Anna Maria Island is a premier vacation destination any month of the year. We think one of the best times to go to Anna Maria Island is for Thanksgiving! Fall is perfect for visitors who want to experience the comfortable weather with fewer people crowding the beaches and the town. Anna Maria Island offers tons of annual events that you will only find during the Thanksgiving holiday, outdoor activities, mouthwatering restaurants open during the holiday weekend, and shops that are ideal for bringing souvenirs back home to your loved ones. Keep reading to add items to your itinerary of our Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving guide!
Grab a Holiday Meal
First thing first: You NEED to go to the tasty and highly reputable Anna Maria Island Beach Café during Thanksgiving weekend! This popular breakfast spot is not only well-known to tourists, but it’s well-known to locals as well, featuring strong pours of coffee, tasty omelets, sweet treats, and perfect views of the bright blue water. Plus, they are open on Thanksgiving! Head here to enjoy a traditional American Thanksgiving dining experience as you hear the sounds of waves crashing right outside of the outdoor patio space. Head to the buffet filled with Thanksgiving treats, like turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and potatoes, as you chat with your loved ones about what you are thankful for this year. One of the things that sets this lovely café apart from other options in the area is the casual and laid-back atmosphere. Wear your favorite beach gear, enjoy the tasty American grub, and bask in the warm sunshine.
If you are in the mood for something a little more upbeat and upscale for your Thanksgiving feast, then head to Waterfront 22 Pier. This dining establishment is always a fan favorite for cocktails, wine, and beer, and offers a large buffet spread this holiday season. Fill your plate with broccoli casserole, turkey, green beans, sauce, stuffing, and roasted potatoes. We guarantee that you will want to go back up for seconds! You can purchase your ticket for just $129.99 — talk about a real steal!
Are you not in the mood to go out for Thanksgiving? We don’t blame you! Sometimes during your holiday or vacation, you just want to relax. Work has been hectic, the kids are young, and you don’t have a babysitter. In that case, you can order the best Thanksgiving dinner Anna Maria Island offers to-go from Pier 22 to solve all of your turkey woes!
Along with the numerous dining spots that offer turkey dinners, yummy breakfast choices, sweet treats, and strong cocktails, there are annual events that will entice you even more to come to Anna Maria Island this upcoming November.
Start your vacation in a healthy way with the 25th Annual Bradenton Runners Club Turkey Trot. You can choose from either the 3-mile fun run or walk to burn some calories, get in your steps for the day, and feel better about eating all that turkey later on in the day! Head to the Robinson Preserve early at 8 am on Thanksgiving morning to lace up your running shoes, donate a canned good to help the community, and feel better about your impending feast.
You can also partake in the Florida Turkey Trot at Nathan Benderson State Park in Sarasota at 7:15 am if you are an early riser! Both of these fun runs are close to AMI, making them exciting and fitness-filled ways to start your holiday. This fun run is a 5k run/walk that also offers a kid’s race, making it a great family morning!
Plan Your Thanksgiving Journey
Doesn’t this sound like the ideal spot for you to spend your Anna Maria Island Thanksgiving holiday with your family? We think so too! Anna Maria Island offers outdoor activities, tasty restaurants, and upscale accommodation options to make this a vacation you will never forget.