Gulf Island ferry boat

Gulf Islands Ferry Expansion: Enhancing Your Island Experience

The Gulf Islands Ferry, renowned for shuttling passengers from the Bradenton Riverwalk Dock to Anna Maria Island, is embarking on an exciting expansion phase. Responding to the increasing demand for alternative transportation options and the resounding success of the ferry service, plans are underway to introduce a third vessel to the fleet. This new vessel promises a larger, more comfortable journey, with approximately 90 indoor seats, ensuring a faster and more enjoyable ride for passengers.

Gulf Island Ferry MapIn addition to the new vessel, discussions are in progress for additional ferry stops. Preliminary talks have been held with officials from Longboat Key, highlighting the commitment to enhancing accessibility and convenience for residents and visitors.

Currently serving approximately 375 passengers daily, the Gulf Islands Ferry provides a scenic 45-minute ride that not only offers a unique travel experience but also contributes to reducing traffic congestion, taking an estimated 175 cars off the streets each day.

Local Spotlight: The Waterfront Restaurant

Don’t miss the chance to visit The Waterfront Restaurant on your next Anna Maria Island adventure. Since its establishment, The Waterfront Restaurant has been dedicated to providing exceptional dining experiences. Whether you’re a local or a visitor to Holmes Beach and Anna Maria Island, our carefully crafted menu features a blend of timeless favorites and innovative dishes, all prepared with the finest ingredients to ensure a memorable dining experience.

Located at 111 South Bay Blvd, Anna Maria Island, FL, The Waterfront Restaurant offers convenient parking for guests. Join us for a dining experience that perfectly complements your island getaway.

Engage with Us

Stay updated on the latest ferry service schedule, routes, and ticket prices by visiting the Gulf Islands Ferry official website or contacting customer service. Share your experiences with us on social media using the hashtag #GulfIslandsFerryAdventure!

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Explore Your Options

The Gulf Islands Ferry departs from the Bradenton Riverwalk Dock and arrives at Anna Maria Island. Enjoy your scenic journey to Anna Maria Island, with stops at the Bradenton Dry Dock and the Bridge Street Pier. The service operates every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., providing a convenient way to travel between Bradenton and Anna Maria Island. For the most up-to-date information on routes and schedules, visit the official Gulf Islands Ferry website.

Source:  5/6/2024
References:
– [Ferry connecting downtown Bradenton to Anna Maria Island extends service – MSN](https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ferry-connecting-downtown-bradenton-to-anna-maria-island-extends-service/ar-BB1j6UAV)
– [Easier Trips To and From Bradenton to Anna Maria Island – Bradenton Gulf Islands](https://www.bradentongulfislands.com/gulf-islands-ferry/)
– [Ferry Guide – Anna Maria Island Home Rental](https://www.annamariaislandhomerental.com/anna-maria-island-water-taxi-ferry-guide)
– [New ferry linking Bradenton to Anna Maria sets sail Sunday – Bay News 9](https://baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2024/01/12/new-ferry-linking-bradenton-to-anna-maria-sets-sail-this-weekend-)

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