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The Amelia Island Lighthouse is considered the oldest structure on the island. First constructed in 1820 on Georgia's Cumberland Island, it was dismantled and moved in 1938 and reconstructed on Amelia Island. Construction was completed in 1839.

For those interested in a closer look, lighthouse tours are offered on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Tours depart from the Atlantic Recreation Center. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children age 12 and under.

The Amelia Island Museum of History is housed in the historic Nassau County jail and showcases some 4,000 years of Florida history, including its eight flags of occupation. The museum offers exhibits, educational lectures, walking tours and ghost tours.

233 South Third Street
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
(904) 261-7378


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Amelia Island Day Trips

There are many places of interest within a short drive from Amelia Island, offering a variety of fun activities and things to see for a quick getaway or a little Exploring.

Cumberland Island, Georgia
6 miles of pristine National Seashore, featuring 1800's Plum Orchard Plantation, The Dungeness Ruins, wild horses, desolate beaches, a real escape! Only 30 minutes to ferry from St. Marys, GA or special arrangements can be made via the Greyfield Inn. Launch from Fernandina Harbour, includes lunch, bicycle rentals, tour of the Greyfield and beach equipment

Big and Little Talbot Islands, Florida
Over 4,000 acres, primitive wetlands, forest and beaches. "Little" has a 4 mile hiking trail through the forest, dune and tidal creek area. Located 25 minutes south on A1A

Jacksonville, Florida
There are many places to visit and explore in Jacksonville. Here are a few of the more "Cultural" spots:

Zoological Park: 904-757-4463
Museum of Science and History: 904-396-7062
Tree Hill Nature Center: 904-724-4646
Alexander Brest Planetarium: 904-396-7062
Cummer Art Gallery: 904-356-6857
Jacksonville Art Museum: 904-398-8336

Kennedy Space Center
Walking and bus tour, great IMAX movie of the Space Shuttle! Distance: three hours south on I-95. 407-452-2121

Kingsley Plantation
Oldest standing seacoast plantation in Florida with educational exhibits and tours in this 1792 plantation home

Millionaires Village, Jekyll Island, GA
Lavish cottages of 1800's millionaires open to view. One hour to Jekyll Island. 800-841-6586

Okefenokee Swamp Park
1/2 million acres of jungle, island, forest, swamps and alligators! Boat tours available, observation towers and museums. Waycross, GA is the best point of entry. One and a half hours to Waycross, GA. 912-283-0583

St Augustine, Florida
Nation's oldest city, featuring the famous Bridge of Lions, Flagler College, historic homes, a colonial re-enactment of an 18th century village, and even the Fountain of Youth (so they say!). Tours and carriage rides available. One and a half hours south on A1A or I-95

Savannah, Georgia
The South's most famous old city, featuring an expansive historic district, beautiful inns, a waterfront district complete with shops, restaurants and cobblestone streets! Home of the book "Midnight in the Garden of Evil." Two hours north on I-95

Silver Springs, Florida
Glass bottom boats, jeep rides, beautiful clear spring-fed lakes. Adjacent to the park is a water park with water slides and fountains for the kids! 100 miles south on A1A to Rt. 301, in the Ocala area

Brewery Tours - Anheuser Busch
I-95 south to Busch Drive. 904-751-8117

Dog Tracks
Three locations in Jacksonville. 904-646-0001

Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Jacksonville.
Professional, nightly performances. 904-641-1212



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Getting to Amelia Island
Amelia is only 30 minutes from Jacksonville International Airport. By auto, two bridges connect Amelia Island with the mainland. From I-95, take Fernandina Beach Exit 129, turn east onto A1A and travel 15 miles, cross the Intracoastal Waterway into the heart of Amelia Island.

Visitors traveling from the south may prefer to take A1A north of Jacksonville to the Mayport auto ferry which crosses the St. Johns River, or take A1A farther north to J. Turner Butler Blvd., then north on Hwy 115 over the Dames Point Bridge. Both options continue on A1A north over Big and Little Talbot Island onto Amelia.

Amelia Island Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Golfing on Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach is a splendid pleasure, with natural surroundings, oceanfront golf courses and pristine golf resorts that challenge skilled golfers and reward those lucky enough to experience all the wonderful golfing that Amelia has to offer. Public and Private courses abound as well as Golf Lessons and Instruction from the Pros.

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