Your Guide to Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach

Bridge Street is a hub for restaurants, shopping, and plenty of other attractions in Bradenton Beach.

History of Bridge Street

Bridge Street is the center of the Historic Old Town District. It is named after the wooden bridge that was once the only way to get onto Anna Maria Island from the mainland. While a new bridge was built at 5th Street North, Bridge Street has remained a bustling center full of activity in this growing town.

After getting a facelift some years ago, Bridge Street is now beautifully landscaped and lined with bustling restaurants, charming shops, and other small businesses.

As per the Bridge Street motto, we will show you how to “shop, dine, and play” on Bridge Street on your next Anna Maria Island vacation.

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Shop

Bridge Street is full of shops – traditional and eclectic – to keep you busy for an afternoon of window shopping. Pick up forgotten beach gear or find yourself the perfect souvenir among the shops on Bridge Street.

For anything beachy, try Bridge Street Bazaar (117 Bridge St.), a surf-and-sun shop that sells brand-name clothing, swimwear, and jewelry, as well as toys, souvenirs, and beach equipment.

To pick up a gift for that special someone, head to Bridge Street Jewelers (129 Bridge St.), Anna Maria Island’s only full-service jewelry store.

To find some tropical-inspired items for the home, try Bridge Street Interiors (114 Bridge Street), a shop and interior design service that can help you bring a little slice of the beach home with you.

Dine

The dining on Bridge Street is second to none on the island. With lots of options and high-quality food, you’ll have trouble picking one over the other.

Make a pit stop at Back Alley Treasures (108 Historic Bridge St), a coffee shop-wine bar-gift shop with free WiFi, while you wait for the family to finish up their shopping, then head to one of the great Bridge Street restaurants for an incredible dining experience.

Beachhouse Restaurant (200 Gulf Dr. N.) might be a mix of “dine” and “play” as it’s right on the beach. Let the kids play in the sand while you kick back and enjoy a cocktail or two on the gulf-front deck.

For a hearty, home-cooked meal, check out The Freckled Fin Irish Pub (5337 Gulf Dr. N.). They frequently have live music playing from the stage.

Alternatively, head to the pier and chow down on some local seafood at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar (200 Bridge St.) and watch the sun go down.

bridge street things to do

Play

Though everyone’s definition of “play” is different, Bridge Street has activities and attractions for everyone.

Play a round of miniature golf at The Fish Hole (115 Bridge St.) with the family, spend an afternoon at Serenity Beach Spa & Eco Boutique (112 Bridge St.) for a bit of vacation self-care, or go parasailing with YOLO Adventures (135 Bridge St.).

If you’re looking for an independent way to explore Anna Maria without a car, rent a Segway from Segs by the Sea (102 Bridge St.) and get exploring or book a tour.

But you don’t need to spend money to have fun. Take a stroll down the Bridge Street Pier to watch pelicans feed, dolphins play, and boats pull in and out of the harbor.

Watch the sunrise over Tampa Bay in the wee hours of the morning and watch it set 12 hours later over the blue Gulf waters. There is also a seasonal farmer’s market where you can grab some fresh produce to take back to Anna Maria Island vacation rentals.

Armed with the charm of Old Florida and the selection and convenience of modernity, Bridge Street is the perfect place to call your home base while on vacation on Anna Maria Island. For questions about Bridge Street, nearby vacation rentals in Bradenton Beach or other info about Anna Maria Island, call us at (800)-367-1617.

Mike Norman Realty, Inc.

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