Family Fun, Playgrounds and parks on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island – There are several family fun activities across the island perfect for keeping the kids entertained. No matter which of the three cities you are visiting on Island, you wont have to travel far to find a play place.

Anna Maria Island has a phenomenal skate park in Holmes Beach for the child that skateboards or roller blades. The bigger kids and teenagers are the perfect age to tear it up at the skate park. Located directly next to the skate park is a nice little playground set for the little ones, and a shuffleboard court for the grown ups. If you are lucky, catch a glimpse of Anna Maria Island’s beloved pirate ship parade float Skully wag, often parked just by the skate park.

The most Northern and generally quietest playground is located in Anna Maria City at 310 North Bay Boulevard and named Anna Maria Bay Front Park. This park is gorgeously located directly on the bay side beach, so you can enjoy swimming and playing on the play ground equipment. After visiting Bay Front Park, head over to nearby Rod N Reel pier for lunch!

If you are looking for a playground right on the Gulf of Mexico, look no more. There is a fabulous playground in Holmes Beach at the Manatee Public beach. Manatee public beach offers concessions, volley ball nets, picnic areas, bathroom/changing area and tourist information.

In Bradenton Beach head over to Herb Dolan park located on the corner of Avenue A and 25th Street directly on Anna Maria Sound. This park offers a playground, basketball courts and a large field for baseball. This park is tucked into a Bradenton Beach neighborhood, and is often not crowded.

On the very southern end of the Island find Coquina beach with tons of activities including a fun Pirate ship shaped play ground, paved walking/bike paths, concessions and bathrooms.

Public Beach Holmes Beach
Manatee Public Beach

Orlando attractions and information

Orlando Area Theme Parks, Activities and InformationOrlando Area Theme Parks, Activities and Information

Please see the links below for assistance on visiting the Orlando Area. Of course Orlando is well known for Entertainment rides, Parks, Restaurants, as well as Water Parks. Not only is it a convenient Orlando day trip from Anna Maria Island, but the area has some of the best theme parks in the world.

Disney World
Bring the kids, young and old, and experience THE most exciting amusement park in the world. Disney offers something for Walt Disney World in Orlando, FLeveryone, from Epcot Center to Animal Kingdom, everyone will find a feature they just can’t wait to try. An Orlando day trip to Walt Disney world from Anna Maria Island is quite possibly the best one you can make!

Universal Studios
At Universal Studios Florida you can “Ride the Movies!” The park offers shows and rides, along with numerous other attractions and distractions. Universal Studios Florida, its sister park Islands of Adventure, CityWalk, offer a great distraction while vacationing in Florida. The convenient location makes this a great Orlando day trip from Anna Maria Island.

Sea World
SeaWorld Adventure Park Orlando, Florida is the world’s premiere marine adventure park with 200 acres of world-class shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable animal encounters. Explore the mysteries of the sea with up-close animal interactions and exhilarating thrills.

Disney Blizzard Beach
Blizzard Beach is located in Orlando, Florida and while there is no real snow to be found there is plenty of displays to remind you there are parts of the world that are cooold.  Blizzard Beach is one of two dedicated large Water Parks in Orlando that has plenty of water rides for all ages.

Disney Typhoon Lagoon
Typhoon Lagoon is the Second of two large dedicated water parks located in Orlando.  The theme revolves around a typhoon that hit a village.  Conveniently located close to other theme parks this is a great get out of the heat water playground for all of the family.

Disney Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom is a them park and small zoo all in one.  A extra large tree can be seen from most areas of the park and reminds Animal Kingdom FLorida Orlandoyou of an African like setting.  Great rides, a wonderful end of the day parade as well as shows make this a great them park to visit in Orlando.

Disney Epcot Theme Park
Epcot theme park located in Orlando is a cultural visit well suited for older children.  The park is gigantic and frankly is difficult to see all the exhibits in one day.  Epcot is known for visiting some of the highlights of a world traveler all in one day.  Lots of exhibits and shows aligned with the area visiting makes this a great cultural experience for a 7 year of age and above family.

Disney Hollywood Studios
Hollywood studios is exactly what it sounds like.   Great rides, exhibits and shows that surround films, cartoons, and movies.  Lots of characters walking around make this a great park for smaller children that can visit with their favorite characters.  Of course Hollywood studios is located in the Orlando area in close proximity to the rest of the theme parks.

Disney Springs
Downtown Disney is a great place to relax after all the excitement of the theme parks. Catch a Cirque du Soleil show, your favorite artist at the House of Blues, or get some souvenir shopping done. You can do it all at Downtown Disney just an exit or two away from the other Walt Disney World theme parks.