Things To Do

ROD AND REEL PIER

The Rod and Reel Pier is a one of Anna Maria Islands hidden treasure dining experiences. Tucked away on the far North end of Anna Maria, it is a "Little Bit of Old Florida" serving traditional fare, local favorites and famous fish specials since 1947. The Rod & Reel Pier is a two story, newly renovated restaurant, directly out on the Gulf of Mexico. Casual Dining for the whole family to enjoy up stairs either seated inside or out on its quaint covered outside deck gives a one a true Old Florida experience. The downstairs is a casual unique bar, serving beer and wine. A island favorite too many locals and travelers for years.

SALTY DOLPHIN TOURS

Salty Dolphin Tours is one of Anna Maria Island's premiere island touring companies, owned and operated by United States Coast Guard Master's Captain Ben Webb, who brings more than 45 years of experience and knowledge of the island's water conditions to each company tour. Tours are customized for each tour group, typically spanning two to four hours, and take place aboard the 27-foot Carolina Skiff Salty Dolphin vessel, which is certified according to Coast Guard specifications. Up to 20 adults can sail on any given tour, which offers up-close opportunities to see native marine life species such as manatees, sea turtles, dolphins, and osprey. Tour packages are also offered to explore the island's historic trails or view the region's spectacular sunsets while floating on the water.

HORSEBACK RIDING

It’s a unique family experience that lets you interact with highly trained animals and their trainers. Complete with that “Old Florida” charm, it can be anything you want it to be – memorable, romantic, educational, or exciting. Riding a horse along the beach is motivating enough to some to plan a quick weekend trip to Anna Maria Island because there aren’t too many other places that allow such splendor along their shores.