Anna Maria Island and the surrounding area have natural habitat for every outdoor enthusiast to enjoy! Whether you want to do some exploring along the shoreline or stroll the nature preserves you are bound to encounter some of Florida's wildlife.
Robinson Preserve is a 487 acre pet friendly preserve that is great for hiking, bicycling, fishing and viewing Florida's natural habitat.
Palma Sola Botanical Park showcases collections of rare palms, fruits, and flowering trees; has three lakes, a butterfly garden and playground for the kids. Open daily and no admittance fee.
Mote Marine and Aquarium is a marine research organization based on City Island in Sarasota. Come explore the two touch tanks and view the 135,000 gallon shark tank.
Accessible only by boat; Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. This secluded island at the mouth of Tampa Bay holds rich American history and stunning natural beauty. Although this park is primarily a wildlife refuge, it can be a personal refuge - a place to relax and collect shells along secluded, pristine beaches.
Fort Desoto Memorial Park was created in 1948, and commemorate the 1539 expedition of the Spanish Conquistador Hernando de Soto and his impact on the American Indian societies of the Southeast. The park is open year round and offers many seasonal activities including guided kayak tours during the summer.
South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Highlights include fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest mammals and marine species, and archeological artifacts. Bishop Planetarium is one of the most advanced all-digital projection systems in the world, presents astronomy programs the whole family will enjoy. The Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Aquarium is part of Florida’s Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership, having served as a temporary home to 35 rehabilitating manatees since 1998