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Gulf Islands Ferry Service to start January 12th

MANATEE COUNTY – Service for the Gulf Islands Ferry is set to start Friday, January 12, 2024, barring any inclement weather.

Visitors and residents can catch a ride on the water Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ride times between stops will range from 25-40 minutes. The two catamarans hold 49 passengers and will have two crew aboard to ensure smooth transport to and from each port.

The initial route of the two 50-foot open-air catamarans, Miss Anna Maria and Downtown Duchess, will take riders from the day dock in downtown Bradenton located just east of the Green Bridge and directly off Bradenton Riverwalk, to the Anna Maria City pier. The Historic City Pier at Bradenton Beach will be added to the route system as soon as some minor enhancements are completed.

Tickets can be purchased

To learn more, visit or contact Elliott Falcione, Executive Director at or call at 941-209-0960.