Situated only 30 miles north of Jacksonville, Amelia Island is one of the few Victorian seaport villages remaining in the southeast coast of the United States. This quaint and small island offers visitors and residents a plethora of attractions from beaches, picturesque views, diverse sea creatures, outdoor activities, shopping, dinning and a rich historical background. With such a diverse range of amenities and cultural attractions, Amelia Island may one of Florida's best keep secrets.
Renowned for its vast and gorgeous beaches, Amelia Island's beaches provides a great way to spend a relaxing day swimming, surfing, jogging, fishing, horseback riding and watching the majestic sunset on the beach. The beaches on Amelia Island include: Main Beach, Burney Beach, Peter's Point and Central Park. The beaches also feature amenities such as free parking, children's playgrounds and access for dogs.
Over 200 acres of parks await visitors on Amelia Island. Its land features a unique way to partake in sea island recreational activities such as exploring nature trails, biking, collecting seashells, exploring rare wildlife, viewing birds and fish and camping. Many of the parks on Amelia Island are connected to the beach, and include: Big Talbot, Central Park, Fort Clinch State Park, Egans Creek, Fort George, Kingsley, Little Talbot and Main Beach.
Amelia Island History Museum
Located in the restored Nassau County Jail, the Amelia Island History Museum is one of the most distinct and unique attractions in Northeast Florida. This cultural attraction is renowned as the first oral history museum in Florida and features historical exhibits and artifacts that are over 4,000 years old. The museum also features organized tours to the historic downtown, lectures and even ghost tours.
Amelia Island features a quaint and flourishing downtown area, rich in history and architecture and home to numerous shops, specialty stores, restaurants and boutiques. Mainly situated on Centre Street, shoppers can look forward to finding clothing, antiques, fine jewelry and a plethora of dining options, including specialties unique to Amelia.