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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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A Perfect Day for Golf

Golfing

GOLF COURSES

What a beautiful day it is today on Anna Maria Island!  So many people come to Florida to golf.  Some people need a little guidance as to the best Golf Courses in our area.  I have put together this list to help people make their decision as to which course to choose.  Keep in mind that some courses do require memberships and others are open to the public.  Feel free to give them a call or check out their websites for more information.  I hope you enjoy your trip to beautiful Anna Maria Island

PINEBROOK IRONWOOD GOLF CLUB

4260 Ironwood Circle

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 792-3288

IMG GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB

4350 El Conquistador Pkwy.

Bradenton, FL 34210

(941) 758-1466

RIVER RUN GOLF COURSE

1801 27th St E.

Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 708-6331

SMUGGLERS COVE GOLF

2000 Cortez Rd W.

Bradenton, FL 34207

(941) 756-0043

THE FISH HOLE-Mini Golf

117 Bridge St.

Bradenton Beach, FL 34217

(941) 778-3388

UNIVERSITY PARK COUNTRY CLUB

7671 The Park Blvd

University Park, FL 34201

(941) 355-3888

MANATEE PUBLIC GOLF COURSE

6415 53rd Ave W.

Bradenton, FL 34210

Phone: (941) 792-6773

 

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Family Fun (off the Island)

Being property managers to 90 vacation rentals here on Anna Maria Island we are frequently asked if there is anything to do that is worth leaving our beautiful island.  Although there is a wealth of things to do on Anna Maria Island, sometimes it’s nice to escape the Island life and head into town to explore Bradenton and Sarasota counties.  So what is there to do?  Here is a list of my personal favorite things to do when I leave the island.

MIXON FRUIT FARMS

2525 27th St E.,

Bradenton, FL 34208

941-748-5829 or 800-608-2525

The Mixon gift shop has specialty gourmet items, wines, and cookies. All fruits are available including grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and more. Shipping is available onsite. A great place to learn about Florida’s citrus fruit industry! Bring your group to Mixon’s for a special luncheon at the Groveside Café and enjoy a shopping experience. Then enjoy a tour of their historic groves and wildlife center. They specialize in creating educational field trips for school children or summer camps, plus amazing luncheons and tours for tourists, church groups, social groups, gardening clubs, mommy groups and anyone else who has a group! Red Hats always welcome! If you have 12 people or more, you will qualify for a group reservation.

Open 10 am – 5:00 pm Nov. thru April

Open 10 am – 3:00 pm May thru Oct.

Monday-Saturday; Closed Sunday

MOTE MARINE LABORATORY & AQUARIUM

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 388-4441

Dive into the Aquarium

Explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs, and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life. Great family attraction just over S. Longboat Key bridge-immediate left, on North end of St. Armand’s Key.

Open: 10am to 5pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays!

RED BARN FLEA MARKET

1707 1st St.

Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 747-3794

The Red Barn Flea Market is one of the largest flea markets in central Florida. Owned and operated by the same family since 1981, the Red Barn in Bradenton, FL, combines a traditional flea market, arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, unique items, collectibles, plaza shops, food courts and open-air farmers markets on a 145,000 sq. ft. former lumber yard. Enjoy 80,000 sq. ft. of air-conditioned indoor shopping, fresh produce, entertainment and a variety of prepared foods. Embark on a treasure hunt through more than 600 flea market booths and shops. You’ll always find a special treasure at the Red Barn!

SARASOTA RINGLING MUSEUM

5401 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34243

941-359-5700

Truly one of the most exciting attractions in Florida! This facility includes eclectic collection of Baroque art, the Museum of the Circus, a thirty-room mansion, the historic Asolo theater from Venice, and some 60 acres of beautiful gardens. Wander through 31 galleries filled with treasures and old master painting and sculptures. There are onsite cafes to enjoy while you are enjoying your viewing experience.

SARASOTA CLASSIC CAR MUSEUM

5500 N. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 355-6228

The Sarasota Classic Car Museum is recognized as the second oldest continuously operating antique car museum in the Nation! Antique, exotic, European and one-of-a-kind classics are featured in our rotating exhibits throughout the museum.

Among 75 automobiles, see John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes Benz, and Paul McCartney’s beloved Mini Cooper. Classic and muscle cars are on display side by side, including Don Garlit’s dragster number two, and even a horseless carriage! The entire facility has displays of rare exotic cars such as some the world’s foremost automobile manufacturers; Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Cadillac, DeLorean, Edsel and Ferrari, Rolls Royce, are just to name a few of the exquisite examples of automotive craftsmanship!

Self-guided tours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 7 days per week.

SOUTH FLORIDA MUSEUM

Bradenton, Fl. 34205

(941) 746-4131

South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The museum interprets the region from the Pleistocene to the present. Highlights include fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest mammals and marine species and the Montague Tallant collection of prehistoric and early post-contact archeological artifacts. Recently opened is the Environmental Wing focusing on Florida’s ecology and bio-diversity in the Pine Uplands and Riverine Galleries.

Other exhibits cover local maritime traditions, early 20th-century medical practices and Spanish exploration in the New World. Spanish Plaza has full-scale replicas of a 16th-century manor house, chapel and conquistador Hernando DeSoto’s birthplace.

The Bishop Planetarium, featuring one of the most advanced all-digital projection systems in the world, presents astronomy programs the whole family will enjoy.

The Parker Manatee Aquarium, part of Florida’s manatee rehabilitation network, is home to the oldest known living manatee, famously known as ‘Snooty’.

Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday Noon to 5 pm

ROBINSON PRESERVE

1704 99th St. N.W.

Bradenton, Fl. 34209

941-748-7165

Located in nearby Perico Island are nature walks and bike trails to enhance nature and bird watching.

MANATEE VILLAGE HISTORIC PARK

1404 Manatee Ave. E.

Bradenton, Fl. 34208

941-749-7165

The Fishing Village is located in heart of historic Cortez, just East of Cortez Bridge.  See the old fishing docks, seafood restaurants, boats, and historic marine artifacts.

MARITIME MUSEUM

www.floridamaritimemuseum.org

4415 119th Street West

Cortez, Florida 34215

941-708-6120

Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

An indoor museum displaying the history of the old historic Cortez fishing village, vintage boats, and fishing artifacts.

 

 

 

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