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5 Kid-Friendly Activities To Enjoy On Your Next Anna Maria Vacation
Author: Christine OKelly

Whether you're from Florida, California or anywhere in between, an Anna Maria vacation is a great getaway for the entire family. The island is packed full of inexpensive, family-friendly activities so you can have a great vacation without breaking the bank, no matter where you're from.

Ride the Free Trolley

No Anna Maria vacation would be complete without an island tour on the island's free trolley. The trolley runs daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and stops every four to five blocks at designated beaches. Check out each beach before deciding on the perfect one to spend a day in the sun and surf. The trolley is a quick and easy way to see everything an Anna Maria vacation has to offer - all at no cost to visitors.

Beach Day

After you've gone on your trolley tour and found the perfect beach, spend a day relaxing by the ocean. Build sandcastles, play in the warm ocean surf or just relax with a good book. Your beach day can include anything you want - the important thing is that you enjoy yourself!

Charter A Boat

Dolphins and manatees abound in the oceans surrounding the tropical island, so no Anna Maria vacation is complete without a chartered boat tour to search for these gentle sea creatures. This once in a lifetime experience is one that will stay with you years after your Anna Maria vacation comes to a close.

Visit the Robinson Preserve

An Anna Maria vacation day at the Robinson Preserve is one filled with nature. The preserve, which opened in July 2008, has more than 400 acres of marshlands, kayaking and canoeing streams, nature trails and bridges. The trails are perfect for both hiking and horseback riding. There's also a 500-foot boardwalk ideal for watching the many birds that call the preserve their home. Visitors to the preserve should be on the lookout for endangered species such as the gopher tortoise and the indigo snake. Have a fun family contest to see who can spot these elusive creatures - perhaps the winner can decide where the family should have dinner that night!

Family Fishing Day

Take advantage of Florida's beautiful coastline by enjoying a family fishing day. Families can either choose to rent or charter a boat or fish off one of the island's four fishing piers. Most fishing tour companies provide everything necessary for your day, including fishing licenses, rods, reels and bait.

You'll be able to fish for grouper, shark, red snapper, trout and more on your family fishing day. Some companies even clean the fish once you're finished, so all you'll have to do is cook it up and enjoy a dinner of the freshest fish around.

An island vacation is a great way to relax, unwind and reconnect with the family. Whether you're there for two weeks or just a few days, you'll be sure to find plenty of family-friendly activities to make your trip a memorable one.

About the author:
Christine O'Kelly is a writer for Anna Maria Gulf Coast Rentals, offering Anna Maria vacation, rentals, including beautiful beach houses and condos on Florida's Gulf Coast. All of the firm's premier Anna Maria Island vacation rentals are nearby fun and exciting activities for vacationers of all ages to enjoy.
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