Anna Maria

Anna Maria

Anna Maria

The city of Anna Maria is one of 3 tiny cities on Anna Maria Island, which is just 7 miles long.  It’s located on the northern part of the barrier island.  All of the homes are just a few minutes walk to either the gulf coast beaches or the bay.

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Schools

Anna Maria Elementary is a top rated school in Manatee County and serves all 3 cities on the island.  Older children in Anna Maria attend Martha B. King Middle School and Manatee High School which are both off island in Bradenton.  Get more information on school ratings.

Anna Maria Dining and Shopping

The city hosts charming shopping and dining on Pine Ave and the north end of Gulf Drive.  Stores include the Island Cabana featuring Lilly Pulitzer.  For gourmet foods check out the Olive Oil Outpost for wonderful oils and cheeses.  The general store is where you can pick up great sandwiches or small grocery items like coffee and beer.

Entertainment

The Island Players Community Theatre is located at 10009 Gulf Drive at the corner of Pine Ave and Gulf Drive. For more information call 941-778-5755.  You won’t find nightclubs, but you’ve got Bortell’s Lounge &  Harry’s Grill which both typically stay open after 10 p.m. when much of this part of the island shuts down.

Parks and Recreation

Bay Front Park is on the east side of the island, on the bay.  There’s picnic tables, pavilions, public restrooms and a playground.  On the west side (gulf side) is the beach with plenty of white sand.  Be sure to check out the Beach Yoga on Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. at the beach access to Pine Ave.  The Center of Anna Maria Island is a community gathering place.  It’s located at 407 Magnolia Ave.  There are lots of activities for all ages from sports for the kids, to dragon boating and activities for seniors.  There’s a fully equipped gym and plenty of fitness classes.

Commute

The free trolley runs from about 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  It serves all 3 cities on the island with stops along Gulf Drive, Pine Ave and the City Pier every 20 to 30 minutes depending on the time of day.  The free island trolley goes from the north end of the island at Pine Ave to the south end of the island to Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.  The Sarasota Airport is about 30 minutes away and the Tampa Airport is about an hour.