Attractions on Anna Maria Island – Mainsail Vacation Rentals

Attractions on Anna Maria Island

Is it any mystery that our top attractions tell the story about the flora and fauna surrounding our incredible destination? World-class and enriching, they offer life-changing experiences. Hands-on exhibits to eco adventures that teach the importance of sustainability and how precious our environment is. Did we mention we have nesting sea turtles?

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

A working aquarium provides an up-close experience with a variety of marine animals and fish, including two touch tanks and a 135,000 gallon shark habitat. Star residents include the manatees, Hugh and Buffett, and the sea turtles posse of Hang Tough, Harry, Shelley, Montego and Squirt 2. More than 100 species of marine life and a robust educational program appeals to the young and young-at-heart.

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The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Since 1973 the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens have provided visitors with an urban, Bayfront oasis. Marie Selby boasts the most diverse living and preserved collections in the world, including over 20,000 living plants. Explore the myriad of displays including the bamboo garden, Koi pond, bonsai exhibit, desert succulent garden, butterfly garden and mangrove baywalk.

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Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has dedicated the past 30 years to protecting the beaches of Anna Maria Island that sea turtles and shorebirds call home. Staff and volunteers help track data, prevent ecosystem damage and educate island goers on all things sea turtle. Attend a Turtle Talk or help search for sea turtle nests along the sandy shores!

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Local Piers

Anna Maria Island is sprinkled with authentic Florida piers. Instagram worthy Rod & Reel Pier features stunning views and a no- frills, gulf view restaurant. Soak in the best sunrise while you cast a line at The Anna Maria City Pier or enjoy an afternoon at the Bradenton Beach Pier.

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