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What to do on rainy Days?

Florida is associated with sunshine and beaches but what to do on rainy days?

Luckily, there are many indoor activities offered in the vicinity of Anna Maria Island. Besides the typical alternatives like movies, bowling and shopping visit one of the great museums in this area.

 

 

Here the Top Ten:

  1. Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum
    402 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, FL 34216
    Free Admission
    January-March: 10am to 4pm
    April-December: 10am to 1pm
    Tour this small museum, the historical Belle Haven house and the Old Anna Maria City Jail. Learn how the island changed over the years from an untouched jungle to a tourist attraction.
  2. The Bishop Museum of Nature and Science
    201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    Tuesday-Saturday: 10am to 5pm
    Sunday: Noon to 5pm
    Formerly known as South Florida Museum it is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  There is also the Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat.
  3. Florida Maritime Museum
    4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215
    Free Admission
    Tuesday-Saturday 9 am to 4pm
    Located in the historic 1912 school house of Cortez the museum’s mission is to collect, preserve and share traditional knowledge, cultural artifacts and personal stories specific to Florida’s fishing and maritime heritage
  4. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
    5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
    Free Admission on Monday
    Daily 10 am to 5 pm
    This state art museum was founded by the circus magnate and features 31 galleries in a pink Renaissance-style palace. The Circus Museum is charting American circus history with props, costumes & a restored Wisconsin train carriage. The home to the Ringlings is called Ca’ d’Zan and is a 1924 mansion draws inspiration from the palazzos of Venice.
  5. Sarasota Classic Car Museum
    5500 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
    Daily 9 am to 6pm
    Tour this 60,000-square-foot facility with about 100 vintage cars of all types in a constantly rotating collection. The museum also displays rare cars and ones owned by famous people.
  6. The Dali Museum
    One Dali Blvd, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701
    Daily 10 am to 5.30 pm, Thursday 8 pm
    It houses the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside Europe with more than 2,000 pieces of art in 20,000 square feet of gallery space, including numerous oils, watercolors, sketches, sculptures and other objects.
  7. The Florida Holocaust Museum
    55 5th St  S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
    Daily 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM (except holidays)
    The museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. It features permanant exhibitions with original artifacts, historical photographs and documents with additional changing temporary exhibitions.
  8. Museum of Science & Industry
    4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33617
    Daily 10 am to 5 pm
    MOSI for short is a not-for-profit science museum located in Tampa, Florida. It is a community-based institution and educational resource that is dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology.
  9. The Edison and Ford Winter Estates
    2350 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33901
    Daily: 9 am to 5.30 pm
    Dating from 1885 when Thomas Edison first visited Southwest Florida and purchased the property to build a vacation home this historical museum and 21 acre botanical garden is located beside the Caloosahatchee River.
  10. Chocolate Museum and Cafe
    11701 International Drive Suite 400, Orlando, FL, 32821
    Daily 11 am to 7 pm
    If you are exploring Orlando stop by this museum for a “treat”.  A tour takes you from the beginning of the use of the cocoa beans through its rich history. Sampling is included and stay at the Cafe to taste more of the delicious sweets.
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Always something new in Orlando!

If you are relaxing on Anna Maria Island and need a change of scenery there is always something new and exciting going on in the Orlando parks. Just about 2 hours away from the beaches it is a perfect day trip destination. Beware – you will only see a glimpse of what the city has to offer if you don’t plan on staying overnight.

When Walt Disney started the “Florida Project” he could have not foreseen the enormous impact that his vision created.  Magic Kingdom started it all in 1971. Today, there are more parks than you can count with your fingers. Walt Disney World of course is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an average annual attendance of over 52 million.

To keep up with the insatiable entertainment appetite of the flocking tourists and competition among the various parks there is always the next big thing to admire. The 3 main contenders are:

Disney World OrlandoDisney World

The Disney emporium with Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and EPCOT will keep you busy for days. In addition, there are 2 water parks, 27 themed resort hotels, 9 non-Disney hotels, several golf courses, a camping resort and the outdoor shopping center Disney Springs. The latest addition is Toy Story Land in the Hollywood Studios where every visitor is shrunken down to toy size as they explore Andy’s backyard. The “Slinky Dog Dash” roller coaster and the “Alien Swirling Saucers” rides will thrill the little ones.

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

The Mako ride was just recently added and is the fastest, longest and tallest coaster in Orlando. If you survive the ride you might like a free Mako Red Ale to go along with the experience.  SeaWorld offers two complimentary 7-ounce beers per visit from May 18, through September 2, 2018. The park will rotate beer offerings throughout the summer at the Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio.

Seaworld Orlando

The water park Aquatica also added a new attraction.  “Ray Rush” is a three-in-one thrill. The water adventure launches your raft from zero to awesome in just seconds. Twisting turns as you spin inside a colossal water sphere follow. Lastly, you dive into giant manta wings, swooping up and down giving a different path each time.

Their partner parks Busch Gardens and Adventure Island are located in Tampa, which is only about 1 h away from Anna Maria Island.

 

Universal Studios OrlandoUniversal Parks and Resorts

This park complex is the second largest after Disney. It offers 3 amazing theme parks and the Universal Citywalk with Dining like the Hard Rock Cafe Orlando and the Blue Man Group Show. This entertainment area is just steps away from the entrance of the 2 original Universal parks. The complex also includes 6 Loews Hotels.

Vulcano Bay is the newest of the three and opened in May 2017. This water park features 4 areas that are inspired by Polynesian islands. The centerpiece of the park is the 200 ft tall vulcano “Krakatau” that displays waterfalls during the day and lava flows at night.

The progress at the other 2 theme parks has not stopped after the addition of the huge Harry Potter’s world. Still impressive is the Hogwarts Epress that connects both areas and can only be used if you are holding day tickets to both parks.  On the Universal Studios side a 3D motion-simulator attraction “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” opened April 2017. The “Fast and Furious” Supercharged ride invited their first guests in April 2018.  

Island of Adventures opened in 1999 and has seen various additions and changes. The original concept was based on six  islands with their rides and attractions based on DC Comics, Dr. Seuss, and Warner Bros.  Island number 8 opened in July 2016 with Skull Island: Reign of Kong. Plans for a Harry Potter roller coster are in the works and the new ride is scheduled to open in 2019.

Whether you are staying on Anna Maria Island and just plan a quick visit to Orlando or looking to relax after a few days at the parks the Duncan Vacation team can help finding you the perfect accommodation. Give us a call at 941 779 0304 or send us a a quick message here.

 

 

 

 

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Exciting News!

It is always fun to announce a new member of Team Duncan!  I am excited that Christine Kourik has joined the sales team here at Duncan Real Estate.  Christine is a career Real Estate Agent with 25 years of experience assisting buyers, sellers and investors.  She has numerous real estate designations and an MBA in Business.  If Christine looks familiar, it is because you may have seen her featured on HGTV’s Hosue Hunters.  We are so excited to have Christine as a member of Team Duncan!

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Sunny Regards from AMI!

Ginger

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