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Family Friendly Things to Do Around Anna Maria Island

Plan a summer vacation that the whole family will love! The Compass Hotel is located within just a few miles of many family-friendly attractions. In addition to the beautiful area beaches, fun museums, and water activities, you can also challenge the kids to a round of miniature golf, take the family on a nature walk, or learn about majestic manatees. At the Compass Hotel, family fun can be found around every corner.

Miniature Golf

The Fish Hole in Bradenton Beach is a family favorite. Located on historic Bridge Street—a 10 minute drive from the Compass Hotel—this mini golf course offers 18-holes full of fun adventures. Opt to partake in a party package to get extra perks like a soft drink, and fish food so the kids can feed the colorful creatures inside the course’s Koi pond. The Fish Hole is surrounded by plenty of restaurants and shops, which are perfect for a post-game celebration and family meal.

Outdoors Parks

For kiddos who love to rollerblade and skateboard, travel just three minutes down Manatee Ave to the newly upgraded Island Skate Park in Holmes Beach. With ramps and grind bars, this is the perfect place for kids to practice their skills before enjoying an afternoon at the beach.

Robinson Preserve is another great outdoor park in the area. Just six miles from the Compass Hotel, Robinson Preserve offers tons of outdoor activities. Kids love to climb up to the top of the giant 53-foot-tall observation tower and enjoy views of Tampa Bay or hike around the Preserve’s scenic trails, which feature peaceful picnic spots for snack time. Check out our friends at AMI Beach Bums for bike, kayak and a variety of other rentals to enhance your outdoor adventure!


Anna Maria Island is also home to many playgrounds that are just a few miles from the Compass Hotel. The Bay Front Park in the city of Anna Maria includes a playground right on a sandy beach—perfect for a day in the sun and on the slides. Manatee Public Beach in the town of Holmes Beach also includes a playground for the kids and Coquina Beach on the southern end of Anna Maria Island has beautiful walking paths and a ship-shaped playground for littles to enjoy.

Arts & Crafts

You won’t want to miss a chance to visit the Shiny Fish Emporium on Pine Ave in Anna Maria. Here, kids can cozy up to a craft table and decorate their own dollar with paints and other craft supplies. Turn your sand dollar into an ornament to hang as a wall decoration, or simply use it as table decor. Either way, this kid-friendly craft is the perfect souvenir to keep as a memory of your trip to Anna Maria Island.

In addition to these local favorites, the Compass Hotel also features tons of family-friendly amenities and activities. Families will find plenty of ways to entertain themselves with our board games and tabletop amusements in the hotel’s lobby lounge. The Compass Hotel also offers an on-site pool overlooking the adjacent marina, bike rentals, and a complimentary breakfast buffet for guests of all ages.

Book a summer vacation to the Compass Hotel today and experience all that this family-friendly destination has to offer.

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