Island Local Amenities

To explore the many amenities of Anna Maria Island, its plentiful places to eat, shop and find fun, please start with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce website.  Get the very latest on arts and crafts, local markets, dining, island events and so much more.

Visit the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce for more information.  The Bradenton Gulf Island website is also a great resource for visitors.

TROLLEY BUS OR MANATEE COUNTY AREA TRANSIT BUS

A real bonus to living and vacationing at Runaway Bay is the extremely convenient, environmentally-friendly, and FREE Anna Maria Trolley bus service.

The Trolley runs the length of the island (with 14 stops) from 6am to 10pm daily.  The Northbound stop is immediately next to the Runaway Bay entrance on Gulf Drive, with the Southbound stop a few yards south on the other side of the Gulf Drive.  Find more information and timetables here. 

Also, you can easily link to the Manatee County Area Transit bus system to further your explorations or head to shopping areas in the Bradenton Area.  Just catch the bus on either Cortez Road or Manatee Avenue; check out the schedules and prices

ANNA MARIA ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Visit the Anna Maria Island Historical Society and learn about the island’s origins as an Indian fishing camp, homesteaders from the 1800s and our most infamous old jailhouse… To discover Old Florida, visit their official website.

Their museum is a must – it runs scavenger hunts for kids, has its own City Tour, and even its own YouTube channel.