A Pet’s Guide to Anna Maria Island

So you’ve brought your hooman on vacation to Anna Maria Island, now what can you do together to enjoy your beach retreat?! Leash up and take them for a stroll to many of the pet-friendly merchants along Anna Maria Island Center on Holmes Beach or Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach. If you see a water bowl outside, that’s a sure sign you are welcome! BringFido.com lists some great dog-friendly restaurants that you and your humans can both enjoy. Try bird watching (not chasing!) at one of the many nature preserves on and near the island like  Robinson Preserve, Perico Preserve, and Grassy Point. Dip all four paws into the water on Palma Sola Causeway Park – one of the only pet-friendly beaches in the area. Just a short ride away is Bayfront Park in Sarasota where you can have them bike, hike or canoe you around the marina. Just make sure you keep them hydrated by treating them to a refreshing drink at OLeary’s Tiki Bar where you can play on the shore or make other four-legged friends. Just swing over to Three Dogs Bakery so you get a treat too! Stretch your legs on 3 acres of fully fenced park designed just for you at Happy Tails Dog Park (at G.T. Bray Park) in Bradenton. And Fort DeSoto State Park has two fenced-in areas near the beach for large and small dogs with water stations (beach entrance is at the far southwest corner of dog park). Lastly, just remember that your owners aren’t the only ones that can burn at the beach. Check out these tips for staying safe and having fun at the beach!
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