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The website for The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum is launching May 1st, 2017! We hope you’ll join us in celebrating by bringing a friend along to any of our Folk School classes. For full class schedule click here

Fundraising Boat Tour May 11th!


FUNDRAISING BOAT TOURS Paradise Boat Tours will be leading a 90-minute adventure through our pristine inter-coastal waterways to benefit The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 3 PM. This is a unique opportunity to explore Florida’s coastal heritage, and enjoy stories of authentic Cortez while having a ninety-five percent […]

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Looking for the perfect gift? Call (941) 708-6120 for information about a gift certificate for our Folk School!

Knot Tying Fees Due April 22nd


Knot Tying ($15) Saturday, April 29th, 10am to 11am Fees Due by April 22nd Min: 5 students, Max: 10 students Knots are so fundamental to everyday life that we barely notice they are around. We all remember first learning to tie our shoelaces as children, but there are so many other times we utilize knots. Without the […]



When you shop using Amazon Smile a percentage of your purchase price is donated to the Florida Maritime Museum. Just click here and make sure the top of the page reads, “Supporting: Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum.” Photo by : Kelvin Kay

Fishermen hold on to age-old superstitions


Photo Credit: Florida Memory Project By KRYSTIN MINER Are you superstitious? Are you afraid of walking under a ladder or breaking a mirror? One of the most common superstitions involves the bad omen associated with a black cat crossing your path. Like many others, Julius Mora, a Cortez fisherman, took heed of black cats. The […]


Anna Maria Island Historical Society Contact: (941) 778-0492 402 Pine Ave (PO Box 4315), Anna Maria, FL 34216 The Anna Maria Island Historical Society collects, researches, preserves, and exhibits materials and artifacts relating to the history Anna Maria Island. Learn about Anna Maria Island’s rich history; including its settlers, characters, the original city jail, and a historic cottage that sat on the […]


Enjoy some local flavor at one of these nearby restaurants: Cortez Cafe Cortez Kitchen O’Shucks Raw Bar & Grill Star Fish Company Swordfish Grill Tide Tables Tyler’s Ice Cream Village Idiot Pizzeria

Boat Tours

A boat tour can be a great way to experience the natural beauty and history of the Cortez waterfront. Here’s a list of a few of the local guides: Captain Kathe and First Mate Pup-Pup (941) 812-3241 Captain Kathe is a 4th Generation Fisherwoman and Native Floridian providing real Florida tours, Boat rides, Eco tours, […]