ANNA MARIA ISLAND ATTRACTIONS
The Cities of Anna
Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach
You can find white sandy beaches; clear, turquoise waters; luxurious resorts; and the beauty
of a natural Gulf Coast setting which draws many of visitors to the area each
Visitors can enjoy the natural side of Bradenton & Anna Maria Island
by visiting its many parks or public beaches. Anna Maria Island has 3
fishing pier with restaurants, 3 public beach with picnic tables, near
by public tennis courts, a playground, Community center Island Player
theater & the Island Branch of the Manatee Public Library.
Anna Maria Island club
Anna Maria garden club 778 -- 5728
Maria Island privateers that the 778 -- 1238
Anna Maria Island rotary club 778 -- 2253
club of Anna Maria Island 778 -- 3121
Order of Moose Club 778 -- 4110
County Audubon society 795 -- 1355
club of Anna Maria Island 778 -- 4865
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society &
778 -- 0492
402 Pine Ave , Anna Maria Fl.
Collects, Researches, Preserves and Displays artifacts pertaining to
earlier times on Anna Maria Island.
The Island Players,
Address: corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, is a small
company that has loyal patrons and volunteers. Evening
performance 8pm and Sunday Matinee 2 pm
box office open 11 day before opening night from 9am to 2 pm
Mailing Address: Island Players, P.O. Box 2059, Anna
Maria, FL. 34216
SEAFOOD SHACK SHOWBOAT CRUISES
4110 127th St. W
Cortez rd at bridge 941-794-1236
Anna Maria Island Art League, 778-2099
Anna Maria Island Community Center Inc
Anna Maria Island Community Center Inc
407 Magnolia Avenue, Anna Maria , 34216
Phone: 941 778-1908 FAX: 941-778-9511
Soccer, Baseball, indoor
Basketball, and Tennis play area for kids and lots more.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, 778-6694
Art League 778-2099
Woman's Club of Anna Maria Island 778-1670
Cortez Historic Fishing Village
Village of Cortez, Fla. Institute for
Saltwater Heritage Bradenton . Fl.
Walk through the historical fishing village and visit the old Fish
house. There are over 100 historic building built by and for Fisherman
in the historic district.
Cortez Fishing Fleet Fleet
4330-127th St. W. Bradenton, FL Phone: 941/794-1223
Fast, 65-foot boat with narrated cruises, beachcombing, shelling and
trips to historic Egmont Key. Four, six and nine hour fishing trips with
an electronic fish finder. License, bait and tackle included, keep your
catch. Open 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily, reservations recommended.
12507 Cortez Rd. W. Bradenton, FL Phone: 941/795-2700
Ride the "Flyin’ Bandit!" Take off and land directly from
the towing vessel. Eight years experience with U.S.C.G. licensed
captains and crew. Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.
Cortez Watercraft Rentals
4328-127th St. W. Bradenton, FL Phone: 941/792-5263
Wave runners (jet skis), pontoon boats, fishing boats for cruising the
Bay and Intercostals waterway. Great for reaching those isolated
beaches. Open 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.
Fun and Sun Parasail & Water sports
Cortez Bridge, Bradenton, FL Phone: 941/795-1653 tandem or
single. Fully insured and U.S. Coast Guard inspected. Take off and land directly on the tow vessel - up to 1200
feet. Hours: 9am-5pm Monday thru Sunday Cost: Starting @ $50.00
135 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
Phone: (941) 795-1000
Fax: (941) 795-6969
Island Trolley ---Island Trolley
P.O. Box 1727, Anna Maria Island, 34216
941-730-1608 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pioneer Water Sports
S.W. end of Cortez Bridge Anna Maria Island, FL Phone: 941/778-9760
Wave runner rentals, safe family fun, daily & hourly rentals,
eco-tours. Featuring the new Yamaha three-seaters wave ventures and Seadoo
Longboat Pass Parasail
Bradenton, FL Phone: 941/792-1900
Take off from the back deck of the boat, land soft and dry. Long-time
operation has flown thousands, the oldest was 93 years old! Coast Guard
licensed crew. Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.
diving on Anna Maria Island classes
Discover the beauty and excitement
of the underwater world with Severino Scuba
Jeff & Sue
Sun Hovercraft Rides
12507 Cortez Rd. W. Bradenton, FL Phone: 941/792-1290
Propelling itself with air, the hovercraft is capable of sailing over
water or land. The craft makes for an exceptionally smooth ride. Seating
six comfortably, it provides a unique way to experience the beauty of
Sarasota Bay. View Historic Cortez Village and the Kitchen Flats. Nature
is observed up close at Bird Key Sanctuary Island in the Bay itself.
Redfish, trout, Snook and mullet swim beneath while pelicans and herons
fly above. Included in the tour are the local barrier islands of
Longboat Key and Bradenton Beach. Based at the Cortez Fishing Center,
enjoy these exciting excursions. Also, safety need not be a concern. The
Hovercraft is regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard and operated by a
The Island Players,
Address: corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, is a small
company that has loyal patrons and volunteers. Call 778-5755 for
Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre
102 Old Main Street., Bradenton 34205 Call 941-748-5875
Phone: (941) 748-0111
Fax: (941) 750-6891
stages quality productions - from dramas to musicals, Sondheim to
Shakespeare - that sometimes feature casts and sets almost as big as
traveling Broadway shows. box office hours 10am to 2 pm
All show open Thursday evenings
Bradenton's premier live theatre. Open daily 10:00am-4:00pm. Award
wining community theatre presenting six main stage productions.
The sound of music
Community music groups also prove amateurs - with the love of their
craft - can create music for themselves or for appreciative audiences.
Local organizations include: Bradenton Early Music Society, 748-4511;
Gloria Musicae Singers, 758-5140; Goodtime Jazz Club, 794-6714; and
Manatee Community Band, 792-8921.
Bradenton Ballet Repertory
group that features young dance students as well as older
Around the Bend Nature
Eco-heritage tours on Florida's Gulf Coast! Naturalist guided walks and
boat tours in Manatee County - follow the footsteps of Florida's
original people and discover our rich natural and cultural heritage.
Offerings include Sunset Dinner Cruise, Cortez Fishing Village, Quick
Quest to one park, or Venturer's Visit by van 2-3 parks with picnic
lunch. Hours: Monday thru Sunday 8:30am - Sunset Walking Tours:
$10-$12/Cruises start: $20 Children: $5-$15
1815 Palma Sola Blvd,
Phone: (941) 794-8773
Manatee Airboat Tours, Inc.
docked at Perico Harbour on Manatee Avenue - Bradenton - 34209
201 10th Street West Bradenton, Florida 34205
Located on the Manatee River waterfront and taking up an entire
city block, the South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium, and
Parker Manatee Aquarium is a unique educational resource.
Bradenton Sarasota International Airport
6000 Airport Circle - Sarasota - 34243
DESOTO SPEEDWAY Best & Most Complete Stock Car Racing in the Area
21000A State Route 64 E. Bradenton, FL 34202
941-748-3171 Fax: 941-746-3424
201 10th St. West Bradenton, FL 747-1998
9 A.M. - 5 P.M. Tue. - Fri.
Soto National Memorial North
end of 75th Street,
Programs at the park explain the prevailing 16th
century Spanish cultural values and the inevitable clash with the
native cultures the expedition encountered. take manatee Ave to
75 St West , go north to park 2.5 Miles for more information contact
Superintendent, Desoto National Memorial,
P.O. Box 15390
Bradenton Florida, 34280 Phone:
(941) 792-0458. Fax: (941) 792-5094
Free. 9:00am-5:00pm 7 days a week.
ost: Admission is free *Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and
New Years Day. Commemorates the 1539 to 1543 Spanish expedition which
traveled thru the southeast US. Special programs, exhibits, trails, and
orientation fil explain the events and impacts associated with the trek
and upon Native Americans and future explorations.
Hernando De Soto landing in Florida, exhibits, nature
tours and a visitor center depict the significance of his expedition in
the history of North America. Be sure to catch the early weapons
(crossbow and gunpowder rifle), blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations
given by rangers dressed in period costume.
Gulf Coast World of
Mixon Fruit Farms
Fresh Citrus Fruit from Mixon Fruit
Florida's Sweetest Attraction
2712 26th Avenue East,
P.O Box 25200
Bradenton, Florida 34206-5200
(941) 748-5829 • 1-800-608-2525
Fax: (941) 748-1085
12012 Cortez Road West Cortez FL, 34215
FLORIDA MUSEUM 201 10th St. W
10 A.M. - 5 P.M. Tue. - Sat. | Noon - 5 P.M. Sunday
Thinkin Farms - Nature-Trail Horseback Riding
Manatee County Phone:(941)322-1074
Fishing, Hayrides and Horseback Riding. Chaperoned. All
Ages May Ride… Reservations Required! One Hour From Anna
Maria Island! :http://annamaria.net/wthinkn/
Manatee State Recreation Area
Facility Camping, Primitive Camping, Recreation, Canoeing,
Swimming, Fishing, Boat Ramp, Picnicking, Hiking/Nature
Trails, Recreation Area http://annamaria.net/state/parks/lakemanatee
Key National Wildlife Refuge
Camping, Recreation, Swimming, Fishing and Hiking/Nature
Trails. Just a short travel by boat from Anna Maria
PIRATES COVE FUN PARK
5410 14St. W. (U.S.41) Bradenton FL34207 phone 941-755-4608 Fax: (941) 753-9078 Go-Kart Grand Prix Track, Miniature Golf, Bumper boats, LASER TAG, Video
Game Room & snack room Pirates
5 acre entertainment facility featuring fast paced go-kart racing
action, wet-n-wild action on the bumper boats, adrenaline pumping laser
tag, challenging mini golf, skill testing softball and baseball batting
cages, and an arcade full of the latest redemption and video games. Open
Monday-Thursday 11aa-9:30pm/Friday 11am-11pm/Saturday 10am-11pm and
Sunday 12:00-9:30pm No admission fee
SOUTH FLORIDA MUSEUM & BISHOP PLANETARIUM/PARKER AQUARIUM
Address: 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. FL 34205-8604
E-mail: email@example.com Phone: (941) 746-4131.
Cultural and natural history exhibits, Star gazing, space exploration
star shows and laser light shows in Bishop Planetarium, a well-equipped telescopic observatory and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Home to Snooty the manatee.
Hours: Star shows featuring the constellations of the season are held
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 2:45 PM. A "tonight
show" is featured Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, followed by
telescopic observing. The observatory is open Friday and Saturdays from
9 to 10 PM weather permitting.
All ages will find something they'll love here, from Snooty, the oldest
manatee born in captivity to laser light shows set to rock music. The
museum itself features prehistoric exhibits, Florida Native Americans,
Spanish explorer artifacts and Cracker settler paraphernalia. Snooty,
the 800-pound manatee, swims around in his huge, new aquarium. There is
a feature show in the planetarium daily at 1:30 and 4 PM. Also, on
Saturdays, children can view The Little Star that Could followed by
hands-on museum activities. World-acclaimed laser light shows are an
incredible treat for all . A sound system blasts you with your favorite
tunes (rock, country, alternative and even Big Band) as you lean back in
the reclined theater seats and witness a creative display of lighting
wizardry. Cultural and natural history exhibits, starshows and laser light shows in Bishop Planetarium, a well-equipped telescopic observatory and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Home to Snooty the manatee.
South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium
The facility includes a Florida History Museum showcasing Florida aboriginal artifacts, fossils and
pale ontological materials and local
cultural history. The 60,000 gallon Manatee Aquarium houses two live
manatees. a 220 seat Planetarium features educational astronomy star
shows and entertaining laser light shows and rooftop observatory. A
museum store and outside Spanish courtyard complete the facility. Hours:
closed Mondays May-June and August-December. Monday-Friday January-April
and month of July. 10am-5pm and Sunday 12 noon-5pm. Admission: $7.00
Adults; $6.00 Seniors; Students (over 12) $5.00; Children 5-12 $4.00;
preschoolers with families are free
MANATEE AIRBOAT TOURS
Address: 12310 Manatee Ave. West, Bradenton. Phone: (941) 795-5353.Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily, tours leave on the
hour. If you're looking for adventure and love exploring the natural side of
Florida, Manatee Airboat tours offers just the ticket. Running daily
from Perico Harbor Marine near Leverocks restaurant and Galati Marine on
Manatee Avenue in Bradenton, the tour is a great way to introduce the
kids to the wildlife of the area, or to enjoy viewing the areas
beautiful birds and other creatures.
Manatee Village Historical Park
The Manatee Village Historical park offers an opportunity for visitors
to step back in time. Nine restored buildings are furnished with period
antiques. Volunteer tour guides are available October-May or use the
self guided tour. Children's hands-on room allows kids to pretend they are
pioneers. Hours: Sunday 1:30pm-4:30pm (closed Sundays in July/August),
Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm. Free admission
604 15th St. East ,
Bradenton, FL 34208
Phone: (941) 749-7165
MANATEE VILLAGE HISTORICAL PARK
Address: 604 15th St. East, Bradenton. Phone: (941) 749-7165.
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 AM to 4:30 PM, Sunday 1:30 to 4:30 PM.
From October through May, enjoy a guided tour, Monday through Friday
from 9 AM to 3 PM. Cost: Admission is free.
Visit Manatee County's first courthouse,
built in 1860, and a number of original historic structures including a
settlers home, Wiggins Store, Bunker Hill schoolhouse and the newest
addition, Potters Barn. You'll find it tucked away just east of
downtown; take Manatee Avenue, which turns into S.R. 64.
Pittsburgh Pirates, 1605 ninth Street
941 -- 748 -- 4610
4801 Cortez Road dad Key 379 -- 6684
Art League of Manatee County
Address: 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.746-2862 A more traditional art setting - one that fits images of paintings
hanging on walls and sculptures sitting on pedestals
Ray's Canoe Hideaway on the Manatee River
1247 Hagle Park Road, Bradenton, FL 34202 Phone: (941)747-3909
Now at home on the web at www.rayscanoehideaway.com
"Paddle the Singing River by Canoe or Kayak!" Canoe & Kayak rentals-hourly,
half, full, overnight, weekly, Boat Launch, equipment rental, ice, live bait, Sodas & Snacks
Toll free: 888/57CANOE,
Phone: (941) 747-3909
Fax: (941) 957-3031
Explore Bradenton's "Singing River" by canoe or kayak. Year
round, easy paddling adventures in a pristine, subtropical, jungle-like
environment. Find secluded sandy river beaches to picnic, fish,
sunbathe, observe wildlife, or hunt fossils on our lazy river. Florida
State Canoe Trail, Gulf Coast Heritage Trail/Blue way site. Rays
Canoe Hideaway On the Manatee River
Explore the "Singing River" by canoe or kayak on this
subtropical state canoe trail. Year round, easy paddling fun for
wildlife watching, fishing, picnicking, swimming, sunbathing, hunting
fossils or finding a quiet moment in nature. World class fresh water
fishing, guided or self guided tours. Groups welcome. Wilderness Store,
live bait, fishing tackle, drinks and snacks. Hours: 8am-6pm Monday thru
Sunday. Rates vary: $9.00-$15.00 (under 12 free)
1247 Hagle Park Road,
Open: Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. Closed: Months of July, August
and September. One of Florida's most unique experiences. Visit the home
and studio of internationally known sculptor, Howard Solomon. His
castle, built by the artist's own hand, (restaurant on the premises)
contains galleries of his art; plus 60 or more interpretive stained
glass windows. Located south of Ona, FL on County Rd 665, 30 miles
4533 Solomon road ,
Phone: (941) 494-6077
Fax: (941) 993-0755
Gamble Plantation State Historic Site
Site of mid-1800's sugar plantation covering over 3,500 acres. In May,
1865, it is reported that J.P. Benjamin took refuge in the mansion during
his escape to England. Today the mansion is furnished in period items to
give visitors the feel of frontier living. Tours available:
Thursday-Monday @ 9:30, 10:30, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00. Rates: Adults -
$3.00/Children (6-12) $1.50
3708 Patten Avenue,
Ellenton, FL 34222
Phone: (941) 723-4536
Fax: (941) 723-4538
GAMBLE PLANTATION STATE HISTORIC SITE
Address: 3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton. Phone: (941) 723-4536. Hours: Open Thursday - Monday. Tours start at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1
p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m..This is the only Confederate memorial in the state. Highlights are the
collection of antebellum furnishings and an 1890s farmhouse. The Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial at Gamble Plantation State
Historic Site serves as a memorial to a way of life and an economic
system that existed before the War Between the States. Gamble Mansion is
the only surviving plantation house in south Florida. The mansion was
the home of Major Robert Gamble and headquarters to an extensive sugar
plantation of over 3,500 acres. It is believed that Confederate
Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin took refuge in the house after the
fall of the Confederacy, until his safe passage to England could be
secured. It was designated the Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial in
1925 to commemorate its significant history. In 1925, the mansion and 16
acres were saved by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and donated
to the state. Today, it is furnished in the style of a successful
mid-19th century plantation.
5309 29th Street East,
Ellenton, FL. 34222-4116 The 115,000 square foot state of the art domed
"igloo-like" facility offers the community a sporting center for
recreational and entertainment activities for all ages. Inside the
structure are two NHL size ice rinks and a USA Hockey Official inline
rink, a fitness center, video
game room, four party rooms, four conference rooms on the second floor and
a full service restaurant with catering capabilities. Numerous programs
will be offered at the site including: hockey
and figure skating for all
ages and levels.
Edison/Ford Winter Estate Phone:
Plantation State Historic Site
Gamble Mansion, Ellington oldest building in manatee County 723-4536
20's Pizza & Pipes
$400,000.00 Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ played nightly. Requests and
all eras of music. Built in 1931, 4 manual, 42 ranks. Call for times.
6750 N. US 301,
Ellenton, FL 34222
Phone: (941) 723-1733
Fax: (941) 723-3603
John Ringling adorned in the landscape of St. Armand Circle with
Italian statues brought over during his many trips to Venice, Roman,
Naples . He also spent lavishly on paintings and art John Ringling had
amassed 60025 paintings at the time of this death 1936
Pelican Man's Bird
Sanctuary 388 -- 4444
777 N. Tamiami Tr. Sarasota, FL 34236-4047
Phone: 941/924-7054 Fax: 941/924-4414
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The creation of Circus Sarasota is the first step in realizing the dream of enhancing, producing and propelling the circus arts in Florida and beyond. Our one-ring European-style circus features international circus stars. Visitors to Sarasota will have the opportunity to witness affordable family entertainment, and see that Sarasota is the circus capital of the United States. The legacy continues. Performances December 26, 1999 to January 23, 2000.
Hours: Office open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; performance times vary.
Cincinnatti Reds 12 Street and Carol Avenue
Ringling Museum of Art
Monday-Sunday 10am - 5:30pm Adults: $9.00 (Sr. discounts) Children under
13 free. See over 500 years of European art. The Art Museum's loggias
surround a beautiful COURTYARD filled with statues and fountains. See
Ca'd'Zan in the midst of a multimillion dollar restoration. At the
MUSEUM OF THE CIRCUS see sequined costumes, miniature circuses and
elaborately carved wagons. The beaufiul landscaped grounds contain over
400 species of exotic Florida trees, plants and Mable's historic rose
garden. Browse thru the gift shops and enjoy lunch at the BANYAN CAFE.
5401 Bayshore Road ,
Phone: (941) 359-5700
Fax: (941) 359-5745
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Address:5401 Bay Shore Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243-2161 Phone:(941) 351-1660.or
359-5723 941/359-5700 Toll Free (U.S.): 800/660-4278 Fax: 941/359-5745
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission
to galleries is free on Saturdays.
This museum is the legacy of John Ringling (1866-1936), one of the greatest business tycoons of his day. The museum includes a 22-gallery Art Museum; Museum of the Circus;
Ca'd'Zan, The Ringlings' mansion; courtyard; gardens and grounds.
On displays Renaissance European, modern and Venetian Gothic artworks in
its 22 galleries. Close by is Ca' D'Zan, the 30-room Venetian-Gothic
mansion that Ringling occupied for about 10 years. Expansive gardens and
a circus museum also are part of the complex, which is open year-round.
Admission to the complex is free for children under age 12 (admission to
the art museum is free on Saturdays); For more information, call (941)
What a grand experience awaits you at the John and Mable Ringling Museum
of Art. The art galleries brim with Old Masters, a collection that
includes five world-renowned tapestry cartoons by Peter Paul Rubens.
Marvel at the Late Medieval and Renaissance works by Italian and
northern European Renaissance artists, in addition to French, Dutch,
Flemish and Spanish Baroque paintings. The Ringlings acquired a majority
of the collection. Tour through their winter home,
Ca D'Zan, an opulent mansion that blends everything from
Italian and French Renaissance, Baroque, Venetian Gothic and modern
architecture. The mansion was completed in 1926 and is set to be
repaired and restored to its 1920s appearance. Stroll through the lovely sculpture garden courtyard and the Rose
Garden, perfect spots for snapping photos.
The Circus Galleries offer a collection of circus
memorabilia, a fitting tribute to John Ringling, who collected art work
as the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus became "the Greatest
Show on Earth."
Asolo Theatre Company
5555 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243-2141
Phone: 941/351-8000 Toll Free (U.S.): 800/361-8388
Fax: 941/351-5796 Website: http://www.asolo.org/
A superb destination theatre. The Asolo celebrates its 41st anniversary this year.
Hours: Call for hours and show schedules.
The new Asolo Center for the Performing Arts,
across the street from the complex at 5401 Bay Shore Road. The original
theater, which lies close to the museum, was shipped in pieces from
Italy by Ringling. It now is used for the art museum's lecture series.
Sarasota Classic Car Museum Email
Address: 5500 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota. FL. 34239 Phone: (941) 355-6228.Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.
a collection of restored and antique cars, music makers (hurdy-gurdies,
calliopes and a 30-foot Belgian organ) and antique games and machines.
e mail: ClassicCarMuseum@aol.com
2 Marina Jack Bay front Plaza Sarasota, FL 34236-8919
Phone: 941/346-7245 Fax: 941/346-6495
Half-day and full-day sailing adventures. Dolphin sightings and sunset sails on the beautiful Sarasota Bay and Gulf of Mexico on a 1989 Morgan 41 sailing vessel.
Hours: Open year-round.
Selby Botanical Gardens
811 S Palm Ave Sarasota, FL 34236-7726 Phone: 941/366-5731
Fax: 941/366-9807 Website: http://www.selby.org
Nine bay front acres, more than 20,000 tropical plants, including an outstanding collection of orchids and bromeliads; museum; hands-on learning center; greenhouse; and 20 distinct garden areas.
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.. every day, closed Christmas.
Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children older than 5.
This flower-lovers oasis on Sarasota Bay features one of the worlds
largest collections of orchids (more than 5,000) and is the only
botanical garden in the world that specializes in epiphytic plants
(plants that live on moisture in the air). A couple of short walking
trails and 20,000 plants, including bromeliads, bamboo and banyans, are
featured along with the historic Selby mansion (now a gift shop) and a
Museum of Botany and the Arts. Scientists here are responsible for
saving species from extinction. Resident kids and adults should check
out the ongoing horticultural-related classes; don't miss the
once-a-year plant sale.
Mote Marine Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy. Sarasota, FL 34236-1004 Phone: 941/388-4441
Toll Free (Worldwide): 800/691-MOTE (6683) Phone: (941)
388-1385. or 1-800-691-6683 Fax: 941/388-4242
Website: http://www.mote.org E-mail: email@example.com
Ten new exhibits, working research labs, touch tank and interactive Sea Cinema. Come face-to-face with a shark or visit with resident manatees and endangered sea turtles. Eco-tours of Sarasota Bay available.
Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.
This aquarium/museum filled with wonders of the local seas. Its not very
large, and only takes a couple of hours to see, but Mote Marine is
packed full of interesting displays. The main attraction, a shark tank,
features shark species that typically swim around in the same waters you
The touch tank is neat; you can handle creatures such as rays and sea
urchins. A variety of small aquariums throughout the building displays
amazing sea life. Its a super educational opportunity for all ages Mote
Mote Aquarium is open 365 days a year from
10:00am to 5:00pm. Come see stingrays, sharks, manatees, sea turtles and
much, much more! View science research at our viewable research labs.
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Phone: (941) 388-2451
PELICAN MAN BIRD SANCTUARY
Man's Bird Sanctuary 1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy Sarasota, Florida 34236-1000 Phone:
(941) 388-4444 Fax: (941) 388-3258 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. Cost: Admission is free.
What started as one mans mission to save injured pelicans has developed
into a full-scale sanctuary operation for more than 200 species of
injured birds. Dale Shields, known around here as the "Pelican
Man," welcomes donations but doesn't charge admission. Its a good
chance to get up close to our native birds, providing another important
lesson for the kids . Take your time and look for the unusual like the
crow that talks.
SARASOTA JUNGLE GARDENS
3701 Bayshore Rd. Sarasota, FL 34234-5211
Phone: 941/355-1112 Toll Free (U.S.): 877/861-6547 Fax: 941/355-1222
(941) 355-5305 Website: http://www.sarasotajunglegardens.com/
Acres of beautiful gardens and nature trails for leisurely strolls and picture taking. Jungle animal exhibits, reptile encounters and bird shows, Gardens of Christ, shell museum, kiddie jungle and cafe. Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.
. Cost:$9 for adults, $5 for children. Annual pass for $12.
This peaceful retreat is one of our favorite places to go any time of
year, Cool, shaded trails wander through some of the most well-kept,
lush, tropical vegetation around. Banana trees, hibiscus and rose
gardens, towering palms, ferns and crotons are just some of the flora
encountered on a stroll through the "jungle."
As with most Florida attractions, you'll enjoy some family entertainment
such things as bird shows with 70-year-old Cockatoos that ride bikes on
tight wires or alligator shows featuring 500-pound gators jumping three
feet in the air.
The other native Sarasota critters, such as our friendly snakes are
safely behind glass to keep the fright-effect at a minimum. But the
snakes are fascinating, Bird watchers will be in heaven here. Around
every bend are different feathered friends -- families of ducks waddling
through the palmettos, peacocks and flamingos, (most roam or fly
freely). Photo opportunities are abundant
Jungle Gardens can easily be experienced in 4 hours if you plan your
time around the bird and reptile show schedules given to you with your
ticket. Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Hours: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM - 7 days a week. Admission: $9.00 for adults,
$5.00 for children ages 3-12, children under 3 free, $7.00 for seniors
62 and over Cool jungle trails winding through lush tropical vegetation,
240 different species of tropical trees, plants and flowers from all
over the world. Bird & reptile shows, Kiddy Jungle, 21 animal
exhibits, tropical birds, picture posing area, free roaming flamingos
that eat from your hand.
3701 Bayshore Road,
Sarasota, FL 34234
Phone: (941) 355-5305
Golden Apple Dinner Theatre
25 N. Pineapple Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236-5786
Toll Free (U.S. & Canada): 800/652-0920
Candlelit prime rib dinner and Broadway musical entertainment with shows such as Ain't
Misbehavin', Guys and Dolls and My Fair Lady. Second location in Venice. Hours: Call for
SARASOTA OPERA HOUSE TOUR
Address: 61 North Pineapple, Sarasota. Phone: (941) 366-8450.Hours: By
appointment. Cost: $2.
Since its by appointment only, not many people know about this
inexpensive tour that takes you behind the scenes of the opera. Your
tour guide will lead you through the wardrobe department, where all of
the wigs and costumes are constructed. An interesting history of the
acoustically perfect Edwards theater, built in 1926, and a chandelier
that graced Twelve Oaks in Gone With the Wind are included in the
Sarasota Ballet of Florida 366 -- 6740
Asolo Center of
Performing Arts 351 -- 8,000
Florida West Coast Symphony 953 -- 4252
Golden Apple Theatre 366 -- 5454
The Jazz Club 366 -- 1552
Van Weasel Performing
Arts Hall 953 -- 3366
MYAKKA CITY ATTRACTIONS
Myakka River State Park
One of Florida's largest and most diverse natural areas: the Florida
wild and scenic Myakka River flows through 45 square miles of wetlands,
prairies, hammocks, pinelands and two shallow lakes. The park features
birding, hiking, canoeing, camping, fishing, cabins and wildlife
viewing. Open daily 8am to sunset. Prices: $4.00 per vehicle for 2-8
persons & $2.00 per vehicle for 1 person
13207 S.R. 72 ,
Sarasota, FL 34241
Phone: (941) 361-6511
MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK AND WILDLIFE TOURS
Park--Welcome Address: S.R. 72 (Clark Rd.) 14 miles east of U.S. Hwy. 41, 9 miles east
of I-75. Phone: (941) 361-6511. Hours: 8 a.m. - sunset.
Cost: $2 per person or $4 for two to six people. Airboat and tram tours
run $6 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6 to 12
If you can only fit in one attraction, this is probably the one to
choose. You have the chance to glimpse local natural wonders in their
most primitive state, such as bald eagles perched high in the
moss-draped oaks or alligators sunning on the shores of the Myakka
River. Land tours aboard a tram run December through May, and drivers
give excellent narration of native plants. Airboat rides run all year
you'll learn all about the water birds and other water critters on these
tours. The tours offer a good break from walking, biking or canoeing.
HERRMANNS LIPIZZAN RANCH
Address: Singletary Rd., Myakka City. Phone: (941) 322-1501.
Hours: Shows are at 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday.
From January through April, the Lipizzan stallions come home to
entertain audiences free of charge! Actually, this is their training
home, much like the baseball stars, before they travel the country
FLORIDA GULF COAST RAILROAD MUSEUM
Address: 12355 U.S. 301 North, Parrish. Phone: (941) 722-4272.
Hours: Trains depart at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. on Saturdays, 1
p.m. & 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Experience a blast from the past on this 1950s train excursion featuring
air-conditioned lounge cars and open-window coaches. The round-trip
through rural southern Florida lasts about an hour.
Florida Gulf Coast Railroad
Ride vintage railroad coaches from the 30's, 40's and 50's along
original seaboard airline railroad track thru rustic Manatee County. 12
mile round trip (1 hour/20 minutes). Enjoy scenic views and indigenous
plants and wildlife. January-April 11am and 1pm/May-December 11am, 1pm
and 3pm Saturdays and Sundays 1pm and 3pm. Adults: $10.00 Cab Ride:
$20.00. Children: $6.00 Cab Ride: $16.00
PO Box 355,
Phone: (941) 365-5738
2816 NW County Rd 6611 Arcadia, FL 34266 Phone: 941/494-1215
Toll free: 800/268-0083 , Fax: 941/494-4391
Web Site: http://www.canoeoutpost.com
Paddle the beautiful Peace River and enjoy wildlife viewing, fishing,
swimming, hiking, camping, fossil hunting, along with canoeing and
kayaking on Florida’s most popular State Canoe Trail. Half day, full
day, and overnight wilderness trips. See the true Florida with Canoe
Outpost, Florida’s oldest & largest outfitter.
HISTORIC SPANISH POINT
Address: 500 N. Tamiami Tr., Osprey.
Phone: (941) 966-5214.Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday;
noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Retreat to the Old Florida the first settlers experienced. Lush,
tropical vegetation surrounds refurbished pioneer dwellings on 30 acres.
Take a 90-minute tour and walk through the lives of John and Eliza Webb,
a New York couple who came here to homestead in 1867, where they became
farmers, entrepreneurs and innkeepers for winter visitors. You'll visit
their citrus packing house and boarding house. Mary's Chapel sits
nearby, constructed by the Webbs in honor of a young music student who
died while staying at the Webbs.
The next generation glimpse features a bay front home with a
turn-of-the-century kitchen; wealthy Chicago business woman Bertha
Palmer bought the property in 1912 and planted magnificent gardens. Her
family donated the property to the Gulf Coast Heritage Association in
An archaeological exhibit, the only Indian shell midden in the United
States that you can walk into, reveals bones, shells and other refuse
from ancient life on the coastline. A video highlights other
archaeological finds made on the grounds. A tram is available for
hands-on Museum 1120 fourth Street South, St.
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Florida International Museum
100 2nd St N St. Petersburg, FL 33701-3312
Phone: 727/822-3693 Toll Free (U.S.): 877/JFK-SHOW Fax: 727/898-0248 Website:
World premiere of "John F. Kennedy: The Exhibition." Multi-media and architecturally enhanced exhibition galleries give visitors a full experience of the personal and public life of the 35th president. Nov. 12, 1999 - May 25, 2000.
Hours: Call for hours.
St. Pete Pier
800 2nd Ave NE St. Petersburg, FL 33701-3512
Phone: 727/821-6164 Fax: 727/821-6451
Retail shops/carts, a food court, restaurants, observation deck, an aquarium, sightseeing cruises, Great Explorations Hands-On Museum, simulator rides,
Waverunner/bicycle rentals, fishing, miniature golf, and the HMS Bounty
800 2nd Ave NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-3512
Phone: 727/895-7437Fax: 727/821-6451E-mail: email@example.com
Nine aquariums, marine life exhibits, guided tours and hands-on programs.
Hours: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Mon. - Sat., noon - 6 p.m. Sun.
Sunshine Skyway State Fishing Pier
11101 34th St S St. Petersburg, FL 33711
Phone: 727/865-0668Fax: 727/906-8085
Park and fish on the world's longest fishing pier. A unique fishing location, directly off I-275 between St. Petersburg and Bradenton on Tampa Bay. View of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. No fishing license required. Complete bait shop. Rod rental available.
Hours: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
3400 Pasadena Ave. South St. Petersburg, FL 33707-4489
Phone: 727/462-2628 Toll Free (U.S. & Canada): 800/444-4814 Fax: 727/446-4814
Two vessels cruise the inland waters: one from the St. Pete Beach area, the other from the Clearwater Beach Marina. Sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises are available.
Salvador Dali Museum
Dali Museum Salvador
1000 Third Street
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727-823-3767 FAX 727-894-6068
Golf Range & Batting Practice Center
820 S. Kings Avenue , Brandon, FL
10001 Malcolm McKinley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33612-6401
Toll Free (U.S.): 800/4-ADVENTURE
Fax: 813/987-5443 Website: http://www.adventureisland.com
4500 E Bougainvillea Ave Tampa, FL 33617-3443 Phone: 813/987-5660
Tampa Bay's only water park Adventure
A family water park featuring 25 acres of tropical entertainment including 17 water attractions and a championship volleyball complex.
outdoor cafes, picnic and sunbathing areas. Guests
can conquer speed slides, float along on a rambling river or take
advantage of 12 beautiful white sand volleyball courts. Open March
through October Hours vary by season.
100 Brandon Town Center Drive,
Seminole Indian Village
5221 Orient Road
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
3605 E Bougainvillea Ave
Tampa, FL 33612-6433
Toll Free (U.S.): 800/372-1797
Gardens, 3000 E Busch Blvd Tampa, FL 33612-8734 Phone: 813/987-5082
Guests of all ages have a variety of experiences exploring this 300-acre
family entertainment park. The most popular attraction on Florida's west
coast, visitors experience a unique combination of thrilling rides,
zoological habitats and live entertainment. African-themed family
entertainment park, featuring world-class animal habitats, thrilling
rides and live entertainment. Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. with
extended hours summers and holidays.
SR 60 and I-75
River Golf 4011 E.
Tampa, FL 33617
Clayground Make it, paint it, bake it!
1729 East 7th Avenue
701 Channel side Dr Tampa, FL 33602-5614
Phone: 813/273-4000 Fax: 813/209-2077
Discover the great outdoors inside The Florida Aquarium. You'll come face to face with more than 6,000 aquatic plants and animals native to Florida.
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
Explore Florida's water story from underground source to open sea. See
thousands of native plants and animals including fish, rays, sharks,
birds, otter, alligators - in air-conditioned comfort. Outdoor
"Explore a Shore" exhibit offers fun for kids of all ages
including hands-on live pool teeming with sea creaturesFlorida
Orchestra (813) 286-1170
Florida Holocaust Museum
Henry B. Plant Museum
401 W. Kennedy Blvd. at The University of Tampa
Tampa, FL 33606-1450
Phone: 813/254-1891 Fax: 813/258-7272
Interprets the turn-of-the-century 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel. A national historic landmark in the heart of downtown Tampa. Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tues. - Sat.; noon - 4 p.m. Sun.Henry
B. Plant Museum Tours
Lowry Park Zoo
7530 North Blvd. Tampa, FL 33604-4756 Phone: 813/935-8552 Fax: 813/935-8634
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Animals from four continents
Animals in natural habitat settings, exotic birds and a petting zoo. See more than 14 species of primates, the rare Indian rhino, Sumatran tiger, bald eagles, black bear, bison, manatees and more. Birds of Prey show daily and Jungle Carousel Ride.
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.
Lowry Park Zoo
MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
4801 E Fowler Ave Tampa, FL 33617-2017
Phone: 813/987-6000 Toll Free (U.S.): 800/995-MOSI (6674)
Fax: 813/987-6310 Website: http://www.mosi.org
The largest science center in the Southeastern U.S. Home of the only IMAX Dome theater in Florida. Experience the Gulf Coast Hurricane, The Saunders Planetarium and the BioWorks Butterfly Garden. More than 450 hands-on activities.
Hours: Open 9 a.m. 365 days, closing hours vary.
Museum of Science and Industry
of Science & Industry
MacDill AFB Home
Hyde Park Village
of Tampa Tours
811 Wynkoop Road
Golf & Games
Sports TeamsTampa Bay
Devil Rays - Major League Baseball
Bay Buccaneers - NFL Football
Bay Mutiny - Major League Soccer
Bay Lightning - NHL Hockey
See local wildlife.
Tampa Calendar of Events. http://www.floridastatefair.com/events_calendar.html
Box 11766 Tampa
Stage Door Dinner Theater
15212 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa, FL 33613-1450
Phone: 813/910-0221 Fax: 813/910-7304 Website: http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Corner/3335/
Broadway-style musical revues and sumptuous buffet catered by The Walden Lakes Country Club. Hours: Box office open Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tampa Bay History Center
225 S. Franklin St. (adjacent to Tampa Convention Tampa, FL 33602-5329Phone: 813/228-0097Fax: 813/223-7021
Galleries display Tampa Bay's archaeological, industrial, military, agricultural, and Native American past.
Hours: Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place (exit 25 off I-275)
Tampa, FL 33601 Phone: 813/229-STAR (7827)
Toll Free (U.S.): 800/955-1045 Fax: 813/222-1057
The largest performing arts center south of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and one of the top ten in the country.
Hours: Call for performance schedule.
Bay Performing Arts Center Tour
Tampa Bay Performing Arts
The Southeast’s largest performing arts center. 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL (813)
Bay Visitor Information center
Electric's Big Bend Manatee Viewing Center
6990 Dickman Road
Apollo Beach, Fl
Tampa Museum of Art
600 N. Ashley Dr. Tampa, FL 33602-4305
Phone: 813/274-8130 Fax: 813/274-8732
Some of Tampa Bay's best art exhibitions, downtown on the river. Features the Southeast's largest collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan objects plus traveling and permanent exhibits of contemporary art.
Hours: Call for hours.Tampa
Museum of Art Tours
Theatre Tour 711 Franklin Street
Visit a landmark theater.
Tour of Tampa 600 North Ashley Drive
on Easy Street 12802 Easy Street
Ybor City State Museum
1818 E. Ninth Ave. Tampa, FL 33605-3818
Phone: 813/247-1434 Fax: 813/242-4010
E-mail: email@example.com Features exhibits on Ybor City, the cigar industry and immigrants who settled in Tampa. Tour includes a cigar worker's historic shotgun house. Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.
City Brewing Company Tours
City Ghost Walk, Inc. Tours
City Guided Walking Tour
Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise
25 Causeway Blvd. Clearwater Beach, FL 33767-2064
Phone: 727/446-2587 Fax: 727/447-3033
Join the fun aboard the family attraction, the Pirate's Ransom. Frequent sightings of playful dolphins. Pirate fun and games. Free beverages.
Hours: 10 a.m.; 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Open daily year-round.s:
Original Dolphin Encounter Cruise
25 Causeway Blvd., Slip #5 Clearwater Beach, FL 33767-2000
Phone: 727/442-7433 Fax: 727/462-9786 Website: http://www.dolphinencounter.org/ See these marine mammals in their natural habitat while relaxing aboard the double-deck 125-passenger Clearwater Express. This sightseeing tour provides a scenic view of Gulf beaches. Hours: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
John's Pass Village and Boardwalk
150 Boardwalk Place Madeira Beach, FL 33708 Phone: 727/391-7373 Toll Free (U.S.): 800/944-1847
An old fishing village transformed into an attraction with 110 shops, restaurants and water-sport purveyors. Hours: Open year-round. Hours vary.
5145 Harvey Tew Rd. Plant City, FL 33565-6101
Phone: 813/717-9865 Fax: 813/707-9776 Website: http://www.dinoworld.net
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org More than 100 life-sized model dinosaurs reflecting modern scientific theories are displayed in a natural landscape.
2641 S. Lake Summit Drive, near Winter Haven, FL 33884
five dollar coupon
14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orland Florida 32837
Seaworld For more information, call 1-800-327-2424.
Take Exit 28 off of Interstate 4.
From Tampa:Take Exit 27A off of Interstate 4.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center
State Road 405 east
Kennedy Space Center, Florida
The home of the manned space shuttle program, for a nominal fee,
offers a tour of the space shuttle launch sites and you can see the new
Apollo/Saturn V center that houses the Saturn V rocket. IMAX films
on a 5 1/2 story screen. open 9 am to dusk
Splendid China Boulevard
Kissimmee, Florida 34747 http://www.floridasplendidchina.com/
May 1, 2000 - October 29, 2000 All day park admission: Park opens daily
at 9:30 am. Closing times vary by season. Splendid China provides
visitors with detailed and authentic reproductions. A wide variety of
live entertainment (acrobatics, costumed dance, martial arts, music,
etc...) - a 90 minute live stage production, "The Mysterious
Kingdom of the Orient" is performed at 6:00 pm Tuesday through
Sunday. For more information call 1-800-244-6226 or email: email@example.com