Nestled on Florida’s Atlantic Coast as part of a chain of barrier islands lies Amelia Island, one of Florida’s best kept secrets where southern charm, magnificent scenery and timeless memories await. Perfectly positioned just 29 miles from Jacksonville, Amelia Island is a family-friendly and tranquil getaway with a laid-back atmosphere and plenty of things to do for the whole family.
Explore 13 miles of pristine Atlantic coastline, hike through lush maritime forests or step back in time as you discover Amelia’s one of a kind island history. Whether you are combing for shark’s teeth or watching sea turtles on the golden sands, indulging yourself at a local fudge shop or dining under the stars at an eclectic waterfront eatery, Amelia Island will not disappoint to fill your vacation with special moments.
Pristine Atlantic Coastline
Beach lovers have 13 miles of scenic coastline to discover either relaxing on the golden sands, being active with some watersports or exploring the shores on horseback. Here on Amelia Island there are not only ocean waters to enjoy, head to the marsh landscapes for a sunset kayak tour, go on a backwater adventure from Fort Clinch to Cumberland Island, embark on an Amelia River Cruise or cast your line from the George Crady Fishing Bridge at Amelia Island State Park. There are countless hectares of nature reserves to hike, the 6.2 mile Amelia Island Trail for biking and hiking and first-class ocean front courses for golfing enthusiasts to tee off on.
Experience the culture, charm and atmosphere of Amelia Island as you explore the town. Sample local produce and live music at the Fernandina Beach Market Place, wander the streets of downtown lined with Southern Victorian architecture, visit a local distillery to see how rum and vodka are made and catch a show at the Community Theatre or a live orchestra performance at the Amelia Musical Playhouse. Lovers of art must be sure to attend the weekly Artrageous Art Walk for a glimpse of the work of local artists. Amelia Island is well known for two annual events, The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance each March, an exhibition of vintage and classic motor vehicles and the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival each May which kicks off with a fun Pirate Parade.
Step Back in Time
Amelia Island has a charming historic district and a rich island history, home to Florida’s oldest lighthouse and ‘Nana’ the tallest sand dune in Florida found in Burney Park at the Historic American Beach. Enter Fort Clinch State Park under a lush canopy road to tour the historic fort used during the Civil War, explore the secluded paths and bike trails or fish from the mile-long fishing pier. The first spoken history museum in the US, the Amelia Island Museum of History, is in the former jailhouse and is bursting with fascinating stories. Explore this treasure house of extensive artifacts, interesting exhibits and a Discovery Ship and Spooky Ghost Tour to delight the kids. As the sun goes down, head to the Palace Saloon for a drink in “Florida’s Oldest Bar” where gas lamps light the room, murals line the walls and little has changed since 1903.
Enjoy special moments and make timeless memories with us in Amelia Island, Florida’s best-kept secret.