What to see in annamariaisland – Local attractions – August Things To Do



August is the start of the island’s off-season, so be sure to enjoy the quiet beaches while the crowds begin to head north.

Since August can be a very warm month on the island we have included some indoor activities to keep you cool.


Head over to Cortez Fishing Village and learn how to MAKE ARTISAN SOAPS! The class will be held from 10am-12:30pm and tickets cost $35 each. Contact 941-708

6120 for additional information.


The Anna Maria Community Center will be hosting a COMMUNITY BARBECUE August 19th from 6-8pm. Harry’s Grill will be cooking for the event. Children under 12 are free, members $5 and non-members $10.


Check out the island’s newest ice cream shop in Holmes Beach SMALL TOWN CREAMERY! Not only do they have a huge selection of flavors, but you’ll also find great homemade Fudge, homemade waffle cones, toys, candy and more. Open daily from 11am-10pm.


Lunch at the beach starting at $5. New extended hours for Happy Hour.
Starting Monday, August 7th, Monday through Friday, 11:30 until 5, the Beach House is
offering 2 for 1 domestic drafts, house wines, signature cocktails and well drinks. Their new lunch menu has something for everyone.

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What to do in annamariaisland – Golf – Legacy Golf Club – Sarasota Florida

One of my favourite courses in all of Florida.

Legacy is an upscale, 18-hole championship public golf course and un-parallelled in comparison to any other course found in Southwest Florida. By offering value added, impeccable levels of service and conditioning, it appeals to traveling golfers and locals alike.

As an award-winning Arnold Palmer Signature Design, Legacy has earned its reputation as one of the premier layouts in the Southeastern US.

The course features multiple elevated and virtually every hole is framed with sand and water. This unique course has generous landing areas and wide corridors making the look very dramatic and visually challenging, while still approachable for all players.

So what’s so unique about Legacy Golf Club?
Legacy is the first public golf facility in Sarasota/Bradenton to offer GolfBoards to golfers. A safe, fun, and easy for everyone to learn no matter your age or prior board sport experience. Your golf game will never be the same after you play a round using the GolfBoard! All it takes is a few minutes of training before you head out and by the time you putt out on #1, you will be an expert at the sport of GolfBoarding!

Surf the Earth on GolfBoard!
“The most innovative invention for golf since the graphite shaft, the GolfBoard is forever changing the way golfers experience the game. Powered by an environmentally friendly lithium-ion battery, the GolfBoard is an easy-to-ride vehicle that adds a new level of fun and excitement for golfers of all ages, allowing golfers to ‘Surf the Earth’ in a way that feels similar to snowboarding, surfing, or skateboarding.”

Are forty minute drive from “Absolute Anna Maria” http://bit.ly/2uiVj8u and will worth the drive.

Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch – 8255 Legacy Blvd | Bradenton, FL 34202
(941) 907-7067
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What’s on in annamariaisland – Theatre – Anna Maria Island Player’s Theater

For visitors who enjoy live theater you might find the Island Players an relaxing interesting evening venue.

Founded in 1949, The Island Players, Inc. is an organization dedicated to providing artistic experiences for the communities of Anna Maria Island and its neighboring cities through the presentation of stage productions.
The Island Players is the oldest community theater in Manatee County.

To accomplish these goals, we present five performances each year between October and May of the following year. Recently, one of our presentations is during ArtsHOP, which is sponsored by Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island.

The Island Players Theater has a long history on Anna Maria Island. The building, originally the home of the William H. Gillette family of Parrish, was brought by barge down the Manatee River and placed where it is now on the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue around 1912.

September 21 – October 1, 2017
by Marc Camoletti and adapted by Beverley Cross
Directed by Mike Lusk
In this sequel to Boeing-Boeing, Bernard asks his new mistress to his home on her birthday despite the fact that his wife and best friend will also be there. Soon identities and bedrooms are exchanged with increasing confusion until the unexpected ending.

November 9 – 19, 2017
by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Preston Boyde
It’s December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette (world-famous for playing Sherlock Holmes) has invited fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities quickly turn dangerous.

January 11– 28, 2018
by Dereck Benfield
Directed by James Thaggard
Six people have already died in unfortunate and embarrassing accidents at Jane and Andrew’s country house. When their daughter’s boyfriend arrives for the weekend, conversational confusion leads him to believe these deaths were due to more sinister circumstances

March 8 – 25, 2018
by John Patrick
Directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland
When Mrs. Savage inherits ten million dollars from her husband, her stepchildren realize they cannot get control of the funds. They commit her to a sanatorium hoping to “bring her to her senses” in this high comedy when kindness and affection battle greed and dishonesty.

May 3 -13, 2018
by J.B. Priestly
Directed by Heiko Knipfelberg
After a young girl commits suicide in an industrial English town, a police inspector interrogates a highly respectable British family and soon discovers all members of the tight-knit clan are somehow implicated in the girl’s demise.

When staying at Absolute Anna Maria http://bit.ly/1JoXiOO catch the free trolley in front of the condo at stop #34S and go to the north end of the island and get off at Pins Ave.

After the show we highly recommend a nice evening dinner right on the Beach at the Sandbar Restaurant just a short walk from the Theater.

The Island Players, Inc.
10009 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria, Florida 34216
Phone: 941 778-5755
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Where to eat and drink in annamariaisland – Fresh bakers – Anna Maria Island Donut Experience


The Donut Experiment began life in 2012 as Anna Maria Donuts in Anna Maria, FL. The original mad scientists are the husband-and-wife team of Shawn and Cecilia Wampole. Hailing from the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania, the couple was surprised to find that there was not a donut shop on Anna Maria Island when they vacationed there. What originally started out as a joke about opening a donut shop, eventually led to, after some number crunching and careful planning, the couple quitting their jobs, selling their house and moving to Florida.

Located at 210 Pine AVE and Anna Maria Island’s only donut shop. The Donut Experiment features made-to-order donuts. You may ask, what exactly is a made-to-order donut? Well, starting out with a vanilla cake donut, that is made right in front of you, and then you pick your icing and topping. Offering a minimum of four icings and 14 toppings to choose from, so the possibilities are endless. Served fresh roasted, fresh ground and fresh brewed coffee. With a constant rotation of coffee flavors, you never know what we are brewing up.

The Donut Experiment typically sells between 800 and 1,500 doughnuts in a single day, with most customers ordering at least a dozen at a time.

So popular is the Donut Experiment it is not uncommon to see long line ups out the door for one of the worlds most beloved treats.

Enjoy a scenic ride on the free trolley which stops directly in front of Absolute Anna Maria at trolley stop 34S all the way to the north end of the island to the Donut Experience.

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Where to eat and drink in annamariaisland – Great bars – Island Time Bar & Grill


Island Time Bar & Grill

Originally a parking garage Island Time restaurant is now one of my favourite restaurants on Anna Maria Island featuring live music seven nights a week starting a 7:00pm and the most “happening” place on Anna Maria Island.

Just a five minute walk from Absolute Anna Maria located at 111 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach.

Located directly below the Bradenton Beach Bistro which offers fine dinning Island Time offers a much more casual experience which includes covered seating in a sports bar atmosphere with live entertainment, plus sidewalk seating under umbrellas with superb sunset views. An extensive menu of seafood sandwiches, burgers, tacos, and fish or steak entrees should please the older kids and parents.

A placemat-sized kids’ menu includes coloring (crayons provided) and games, plus 10 meal selections from hot dogs to coconut shrimp in a $5 to $11 price range that includes a beverage. For dessert, there’s crème brulee, hot fudge or caramel sundae, and warm berry cobbler a la mode.

Island Time’s menu should satisfy everyone’s appetite and features the popular crunchy grouper sandwich that is never frozen, fresh Florida grouper, great chicken wings and their New York-style burger. There is also a large appetizer menu that includes ahi tuna, coconut shrimp, chips with salsa and guacamole, baskets of fries and onion rings and more. Entree offerings include cedar-planked salmon, filet mignon, coconut and almond-crusted mahi, a broiled seafood platter and a selection of entree-style salads. Island Time also offers side salads and soup, including lobster bisque and French onion; a wide array of sandwiches; lobster mac and cheese; fish and chips and many delicious desserts. The list goes on, and Herlihy says you can get anything from chicken wings to filet mignon, and it all comes out of the same kitchen that serves the Bridge Street Bistro.

Happy Hour daily from 11:30am -4pm Monday -Saturday and Nightly Happy Hour from 10 to midnight.

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What to see in annamariaisland – Local attractions – St. Armands Circle


St. Armand”s Circle a must see for anyone vacationing on Anna Maria Island. Enjoy a stunning picturesque drive from Anna Maria Island straight south along Gulf of Mexico drive filled with stunning views of mansions, golf courses, waterfront and wildlife.

Located one block from Lido Beach St. Armand’s circle know for it’s high end shopping and restaurants. Featuring over 140 merchants St. Armands Circle are committed to making your visit as memorable as it is rewarding. Visit for a day or stay for a lifetime; the St. Armands experience is one you won’t soon forget. You want have to travel far to find the world’s treasures; they’re all here on St. Armands Circle!

Today, St. Armands Circle is a hub of activities for the island that is otherwise filled with mostly posh residences. The beach, sitting on Lido Key, on the Gulf of Mexico is only a few blocks away, another excellent feature.
Two other main arteries go through the area and boast shops and restaurants at the points where they connect with St. Armands Circle. Boulevard of the Presidents runs mostly north and south while John Ringling Boulevard runs mostly east and west. This configuration separates the area into four quadrants. Signage and directories use these quadrants to better orient visitors. The Pink Quadrant is to the northwest, the Gold Quadrant is to the northeast, the Aqua Quadrant is to the southeast, and the Purple Quadrant is to the southwest. Along the center of John Ringling Boulevard and the Boulevard of the Presidents are wide medians with park-like features including trees, brick paths, benches, and most interestingly, classic-themed statues. Many of the statues date back to the twenties and reflect John Ringling’s belief in bringing art and culture to the city of Sarasota.
St. Armands Circle is located in southwest Florida and sits close to the Gulf of Mexico coast. It is about 60 miles south of Tampa and about 40 miles south of St. Petersburg. St. Armands Circle is located in the city of Sarasota, which is located in Sarasota County, Florida. Businesses on St. Armands Circle proper will have a St. Armands Circle street address so if you set your GPS for one of those you will be able to make your way to the heart of town.

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