With an intriguing past filled with pirates and indians, Amelia Island is the only place in the United States ruled under eight flags throughout its history.
Fernandina Beach is the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry in America, and noted for its preserved 50-plus-block historic district.
If you only have a short time to visit Amelia Island, be sure to see downtown Fernandina Beach with its main corridor along Centre Street. Easily spend a few hours in this foot-friendly area, walking the quaint streets. The riverfront city is a great place to take a narrated history tour with Amelia Island Museum docents (or via trolley or horsedrawn carriage). Also browse shops, art galleries, antiques, and see a beautiful sunset from the marina docks. There are plenty of good dining options, so be sure to enjoy a nice meal and/or a drink at Fernandina’s downtown restaurants and pubs.
TOURIST TIP: If you love the beach and nature, don’t miss seeing the “tips” of the island.
Fort Clinch State Park is a must-see attraction when visiting Amelia Island. With over 1,100 acres, Fort Clinch State Park sprawls across Amelia Island’s northern tip.
At the opposite end of the island is Amelia Island State Park. A 200-acre preserve encompassing Amelia Island’s southern tip, the park is also the location of Kelly Seahorse Ranch, offering horseback riding on the beach.
Amelia Island News
Latest posts by Amelia Island News (see all)
- Amelia Island Art: Milt Shirley, Master of the Marsh - October 14, 2013
- CBS Sunday Morning Show Visits Historic Cumberland Island, Georgia - October 5, 2013
- Amelia Island October 2013 Events: Jazz & Wine Festivals, Car Show, Florida/Georgia Football - October 2, 2013
- Explore Amelia Island’s Parks, Trails, Greenway - October 2, 2013
- Discover Amelia Island State Park, Florida - September 24, 2013