What are the Best Places to Ride Bikes on Anna Maria Island?

Looking for a quaint vacation destination that will give you all the fun in the sun you expect from Florida? Look no further than Anna Maria Island! Though the island is only seven miles long, you’ll find tons of fun attractions all along the shoreline, but you’ll get to skip the big tourist crowds you find in other cities like Orlando or Panama City Beach.

bradenton beach on Anna Maria Island

There’s truly something for everyone on Anna Maria Island, from the gorgeous white sand beaches to the delectable seafood and unique shopping. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature, you’re in luck, as AMI is full of gorgeous surroundings and breathtaking wildlife everywhere you look. One of the best ways to get up-close-and-personal with nature is by bike riding, giving you a unique look at the area while you get your exercise. Luckily, there are tons of great places to bike near our Anna Maria Island vacation rentals.

City Bike Paths

Anna Maria Island is divided into three distinct cities: the City of Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, and Holmes Beach. There are city bike paths through all three of these areas that allow you to easily get anywhere you need to go. You’ll find five miles of bike paths along Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach, which will take you into the other two cities as well as the nearby Longboat Key.

man riding a bike

Biking is an easy way to get anywhere on the island, but if you need to get a little further away, take advantage of the Anna Maria Island trolley. This free service is perfect for navigating the island quickly, and the trolley itself is bike-friendly! Simply mount your bike on the trolley and head to your destination.

Coquina Bike Path

Coquina Beach is located on the south end of the island and is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. It’s also perfect for cycling with its seven miles of pristine coastline. The Coquina bike path is easily accessible and will bring you north toward Cortez Beach. While you’re cycling, be sure to check the waves for dolphins or look up to the sky to try to spot the native blue heron!

Lake Manatee State Park

Located in nearby Bradenton, Lake Manatee State Park is the ideal biking destination for nature lovers. The park offers a family-friendly biking experience with 2.5 miles of paved interior roads that take you through various landscapes, as well as 2.34 miles of off-road terrain for the more experienced biker. You’ll get to experience breathtaking panoramic views of the lake, witness the wildflowers when they’re in bloom, and chat with the campers as you head through the campground loops.

beach bikes lined up on the sidewalk

You don’t even have to bring your own bike to enjoy the trails here! Bicycle rentals are available at the ranger station and are suitable for either trail you may choose. In addition to cycling, you can enjoy tons of other fun outdoor activities at Lake Manatee State Park, including fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking, and more. Bring your kids out to the playground and let your furry friend run on the trails.

Things to Keep in Mind

There are a few things to consider when biking on Anna Maria Island. All traffic laws and signs apply to cyclists, so be sure you are following the law. Ride on the same side of the road as traffic is flowing, and use hand signals at stops and turns with shoulder checks. Always yield to pedestrians and use available crosswalks when applicable. Florida law requires helmets for cyclists under 16, and helmets are recommended for cyclists of any age.

Cycling is one of the best ways to get anywhere on the island from our Anna Maria vacation rentals. Biking presents the perfect way to spend quality time with your loved ones while enjoying some good exercise and gorgeous nature. Contact us today for more information on biking on AMI and all of our available accommodations!