100 Years of History of Anna Maria Island encapsulated at the Historical Museum and Belle Haven Cottage. Come see and learn all there is to know about the island and more. Groups and families welcome. Has old photographs, maps, records from the early 1900s, newspaper clippings. Shells, fossils, old post office equipment, tools, fishing items, aerial photos all from the Island.
Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat.
October 1st through April 30th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 1st through September 30th 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Another great place to spend the day sugar-white coastline, emerald Gulf waters and quaint
business districts, shops and restaurants.
Lots to do.
Take a walk on the beach to collect shells,
rent a bicycle, canoe or boat
scuba dive on the old sugar barge
take a deep sea fishing charter!
The island also offers a free trolley service
Anna Maria is a charming island getaway located along the Central Gulf Coast of Florida, but it feels much more like the Florida Keys in character. Here, you won't find any highrises (unlike the beaches of Tampa/St. Petersburg to the north) or snooty private golf course condominium developments (unlike neighboring Longboat Key to the south), but you will find uncrowded beaches, small but attractive "mom and pop" accommodations and a casual island town atmosphere that set it a world apart. The entire island is split into the three small beach communities of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach
The northernmost of the Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan area beaches, Anna Maria Island is nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway, due west of the city of Bradenton.