Step back in time while enjoying beautiful white sand beaches on an Anna Maria Island vacation. This gorgeous island is ripe with history, delicious seafood, good friends, shopping, and sights. Until 1921 Anna Maria Island was only accessible by boat, so the island’s piers are an integral part of its history and remain a favorite spot for tourists and locals. Two of the island’s most well-known attractions are the City Pier and the Rod and Reel Pier.
These piers offer favorite restaurants, unique wildlife sightseeing opportunities, popular fishing areas, and shopping options for jewelry, gifts, souvenirs and more. Watch dolphins jump in the ocean, fish from the pier, or delight in the flora and fauna of the area. Anna Maria Island has something for everyone, and the piers are certainly worth a visit during at least one of your vacation days.
About the Rod and Reel Pier and Restaurant
Want an interesting fishing vacation with some great photos? Stay in a Lizzie Lu vacation rental, fish in the waters near the Rod and Reel Pier, then ask the restaurant to cook your catch of the day! For your taste of Old Florida, the pier is an experience you and your group will enjoy without a doubt.
The Rod and Reel Pier on Anna Maria Island is considered a true slice of “Old Florida.” Since its beginnings in the late 40s to its rebuilding just a few years ago, it has remained a favorite among locals. The area can be crowded, but it’s always worth a visit to watch dolphins play in the water or fish for your dinner. Yes, you can fish right off the pier and have the Rod and Reel Pier Restaurant prepare your fish for you. The lunch and dinner menus are the same, filled to the gills with fish dishes prepared with the freshest local catches, including the popular grouper dishes.
Stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Watch the sunrise or sunset among friends both old and new. Be sure to visit the Rod and Reel Pier at 875 N. Shore Dr., Anna Maria, FL during your next trip to the island.
About the Anna Maria City Pier
Walk just a few steps down the Anna Maria City Pier and find yourself transported in time. With a jeweler open from 11:30 a.m. – sunset and restaurant open from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., be sure your Lizzie Lu vacation includes a visit to this historic pier.
Since 1910, the City Pier Restaurant has been offering delicious fresh seafood choices such as steamer pots, fish dinners, and even a bit of surf and turf if you prefer a steak with your seafood. Another one-of-a-kind experience of the Anna Maria City Pier is the jeweler you’ll find there. Offering high quality wire-wrapped jewelry, the jeweler provides the opportunity to watch the jewelry being made and peruse the completed pieces. You can even make jewelry that is uniquely yours when you bring along your own rock, fossil, or shark tooth.
A casual, homey place to dine, City Pier Restaurant offers live music, fabulous views of the bay and its fishers, and the chance to catch a glimpse of area marine wildlife. You’ll find it at 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, FL.