Day Trips 

These are just a sampling of the many day trips we've taken during our stays in Anna Maria:

Sarasota -

Mote Marine Labratory & Aquarium - Explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable-working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory. See sharks, manatees and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.

Tampa - 

Sea World and Busch Gardens is located just north of Tampa, approx. 60 miles from AMI. This is an easy and fun day trip for all ages!


Adventure Island - A water park located northeast of Tampa, Florida across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The park features 30 acres of water rides, dining, and other attractions.


Legoland - Winter Haven, FL

Just 90 miles from Anna Maria Island, LEGOLAND® Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, a Water Park and The LEGO® World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network all geared to families with children ages 2 to 12.

Anna Maria Island is considered to be one of the treasured "Old Florida" communities where you won't find many high rises and people go out of their way to be friendly.  It offers a great combination of outdoor activities, fun and relaxation...all on a beautiful seven mile stretch of island beaches.  It truly is a best kept secret among Florida families and vacationers.

Anna Maria Island has activities for everyone, offering bicycles, boat rentals, kayaks and paddle boards. Walk along the white sandy beaches and swim in the crystal clear waters. Take a stroll through the quaint shopping and dining districts. Experience the historic landmarks, cafes, boutiques, art galleries, and fine dining.  Visit the Anna Maria visitors website below to get a full listing:

Anna Maria Island/Holmes Beach Shopping
AMI Outfitters Coastal Gear and Apparel
Bella by the Sea Home Boutique
The Island Cabana
Pink and Navy Boutique
Shiny Fish Emporium
Tide and Moon Jewelry
Anna Maria Historic Green Village
Beach Fashion Boutique
Two Sides of Nature
Anna Maria Island/Holmes Beach Dining
Anna Maria Donuts
Anna Maria General Store
Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe
Anna Maria Olive Oil Outpost
Beach Bistro
City Pier Restaurant

​Duffy's Tavern

Feeling Swell
Flop Shop and Candy Stop
Ginny’s and Jane E’s 
Holy Cow Ice Cream
Hometown Desserts
Island Gourmet Grill
Slim’s Place
Harry’s Grill
Hurricane Hanks
Island Coffee House


Poppo’s Taqueria
The Sandbar
Rod n Reel Pier Restaurant
Rudy’s Subs and More
Skinny's Place

Tortilla BAy

Two Scoops

Village Café at Rosedale

Waterfront Restaurant

Anna Maria Island