One of the most popular activities on Anna Maria Island is nothing. That’s right, nothing, as in sitting on the beach gazing at the blue-green waters, or floating in the pool soaking up the sun. Perhaps sitting in one of the many great restaurants having a drink or a meal and taking in the scenery and people watching. Of course there is nothing wrong with these more sedentary activities, we usually go, go , go in our regular lives and need a break while on vacation.
But what if you’re on the island for an extended stay? Maybe you feel like you need to work off all the delicious food and drinks you’ve been indulging in. Or you just need to keep up your workout to feel good? No problem, Anna Maria Island has lots of options to get in some exercise, both informal and formal. You might just have a hard time deciding which activity to do!

Do Your Own Thing!
Of course there is always early morning (or afternoon or evening) beach walks. If you can’t get enough of this, this may be your thing. The white beach stretches on for miles and miles so it is ideally suited for this. If walking is too tame for you but you want some beach time you can always run. Either way you’ll be in good company with lots of residents, snowbirds and vacationers participating in this natural exercise and fresh air routine.

Miles of beach

Miles of beach

If you’d like to spend some time on the water you can do that too. What could be better than trying your hand at stand up paddleboarding (SUP) on a sunny, calm day? It’s easy to rent a paddleboard for a little bit or a longer time from Fun and More Rentals , and they deliver and pick up too.
As you were driving in on to the island on Manatee Ave. you likely saw a brightly colored bus on the causeway. This is the Surfer Bus from which you can kayak marked trails through beautiful Robinson Preserve. Just book online at . You’ll experience nature in the mangroves and see lots of wildlife. It’ll be the experience of a lifetime for nature lovers. If being on the water is not your thing, or it’s just not a good day for it Robinson Preserve also offers trails for walking, biking and running.

Want a Class or a Gym?
Keeping up your gym routine on Anna Maria Island is easy. There are two full service gyms conveniently located right on the island.