Rod and Reel Pier 875 N. Shore Dr., Anna Maria Island, FL
Hidden away on the North end of the Island, you will find what’s left of “old Florida” on the Rod and Reel Pier which stretches 350 feet out into the blue waters of Tampa Bay. This pier has one of the best restaurants on this side of the island, filled with the same specials it had in 1947 to keep up with tradition and all. This quaint little two story bar and grill has been an island favorite for locals and travelers throughout the years. The pier isn’t just for dining. For a small fee, you can bring your fishing pole and fish right off the side of the dock and soak up the spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico. We personally love the grouper fingers, mahi mahi sandwiches, and cold beer! They also have breakfast! Check out Fishing on the Island for more information on fishing from this pier!
City Pier 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria Island, FL CURRENTLY CLOSED
The City Pier is the second pier on Anna Maria Island. Built in 1911, this pier used to welcome steamboats loaded with visitors and residents. Constructed of 776 feet of wooden planks, this walkway is like a walk into the past. Known as one of the top attractions in Manatee County, this pier is a historic landmark for many people, holding over 100 years of memories. As you leisurely stroll down this pier with wonder in your eyes, you may catch a glimpse of manatees, local fish, pelicans, and dolphins. At the end of the pier, you will find The City Pier restaurant, which has weathered many storms. You will see that this establishment has seating that offers its guests a full view of the Gulf. You can also sit outside and enjoy the island breeze while taking in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and Sunshine Skyway views. The City Pier Restaurant Gift Shop has many of unique knick-knacks you can bring home to those special people in your life. The City Pier is a great place to get a good feel of the culture on Anna Maria Island, and we promise, you won’t be disappointed by what you find.
Bridge Street/Bradenton Beach Pier 200 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, FL
If you’re looking for an Old Florida-style experience, the Bridge Street Pier (also known as Bradenton Beach Pier) is a great place to spend an afternoon. Grab an ice cream cone from a nearby parlor and sit on the white painted benches while taking in its stunning views and quaint atmosphere.
This area is both a historic and modern hotspot. Originally built in the 1920s, the pier sits right off of Bradenton Beach, the southernmost community of Anna Maria Island.
For a time, the original structure served as the only access point to the island. Today, it is a historic site bustling with visitors and a popular destination for shopping, dining, and other activities. Boat tours, Segway rentals, parasailing adventures, and other tours depart near the pier.
The pier is home to a white-painted clock tower, a pavilion, a swing set, and, most importantly, the Anna Maria Island Oyster Bar, a counter-style rendition of their mainland restaurants, serving casual breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including a weekend brunch menu.
Watch the sun rise over the bay from one of the piers on the bay side! Then watch it sink into the Gulf from one of these great spots!
Bean Point – What makes Bean Point so special is the fact that this is where the Gulf of Mexico meets Tampa Bay. Offering a stretch of secluded white sandy beaches, this is a wonderful retreat to sit back, relax and enjoy the breathtaking water views. To find this wonderful part of the Island, simply head north from The Rod n Reel Pier on North Shore Drive—you will find the beach access tucked away between two residential homes across from Gladiolus Street. Follow the path, lined with lush tropical trees, to the wooden bridge that leads you to the powdery soft sand.
The Sandbar Restaurant – Dinner and a show? There is nothing better than enjoying your favorite refreshing cocktail as you watch over the lovely beaches with the sunset as your backdrop. From tropical libations to mouth-watering desserts. Softest sand on the island!
77th & 65th Street – These beaches serve as another serene retreat ideal for watching the sunset.
White Avenue – Located in Holmes Beach, just after 81st Street—you are just seconds away from delight. At the entrance of the beach access there is a shower located—ideal for washing off your sandy feet!
Gulf Drive Tiki Cafe – Indulge in a delicious cocktail at the Gulf Drive Tiki Cafe’s! Dance in the sand to the nightly live music and slip into “Island Time” as you enjoy the magnificent Island views!
BeachHouse Restaurant – Sit with your toes in the sand or post up at the outdoor bar and enjoy a meal and spectacular show!