Picture Anna Maria Island, and we’d bet that clear skies, crystalline waters, and subtropical beachfronts are the first images that pop into your mind. Well-known for our striking scenery and sunshine, we’re easily one of the best beach destinations in Florida. But what about when one of those rarer rainy days happen? You might find yourself thinking that you’ve lost a day of your AMI getaway, but there are so many fun activities to do on Anna Maria Island on a rainy day! If you are looking for Anna Maria Island rainy day activities, rest assured that there are quite a few to pick and choose from. So don’t worry about your rainy day on AMI. We’ve collected a list of rainy-day activities on Anna Maria Island to make it easy on you!
Visit the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum
In almost every city in the country, museums rank among the top rainy-day activities—and it’s no different on AMI! Swing by the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum for the perfect AMI rainy day activity. You can find this local museum in a historic 1920’s icehouse, which also includes the original AMI old city jailhouse. Wander through the exhibits and marvel at the museum’s collection of old photos, historical newspapers, and other artifacts that tell the story of what past life was like on AMI circa the 20th century. There are even pretty spots to take pictures around the exterior grounds of the museum if it’s not raining super hard! It’s a great activity any day but is an optimal way to spend a rainy day on AMI.
Practice Your Perfect Strike at the Bowlero Bradenton
Not a far drive from AMI lies the city of Bradenton, which offers a multitude of options for rainy day entertainment. Just over eight miles away from Holmes Beach, this classic bowling alley chain is well accustomed to keeping visitors busy on a rainy day. With over 60 bowling lanes, you can play to your heart’s content, and sip on pitchers of local beer while you try to beat your best score. There’s an arcade for when you or the kids need a break from bowling, along with pool tables, a lounge area, and a sports bar. Top it off with free Wi-Fi and this venue has all you need for a rainy-day activity near Anna Maria Island!
Spend an Afternoon at the Roller Rink at Nearby Astro Skate
You’ll find this lively roller rink just around 20 minutes from the heart of AMI, just over the bridge in Bradenton. It’s a great activity when you’re trying to figure out how to keep kids entertained on a rainy day on Anna Maria Island. It gives you the chance to reminisce about your own childhood visits to the local skate rink, complete with funky bright floors and black lights. Beyond skating your heart away, you’ll also be able to play their arcade games and relax with treats from their concession stand. With this Anna Maria Island rainy day activity, you’re sure to pass the time with plenty of old-fashioned fun!
Stop By the Anna Maria Island Library in Holmes Beach
Libraries just seem to have that perfectly cozy, rainy-day vibe, and our local Island Branch Library has just that! Swing by for an afternoon children’s book reading on Anna Maria Island, or just let them keep busy with the multitude of colorful and whimsical books. It’s also a terrific place if you’re just looking for a quiet and comfortable place to read your own book or catch up on remote work. On the way home you can grab a coffee from The Pour House, a local coffee shop a few blocks from the library. Or make plans for dinner at one of the nearby restaurants on Marina Drive, such as the lively and family friendly The Ugly Grouper or the casual Duffy’s Tavern Bar and Grill.
Do Some Rainy-Day Shopping on Pine Ave
In the north part of the island in the town of Anna Maria lies Pine Ave, the island’s premier shopping destination. Boutiques and local stores line the avenue selling everything from fashionable beachwear to decorative pieces that allow you to take home a bit of the island life with you! Because the shops are so close together, it’s easy to explore them on a rainy day. Treat yourself to some vacation shopping, whether it’s a trendy screen-printed AMI hoodie or a cute handmade sign for your kitchen back home.
You’ll Never Be Blue on a Rainy Day on AMI!
Whether your vacation has flawless weather, or you get to cozy up on a rainy AMI day, you’ll have an unforgettable getaway to Anna Maria Island. Check out our cozy AMI rentals perfect for a rainy day, and chat with us to discuss booking your favorite today!