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A Day Spent Exploring - Amelia Island’s Great Outdoors

February 1, 2010

It’s time to get up real early on a Saturday morning and take a drive across to Amelia Island where you can spend a full day and night exploring this great island.

During your fabulous day of adventure, you will quickly discover that Amelia Island is just right if you really want to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty and sunny weather that our gorgeous state of Florida gives us. Your adventure can be as short or as long as you want it to be and can include everything from kayaking and sunset sails or horseback riding on the beach, Amelia has it all to offer.
Plan for an early breakfast to get you started the moment you arrive on the island. The ideal place that is very quaint and offers so much is Bright Morning. It’s a very fitting place to start your day. You will quickly discover that this really is a delightful place to start your day; they serve up an incredible breakfast menu for every hot breakfast you could ever imagine. Bright Morning is located at 105 South 3rd Street Amelia Island.

Lighthose at Amelia Island

Lighthose at Amelia Island

Fort Clinch State Park - now that you have been energized with a hearty breakfast it’s time to drive a short distance to Fort Clinch State Park at 2601 Atlantic Avenue. Here you can experience an adventure that you will remember for some time. You will soon discover that Fort Clinch State Park is one of the oldest parks in the Florida Park System.

Here you will discover an actual fort that is both very interesting and very entertaining. You will find actors that are in period dress and they guide you through the actual living conditions of a solder that was stationed at the historic Fort Clinch.

When you’re tour is over it’s time to experience a shaded bike ride along a few of the glorious tree lined paths around the park. I am sure you will enjoy this few moments before you move on to our next moment at Fort Clinch State Park.

Time for a canoe ride - it’s quite amazing what you can do at Fort Clinch State Park. You can take a canoe ride through a coastal hammock where you can see a great variety of native plants and animals.

After riding and canoeing it’s time to re-energize with a small lunch…

Heading back into town there is a deli called FernanDeli - it’s located at 17B South 8th Street and they serve gorgeous tasting roast beef and pork sandwiches. If you prefer yummy salads or corned beef and pastrami sandwiches they have those too.

The scenic waterways - It’s time to visit the fantastic scenic waterways around Amelia Island. There is a ferry called Cumberland Sound that will take you close the shore where you can see dolphins, manatees and sea otters. You can spend hours enjoying these special moments and the discovery of so many different things in one day will stay in your memory for a very long time.

The real excitement of this part of your day is if you get the chance to go along one of the shorelines where you can see dozens of wild horses feeding, galloping and playing along the incredible white beach.

It’s time to settle back after a huge day of exploring. With an incredible day behind you, you will soon find that you are tired but deep inside… you don’t want the day to end. It’s time to head back to your motel room and change before dinner at The Surf restaurant located at 3199 S. Fletcher Avenue.

There is a fantastic menu featuring delicious steaks, a huge selection of seafood, a large salad bar… or if you prefer sandwiches, burgers or wraps for the kids then they have those too. There is something for everyone and the best part is you can enjoy your meal on their huge torch-lit deck with a view of the ocean… what a perfect way to end the day!

Horses at the Beach

Horses at the Beach

Amelia Island is an incredible island which makes holidaying in your own back yard an experience you will remember for a very long time.


Here’s a list of all the places recommended above and there is a map with directions and pinpoints below:

Bright Morning Cafe
105 South 3rd Street,
Fernandina Beach, FL
(904) 491-1771
Amelia Island
Visit Amelia Island, FL
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Avenue
Fernandina Beach, FL
(904) 277-7274
Fernan Deli
17 South 8th Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
(904) 261-0008
Cumberland Sound
1 South Front Street,
Fernandina Beach, FL
(904) 261-9972
The Surf Restaurant
3199 South Fletcher Avenue
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
(904) 261-5711

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