If you are looking for a place to spend some family time, learn a little bit of history and explore Amelia Island is a great place to spend a day or two . From Jacksonville you can arrive by car in a little under an hour most days. (30 minutes from Jacksonville International Airport) There is so much to do on this small island you might decide to stay in a bed & breakfast or one of the great spa resorts on the island.
1. Soak up the Sun – at the Beach 13 miles of beautiful beaches there are plenty of beach access spots for you to park and walk on. At the Southern tip of the island you will find Amelia Island State Park . This park is one of the few areas on the East Coast that allows horseback riding on the beach and riding tours. Enjoy the sand and surf for a bit while here. Take a jet ski tour and take in the wild horses of Cumberland Island. Try one of the guided fishing tours or just stop in at the marina and take in the many fishing boats. You might even drop by on a day that they are having a fishing tournament.
2. Play – Pirate Playground if you have smaller children this is a definite must do! Pirate Playground is one of a kind with all areas being accessible to children with physical disabilities.There are several sensory areas in the park such as the really cool sand and water area and the music zone. If you want to get wet also just steps away there is a pool and splash pad for $5 admittance. This little park is packed full of fun and was just opened in Fernandina in May 2014.
3. Stroll – A stroll down Center Street is worth a visit for so many different reasons. Take a few minutes to enjoy the history, take in the architecture and lovely brick buildings, and of course enjoy the shopping and retail therapy. Center Street has all kinds of unique shops like the Christmas Shop, the Bookstore gets our vote for a #1 stop and don’t forget to drop by the Palace Saloon Florida’s oldest bar.
4. Eat – Something everyone enjoys is eating while on vacation. While on Center Street take in some of the local favorites in the area. The Crab Trap for some fresh LOCAL seafood or the Happy Tomato Cafe both are good choices. You might just like some yummy dessert drop in and visit Fantastic Fudge or grab a piece of key lime pie at one of the local restaurants.
5. Explore – Take the time to explore the area. You will find a cool piece of Florida like Fort Clinch State Park which shares beautiful views and a rich part of area history. Egan’s Creek Greenway is a great area to find wildlife (walking or biking). Beware this wildlife may include snakes or even a gator. The Amelia Island Lighthouse overlooks Egan’s Creek and Fort Clinch. Actual access to the lighthouse are limited to tours which are only the first and third Wednesday of the month. (plan ahead if you are wanting to visit the lighthouse) The tour does not allow you to go inside the lighthouse. You may want to grab a few photos of it from Ft.Clinch or where Egans Creek crosses Atlantic Avenue instead.
Whatever you decide to do in this area we are sure your family will enjoy the adventure!