Although the Cortez bridge in the featured picture looks rather close, it’s actually several miles away. I took this image of the raised draw bridge from a hill in Leffis Park on Anna Maria Island. From the two lookout areas in this preserve you can see Sarasota Bay area very good.
If you are looking for something fun and exciting to do in the area, in my opinion, the Leffis Preserve doesn’t really offer much. I went there on a hot summer day at about noon. I walked a long way on sandy trails and encountered not much of anything. I saw a few butterflies, an osprey perched on a limb about a hundred yards away, some small needle fish, a couple of mocking birds, two dove and Sarasota bay from an elevated perspective.
I suppose the experience was okay for me because one of my photography goals was to get a good picture of a bridge when the center span was raised upward.
I spent two days exploring the Bradenton beach area and have to tell you that their are a lot of boundary lines established within a small area extending from Sarasota to the end of Anna Maria Island.
Within a few miles you will encounter these various named areas:
- Town Of Longboat Key
- Bradenton Beach
- Coquina Beach
- Anna Maria Island
- Cortez Beach
- Holmes Beach
- Manatee Beach
- Anna Maria Beach
With that being said, I think that the Leffis Preserve is located across from Coquina beach. It’s definitely on Anna Maria Island and is considered to be a key.
Leffis Key Address:
2351 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Anna Maria Island