Going to the beach is one of the best things to do in Anna Maria Island for families. Set on the Gulf of Mexico, these teal-colored crystal clear waters and soft beige sand beaches are highlights of the trip!
It is a good spot to try fishing or have a lookout on the ocean and see the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. You can also look for manatees, dolphins, and other marine life while enjoying the views from the Anna Maria City Beach Pier.
One of the fun Anna Maria Island activities is to create your own donut. Stop at the Donut Experiment on Pine Ave to custom make a crazy, deliciously flavored donut. It sometimes has a long wait, so go early if you can!
Take a scenic trail ride on horses through the gorgeous Deer Prairie Creek Preserve. It is a unique way to enjoy nature and a fun thing to do with kids in Anna Maria ages 8 and up. You can take air or water tours too at the Real Beach Horses.
Every year the West Coast Surf Shop hosts a week-long youth surf camp in July. Veteran instructors teach the kids to surf. These lessons take place in Holmes Beach on the beach at White Avenue – known for being one of the greatest beaches for surfing on Anna Maria Island.
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