The Ringling – Ca’d’Zan and Art Museum
For the art and history enthusiast, a tour of the former residence of John and Mable Ringling is a must while visiting Anna Maria Island. This magnificent estate was modeled after the Venetian Gothic style of the Palazzi in Venice, Italy, with Sarasota Bay serving as the Grand Canal. Construction began in 1924 and was completed two years later at a then staggering cost of $1.5 million. Five stories tall, the 36,000 square foot mansion has 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms. While there, be sure to check out the Museum of Art, and Garden. Together, these exhibits offer the chance to view one of the preeminent art and cultural collections in the United States.
Mote Marine Laboratory
Watch marine animal research in motion as you visit one of best research aquariums around the country. This working research center gives you an up-close experience with a variety of marine life, including two touch tanks and a 135,000 gallon shark habitat. Be sure to check out manatees, Hugh and Buffett, and the sea turtles Caleb, Hang Tough, Harry, Shelley and Montego. This is a perfect excursion for a rainy day or any time you are ready for a break from the sun. Mote Marine Laboratory is just 30 minutes away from our vacation rental homes on Anna Maria Island.
Looking for a day excitement, but don’t want to make the trek to Orlando? We recommend an excursion to Tampa’s ultimate family adventure – Busch Gardens. Featuring 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world, thrilling rides, and one of the country’s premier zoos with more than 12,000 animals, Busch Gardens provides excitement for adventurists of every age. Reachable within 55 minutes of our vacation rental homes, if it’s convenient theme-park excitement you seek, Busch Gardens delivers. Note: We highly recommend upgrading your park pass to the Quick Queue if you want to bypass lines at the major attractions.
One of the most popular, annual festivals on Anna Maria Island is Bayfest, the celebration consists of music, food, arts and crafts. This is Anna Maria Island’s largest and longest running music, crafts and food festival. The Annual BayFest, is hosted by the Anna Maria island Chamber of Commerce every October. This is a family-friendly event open to everyone.
All of Pine Avenue is closed off to showcase local area arts and craft vendors, and an AMAZING car show with over 100 classic cars. There is also a Kids Zone with all kinds of fun games, bounce houses and more.
With a stay in one of our vacation rental homes, you are within easy walking, biking or a golf cart distance of this popular annual event. Avoid the hassle of limited parking by planning your visit to BayFest in conjunction with a long-weekend getaway at one of our homes!
Food & Wine on Pine
Food and Wine on Pine 2016, a culinary and cultural experience, will held on May 7th 2016 (rain date May 8th) on historic Pine Avenue in Anna Maria showcasing the very best in food, wine, art and music that our area has to offer. Join us to experience this unique and fun-filled event!
Delicious and unique food from over 20 of the area’s finest restaurants
At least 30 upscale wines
Craft and domestic beers
25 juried artists
More than 30 musical acts
Actors depicting characters from Anna Maria’s history
A Children’s Art and Activity Area and the annual ‘sliming” of CrossPointe Fellowship Pastor, Ed Moss
A Children’s Artist Tent
Why not pair your culinary festival visit with a stay at either Cozy Cabana or Cozy Cottage? Conveniently located to this long-standing event, our vacation rental homes provide for a week or long-weekend getaway from it all experience. So, come for the food and wine, but stay for a while in one of our vacation homes – you’ll be glad you did!
July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
Every July 4th, the Fireworks Spectacular event is beachfront at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria. Typically consisting of a VIP Party under the open air Sandbar Event Pavilion, tables of eight to ten are available for a fee. This includes a delicious upscale buffet, complimentary Sandbar specialty drinks, beer and wine, party favors, music plus a great spot for the fireworks. Limited seating is available for this well sought after event so it is best to book early. Restaurant seating is on a first come, first served basis. Valet parking is also available all day for restaurant patrons and VIP package holders.
The main event begins just after sunset, and is weather permitting. Don’t miss this Independence Day celebration hosted by our friends at the Sandbar Restaurant.
A fantastic feature of our popular vacation rental homes is the close proximity to this event! The Cozy Cottage is a short 7-8 minute walk down from the beach. Why drive and scramble for non-existent parking? Stay at one of our homes and enjoy the event – stress-free!