Known as the “Isle of Eight Flags,” Amelia Island has had an interesting and tumultuous past, characterized by a diverse cast of Timucuan Indians, pirates, shrimpers, nobles and confederates. Early on, the community of Fernandina Beach emerged as an important seaport, a legacy that today can be seen throughout its Victorian-era architecture and charming historic district. Today, the island is home to Florida’s oldest continuously operating bar, the Palace Saloon, located within a sprawling 50-block area of homes and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. History enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the Amelia Island Museum of History and Old Town, the last Spanish town in the Western Hemisphere.
Fort Clinch State Park
Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although there were no battles fought there, Fort Clinch was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars.
In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps began rebuilding the structures of Fort Clinch. Thanks to their hard work, tourists can now tour the fort daily, while sunbathers, swimmers and beachcombers can unwind at the beach. Anglers are welcome to fish from the pier, while hikers and bicyclists are invited to enjoy the six-mile trail through the park, and self-guided nature trails provide opportunities to learn about and observe native plants and wildlife. A full-facility campground and a youth camping area provide overnight accommodations.
2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has something for everyone, including kids’ Splash Ground, Play Park and over 1,800 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. Also featuring the only walking safari in Northeast Florida.
370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, Florida 32218
Island Falls Golf
This miniature golf course features 18 inventive and beautiful holes surrounded by waterfalls, bridges and tunnels. Soft drinks, slushies, candy, ice cream and light snacks are available at the snack bar. A small game room is also on site.
1550 Sadler Road, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Museum of Science & History
At the Museum of Science & History (MOSH) you can experience explosive science shows, explore 12,000 years of Northeast Florida history or watch the stars circle the night sky from the auditorium. This facility boasts more than 80,000 square feet of interactive displays and hands-on activities.
1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, Florida 32207