The city of Bradenton Beach was founded in 1953 and originally was a mere wooden bridge the city began to build in 1921 to provide access between the Cortez Fishing Village and Anna Maria Island. Today that same access point has developed into Bridge Street, one of the Island’s most popular locations for the best shopping, dining and attractions that the area has to offer. Centrally located on Anna Maria’s south side, locals and tourist have made the area popular for its renowned water views which offer a chance to take in both the sunrise from the Tampa Bay and to see it set over the picturesque Gulf of Mexico. Even more celebrated is the walkability of Anna Maria Island, with free local transportation you can spend the day car free by relying on the local trolley which has easy and frequent stops to take you to all the area’s best venues. Gulf Carts are also street legal, easily rented and perfect for exploring off the beaten paths and observing the local wild life; from dolphins and manatees to exotic birds and baby sea turtles you are sure to leave with once in a lifetime memories and some amazing photographs to go with them. Whether it’s fishing, frolicking, relaxing or the acclaimed local cuisine Bradenton Beach has it all. Come take a walk down Bridge Street and find out what you love about Anna Maria Island!