With miles of white-sand beaches and friendly, small-town sidewalks, Anna Maria Island is made for wandering. But sometimes you want the experts to show you around.
Especially in the days of social distancing, expert-led tours are a fantastic way to see all that Anna Maria has to offer, from every angle and for people of all ages. You can have an adventure, go wildlife spotting, paddle through mangrove tunnels or sail out to a spectacular sunset.
Here are just a few of the wonderful local tours available for you during your stay.
Happy Paddler is your go-to for an up-close and personal kayak experience. Led by a southwest Florida native, you can choose to explore the gorgeous open coastline or see what creatures are nestled in the shade of the mangrove tunnels, all powered by your own quiet paddles.
Of course, when it comes to local sea life, spotting a pod of dolphins is among the most popular eco-attractions around. Trust Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours to take you on a fantastic cruise where you just might spot these fantastic mammals playing in the waves.
Parasailing may look like a daredevil activity, but in reality even your grandparents would love it. With local parasailing guides like Bradenton Beach Parasailing, you stand on a platform on the back of the boat, where you’re strapped in safely to a seat attached to a parachute. As the boat accelerates, the chute gentle lifts you up, up, up, until you’re gliding dozens of feet above the water, with an unbeatable view and no sound but the gentle woosh of the wind.
Some people get all the thrills they need by slinging a hook in the water. That’s where Anna Maria Charters comes in, to take you to the best fishing holes around, whether inshore, offshore, fly fishing or tarpon-only excursions. Best of all, if you land a delicious bit of fresh seafood, they’ll even cook it for you.
If you think our sunsets are sensational from the shoreline, wait until you see them from the deck of a catamaran out in the Gulf. Captain Kathleen D will be at the helm for your incredible sunset sail, giving your some excellent photo ops and memories you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.