fishing boat and catch tonight's dinner.
Sand Castles - Don't forget about sand castle building, especially for the little ones. Each fall, the public beach hosts a sand castle building competition. The size and details of these creations are a site to see.
Local Trolley - The island has its own trolleys to escort you around the popular areas on the island throughout the day. You'll find a trolley stop conveniently at the end of our street. Go shopping, out to eat, visit one of the three public beaches on the island, or just sit back and feel the cool ocean breeze while enjoying the sites.