New Year’s on AMI

This New Year’s Eve on Anna Maria Island is guaranteed to be an exciting and jam-packed with live entertainment and parties as it has been in the past. There are a number of special events that you can attend on Anna Maria Island and in the Bradenton/Sarasota area if you plan on spending the New Year here this December.

On Anna Maria Island you will experience warmer weather than most parts of the country and plenty of buzz and excitement in the area as the New Year rings in. So exchange the cold and snow for the sunshine and beaches of Anna Maria Island this year, and let Lizzie Lu’s Island Retreat help you find the perfect accommodations for your stay here!


Don’t miss the fireworks at The Beachhouse Restaurant

The Beachhouse Restaurant located on Bradenton Beach (Anna Maria Island) at 200 Gulf Dr. N offers annual fireworks show that is breathtaking and popular. It is a premier NYE event to attend at an Anna Maria Island restaurant, and it draws people from all over the area including Bradenton, Sarasota, and Tampa.

Be sure to get there early with a chair, cooler and a blanket and watch the fireworks from a comfortable position as they start right at midnight. If you want an even better experience, reserve a table at the restaurant which includes valet parking, a great view of the fireworks show, a champagne toast, party favors, live music, seating for up to 6 people, and the option of ordering from the restaurant menu.

Other great NYE events in the area include the Pineapple Drop on the corner of Lemon Avenue and Main Street in Sarasota with entertainment and vendors arriving early in the afternoon, and the impressive Sarasota Fireworks Celebration which can be seen from anywhere along the Sarasota Bayfront or at Marina Jack.

Check out the City Pier and other great attractions when they aren’t as crowded

Outside of the NYE celebrations, the historic City Pier and the other great attractions on Anna Maria Island such as Bean Point and Coquina Beach are much less crowded this time of year. You can enjoy wildlife viewing at Bean Point which is quite beautiful in the winter. Catch up on your Anna Maria Island history at the City Pier and enjoy spectating the dolphins, birds and other wildlife. Or head out to Sarasota Bay on a kayak or boat tour to take some incredible photos.

Several restaurants in the area will be open on New Year’s Eve as well as New Year’s Day, so you’ll be able to sample some of the top rated dining options that interest you. Spending just a few days here for the New Year will be well worth it, but if you plan on staying longer you will find some excellent rates for vacation rentals.

Enjoy all of the excitement surrounding the New Year’s Eve without the snow on Anna Maria Island. Book your accommodations for a fun-filled trip to Anna Maria Island this December by calling Lizzie Lu’s Island Retreat at (941)-782-8152.