Amelia Island is host to these annual events: Jazz Festival, Chamber Music Festival, Shrimp Festival of Arts & Crafts, Taste of Fernandina, Concours D'Elegance, and much more!
While there is plenty to see and do on Amelia Island, you might want to get out and explore during your Florida vacation. There are a wide variety of Northeast Florida attractions that are worth visiting and many are an easy day trip from our Amelia Island accommodations. With Amelia Island as your home base, make plans for some excursions to some of these exciting locations:
Cumberland Island, Georgia - 16 miles of pristine National Seashore, featuring 1800's Plum Orchard Plantation, The Dungeness Ruins, wild horses, desolate beaches, a real escape! Only 30 minutes to ferry from St. Marys, GA. Arrangements can be made via the Greyfield Inn for a special trip leaving from downtown Fernandina.
Big and Little Talbot Islands, Florida - Over 4,000 acres, primitive wetlands, forest and beaches. 'Little' has a 4 mile hiking trail through the forest, dune and tidal creek area. Located 25 minutes south on A1A
Jacksonville, Florida - There are many places to visit and explore in Jacksonville. Here are a few places to consider:
• Zoological Park
• Museum of Science and History
• Tree Hill Nature Center
• Alexander Brest Planetarium
• Cummer Art Gallery
• Jacksonville Art Museum
Kennedy Space Center - Walking and bus tour, great IMAX movie of the Space Shuttle! Distance: three hours south on I-95. 407-452-2121
Kingsley Plantation - Oldest standing seacoast plantation in Florida with educational exhibits and tours in this 1792 plantation home. Located 25 miles South on A1A
Millionaires Village, Jekyll Island, GA - Lavish cottages of 1800's millionaires open to view. One hour to Jekyll Island. 800-841-6586
Okefenokee Swamp Park - 1/2 million acres of jungle, island, forest, swamps and alligators! Boat tours available, observation towers and museums. Waycross, GA is the best point of entry. One and a half hours to Waycross, GA. 912-283-0583
St Augustine, Florida - Nation's oldest city, featuring the famous Bridge of Lions, Flagler College, historic homes, a colonial re-enactment of an 18th century village, and even the Fountain of Youth (so they say!). Tours and carriage rides available. One and a half hours south on A1A or I-95.
Savannah, Georgia - The South's most famous old city, featuring an expansive historic district, beautiful inns, a waterfront district complete with shops, restaurants and cobblestone streets! Home of the book 'Midnight in the Garden of Evil.' Two hours north on I-95.
Silver Springs, Florida - Glass bottom boats, jeep rides, beautiful clear spring-fed lakes. Adjacent to the park is a water park with water slides and fountains for the kids! 100 miles south on A1A to Rt. 301, in the Ocala area.
Brewery Tours - Anheuser Busch - I-95 south to Busch Drive. 904-751-8117
Dog Tracks - Three locations in Jacksonville. 904-646-0001
Dinner Theatre - Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Jacksonville. Professional, nightly performances. 904-641-1212