Top Family Activities on Your Anna Maria Island Vacation

September 12, 2019 By Tammy DeLosh

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Life on the Gulf Coast is carefree and easy for most adults. Relaxing beachside, and syncing into island time is why we vacation here. If you have kids, there is almost always the question “what else is there to do?”

Entertaining small ones or even teens is easy when you know where to go. If you had too much sun or it is rainy, there are indoor and outdoor options. Quite often, summer rains are short bursts, leaving plenty of sunny hours in the day.

Dolphin Tours: Watching the dolphin race in the wake is exciting at any age. Book at dusk and have sunset as the backdrop.

Anna Maria Princess Riverboat Tour: Embark on an unforgettable AMI adventure on the Anna Maria Princess paddlewheel boat! The Anna Maria Princess departs from the Bradenton Beach Marina, located at 402 Church Avenue on the Island side of the Cortez Bridge. Enjoy a relaxing cruise on an authentic paddlewheel boat on the Waterways of Anna Maria Island Sound and Sarasota Bay.

Parasailing: Will be the “highlight” of your trip to the beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. The crystal clear waters off of Anna Maria Island will be the starting point for your adventure.  Where up to three of you can fly together, soaring over the Gulf waters where you might see dolphin, turtles, fish, manatee, stingray or other wildlife. 12507 Cortez Road West Cortez FL 34215

Hiking the Nature Preserves: Whether you walk, ride bikes, or Segway, there are several area preserves to choose from. Secluded areas, some with natural beaches to explore, or even fish from the boardwalks.

TreeUmph : obstacle coarse with over 10 football fields of challenging terrain and hundreds of aerial adventure games- Plus, thousands of smiling faces both young & young at heart. Fly through a dense forest from tree to tree on crazy-fun obstacles that defy gravity. Get in sync with nature. Love every single moment spent with your friends and family as you experience one of the most unique attractions in Florida. 21805 E State Rd 70, Bradenton, FL 34211

Lowry Park Zoo: a short drive to Tampa, this is well worth adding to your itinerary. One of the finest display of animal enclosures, plus daily activities and shows. Features a Manatee hospital, stingray feeding pool, hands-on bird enclosure and a kids zone with splash pad and rides.


Jumpin Fun Inflata Park: The nations largest inflatable park this spacious indoor park is complete with games, open jumps, kids’ sessions & adult fitness classes on trampolines.  7321 Trade Ct, Sarasota, FL 34240

Aquariums~Keeping marine life thriving, these aquariums also specialize in rescuing, rehabilitation and releasing injured marine life. Take part in learning how to sustain their futures or just enjoy viewing them. Several options for eco-tours through the mangroves and out on the intercoastal waters.

Fishing: From Bridge Street Pier, all may fish without the expense of a Florida License. Pole rentals and bait can be acquired at the entrance to the pier. Charter fishing has the same perk, as the Captain covers the licenses. The offshore journey may be more exhilarating for the avid fisherman.  Each season presents a different challenge. The elusive snook, the coveted Tarpon, and Redfish are among the most popular. But no worries, there is plenty of great eating fish to be caught. Captains will fillet and package your catch.

Capt. Fin 1325 Gulf Dr S Bradenton Beach, Florida 34217 Get Directions (941) 920-2573

Keys Marina fishing charters at 5501 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach FL 34217.  Call 941-778-1977

Stray Dog Offshore Sportfishing in Cortez  941-794-5615


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