There are many things to do in Fernandina Beach and rarely ever enough time to do them, so we’ve sorted through the swarm to bring you five absolute must-sees. This is a great place to live or own a vacation home, so if you’re thinking of moving or have recently moved to Fernandina Beach you can use this list and go on a scavenger hunt to find these places with your family!
Located on the island’s tallest bluff, Amelia Island Lighthouse is the oldest existing structure of its kind in Florida. As to be expected, this carefully preserved landmark is open to those interested in touring America’s maritime history. Secure your spot by either calling 904-310-3350 or paying a visit to the Atlantic Recreation Center on Atlantic Avenue.
It costs $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12 to enter. However, if you’re not too keen on spending time delving into this beacon of culture, the lighthouse is also a popular zone for photographers and sightseers to explore from the outside.
2) Pirate Playground
An ideal spot for a play date, Pirate Playground is a unique outdoor park offering a diverse range of musical, artistic, imaginative and historical stations for children to expand their learning.
Suited to all physical and mental abilities, this experiential, entry-free zone is a favored family space amongst locals. With benches, restrooms and picnic tables also dotted around the vicinity, parents can relax while children explore their potential.
3) Arte Pizza
Sample the taste of Italy at Arte Pizza. This Fernandina Beach local favorite restaurant boasts authentic Italian cuisine in a cosy, modern interior. What’s more, pets are more than welcome to join in the fun!
All pizzas are cooked on a traditional wood-fired stove, while a fruitful wine and beer selection makes it difficult to select an option. Arte Pizza is open for lunch and dinner throughout the week (except Tuesdays), and offers a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options too.
4) Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop
Let your sweet tooth roam wild and indulge ferociously at Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop. Using only organic ingredients – such as fresh farm eggs, European butter and imported African and Belgian chocolate – Nana Teresa cooks up a storm from scratch.
Ponder over cupcakes, macaroons, cheesecakes, cookies and pies. Or even pop your order in for a five-tier custom-made cake. Gluten free options are also available, so make sure visit between 10am-8pm Monday – Thursdays, 9am-9pm on Friday & Saturday or 11am-5pm on Sundays to get a slice of the action.
5) Fort Clinch State Park
Outdoor-lovers should head to Fort Clinch State Park for an abundance of recreational activities and Fernandina Beach things to do suited to all the family. The park’s 3-mile shoreline is home to swimming, fishing, wildlife observation and shark-tooth hunting. The 6-mile multi-use path is a fantastic trail for hikers and cyclists to explore.
You can even take part in a guided nature walk if you’re hoping to slow the pace a little. Pop in for the day or plan an overnight excursion – the park’s 69 campsites and vast camping facilities make for an unrivalled overnight stop.