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Anna Maria Island is a seven mile barrier island
located in the southern Gulf Coast area of Florida and is renowned for its white
sand gulf beaches and gin clear water. Anna
Maria is the northernmost of a string of barrier islands that extend in a southerly
direction to the Florida Keys. The Island itself is surrounded
by the Gulf of Mexico to the west, Tampa Bay to the north and Sarasota Bay and
Anna Maria Bay on its eastern shores.
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abounds on Anna Maria Island. The
island offers three fishing piers: Anna Maria City Pier, Rod & Reel Pier and
Bradenton Beach. It is common for Bottlenose dolphins to be
seen both in the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf. The endangered Manatee is
often seen in and around Anna Maria Island in the shallow coastal areas such as
canals, rivers, springs and also in the bay. These huge creatures are gentle and
very slow moving. Manatees are fully protected by Florida law and must be left
alone and watched only from a distance.
Anna Maria Island is a birdwatcher's
paradise. There are thousands of pelicians as well as ibis, egret, heron, gull,
sandpiper, skimmer and spoonbills.
Beaches & Glorious Sunsets
Maria Island is a
famous for its miles of white sandy beaches with stunning sunsets over
the Gulf of Mexico. Here visitors can find
world class angling, boating, surfing, golf, tennis as well as a rich selection
of exotic wildlife. In fact, the entire island of Anna Maria is considered a wildlife
invite you to take a virtual tour of some of our most popular travel
Anna Maria Island area including
the historic towns of Anna
Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach as well as the neighboring towns of Palmetto,
Cortez and the cities of Sarasota and Tampa Bay .
Anna Maria Area Attractions
Anna Maria Island is ideally
located in southwest Florida and offers visitors a delightful year round vacation
Maria Island is also close to well-known tourist attractions
including the Tampa Aquarium, Bush Gardens, Longboat Key Arts Center and The Circus
at the Ringling Museum.
Anna Maria Island Historical Society & Museum
778-4198 , 778 -- 0492 402
Pine Ave , Anna Maria Fl. Collects, Researches, Preserves and Displays artifacts
pertaining to earlier times on Anna Maria Island.
Maria Island Community Center Inc
407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria , 34216
Phone: 941 778-1908 FAX: 941-778-9511 Soccer, Baseball, indoor Basketball, and
Tennis play area for kids and lots more
Street West Bradenton, Florida 34205 (941) 746-4131 Located on the Manatee River
waterfront and taking up an entire city block, the South Florida Museum, Bishop
Planetarium, and Parker Manatee Aquarium is a unique educational resource. Digital
Full Dome Planetarium/Theater The Bishop Planetarium is a multipurpose, “state
of the art” domed theater, boasting one of the most advanced all-digital projection
systems in the world. Incorporating unidirectional stadium style seating, high
definition DVD, TV, and PowerPoint projection, and a digital 25,000 watt Dolby
5.1 surround sound system, the Bishop is capable of accommodating a wide range
of programs. The planetarium is a remarkable astronomy education resource, allowing
visitors to explore their universe through traditional live star talks and immersive
virtual journeys to the far reaches of the cosmos.
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Florida Museum -
10th Street West | Bradenton Florida 34205
South Florida Museum interprets the region from the Pleistocene to the present
with stunning life-size dioramas and dramatic exhibits based on its extensive
collections of anthropological artifacts, paleontological specimens and objects
of cultural interest. Established in 1947, the motto then, as it is now, is "Something
The Parker Manatee Aquarium
201 10th Street
West | Bradenton Florida 34205
Parker Manatee Aquarium, designed to house three adult manatees, holds
nearly 60,000 gallons of water, including a medication pool. The pool
offers both deep and shallow water, allowing the manatees to maintain
natural feeding behaviors. An exhibit area within the facility helps to
educate the public about manatee anatomy, physiology and habitat, and
provides above and below water viewing. Working closely with Lowry Park
Zoo’s critical care hospital for manatees, the Parker Manatee Aquarium
is a second stage rehabilitation facility. A second stage facility provides
a temporary home for manatees that will be released back into the wild
after having received treatment from an acute care hospital. The Aquarium
has housed fourteen manatees as part of its rehab program. Parker Manatee
Aquarium is the permanent home to Manatee County's most famous resident
and official mascot, ‘Snooty’, the manatee.
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Tampa Bay Estuary Program
Bay was designated an "estuary of national significance" by Congress in 1990,
paving the way for development of a long-term blueprint for bay restoration through
the Tampa Bay National Estuary Program. Tampa Bay is one of 28 estuaries in the
National Estuary Program; others in Florida are Sarasota Bay, Charlotte Harbor
and Indian River Lagoon.
Charting the Course is the Tampa Bay Estuary Program's
management blueprint for Tampa Bay. It details progress made in restoring and
protecting Tampa Bay and advances strategies for continuing improvements in the
future. Charting the Course was first released in 1996, and updated in 2006.
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on Florida's many lakes, rivers and oceans has become a very popular activity
for vacationers, family groups and solo paddlers. You can rent kayaks daily, weekly
or even by the hour at many locations. Your skill level and degree of adventure
will be your guide as to what type of kayaking is right for you and your group.
Types of Kayaks
An ocean kayak is a sit-on kayak where you actually are sitting on top of the
kayak. These kayaks are used mainly to paddle in the ocean, and are very buoyant
because there is no interior space for water to be collected as there is in an
ocean and river kayak. They handle waves very well, and are ideal for the ocean
Whitewater-A whitewater kayak is a small
kayak that is used for riding the rapids. The miniature kayak actually
accelerates through whitewater making rapids easier and fun. These kayaks
are also used for special tricks. Skilled professionals are able to actually
pop in and out of the water with the boats, as well as ride waterfalls.
It is easy to maneuver, and simple to flip this boat over, back above
the water, if you should tip.
River-A river kayak is
your typical kayak. These kayaks are ideal for paddling on rivers, lakes, and
ponds. Guided tours are often run with river kayaks because they are the easiest
to handle, and the most practical for recreational kayaking.
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advantage of Florida's playground! Sea kayaking tours are offered all over Florida
- from the ocean to the Gulf of Mexico and in the Florida
Keys & Everglades.
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