Things to Do on Anna Maria Island During the Fall

When you think about a Florida vacation, you probably picture hot summer days on the beach. But the summertime isn’t the only time you can enjoy an incredible destination like Anna Maria Island! In fact, there are plenty of fun things to do on Anna Maria Island throughout the fall. You might find that you enjoy AMI in the fall even more than in the summer!

Discover some of the best local activities below, then get in touch to learn more about our AMI rentals!

Enjoy Less Crowded Beach Days

Most people vacation in the summertime since it’s easier to get time away from work, and the kids are already out of school. But if you can plan for a vacation in the fall, you may have the AMI beaches all to yourself! The weather is still pleasant enough to enjoy the beach all day long if you wish. 

Anna Maria Island has three main beaches for you to choose from, each with its own unique atmosphere and activities. In the north, visit Bean Point Beach to see where the island’s first settlers lived, and plan a romantic picnic on the shore with your sweetheart.

In the middle of the island in the town of Holmes Beach, you’ll find Manatee Public Beach. This destination is perhaps the most family-friendly spot on the island and offers something for everyone. You’ll have plenty of room to spread out and enjoy all kinds of watersports.

Finally, you should experience Coquina Beach. Here, you can gather seashells or splash in the waves, knowing that there are plenty of souvenir shops and restaurants just a short walk away. 

A family have a picnic on the beach
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Support Local Businesses at the Farmers’ Market

One of the best family things to do on Anna Maria Island is to attend the local farmers’ market. Not only will you be supporting the small businesses of the area, but you can also grab some fresh food to take back to your rental and get to know some of the locals. 

Anna Maria Island itself holds its farmers’ market on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find organic produce, sauces and seasonings, local honey, and so much more. You’ll find the market at the corner of South Bay Boulevard and Pine Avenue. 

You can also make a trip to the mainland to experience the Bradenton Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. Of course, you can get produce and freshly baked bread, but it doesn’t stop there! Check out the handmade jewelry, unique oils, fresh seafood, and more. You’ll also enjoy live music and fun kids’ activities while you’re there. 

Plan Your Visit

Take a relaxing fall vacation on AMI with Lizzie Lu’s! Contact our team today to plan your beach getaway!

Selby Gardens Spooktacular

Take a day trip over to Sarasota to get in the Halloween spirit at the Selby Gardens Spooktacular! This celebration will take place on October 30, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gardens’ main campus in downtown Sarasota. 

Bring your kiddos in their costumes to enjoy the beauty of the botanical gardens. There are also plenty of activities scheduled for the day, including an inflatable corn maze, storytelling, arts and crafts, and, of course, trick-or-treating! 

Kids of all ages are welcome to attend this celebration, which is included with the price of general admission to the Gardens. It just goes to show that you don’t have to miss out on your favorite Halloween traditions just because you’re on vacation! 

Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Fest

About 40 minutes away from AMI in Bradenton, you’ll find Hunsader Farms. This destination is popular all year long, but you don’t want to miss the Pumpkin Festival in the fall! 2022 marks the 31st annual event and is sure to draw visitors and locals alike.

Included with your admission are dozens of family-friendly activities, including a craft show, live music and performances, hayrides, and a barnyard playground for the little ones. Watch a juggler, visit the petting zoo, and make your way through the scarecrow displays. 

There are also optional activities with small additional fees. Arm painting is a great alternative to face painting, especially if you plan on indulging in pumpkin pie or farm-roasted sweet corn! Let your kids enjoy pony rides, a corn maze, and an incredible butterfly experience. 

It’s important to note that this festival is cash only, so be sure to visit the ATM before you arrive. 

Three kids in Halloween costumes happily run down a path
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The Trail of Treats

Of all the fall events on Anna Maria Island, the Trail of Treats is one of the most beloved. This event takes place on Halloween from 4 to 8 p.m.

The Chamber of Commerce hosts this event, offering a costume contest and trick-or-treating from dozens of businesses across the island. All ages can enjoy collecting treats and seeing whose costume reigns supreme! No matter which city you’re staying in on Anna Maria Island, you can find a participating business just moments away. 

Start at the Chamber of Commerce to begin the Trail. If your kids (ages 0-12) want to participate in the costume contest, arriving early to register is recommended.  

Your Anna Maria Island Rental

These Anna Maria Island events are just a few of the fun things going on this fall. But there are plenty of other exciting things to do on Anna Maria Island while you’re in town! For your stay, make our Anna Maria Island rentals your “home away from home.” Lizzie Lu’s is happy to help you choose the rental that’s right for you and your family. Contact us today to get started!