Walk over a drawbridge then through a brick tunnel to travel back in time to the year 1864 at this Civil War-era fortress in Fernandina Beach. A visit to Amelia Island offers the rare opportunity to see one of America’s most well-preserved 19-century fortresses in a fabulous beachfront setting. Reenactors present living history “Union Garrisons,” special monthly weekends. Watch history come alive at this northeast Florida State Park.
If you wish to explore the less commercialized, small-town Florida reminiscent of simpler days past, head to the Sunshine State’s northeast coast. Check out the Victorian vibes of the downtown historic district of Fernandina Beach.
Pedaling a bicycle at water’s edge right on the beach at low tide is one of the great pleasures of island living. Bike riding on Amelia Island’s wide, flat beaches has caught on with visitors, too.
Like rock bands, Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch volunteers attract groupies who show up for their turtle gigs. Evening nest excavations wow crowds who gather around them. Unlike Elvis, sometimes baby sea turtles have not yet “left the building,” to the delight of the fans. Learn about sea turtles and Amelia Island’s Annual Turtle Trot 5k run/walk.
Main Beach parking is free and this oceanfront recreational area offers public restrooms, outdoor showers, covered picnic tables with barbecues and gazebos positioned along a wooden boardwalk. Playground, volleyball, Putt-Putt golf and casual beach bar & restaurant, Sandy Bottoms.
- Change Coming To Fernandina’s Boardwalk By The Sea, Main Beach Park 05/14/2013
- Bike, Hike, Run on New 6.2 Mile Amelia Island Trail 05/10/2013
- Fernandina’s 50th SHRIMP FESTIVAL 2013 Parade Highlights: Photo Gallery 04/29/2013
- Nassau County, Florida Extension’s May 2013 Gardening Clinics 04/28/2013
- Amelia Island Treasure Hunters: In Search of The San Miguel. Buried Treasure Worth $2 Billion 04/23/2013
- Amelia Island Affluence: Average Household Income $80,000, Net Worth $700,000 04/23/2013
- Amelia Island’s Colorful Visitors: Indigo and Painted Buntings 04/22/2013
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