After hopping on the free trolley to head north towards Pine Avenue you’ll stop at the Historic Anna Maria City Pier. The pier was built in 1911 so the excursion steamers from Tampa could unload their passengers to have a day on the beach. Originally built at 750ft. in length the city pier was to promote tourism and receive supplies for the local area. As you’re walking down the pier you’ll notice the planks has names on them. The Islander was selling the commemorative planks for the 100th Anniversary of the Pier. You were able to place your name or even a commemorative message on them.
Once you reach the end of the pier you may see a jewelry shop that is usually open on Saturdays and Sundays. They have many different styles of bracelets, earrings, pendants, fossils, and shark teeth. You could even bring your own jewels or shark teeth that could be made into jewelry. While you’re getting that one-of-the-kind necklace made stop in the restaurant. They have a bar near the kitchen area so you can grab your cold drink and watch the cooks or one of the couple televisions mounted at the bar. The rest of the seating is a large open area to where you can see the surrounding water and the Skyway Bridge. Many people favor sitting at the windows so they can watch the locals fish on the pier outside or even see the wildlife next to the pier.
At the pier they serve shellfish, burgers, chicken, sirloin, and they have a kids menu available. The wait staff is super friendly and will even offer recommendations on food. Many locals and tourists come to the pier for the fresh caught Fish and Chips dinner. The beer-battered fresh white fish caught locally is fried to perfection and set next to some seasoned fries. For the kids that don’t really care for the fish aspect of the lunch/dinner there is chicken fingers, hamburger, spaghetti, corn dogs, and some popcorn shrimp. The best part about the city pier is the view! You can see the gentle manatee, pelicans, and the playful dolphins. After your dinner enjoy the walk back with the gentle sea breeze and the beautiful painted sunset that the island has displayed for you.