We like to head to the Manatee Public Beach on Friday evenings to participate in the drum circle as the sun sets. We have bongos at the cottage that our guests are welcome to take. or simply use one of the drums provided.
One of our favorite things to do in Bradenton Beach is to go for a round of mini putt at The Fish Hole on Bridge Street. This nicely landscaped mini golf course is fun for the whole family. The kids like the koi fish ponds, the geckos and the misting stations that keep us cool as we play.
Click the button below for an enchanting 360° view of The Fish Hole at night.
Located in nearby St. Petersburg, the Dali Museum houses a spectacular collection of over 2,400 pieces of art by renowned surrealist Salviador Dali. Here we are in the garden, giving Dali's famous mustache a try.
The Florida Aquarium in Tampa is one of the best aquariums in the U.S. Leaders in conservation and education, the Aquarium is home to over 9,000 animals with an emphasis on the sharks and sea turtles found in the waters surrounding the Tampa Bay.
This Aquarium has a large outdoor splash pad and kids activity zone.
Less than half an hour from the Lime Cottage is the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota. The aquarium offers live animal displays, interactive exhibits and touching pools. A second building across the street houses rescued and resident manatees, dolphins and sea turtles
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an hour and a half away from Anna Maria island. This Aquarium is home to "Winter" the dolphin whose story was popularized in the book and movie "Dolphin Tale" about a dolphin with a prosthetic tail.
There is lots to do and see in Sarasota from the beach at Lido Key to shopping at St. Armands Circle, to visiting the Mote Aquarium, Sarasota Jungle Gardens or Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.
The Ringling Museum in Sarasota is actually a number of attractions in one. Originally the estate of the founder of Ringling Brothers Circus, John Ringling and his wife Mabel, the property is now open to the public. One building houses the Circus Museum which celebrates the history of circuses. The Museum of Art showcases John Ringling’s private collection of art including masterpieces from Rubens, van Dyck, Velázquez, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, El Greco and Gainsborough as well as a cast of Michelangelo’s David in the garden. Ca' d’Zan is the 56 room grand mansion that John and Mabel Ringling lived in on Sarasota Bay. The property’s gardens are magical including the Dwarf Garden, the Rose Garden and the colorful Secret Garden. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the Ringling Museum.
The Village of the Arts in Bradenton is a community of artists living and working together. The best time to visit is on the first Friday and Saturday of the month when the popular artwalks happen. Most individual galleries are open on Friday and Saturdays. This is the place to come for original art, jewelry, ceramics and more.