Why You Should Plan a Vacation to Anna Maria Island in the Fall

Anna Maria Island is an unmatched vacation destination at any time of year, especially if you’re traveling with your family. However, if you have the opportunity to visit AMI in the fall, take it! Fall is one of the most exciting seasons on Anna Maria Island thanks to the combination of the phenomenal weather and incredible attractions that your whole group will love. We’ve always got an Anna Maria Island vacation rental waiting for you, so you’ll be right near all the action!

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The fall weather in Anna Maria Island simply cannot be beaten. For the months of September, October, and November, high temperatures usually get into the 80s, and low temperatures dip down into the 60s. This time of year brings slightly cooler mornings and evenings, so you’ll want a light jacket so you can enjoy the island all day long. It’s still perfect weather to enjoy all the outdoor and water activities in the heat of the day!

You also won’t need to worry about rain ruining your plans. September is still considered the wet season, but October and November are much drier. If you do happen to run into some rain, it’s probably going to be in the form of an afternoon shower, which helps to cool off the island for a comfortable evening.

Things to Do

Fall is the ideal time of year in Anna Maria Island because you can take full advantage of both the indoor and outdoor activities available. Take the beaches, for instance. They’re ideal for having a morning stroll as you watch the sunrise or an evening walk to pick up seashells while the sun dips down under the horizon. During the day, you can always find a spot on the shore, since fall tends to be less crowded than other seasons.

You won’t want to miss out on the farmers’ markets if you visit in the fall. The Historic Bridge Street Market and the Coquina Beach Market are two of the best fall activities on the island, giving you the chance to mingle with the locals and experience fresh produce, unique arts and crafts, and delicious food.

There are also tons of great events throughout AMI and on the mainland. For instance, Bayfest is held every October on Pine Avenue. This event is the island’s longest-running crafts and music festival and promises to be an exciting time every single year! If you can’t find enough to do on AMI, there’s plenty more to discover on the mainland in nearby Bradenton or Sarasota.

The nature of Anna Maria Island is never more beautiful than it is in the fall. Head to Robinson Nature Preserve to get a one-of-a-kind look at the incredible flora and fauna of the island. DeSoto National Memorial Park is another great spot, offering both stunning nature and fascinating history.

If you’re visiting with kids, there’s no lack of things to get involved in! Let out your competitive side at The Fish Hole Miniature Golf, or give your kids plenty of room to run around at Bayfront Park. Get all your souvenirs on Bridge Street, and don’t forget to grab dessert at The Donut Experiment!

Where to Stay

Since Anna Maria Island doesn’t see huge crowds in the fall, it’s an excellent time to get a great deal on a rental. We are proud to offer Anna Maria Island accommodations in all three cities on the island: the City of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach. No matter how big or small your group is, we’ve got the perfect rental for you. Contact us today to learn more!