New Year’s Eve on the Florida Gulf Coast

December 31, 2018 By Rachel

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They say that how you choose to spend New Year’s Eve decides how the rest of your year will go. If you’re already in the paradise of the Florida Gulf Coast for the holiday, then you’re already way ahead of the game. Your 2019 is sure to be amazing if you’re starting it here.

But just to be sure, here are the best things to do on and around Anna Maria Island for New Year’s Eve.

The Gulf Cafe and Kokonut Hut~Watch the fireworks with the sand in your toes then, chime in 2019 dancing under the largest tiki on AMI. Dance along to Manatees Favorite DJ! 900 Gulf Dr. N, Bradenton Beach, Florida 34217.

You’ve heard of the big Times Square ball drop…but what about the Sarasota Pineapple Drop? 

Gather your friends to attend the Area’s BIGGEST New Year’s Eve Party. Block Party & Pineapple Drop on Main Street and Lemon Ave. Children’s Rides, Games & Prizes at the Midway at 5 Points Park. The Pineapple drops at midnight followed by a fantastic fireworks display in Sarasota. Enjoy a great view – without leaving the party!!! The event ends Tuesday, January 1, at 1:30 am.

Celebrations in Clearwater:

Light it Up, on Clearwater Beach~Welcome to Light It Up Clearwater! Clearwater Beach’s Annual Fireworks Celebration. Come and join us on New Year’s Eve, relax with your toes in the sand, watch one of our world famous sunsets, grab a bite to eat and then ring in the New Year with Fireworks at midnight!  All compliments of the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce and it’s wonderful sponsors.  Named as one of the Top Five kid-friendly places to ring in the New Year, by U.S. News Travel, it’s sure to be a celebration the whole family will enjoy!

New Year’s Eve Party at Shephard’s ~One of the hottest spots on Clearwater Beach wouldn’t miss the opportunity to throw the best NYE Party around! Head to Shephard’s Beach Resort for live music and DJ, dancing, Salt Tequila Bar, party favors and a viewing of the ball drop on a 16-foot video screen; starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $30.  Shephard’s Beach Resort 619 South Gulfview BoulevardClearwater, FL 33767

 New Year’s Eve Celebration Cruise~Say “Bon Voyage” to 2018 on a New Year’s Eve Celebration Cruise featuring an open bar! This festive cruise is the best way to celebrate NYE on the water. Dine on gourmet food (select cruises), sip on delicious cocktails and dance the night away under the stars. Cruises also include a champagne toast at midnight for guests to ring in 2019 on the water! Please note, the NYE cruise on StarShip III does not include food.

Keep your eyes posted on our blog to learn more about all of the exciting events happening in January around the area!

Happy New Year’s!!!



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