Nothing can beat the excitement of your big day, but everyone needs to let off a little steam and get away from the pressures of wedding planning. Here is a list of activities that might give you a few reasons to get here a few days early!
Getaway for a few hours…
Amelia Island Museum of History – For history enthusiasts, the Amelia Island Museum of History offers two walk-in tours daily, outdoor walking and driving tours of the Island, and an architectural tour of Historic Downtown. There are nominal charges associated with all the Museum’s tours. Call 904-261-7378 for information.
Fort Clinch State Park – Fort Clinch State Park draws over 160,000 people a year. The Fort itself is remarkably preserved and the 1,121 acre park surrounding it offers picnicking, hiking, shelling, saltwater fishing, nature trails, and off- and on-road biking. Special reenactments and candlelight tours are offered. For information call the Ranger’s Office 904-277-7274.
Take in a show – Amelia Island has two theater groups offering live performances. The season runs from September to June with an occasional summer performance in July. Call for information and reservations. The Amelia Community Theatre is at 904-261-6749 and the Fernandina Little Theatre is at 904-277-2202.
Take a stroll downtown – Downtown Fernandina is not only a Historic District, it is a shopping district! There a numerous unique and eclectic shops and stores located along and off of Centre Street, which is the main road through downtown. You can find anything from books to t-shirts, one-of-a-kind antiques, novelties, and home accessories. This would be the perfect time to look for the wedding party gifts if you haven’t already. When you have tired of shopping, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants sprinkled throughout the downtown streets, or grab an ice cream, sit back and watch the people go by!
Hit the links – The Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Amelia Island is one of the finest public golf courses in America and was awarded a three-and-a-half star rating by Golf Digest. It is a 27 hole facility consisting of North, West and South Nines. The Fernandina Beach Golf Club offers golfers of all handicaps both a challenging and enjoyable round of golf. For information and fees call 904-277-7370.
or, hit the beach – Amelia Island has about 12.5 miles of excellent beaches extending the entire length of the island. While all of the island’s beaches are open and accessible to the public, only four are protected by lifeguards—Main Beach, Peter’s Point, Scott Road Beach Access, and American Beach. Each has a paved parking lot. At the southern tip of the island is Amelia Island State Park.
Driving on the beach is allowed on County Beaches at Peter’s Point, Scott Road and Burney Beach Park by permit. You can drive on the beach a Amelia Island State Park during inter tidal (hard sand) hours.
Escape for the day…
Cumberland Island – Just across the state line to the north is one of the country’s last remaining undeveloped barrier islands. Take a 40 minute ferry ride to experience true, undisturbed nature. See the famous wild horses, experience the varied landscapes and visit the historic Greyfield Inn. There are many trails for self-guided tours of the island.
Kayak on the river – There are many companies offering half- and full-day tours of the rivers and inlets surrounding Amelia Island. Most include snacks or lunch during the trip.
Kingsley Plantation – A few miles’ drive south of Amelia Island on A1A is Kingsley Plantation, on Fort George Island. Kingsley Plantation consists of the plantation house, a kitchen house, a barn, and the ruins of 23 of the original slave cabins. The site is self-guided, and scheduled Ranger talks are posted on-site.
Jacksonville, Florida – Drive even further south on A1A and experience all there is to find in America’s largest city by land mass. There are many museums, malls, unique restaurants and activities sure to keep everyone in your party entertained.
This is only a small sampling of all there is to do in and around Amelia Island. You’re guaranteed to find something for every member of your wedding party and family. The only limit is your imagination.