Amelia Island Living© eMagazine & TRAVEL GUIDE welcomes you to see beautiful Amelia Island, Florida.
With an intriguing past, Amelia Island (located at the Florida-Georgia border), is the only place in the United States ruled under eight flags throughout its history, dubbed “The Isle of 8 Flags.”
Besides being known for its beaches (see travel guide section about public beach parks), the island’s historic city of 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 horse-drawn 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 1,400 acres, Fort Clinch State Park sprawls across Amelia Island’s northern tip. This wonderful Florida State Park features hiking and biking trails, campgrounds, tours of the historic Civil War-era fortress, miles of shoreline, maritime forest, and is the gateway to the eastern section of the Great Florida Birding Trail.
At the opposite end of the island is Amelia Island State Park. With around 200 acres covering Amelia Island’s southern tip, this Florida State Park is a favorite of fisherman casting from the shoreline plus the adjacent George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier that spans the Nassau Sound. The park offers shoreline on both the Nassau Sound and Atlantic Ocean. It’s also the location of Kelly Seahorse Ranch, offering horseback riding on the beach.