Things to Do on Anna Maria Island When It Rains

Taking a vacation under the Florida sun often provides sun-soaked days of fun on the Anna Maria Island beaches, joyous afternoons by the water, and excursions to the top outdoor attractions.

The sun can also get blocked by pesky rain clouds. Florida has a way of getting some rain, sometimes for days on end and sometimes for only three minutes. You can just about see the sun beaming down a cloud or two over.

Thankfully, there’s still plenty to do near our Anna Maria Island beachfront rentals. We cover the top six things to do on Anna Maria Island when it rains and the beach is off the table – for the time being.

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Body and Sol Spa and Wellness

Take this opportunity to take care of yourself. You don’t need a sunny day to order a manicure and pedicure. Body and Sol Spa and Wellness is the whole package. Bask in luxury for the afternoon. Target troubling areas along your skin and get a plan lined up to treat yourself every evening after your shower with skin and hair care options. Set the right kind of tone for a vacation to one of our Anna Maria Island rentals with a pool.

The Florida Maritime Museum

While the Florida Maritime Museum sits on four acres of stunning Florida greens, the bulk of the museum’s peculiar maritime artifacts are indoors. Head inside to see historic photographs, antique tools, boat models, and more.

Island Players Florida Student Theater

This AMI community theater is the top place to go to see affordable productions. You get to really see the community come to life with often fascinating interpretations of classic and contemporary shows. Shows are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Get a look at the local community through the lens of its art, from bombastic musical productions to contemplative dramas. They have a plethora of various local events, including workshops, classes, and even a playwright’s festival.

South Florida Museum

The South Florida Museum is one of the top Anna Maria Island attractions involving science and marine biology. It is a museum with a huge tank, housing special marine guests. It is a place to see manatee rehabilitation as well as rooms of aquariums. KidSpace hosts weekly events and programs showcasing the local ecology. Kids can make challenging projects to express their love of marine life.

The highlight of the South Florida Museum is the planetarium. See weekly shows unfold with this massive educational opportunity. All of it is inside, so you can definitely get a fresh break from the rain.

Red Barn Market

The Red Barn Market is a shopping extravaganza. The majority of the marketplace is covered so you don’t have to worry too much about getting wet and soggy while you shop. You can find all sorts of affordable goodies. It is definitely the place to find souvenirs for multiple people back at home while staying on a budget. You can find jewelry, art, fun local clothing and accessories, and a lot more. There are also hot dogs, burgers, and plenty of other lunch items for a quick bite.

Plan Your Vacation

When you’re ready to book your Anna Maria Island vacation, Also, be sure to visit our rental property pages, including our Anna Maria Island condos.

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The Mote Aquarium

The Mote Aquarium is about a 30-minute drive from the center of Anna Maria Island. It is easily one of the most exciting rainy day activities for all ages. This Sarasota attraction houses sharks, manatee, otters, sea turtles, and others. The Shark Zone is the prime attraction. Be sure you stay for shark feeding hours. The center focuses on rehabilitation, so you and the family are bound to learn about how the team cares for these treasured animals of the water.

Don’t be scared away by the possibility of rain in the forecast. It’s a rare occurrence on Anna Maria Island. But if you do expect to have a rainy afternoon or two, not uncommon during the spring or summer, then be sure to have a few backup rainy day activities in mind. Thankfully, there’s something for all ages and types close to ous Anna Maria Island vacation rentals.