Top 10 Things to do in Fernandina
There are many reasons to love Fernandina. Pristine beaches and historical charm attract locals and newcomers alike, naming it one of the Top 20 Best Places to Live in 2017 by Coastal Living. With our flagship restaurant located right here in historic downtown, we are proud to call Fernandina home.
Year-round activities range from the Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in May to museums and state parks. Check out a list of our top 10 favorite things to do below on your next visit to see us.
1. Fort Clinch State Park: Offering daily tours, these beautiful surroundings include a well-preserved Civil War era fort. Six miles of trails are perfect for biking and hiking, or if the beach is more your style, enjoy recreational water activities on the sand. A river and beach campground each provide overnight accommodations with facilities. Find out more.
2. Amelia Island Museum of History: Whether you are into the exhibits of Florida's first spoken history museum, walking tours around the historic district, or spooky ghost tours, this museum is good for families, history-buffs and adventure seekers alike. Find out more.
3. Pristine Beaches: Amelia Island has 40 public beach access points, so there is no shortage of sand. Enjoy volleyball courts and a skate park at the Main Beach Park, or enjoy exploring to find your own piece of paradise. Find out more.
4. Maritime Museum: Pirates, Spanish treasure, and underwater artifacts are available at the Maritime Museum, located in downtown Fernandina Beach. Find out more.
5. Annual Festivals: From the Shrimp Festival (our favorite) to Jazz to a Christmas Cookie Tour, entertainment is available year-round. Check out all of the annual events here.
6. Marlin and Barrel Distillery: Enjoy tours and tastings at Fernandina’s own distillery. Try their Florida-based spirits, that include Orangecello and Grapefruitchello, made from fresh local citrus.
7. Little Talbot State Park: One of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Northeast Florida, over five miles of white sand beaches make up Little Talbot Island. Sand dunes, maritime forests, and beds of salt marshes sit on the western side of the island. These diverse habitats are home to a variety of interesting wildlife, including river otters, rabbits, bobcats, and a variety of migratory and native birds. Find out more.
8. Golfing: Golfing is not in short supply here on Amelia Island. Choose from beautiful courses such as Fernandina Beach Golf Club, Amelia River Golf Club, Omni Plantation, and the Golf Club of Amelia Island, to name a few. Find out more.
9. Shrimping Museum: Located in the Welcome Center, the shrimping museum to learn about why we love wild shrimp here at Timotis. This museum features the history of local shrimpers and boat builders that developed shrimping as the main industry of Amelia Island in the early 20th century. Find out more.
10. Bosque Bello Cemetery: Towering moss-covered trees give this cemetery a serene beauty that is complimented by unique historic Angel headstones. Find out more.