Boat City Guides: Amelia Island, Florida

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Ahoy, mateys! If you’re in search of a unique destination for water-loving visitors and Great Loop travelers, look no further than Amelia Island, Florida! This small island, nestled between Jacksonville and the Georgia border, boasts a rich multicultural heritage, pirate past, and stunning natural scenery that will leave you feeling like you’ve discovered your own private paradise.

As you glide along the twists and turns of the Amelia River from your private boat dock rental, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take in the sights and sounds of this charming coastal town. From fishing for big game fish to taking a sightseeing cruise, there’s no shortage of water activities to keep you entertained. And when you’re ready to stretch your legs, head over to Fernandina Beach for some sandy fun with the kids.

But that’s not all Amelia Island has to offer. Here are some more fun things to add to your itinerary:

Built in 1838, this iconic lighthouse is one of the oldest in Florida. It’s located on Egans Creek and guides ships into Fernandina Harbor. Book a tour to check out the inside of the lighthouse and learn a little history. Plus, you’ll get some great photos!

If you love history and outdoor recreation, this park is for you. Explore the rooms and grounds of the fort, go swimming, picnicking, kayaking, fishing, camping or shark tooth hunting. The park features a maritime forest with live oaks and hiking/bicycling trails. Birdwatchers will be happy to check out the array of birds found in the park, including bald eagles, osprey, pelicans, and Cooper’s hawks.

Discover a boatload of local history at the Amelia Island Museum of History. Located in the former Nassau County Jail, exhibits range from the Timucua Native American tribe, Spanish and French explorers and the Civil War to pirates, Victorian-era residents, and present-day life on Amelia Island. Step aboard the Margery, an interactive pirate ship, and visit a recreated jail cell. Don’t miss the history garden with native plants!

Located at the south end of Amelia Island, this state park offers more than 200 acres of salt marshes, maritime forests, and long stretches of sandy beach for recreation and wildlife viewing. Spend the day fishing, swimming, birdwatching, and nature viewing, or go horseback riding with Kelly Seahorse Ranch. The park is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, so keep an eye out for willets, royal terns, piping plovers, and osprey. And don’t forget to check out the fishing pier, tackle shop, paved bicycling path, and outdoor shower.

Whether you’re a history buff, outdoor enthusiast, or just looking for some fun in the sun, Amelia Island has something for everyone. So next time you’re in the area, be sure to dock at one of the private boat slips for rent and explore all that this hidden gem has to offer. And if you find any other hidden treasures along the way, let us know!

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