"Enjoy shopping at both the historic area of Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, as well as the trendy upscale enclave of St. Armand's Circle on Lido Key."
"Rent a jet ski or a sail boat, go parasailing or take a kayak tour of our barrier islands. There are a number of daily boats cruises that encompass the intracoastal waterway as well as an expeditionary cruise to Eggmont Key, where you can snorkel for sand dollars."
"Tour the Ringling Museum and world famous Ringling Art Gallery and see an evening performance at the Aslo Repertory Theatre adjacent to Ringling."
"Try the grouper sandwich at the Sandbar Restaurant on Anna Maria Island - you won't regret it!"
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"Those looking for water-based adventure on AMI can find ample opportunities for boating (rent one at Cannon Maria, Long Boat Key), kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and snorkeling."
"One of my favorites is "Eat Here" in Holmes Beach. Great place to try unique made to order appetizers to share or you can order as a full meal. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is quaint, yet casual. A definite must try. This is my favorite restaurant on the island."
"For a more energetic setting a great place is the Sworfish Grill. It is located in Cortez Florida. Has a large outdoor deck with tiki bar and is located on the water. They also have live music if you like to dance. Casual atomosphere, serves lunch and dinner."
"Mote Marine is a fun place to go. They have a boat tour thru Sarasota bay, lots of tropical fish in there museum and also various shows with dolphins etc. Educational and fun for kids and adults as well."
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"Must try restaurants are: The Columbia Restaurant on St. Armand's Circle, Bella Mia Pizza and Italian Restaurant in Bradenton, Fire & Stone Pizza in Bradenton, SandBar Restaurant on Anne Maria Island."
"We are 45 minutes to Tampa and 1.5 hours to Orlando - there are any number of great adventure parks in the area - but to me the best bet are all of the beaches along Anna Maria Island and Long Boat Key - with jet ski, Hobie cat and boat rentals for every taste."
"Jet ski, Hobie cat, parasail rentals - boat and canoe and paddle board rentals - beautiful beaches at no cost - the free trolley ride up and down the length of Anna Maria Island"
"We have the very famous Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Asolo Repertory Theatre, the Ringling Museum of Art, and any number of spots nearby in St. Petersburg and Tampa."
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"The local seafood dishes at Banana Cabana are incredible - you should absolutely visit when in AMI!"
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"When on an island you will want to try the sea food. On Rod 'n Reel pier you will have both great seafood while sitting on the water!"
"Do you like weddings, but don't like to get all dressed up and buy an expensive gift? Be a wedding splasher! With all the weddings taking place on AMI, it's not hard to find one. Lay in the warm Mexican Gulf and enjoy the romance and excitement!"
"Join a a turtle nesting or excavation tour during the summer months, it's free! Just contact Anna Maria Island turtle watch and shorebird monitoring to enroll for a guided tour. The whole family will love it!"
"Take a kayak tour among the mangrove and get close and personal with dolphins and manatees - great workout too! For the really adventurous you can also paddle in gator waters..."
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"Van Wezel, Manatee Players, Florida Studio Theatre. The Ringling Museum gardens are free every day, and the gallery is free on Mondays."
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"Use local free trolleys to explore the wonderful areas of Anna Maria Island."
"Many attractions in Sarasota include visiting the circus and a group of incredible museums."
"With so much to do and experience in terms of art & music, it is clear that Sarasota boasts the opera and classic music capital of the south"
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"A grouper sandwich is a must have when visiting the island, but visitors should also try smoked mullet. You can find it at Starfish Seafood Company in Cortez."
"Pine Avenue in the City of Anna Maria was once the promenade during the early 1900's. The shopping and food has revived that tradition."
"Kayaking the backwaters under the Anna Maria bridge you will see lots of fish in the clear waters and be sure to watch for seahorses."