Guide to Kid-Friendly Activities on Anna Maria Island

When choosing Anna Maria Island activities, parents often focus on what would be the best for their children. Indeed, it can take a while to find things to do in Anna Maria Island that kids will absolutely love. Worry not! Here is a helpful guide to kid-friendly activities on Anna Maria Island that will make your vacation a hit with the whole family!

Outdoor Attractions

For a one-of-a-kind outdoor activity, take the kids and head down to TreeUmph Adventure Course! This family-friendly park is designed for the brave and the not-so-brave to have a blast. Participate in various activities, including a series of cable walkways, twisting bridges, zip lines, and wall climbing. Regardless of what adventure you pick, you are sure to have a great time! Other fun outdoor activities in the area include taking a dolphin tour, exploring nature at Robinson Preserve, and watching the waves from the Anna Maria City pier

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What kid doesn’t love spending an afternoon at the park? On Anna Maria Island, you have to bring your kids to Bayfront Park, located in the city of Anna Maria at the north end of the island. Here, you’ll have stunning views of Tampa Bay and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge as you let your kids run around at the playground. You’re also just across the street from the beach and near local historical sites and restaurants. There’s no better place to spend your afternoon!

Boy skim-boarding in Anna Maria Island

Beach Activities and Rentals

A Florida vacation wouldn’t be complete without spending some time on the beach. Luckily, Anna Maria Island has tons to choose from! You don’t have to spend your days building sandcastles, though. You can take part in a ton of fun Anna Maria Island watersports like parasailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and more. Local companies often host tours or equipment rentals. Some well-known businesses in the area include AMI Adventure Rentals, Beach Bums, and Fun and More Rentals.

Ice Cream Shops

What’s better than cooling off on a hot day than with a tall ice cream cone? There’s a ton of great spots to visit when you want to grab this sweet treat. Anna Maria Island Creamery and Bakery offers all kinds of flavors and other fresh bakery treats. Two Scoops is another island favorite, featuring 32 homemade flavors! You might also enjoy Holy Cow Ice Cream & Other Stuff, which offers sugar-free, dairy-free, and frozen yogurt options in addition to their ice cream selections.

Kid-Friendly Activities in Sarasota

If you somehow run out of things to do on Anna Maria Island, you’re just a 40-minute drive away from Sarasota! Bring your kids to check out the artwork at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art or explore the natural beauty of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is always a hit with animal-loving youngsters, and the Sarasota Jungle Gardens lets them get up close and personal with the most exciting local wildlife. Other kid-friendly activities nearby include the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, the Children’s Garden, and Urfer Family Park.

This is just a small selection of all the fantastic Anna Maria Island things to do. No matter what you and your kids are interested in, you can find it all minutes away from your rental! Contact us today to learn more about our vacation rentals!