Winter is fading, but Spring hasn’t quite sprung - this makes for cooler but still very pleasant temperatures on Amelia Island. This time of year is especially popular with nature lovers and photographers; here are five fun activities you can enjoy right now.
- Explore the Greenway. Egan’s Creek Greenway consists of more than 300 acres of protected, sensitive lands between Atlantic Avenue and Sadler Road, near the center of the island. Enjoy birdwatching, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, and more along two trails within the Greenway. Don’t forget your camera, and, if you’re traveling with younger explorers, don’t miss the Pirate Playground at the entrance off Atlantic Avenue near the Atlantic Rec Center.
- Hunt for Shark Teeth. Find treasure during your visit that doubles as a souvenir. The hunt for shark teeth on the shores of Amelia Island is a fun year-round beach activity. You may find the teeth of a Great White Shark, Hammerhead Shark, Lemon Shark, and other species. Search along the high- or low-tide line for best selection. Should you come away with empty pockets, you will have still enjoyed a beautiful walk (and you can definitely find shark teeth at downtown Fernandina Beach stores including Hunt’s Arts and Artifacts and the Ship’s Lantern.)
- Play a Round. The cooler months allow for excellent golf on Amelia Island. With 117 holes at five different courses, there are plenty of options for your game, whether you want a leisurely round along the ocean or a challenging round on oak-lined fairways.
- Explore a Museum. Start at the Amelia Island Museum of History, Florida’s first spoken history museum, for a docent-led tour and learn about the fascinating history of the island. Visit the new American Beach Museum located near the south end of the island and learn about how historic American Beach was founded and the journey to preserve the historic site. In the historic downtown district, tour the new Shrimping Museum to learn how Fernandina Beach became known as the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry.
- Wet a Line. Fishing the backwaters and Intracoastal Waterway around Amelia Island is a peaceful activity that offers a different perspective of the island. Biting now are redfish, sea trout, flounder, bluefish, and a variety of shallow-water shark. For best results, take a fishing charter with one of Amelia Island’s captains.