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What to Do For Easter Weekend on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island in the springtime is truly a sight to behold. The weather is comfortable, much more bearable than in the summer months, and there are plenty of fun outdoor activities for you to take advantage of. If you’re visiting Anna Maria Island over Easter weekend, you don’t have to miss out on all of your classic festivities. Whether you’re looking to bring your kids to an Easter egg hunt, partake in an Easter Sunday worship service, or experience any of the other events, festivals, and attractions in the area, we’ve got you covered! Here is our complete guide to spending Easter weekend on Anna Maria Island in one of our Anna Maria accommodations.

Kids looking at all their Easter eggs that they collected on Anna Maria Island

Easter Egg Hunts

You simply can’t have Easter without an Easter egg hunt! Luckily, there are several great Easter egg hunts in and around Anna Maria Island that your kids can take part in. One of the biggest Easter celebrations takes place at The Sandbar Restaurant, located at 100 Spring Avenue. Children of all ages are invited to come out and try to grab as many eggs as possible. The event is typically held on the Saturday before Easter Sunday and starts at 9 a.m. with refreshments served starting at 8:30 a.m. The Sandbar is centrally located in the city of Anna Maria, giving you plenty to do before and after the hunt. 

Just across the mainland in Bradenton, the GT Bray Amphitheater holds an annual Easter egg hunt hosted by The Church at Bradenton.

There will be more than 10,000 eggs for your kids to hunt for!

If you have a younger child, not to worry; there will be multiple egg hunts for different age groups to give everyone a fair chance. There are tons of other family-friendly activities at this event, including a clown show, bounce houses, giveaways, and more. Best of all, it’s all FREE!

Nearby Siesta Key hosts an annual Easter egg hunt at Turtle Beach that is perfect for younger kids. Children aged 1 through 6 are welcome to come out and enjoy the race for just $10 per child. There will be three races divided between ages: one for ages 2 and under, ages three to four, and ages five to six. Every child will receive an Easter egg hunt goodie bag with tons of fun prizes, and you can also take advantage of face painting, fire truck and ambulance doors, and Kona Ice. Be sure to have your child’s picture taken with the Easter Bunny! This event is limited to the first 150 registrants, so be sure to sign up quickly.

anna maria island church

Easter Sunday Services

Easter Sunday is the perfect time to experience a church service that helps us remember what the holiday is all about. If you want to experience the sunrise service, come out to Manatee County Public Beach and join the Kiwanis Club. The service typically starts around 6:30 a.m. and is full of locals and tourists alike, so you don’t have to feel out of place just because you’re not a native.

CrossPointe Fellowship Baptist Church typically holds two services to celebrate Easter, one on Good Friday and one on Easter Sunday. The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation offers celebratory services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and three services on Easter Sunday. Similarly, the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church offers services on Maundy Thursday, two on Good Friday, and two on Easter Sunday. If you’re searching for Catholic services, visit Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church on Palm Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Good Friday, and two on Easter Sunday.

Other Events and Festivals

If you decide to come out to The Sandbar’s Easter egg hunt, be sure to stick around once your children are done! Right after the hunt, the Easter Bunny will lead the community in a parade down Pine Avenue. This is the perfect excuse for your kids to get even more candy! At the end of the parade, you’ll find the Easter Egg Roll and Easter Bonnet Contest, which typically run until 11 a.m. You can also experience games, face painting, and so much more Easter fun. Often, The Sandbar restaurants and other local eateries provide complimentary food, giving you the perfect way to celebrate with your loved ones.

Speaking of food, you might be looking to partake in an Easter brunch. What better place to experience brunch than the gorgeous Marie Selby Botanical Gardens? Bring the whole family to the buffet brunch complete with made-to-order omelets, a carving station, and a dessert bar.

While you’re there, play games, get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny, and experience all the other family-friendly activities.

Another popular Easter brunch in the area is held at Marina Jacks in nearby Sarasota. They typically hold Easter brunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and offer a Carving Station, salads, and desserts. You can also partake in Easter lunch or a special dinner cruise.

Other Things to Do Nearby

While you’re celebrating Easter with your family, you don’t just have to stick to Easter-themed activities. There are tons of other fun things to get involved with, no matter what you’re interested in. If you’re working on your tan, visit Coquina Beach, Anna Maria Public Beach, or Manatee Public Beach. For a more romantic experience, you can’t get better than Bean Point Beach. Bridge Street and Pine Avenue are the ideal spots for shopping, and for something a bit more unique, there are multiple farmers’ markets in the area.

The nature lover in your group will have a heyday on Anna Maria Island. Leffis Key Preserve, Robinson Preserve, and Palma Sola Botanical Park are just a few of the incredible places to experience the best of Florida’s nature. If you have a history buff in your family, take them to the DeSoto National Memorial Park, the Florida Maritime Museum, or the Anna Maria Island Historical Society.

We’ve already mentioned a few incredible restaurants here, but there are so many great dining spots to find along the island. The Waterfront is perfect for fresh seafood in an easy-going setting, and the Rod and Reel Pier is popular among families. Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Pier gives you delicious food with a view, and eat here specializes in locally sourced American fare. If you want a great place to grab a beer with your friends, check out Slim’s Place, or if you’re looking for the perfect date night destination, Blue Marlin and Beach Bistro are both great options.

If you’re looking for some delicious coffee, Minnie’s Beach Cafe, Back Alley Treasures, and the Island Coffee Haus are a few places to start. For something a bit stronger, The Doctor’s Office, Hurricane Hank’s, and Harry’s Grill are popular cocktail spots on the island. Need something to satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out Anna Maria Island Creamery and Bakery, Hometown Desserts, or The Donut Experiment. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the incredible attractions and restaurants on the island!

Plan Your Visit

When you’re staying on Anna Maria Island for Easter weekend, you want a comfortable and safe place to call your home away from home. Anna Maria Beach Resort is proud to be one of the top hotels in Anna Maria Island, offering superior customer service and luxurious amenities to every guest. If you’re searching for hotels and motels on Anna Maria Island, browse our accommodations and contact us to start planning your vacation!