Why You Should Spend Thanksgiving on Anna Maria Island

Considering spending your Thanksgiving away from home this year? Here’s why you should settle into one of our vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island to enjoy the holiday! 

pumpkins on the beach
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Beautiful Weather   

Florida’s weather has always been the state’s most important and most talked-about natural resource. People know how incredible the weather is, and if you asked them, all bets are on that they want to go to the sunny state with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Blue waters and white sandy beaches are the call, and fun in the sun is the remedy.

Summers in Florida are lengthy, warm, and quite humid. Winters are mild with cool breezes and periodic cold temperatures. During the fall months, Anna Maria Island gets the best of both worlds! Most places experience quite cold temperatures around Thanksgiving, but on Anna Maria Island, you can still head outside in your short sleeves and flip-flops. 

Family Friendly  

From the most popular vacation spots to everyday life, kids always find their own entertainment. From kayaking to sailing, surfing, and scuba diving, Florida has it all! Families love enjoying local Anna Maria Island restaurants and shops, and after dessert, it’s back to the beach. With the great weather here, there are boatloads of outdoor activities kids will love.

Activities for Everyone    

Anna Maria Island is known far and wide for its dolphin tours. Dolphins swim along the coastline, and you can get eye-to-eye close to them when you take a boat tour. Many of the area’s boat rental shops also offer guided dolphin tours perfect for the family. A day out on the water Florida-style is an educational experience. Learn about local wildlife populations and why this particular ecosystem is the ideal habitat for them.

You might also want to bring your children to one of Anna Maria Island’s many souvenir shops. You will quickly find that these places offer much more than just souvenirs. Crafts, beach attire, and interactive toys are just a few of the wonders you might discover.

Shells are a naturally beautiful (and free) souvenir you can take home, and Florida beaches are loaded with them. Find beautiful and unusual shells along Manatee Public Beach, Palmetto Avenue Beach, Bayfront Park, Bean Point, or Coquina Public Beach.

For a bit of a thrill, the TreeUmph Adventure Course is a 14-acre self-guided ziplining adventure that is nothing short of a blast for the entire family. The course takes you high up on a 650-foot zip line that flies you through the forest. This is one of those exhilarating experiences families love to do together and something they will be talking about and reminiscing for years to come.

Finally, relax and enjoy a boat ride to an offshore fishing expedition or just hang out on the many docs and piers and cast out your line. The Florida coast is home to lots of different types of fish and other marine life, and what could be more fun than watching your kids catch their very first fish.

turkey dinner on the beach

Thanksgiving on the Beach 

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for a beach party in the Sunshine State, and a few days of relaxation calls for a vacation rental in Anna Maria Island, fun in the sun, and some great shopping deals. Enjoy your mashed potatoes and gravy, apple pie and ice cream, and all the great Anna Maria Island turkey day goodies with your toes in the sand and the warmth of the finest climate on earth.

Then, work off all those calories with a quiet walk down one of Florida’s beautiful white sandy beaches or explore the state’s many extraordinary outdoor adventures. The possibilities are endless and provide curious visitors with some of the best Thanksgiving weekend getaways available anywhere.

Where to Stay?   

But where can you settle down for your Thanksgiving getaway? There are tons of Anna Maria Island vacation rentals to choose from! We are proud to hold a wide selection of rentals, big and small, perfect even if you’re traveling with your entire extended family. Contact us today to get started planning your holiday trip!