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Top 5 Family Friendly Outdoor Activities on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island offers many breathtaking and exciting outdoor activities to partake in such as wildlife boat tours on the ocean with dolphins swimming nearby, kayak tours on calm waters, pier and charter fishing, and hiking through nature parks with diverse maritime terrain and forests.

With so many roomy and reasonably priced Anna Maria Island vacation rentals available near all of the action, your family can live in comfort and luxury during your next nature adventure.

Below are 5 thrilling family friendly outdoor activities for all ages to experience once you visit our gorgeous island:

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Activity #1 – Kayak Eco Tours

The kayak tours available throughout the year are an ideal activity for families, as they are very safe and will give you the chance to see the scenery and wildlife of the island and ocean up close.

Some of the most popular kayak tours will take you through the nearby restored Robinson preserve where you’ll see many types of local fish, wading birds, crabs, native plants and other marine life species.

A few top kayak tour providers on the island include:

  • Beach Bums AMI – 427 Pine Ave, Anna Maria, FL, (941) 778-3316
  • AMI Paddleboard Adventures – 3902 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL, (941) 896-6422

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Activity #2 – Dolphin and Manatee Watching Tours

The dolphin and manatee watching tours are also exhilarating, as they will take you on high speed rides throughout the waters around Anna Maria Island and give you a guaranteed chance to see dolphins swimming and playing about.

A few of the island’s best boat tour providers include:

  • Paradise Boat Tours – 200 Bridge St, Bradenton Beach, FL (941) 465-8624
  • MV Minnow Boat Tours – 5325 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, FL, (941) 920-0092

Activity #3 – Swimming at the Beach

Anna Maria Island has some of the safest public beaches in Florida, with lifeguards, great facilities for families and marvelous ocean views without any big buildings blocking you.

Coquina Beach and Manatee Public Beach have lifeguards on duty for much of the year along with calm and clear waters, restrooms, picnic areas, concessions, showers and other amenities.


Activity #4 – Hiking at Nature Parks

Anna Maria Island is surrounded by some of the most beautiful seaside nature parks in the world, with restored and protected habitats and forests that are home to the area’s remarkable native wildlife.

These parks offer families the opportunity to photograph and see rare and exotic bird species, dolphins, manatees, crabs, conchs and even alligators. Guided or self-guided tours are available.

Some of the options near Anna Maria Island include Neal Preserve, Perico Preserve and Robinson Preserve, all of which are right across the Anna Maria Bridge and can be reached within minutes.


Activity #5 – Visiting the Pier

The Rod and Reel Pier and the Historic City Pier are two easily accessible family attractions on Anna Maria Island where you can enjoy incredible views of the water, fish right off the pier, enjoy delicious fresh seafood, converse with amiable local fishermen and purchase gifts and souvenirs.

Another historic pier is located in Bradenton Beach on the southern end of the island and offers similar amenities with a location that is close to Coquina Beach, Bridge Street, many of our premier Anna Maria rentals and other exciting attractions.


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