January 12, 2024
While Amelia Island is known for obvious things like beautiful beaches, historic charm, world-class golf and eclectic dining, there are some areas on the island that might not be on your radar but are worth scouting out. Take a look at these unique experiences for those ready to get out and explore. Some are a little off the beaten path and some are right under your nose.
Fort Clinch State Park – Escape the summer crowds and discover the pristine beauty of Fort Clinch State Park, 1500 historic acres of bike trails, hiking, and a civil-war era fort. The beaches here are uncrowded allowing you to soak in the serenity of the Atlantic Ocean, St. Marys Inlet and Amelia River. But that’s not all – it has the best shelling and shark tooth hunting around!
Marlin & Barrel Distillery – Hidden in plain sight on 8th Street is Marlin & Barrel Distillery, a craft distillery known for their excellent bourbon, rum, vodka, gin, and cellos. Take a tasting tour to savor the craftsmanship behind each spirit and then head over to connecting A1A Cidery for a one-stop destination of craft beer, ciders, and cocktails. It’s a good time!
A L Lewis Museum – Explore the rich history of Amelia Island’s American Beach and the founder behind it all at the A.L. Lewis Museum. Listen to stories and delve into the historic African American journey of vision, struggle, joy and triumph. End it all with a Coast One Tour, an interactive guided Black historical tour of American Beach that begins right at the museum.
Backwater Cat Adventures – For an exhilarating outdoor experience, embark on a Backwater Cat Adventure. Cruise the backwaters of Amelia and Cumberland Island on custom-designed Go-Cat Boats – imagine a go-cart on the water! It’s a rip-roaring good time suitable for the whole family, providing a unique perspective of the island’s natural beauty.
Amelia Island Escape Rooms – Gather your team and immerse yourself in a thrilling experience at Amelia Island Escape Rooms. Choose a themed room and work together to complete your mission within the hour – can you escape the room? It’s a family-friendly adventure that combines teamwork and excitement.
PJD’s Beer & Wine Garden – PJD’s Beer and Wine Garden is an iconic downtown watering hole where the owner, Pajama Dave (because he only wears pajamas), not only pours your drinks, but can also tell you all about the history of Amelia Island. PJD’s has both indoor and outdoor bar areas, sarcastic signs, bar snacks, and live music on weekends.
La Surena – Savor the flavors of Hispanic cuisine at La Surena. This hidden culinary gem specializes in some of the tastiest tacos this side of Guadalajara as well as delicious sauces and sides, amazing soups, and daily specials. For a taste of authentic old Mexico, this is a dining experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Barefoot Flyers PPG – For adrenaline junkies, Barefoot Flyers is your ticket to thrills. They offer Discovery Tandem Flights to passengers interested in experiencing paramotor (powered paraglider) and getting a birds eye view of the beautiful coastline that surrounds Amelia Island. This is the place to satisfy your craving for excitement and adventure.
Overtime Bar & Grill – Overtime Bar & Grill is a true sports bar serving up delicious appetizers, wings, wraps, burgers, tacos and more with a full selection of frosty cold beer or soft drinks. Dine inside or out where sports is on the big screens 24/7! Photo credit: Overtime Bar & Grill
Horseback Riding on the Beach – Picture this… the lap of waves, the gentle sea breeze, and the rhythmic sound of hooves on the sandy shores of Amelia Island. Whether you’re an experienced rider or a first-timer, a horseback ride on the beach is an unforgettable adventure that awaits you and is on many a bucket list. Giddy up!
Discover the true essence of Amelia Island – a place where beauty, history, and excitement come together to create an unforgettable experience.
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