Amelia Island Welcome Center

Amelia Island Welcome Center


During the last year of the 19th century, the train depot at the foot of Centre Street opened to travelers whose paths crossed the Gilded Age glory of Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. Through the 1930’s, the building served as a passenger depot. When the railroad no longer needed it, the depot was deeded to the local historical society, then in turn to the City of Fernandina Beach, with the specification that it be used to promote history. Because of its historical significance, the depot is included in the National Park Service’s Historic American Buildings Survey. 

On June 8th, 2015 the little brick building's history began again with the grand re-opening of the Amelia Island Welcome Center.    

The result of extraordinary public-private partnership between the City of Fernandina Beach, the Fernandina Restoration Foundations and the Board of County Commissioners/Amelia Island Tourist Development Council, fulfilled a decades-old dream.  


Today, the little brick building provides a unique blend of period detail and modern technology and spotlights the activities and experiences Amelia Island has to offer. History literally surrounds you as you step inside and explore underneath the eight flags that have flown over Amelia Island and when you take a look at the story of David Yulee, whose statue in front of the Welcome Center is fast becoming one of Amelia Island's most popular places for a photo op. Interactive map tables and displays provide the latest information and bring in feeds from Amelia Island's popular Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels.
Kick off your Amelia Island vacation at the Welcome Center. Let the experienced and friendly staff provide you with up-to-date information on attractions, events, dining, and everything "Amelia". 

The Welcome Center is open 364 days a year from 10am - 4pm.

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.