Bradenton Beach is a small town located on Anna Maria Island off the Gulf Coast. With under 1300 residents, you’ll marvel at the slower pace and laid-back beach vibes of this island gem. Known for their shining white sandy beaches, classy boutiques, and premiere fishing piers, you’ll find everything feels easier in the Florida sun with flip-flops to guide you on your way.
Enjoy a Slower Pace
Bradenton Beach, Florida is the picturesque beach town you’ve always wanted to visit. If you’re looking to keep busy, aside from playing on the white sandy beaches, head to Pine Avenue for an assortment of activities.
Beach Bums is a favorite spot for bike, kayak, and paddleboard rentals. With a picturesque bike path that follows the coastline, you don’t want to miss out. Pine Ave is also a prime destination for unique shopping excursions, whether you’re looking for handmade clothing, fine art, custom soaps, or specialty olive oils. When you’re done shopping and exploring, head to one of the many delicious restaurants to wet your whistle and feed your soul.
Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum
Founded in 1992, this museum displays artifacts, photographs and maps that go all the way back to the Island’s earliest history as an Indian fishing camp. Continue on to see the first homesteader in 1893 and the Island’s roaring twenties culture. Next, did you know that Anna Maria served as a winter base for professional baseball players in the 1950s-70s? This historical complex features the original City Jail, the Belle Haven cottage that once sat on the City Pier, and a garden of plants native to Anna Maria Island. Museum hours are January-April, Tuesday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm and May-December, Tuesday-Saturday from 10am to 1pm. The historical museum is closed the month of September. Best of all, admission is free, though donations are greatly appreciated.
Artspace Studios and Gallery
Artspace is a community of local artists that welcomes visitors from near and far. You’re invited to stop in any time you see the doors open, though for planning purposes their regular hours of operation are Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Not only are you invited to come see artists creating in their studio spaces, you can also sign up for an art class. Palettes in Paradise, Creative Artists, Canvas n’ Corks, or Discover Your Inner Artist are some of the classes you can sign up for during your visit. Explore your inner creator and bring home something truly original to remember your time on Anna Maria Island.
Call 941-243-3835 or email info@ArtspaceAnnaMaria.com to plan your personalized art tour in Bradenton Beach Florida.