Things to Do With Your Dog on Anna Maria Island

Think you need to leave Fido home during your next visit to Anna Maria Island? Think again!

Anna Maria Island is packed with dog-friendly establishments and attractions that are sure to please you and your furry friend(s).

Here are just a few of the things you can do with your dog on Anna Maria Island to help you plan:

Dog at Palma Sola Causeway in Bradenton, FL

Head out to the dog-friendly beaches

What better way to spend quality time with your pet than on a sunny beach? You won’t have to travel very far to find a dog-friendly beach while staying on Anna Maria Island.

The Palma Sola Causeway at 9917 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209 is the perfect spot to get some sunshine and just a few minutes off the island. You’ll want to keep your dog leashed unless it is highly trained.

Visit the De Soto National Memorial Park

You can also take a short trip to the De Soto National Memorial Park at 8300 Desoto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton, FL, 34280 at a large dog-friendly beach where leashed pets are welcome. The rest of the memorial is pet-friendly including the winding nature trails along the shoreline where you can explore the local ecosystems. Make sure to keep your dog leashed and pick up after them.

Grab a meal at a dog-friendly restaurant

Along with several pet-friendly accommodations on Anna Maria Island, you’ll find a large number of restaurants that have no problem with you bringing your dog right along.

These restaurants usually have outdoor shaded seating areas where you can relax with your dog, and they include The Waterfront Restaurant, The Freckled Fin, Harry’s Grill, Joe’s Eats and Sweets, Ginny and Jane E’s Café, Bridge Street Bistro, Oma’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant, The Donut Experiment, and My AMI.

The list is frequently updated but you can rest assured there’s always going to be a place to enjoy a delicious new meal with your pet right on the island itself. Be sure to keep your dogs leashed while visiting these restaurants and call ahead to check their specific policies on pets before you head out.

Visit G.T. Bray Park

Right off the island at 51st St W & 29th Ave W, Bradenton, FL, 34209 is the G.T. Bray Park which features some brand-new amenities for you and your dog. There’s a fenced dog park with a separated small dog area with benches to relax and drinking water for your pets after they get worked up. It’s the perfect spot to get them some exercise while exploring the surrounding Bradenton restaurants and attractions.

Try out the Creekwood Canine Park

A highly rated option that remains popular with locals and travelers alike, the Creekwood Canine Park is perfect to spend a large portion of your trip with your pet. It’s located at 7025 44th Ave E, Bradenton, FL, 34203 and you’ll find an enclosed area for small, fragile or elderly dog along with a larger area for the larger dogs.

There are a pavilion and doggie drinking fountain as well as free waste bags for your convenience. The park does have fairly strict rules, and make sure that you keep your dog leashed at all times while at this park.

Dogs running at the Holmes Beach dog park

Get some relaxation at the Holmes Beach Dog Park

Right on Anna Maria Island is a small dog park at 62nd St & Flotilla Dr, Holmes Beach, FL, 34217 near the Fire House. Here you’ll find a small area for your pet to stretch their legs along with some benches. You won’t have to travel far to get some outdoor relaxation while staying on Anna Maria Island if you visit this park, but plenty of other options are available right off the island.

From restaurants to parks and dog-friendly beaches, you’ll have your share of things to do with your dog while staying on Anna Maria Island. So don’t worry about getting a pet sitter or finding a kennel and start enjoying all of the pet-friendly attractions the island has to offer!