Family Travel Tips from A Golf Pro & Pro Dad

Enjoy some Amelia Island family travel tips from a seasoned pro on and off the course. Aaron Merritt, PGA, Director of Golf at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, shares his favorite island experiences:

"We’ve recently relocated from Texas and my family and I have settled into the island life pretty easily.  When I’m not registering golfers, managing the golf experience, playing golf or teaching the game, we take advantage of other outdoor sports.  Depending on the season, we explore the surrounding state parks and hike and bike the trails through and around the island.  When it’s time to cool off you can find us at the beach, doing all the board sports (wake boarding, surfing, paddle boarding).  Additionally, kayaking is one of our most enjoyable escapes!  
(Merritt on a tandem kayak with his son)
Morning strolls out and about, there’s always a place to find a good pastry and/or a coffee.  When it’s time to dine, our favorites have been 29 South and Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen followed by some live music and good times at either Dog Star Tavern or the Green Turtle Tavern.  This truly is island living!"    
Editor's note: Families can also enjoy the lighter side of golf with putt-putt golf at the following locations:

- Heron's Cove at Omni Amelia Island Plantation
- Island Falls
- Putt-putt Fun Center at Main Beach
(The Merritt family enjoying some cooler weather at Big Talbot Island)

About Amelia Island

Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.

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