Summer Bucket List in Amelia Island
It’s no secret that summer is our favorite season, after all, it’s in our name! With summer quickly approaching, and that means warm and sunny days are here to stay in North Florida. Whether you’re looking for fun outdoor activities for the family to do over summer vacation, or for an easy weekend outing with friends, we’ve got you covered. Below is a list of our favorite things to do outdoors in and around Amelia Island – happy summering!
A row of cannons staring across the St. Mary’s River into Georgia are silent testimony to the strategic importance of Fort Clinch during the Civil War. Visitors can explore the fort’s many rooms, galleries and grounds, and learn about the life of a Union soldier through unparalleled living history programs. Make plans to visit on the first weekend of every month when a soldier garrison fires cannons and demonstrates other battlefield skills.
The historic fort is only one aspect of this diverse 1,400-acre park. Maritime hammocks with massive arching live oaks provide a striking backdrop for hiking and biking on the park’s many trails.
The park is known for its gopher tortoises, painted buntings and other species of wildlife. Camping, fishing, shelling and shark-tooth hunting are popular activities.
The Fernandina Beach Market Place, is a true farmers’ market located on N. 7th Street, in the historic district of Fernandina Beach, and their newest market, the Fernandina Beach Arts Market, features local arts & crafts by talented artisans from our community, and is located adjacent to the farmers market on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. The Fernandina Beach Market Place: Join your family, neighbors and friends at this weekly event where farmers, growers, and entrepreneurial individuals sell locally grown and produced goods to those living in, and visiting, our friendly, little community. The farmers’ market is open EVERY Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., year round, rain or shine.
Come lose yourself while touring with Riptide Tours through the scenic beauty of North Florida. Salt marsh and fresh water creeks surrounding Amelia Island and the nearby areas are the perfect location for your next adventure. Be ready to enjoy the diverse wildlife that calls this area home. From the beautiful dolphins, manatees, five different species of sea turtles, the elusive alligators, otters, and white tail deer there is a vast array of wildlife you can see on our tours. Come learn about the 500 years of history that makes this hidden jewel of the south so amazing and mysterious.
A protected area of over 300 acres that runs north to south along Egans Creek, the Greenway was opened for public use in the summer of 2000 as an undeveloped park for passive recreational use.
Its grass-covered roads serve as a network of trails that are suitable for walking and bicycling, and its environment exhibits a variety of natural wildlife and vegetation. Local wildlife, such as alligators, snakes, bobcats, and many birds, may be enjoyed from a distance. Benches and interpretive displays are located throughout the Greenway, and restrooms are available at the Nature Pavilion, located at the Greenway entrance behind the Atlantic Recreation Center on Atlantic Avenue.
Boat and WaveRunner rentals – Whether you’re cruising for dolphins and other area wildlife, fishing the backwaters for that keeper red, or taking in the sights of Cumberland Island and Fort Clinch, AIBC has a boating experience for you! If you’re not comfortable navigating the waters surrounding Amelia Island and would like a private tour of the area, we’re happy to provide a captain for your boat rental. Just sit back and enjoy the ride as you experience Amelia Island by water.
Your cares will be gone with the breeze as we cruise by salt marshes, wildlife and legendary landmarks. Relax as you are serenaded by our talented local musicians. Soak up the nature therapy and take in the laid back sounds of summer. Adult BYOB cruise, Sunset Cruise, Cumberland Cruise, and private cruises.
THE BEACH of course! Amelia Island’s shores have long been a source of beauty. And, the ocean’s average temperature during the summer? A welcoming 82 degrees. What are you waiting for? Grab your towel and sunscreen and we’ll see you on the beach!
Explore Amelia Island’s riverfront city, Fernandina Beach, Florida. Wander around this historic district dubbed “downtown,” that branches out from the Amelia River with central business corridor of Centre Street. Shop, dine, relax, you’ve got it all downtown.
We can’t forget about our beautiful golf courses – LINKS Magazine Named Amelia Island one of the “TOP 25 GOLF ISLANDS IN THE WORLD.” (It was the only destination in the United States to make the list.). Now more than ever is the perfect time to plan that golf getaway to golf paradise!
Wherever you head to this summer, remember to tag us and hashtag #lovewhereyouliveai so we can see all of your amazing adventures!