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The greater area of Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Pete Beach, and Tampa has been a longtime favorite getaway for travelers - and it’s easy to see why. An abundance of natural beauty, incredible museums and restaurants, attractions and activities, and endless stretches of beach all add up to a pretty irresistible package.

The cozy, small-town atmosphere of Anna Maria Island warmly welcomes visitors and is known for being a place to enjoy peace and relaxation. In 2013, Forbes selected Anna Maria Island as the “3rd Prettiest City in the Country” and in 2015 Condé Nast Traveler named it one of the “Top 10 Island Beaches for Perfect Sand.” On the north end of the island you will find Anna Maria Beach, a quiet pristine stretch of sand that has changed very little in the past 50 years. Nearby Anna Maria Bayfront Park offers sweeping views of Tampa Bay and the famous Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Anna Maria Island is home to numerous food, arts, music and sporting events throughout the year such as Symphony on the Sand which takes place directly on the picturesque Coquina Beach. Enjoy great hiking and biking at Neal Preserve and Robinson Preserve, both within walking distance of the property, or get around the island using the complimentary trolley. The wider Bradenton area is also host to a variety of festivals and community celebrations such as the Bradenton Blues Festival and the Riverwalk Regatta.

Wondering what to do in Bradenton and Anna Maria Island? Here’s just a few of the reasons why we’re happy to welcome so many visitors, many of whom return year after year to check out an ever-growing list of amazing things to do.

Boating & Kayaking

Visitors to the Bradenton and Anna Maria Island area find a boaters paradise. Fishing, snorkeling and diving options abound and those who simply want to paddle under their own power don't have to look far to enjoy a variety of options to suit their style.

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Nature & Parks

Florida is famous for its abundant natural beauty. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’re spoiled for choice here. Choose from numerous natural preserves perfect for the whole family. Enjoy hiking, birdwatching, kayaking, cycling within the serenity of this unique and amazing wetland environment.

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Theatre

Love live performance? Bradenton is the area’s cultural center. The Center on Anna Maria Island that hosts complimentary concerts for guests to enjoy and the Manatee Performing Arts Center hosts a variety of Theatre performances. Also, at the public beaches there are typically music, steel drum performances at sunset.

Museums

Lovers of history, art, science and nature will appreciate the variety of options available just a short drive from the hotel. Make sure to visit The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, Florida Maritime Museum, Anna Maria Island Historical Society, and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Music & Comedy

Take a break to discover some excellent local music and comedy venues. The stunning Sarasota Opera House presents classical and contemporary music in a venue that’s a work of art in and of itself. McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre brings your favorite late-night, streaming special, and cable comedians to the stage for lots of laughs. And the Blue Rooster is where to go for live Rock, Soul and R&B. Don’t skip the Sunday Gospel Brunch!

Shopping

The Bradenton/Anna Maria Island area offers great shopping options with everything from bargain outlets to boutiques, and fresh local produce markets.

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Beaches

Don’t miss the incredible beaches of Anna Maria Island and Bradenton. Our hotel is the ideal spot from which to venture out and explore a number of spectacular local beaches.

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Explore the Area

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  • Neal Preserve

    12301 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209

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  • Robinson Preserve

    1704 99th St NW, Bradenton, FL 34209

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  • Anna Maria Bayfront Park

    316 N Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216

  • Manatee Public Beach

    4000 State Road 64 and Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

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