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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“Number one beach in USA several years running. The sand is amazing. Bring sunglasses and sun screen. ”
  • 171 locals recommend
Aquarium
“(Sarasota, FL *) On any given day, MOTE's 200-plus researchers are in the field throughout Pine Island Sound and far beyond, collecting information or asking for public help gathering information for important marine research studies. MOTE's online environmental updates change regularly, reflecting Florida's ever-changing environment. MOTE invites you to visit regularly for new information on Pine Island waters. Search online for MOTE.org - Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Strandings - Beach Conditions Report - Red Tide - Florida Keys Environmental Observations - Sea Turtle Nesting - SO COOL- Sarasota Operations Coastal Oceans Observing Lab - Tips to Help Keep Wildlife Safe on the Water and Dolphin Friendly Fishing and Viewing Tips - Dolphin-Friendly Fishing and Viewing Tips - Pine Island and Region Weather *Note: MOTE is based in Sarasota, Florida, 86 miles north of Pine Island.”
  • 117 locals recommend
Park
“Many times named Best Beach by Dr Beach himself! Fishing, windsurfing, kayaking or just soaking up the sun, and don't forget to walk around the old fort!”
  • 128 locals recommend
Park
“Take the boat tour, call ahead what time is best to see the most alligators (it depends on the wheather) Watch the Videos in the little Museum right after the entrance on the left, very interesting Florida History”
  • 114 locals recommend
Art Museum
“I was pleasantly surprised with the museum's art gallery. I haven't yet toured the mansion but plan to soon. ”
  • 103 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Indoor play area is heavenly. Air-conditioned, plenty of seating for parents.”
  • 92 locals recommend
Garden
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“Beautiful gardens and water views. One of my favorite spots for a Romantic stroll. ”
  • 94 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Parking can be tricky during lunch and dinner hours. Plan accordingly. Great area to walk the shops. Best to fit this in if your going to Mote Aquarium.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Beautiful grounds by the Bay, an extensive art collection, and the circus museum are all FREE on Mondays. For an added fee you can tour John Ringling's mansion, Ca d'Zan. ”
  • 100 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Anna Maria Island is home to one of the United States most beautiful white-sand beaches. An excellent getaway for great food and a nice place to relax on the beach. The sunsets from the beach are always an incredible sight to see.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Seafood spot with an outdoor raw bar patio, upstairs dining room, piano bar & water views. A nice place to walk around the boat marina and enjoy the day/evening. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“seafood with southern influences, cooked by ex-brooklynites - and it's delicious.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Very large outdoor Outlet Mall that has everything. If your into outlet malls, this is the best one in Florida.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Garden
“Fun old Florida charm botanical garden complete with Flamingos, tropical plants, and a petting zoo area. Also love their playground and exotic animal shows. Open Daily 10am-5pm. Check their site for more information. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Campground
“This is a very large state park ($5 entry fee per car). Many beaches to choose from North Beach to South Beach. On windy days you can watch windsurfers. They also have a campground, fishing pier, dog park, and dog friendly beach. ”
  • 67 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Our largest performing arts venue this is where the national touring companies perform. Everything from Broadway musicals to music and dance. There are even shows for kids.”
  • 44 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Seafood spot with an outdoor raw bar patio, upstairs dining room, piano bar & water views. A nice place to walk around the boat marina and enjoy the day/evening. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“seafood with southern influences, cooked by ex-brooklynites - and it's delicious.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Local laidback restaurant with open air seating and music. Get the island vibe.”
  • 52 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“O’Leary’s is downtown (near Marina Jack’s) and is a great place to dig your toes in the sand, look out onto Sarasota Bay, and enjoy some live music on the weekends. They usually have reggae or island type music. They also serve food, but I recommend more for a quick bite than your main meal. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Scenic drive via St. Armands Circle along Longboat Key and all the way to the end of Anna Maria Island, beautiful beach and nice restaurant as well”
  • 63 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Enjoy some of the areas best seafood in a real Florida ambiance of tiki hut tables. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bar
“This restaurant is now our favorite weekend lunch place. Get a table outside and you can see the Gulf and beach enthusiasts. Their new menu is great and the service is also better than before. It's also walking distance (15min).”
  • 39 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“You can have a great meal while you watch the movie in a super comfy recliner. Perfect on a rainy day. It is literally a 5 minute walk from the front door. ”
  • 41 locals recommend

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