Water & Sports

Watersports Beach HorsesHorses on the Beach

Yeah, that´s right. You CAN ride a horse on the beach!

Each ride lasts approximately one hour. The first half of the experience is on the beach and the second half is in the water. You will have an instructor/guide with you at all times. When you are in the water, your instructor will even teach you how to do some tricks on the horse.

Reservations are needed.

Watersports KayakingKayak Rentals & Tours

Want to enjoy a day on the water? Explore Robinson Preserve or Neal Preserve by Kayak. Get your kayak at the “Surferbus” on Manatee Avenue and discover the easily self-guided paddle trails.

Online reservations are needed.

If you prefer a guided tour, Happy Paddler Kayak Tours offer Mangrove Island, River, Sunset and full moon tours. They also deliver kayaks to the location of your choice.

Kayak Jack´s also offers daily and weekly kayak/SUP rentals with free delivery as well as 2 hour guided or 4 hour self guided tours from Robinson Preserve in Northwest Bradenton, Leffis Key in Bradenton Beach or Emerson Point in Palmetto.

Watersports PaddleboardPaddleboard Rentals, Tours & Lessons

Want to try something new? Try stand up paddleboarding (SUP). Before you know it, you’ll be walking on water, gliding effortlessly like you’ve been doing this all your life.

AMI Paddleboard offers Stand-up beginners lessons (Friendly First Timers class), Eco-adventure trips, SUP Race Training, SUP Surf lessons, Manatee, Dolphin and Sunset Tours.

Salty Buddha SUP Yoga offers yoga sessions on stand up paddle boards available to all levels and first-time paddlers. Day time and sunset classes.

watersports parasailingParasailing

Parasailing is a fun adventure for the whole family. Enjoy spectacular views of Anna Maria Island and the Gulf Coast. For the more adventurous…tell the Captain you’d like to be dipped during your ride.

Yolo Adventures

Boat and Jet Ski Rentals

Renting a boat is a great way to see Anna Maria Island waterways.

Bradenton Beach Marina offers half or full day rentals. Pick from both Pontoon and Bowrider models accommodating anywhere from 2 to 14 guests. Cruise out to the sandbars for a family picnic on the water!

AMI Watersports offers hourly jet ski rentals, jet ski tours, boat and golf cart rentals.

H2O Watersportz offers jet ski rentals and tours, as well as dolphin watch sightseeing tours, sunset cruises, family fishing trips, and tours to Egmont Key.

Boat Charters / Fishing Charters / Egmont Key Tours

Want to be on the water but prefer to have an experienced captain on board? There are plenty of boat charters available in the area.

You can enjoy a wide range of activities including fishing, snorkeling, Dolphin and Manatee sightseeing, shelling in areas only accessible by boat.

You can also visit Egmont Key by boat. Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. During the 19th century, the island served as a camp for captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War and was later occupied by the Union Navy during the Civil War. In 1898, as the Spanish – American War threatened, Fort Dade was built on the island and remained active until 1923. After touring the historic sites and trails, visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach.

Here are a few providers:

Island Boat Tours

Snapper Addict Fishing Charter

Egmont Key Adventures


Top Gun Flyboarding is offering personal flyboarding lessons, group lessons and all day sessions.

A Flyboard enables the rider to use water pressure to ‘fly’ above the sea. 30 minute, 1 hour, 4 hour or all day Flyboard experiences available. After some practice you can be flipping, spinning, and diving your way through the ocean.

Reserve online and meet on Manatee Avenue Causeway.

Scuba Diving

Blue Water Explorers offer scuba diving tours around Anna Maria Island.