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Some of the most beautiful Beaches in the World are right on your doorstep... Go Explore!

Rod & Reel Pier

The Rod and Reel Pier is a one of Anna Maria Islands hidden treasure dining experiences. Tucked away on the far North end of Anna Maria, it is a "Little Bit of Old Florida" serving traditional fare, local favorites and famous fish specials since 1947. The Rod & Reel Pier is a two story, newly renovated restaurant, directly out on the Gulf of Mexico. Casual Dining for the whole family to enjoy up stairs either seated inside or out on its quaint covered outside deck gives a one a true Old Florida experience. The downstairs is a casual unique bar, serving beer and wine. A island favorite too many locals and travelers for years. The Rod & Reel serves Breakfast, lunch and dinner and your sure to be able to catch sunrise or a beautiful famous Florida sunset while eating from a great selection of its menus. To top the wonderful quaint dining experience, bring a fishing pole, for a small fee, and fish right off its dock and walkways. Spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria's beautiful beaches and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge are all waiting for you to enjoy in a relaxed atmosphere that is unforgettable.

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St Armands Circle

Just a short drive South (about 17 miles) down Longboat Key and over the bridge of New Pass lies St Armands Circle.

Here you will enjoy a day of shopping, restaurants, historical sites, and local Sarasota activities...

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Unconditional Surrender Statue

Located on the waterfront of Downtown Sarasota, a wonderful spot for a great photo opportunity. With Marina Jacks in the background and all that the downtown corridor has to offer, a day in Sarasota lends to a day filled with splendor.

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The Ringling Museum

The Ringling is a preeminent center for the arts, history and learning that is dedicated to bringing the past and contemporary culture to life through extraordinary visitor experiences. From its inception, The Ringling has joined the diverse visual traditions and theatrical spectacle of yesterday with the genre-defying global practitioners of today.

A place of exploration, discovery and respite, The Ringling’s campus in Sarasota, Florida – which includes the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, a historic home, an 18th-century theater and bayfront gardens – is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Mote Aquarium is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236. Just a few minutes from downtown Sarasota (30-45 minutes from Anna Maria Island) by way of the Ringling Causeway, and one mile north of St. Armands Circle. Mote Aquarium is located on City Island. 

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Information: Call (941) 388-4441 or email

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens - A Living Museum

15 acres, including 9 acres of display gardens, Marie Selby is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytes, especially orchids and bromeliads, and their canopy ecosystems, with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. Ongoing research and exploration for tropical plants attracts worldwide attention of international scholars and plant enthusiasts. It is located on the grounds of the former home of Marie and William Selby (of the Texaco Oil Company) at 900 South Palm Avenue, in the heart of Sarasota, Florida, United States, and open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day but Christmas.

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Ellenton Premium Outlets

Home to 130 designer and brand outlet stores for the whole family, Ellenton Premium Outlets is conveniently located off I-75 and US-301 in Ellenton, Florida. This outdoor mall features covered walkways, lush, tropical landscaping and flowing water fountains. Ellenton Premium Outlets stores range from women's apparel and accessories to home furnishings to specialty items. Stores include kate spade new york, Under Armour, Tommy Hilfiger, Movado Company Store, Coach, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. Ellenton Premium Outlets is a perfect shopping stop for the area residents and visitors looking for a delightful wallet-friendly shopping experience any time of the year. Ellenton Premium Outetls is open Monday - Saturday, 10 AM to 9 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 7 PM. For additional information, contact the mall shopping line at (941) 723-1150 or visit

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The Mall at University Town Center

A World Class Fashion & Dining Destination - Over 120 Stores and Restaurants


Whether in town for business, visiting friends and family, or enjoying a vacation, The Mall at University Town Center extends a BIG welcome. With our Passport to Shopping program, visitors from over 50 miles away can each receive a digital "Passport to Shopping," full of discounts and special offers from dozens of retailers.

Stop by the Customer Service desk located on the Lower Level near Grand Court and say you are here for the Passport to Shopping to get the instructions to download the app! 


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