Anna Maria Island is a sanctuary for families with young children who want to go outside, explore, and see all there is to do and see in the sunny state of Florida! We love coming here with kids of all ages, whether you have teenagers or toddlers because you will always find something to do, attend an event, and see a beautiful attraction. It is no wonder people fly to the Sunshine State from all over the world for an Anna Maria Island family vacation!
Head to the Beach
A must-do during your stay in Anna Maria Island with your kids is to head to the beach – of course! This island has multiple beaches, such as Coquina Beach and Cortez Beach, that offer white sand, bright blue water, and tons of coastline for you to build sandcastles, surf, swim, and snorkel. What more could you want for a relaxing holiday? There are over 7 miles of beaches for you to set up an umbrella and spend a wholesome day with your family.
Have Fun at Bayfront Park
Similar to the beach, we recommend going to Bayfront Park next to Rod and Reel Pier during your Anna Maria Island family vacation – the ideal fisherman-viewing spot – to play a game of tag, read a book, bring an al fresco lunch for a picnic, or play on the playground!
Watch the Fishermen at Work
Speaking of fishermen, we recommend going to Rod and Reel Pier to watch the fishermen at sunset. You can then go to the Rod and Reel restaurant and bar to have a kids’ meal with your children and get a beer! You can also view the fishermen bringing in their large catch by going to the Anna Maria Island City Pier to see the sunset or sunrise or the Bradenton Beach Pier, which has great viewing spots, restaurants, and cafes. Your kids can get some ice cream on a hot summer day!
View the Wildlife
Your kids will also love checking out the wildlife, such as going for a fishing trip, taking a dolphin viewing tour, going snorkeling under the bright blue water, or just going for a nature walk and seeing the pelicans, herons, cranes, and loggerhead turtles. If your kids are older, they will love renting a paddleboard and spending an afternoon in the water.