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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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Anna Maria Island Voted Top 30 Beaches in the World by Conde’ Nast

What we all already know to be true has just been concerned by Conde’ Nast.  Recently released http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2014-10-20/top-30-islands-in-the-world-readers-choice-awards-2014

Yes it’s true, our beautiful 7 miles off the coast of Florida was placed just one shy of Bora Bora!  How lucky we are to live in paradise!

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Halloween Trail of Treats

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Anna Maria Island Trail of Treats

It’s that time of year again!  I hope everyone is getting ready to attend the 2014 Halloween Trail of Treats.  The Anna Maria Island Chamber is Sponsoring the Trail of Treats and it is going to be held Friday, October 31st starting at 3:30pm starting at the Anna Maria Island Chamber.  There will be with a Kid Costume Contest for children ages 0-12.

Children and their families can go from business to business trick or treating and you don’t even have to be a member of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce to participate.  This is an annual event that kids of all ages look forward to!

If you are ready to have a spooky good time this Halloween here are the event times broken down by City:

Holmes Beach businesses: 4pm-6pm

Anna Maria businesses: 5pm – 7 or 8pm

Bradenton Beach businesses: 5pm – 7 or 8pm

Trail of Treats kicks off with a costume contest from 3:30-4pm at the AMI Chamber of Commerce, free photos in a photo booth provided by Walgreens & participating businesses passing out treats to the kids. We hope to see you there!

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Bean Point Experience

BEAN POINT EXPERIENCE

If visiting Anna Maria then a visit to the beautiful Bean Point with beautiful white sands and turquoise seas is a must. It is located at the North end of city of Anna Maria on North Shore Dr. There are several public walking ‘narrow’ paths between the homes to access the point. Parking is limited and monitored on Gladiolus and Fern St. You will need to make sure that all four wheels are off the road and that your car is pointing in the direction of traffic to avoid traffic violations. Just follow the beach access points which are plentiful and enjoy! The tides can be a very dangerous and strong for swimming at times, so beware. Sharks and tide both can be life threatening in this area. Beautiful, but one should be aware of strong tide and water currents and a good swimmer.

All earth’s natural beauty is the statement here! One can also reach the Rod and Reel Pier by walking around Bean Point to the North.

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