You may not know that one of the most famous and oldest lighthouses in the United States is located on Amelia Island. Few structures in Florida have as much intriguing heritage as Amelia Island Lighthouse. Visiting the lighthouse is one of the most popular Amelia Island things to do as there are regular tours that provide visitors with an extensive history of the lighthouse as well as the opportunity to photograph it up close.
Whether you’re planning a vacation to visit this unique landmark and others on Amelia Island, or are looking for homes for sale in the area, ERA Fernandina Beach Realty can answer your questions and help you with your goals.
Amelia Island Lighthouse is the Oldest Standing Lighthouse in Florida
Although St. Augustine is the oldest city in Florida, none of its original lighthouses are still standing, such as the first St. Augustine lighthouse, which ended up falling to the sea. Amelia Island Lighthouse has stood the test of time, partially due to its location further away from the ocean which protected it from the elements, along several renovations through the years and frequent maintenance.
Where is Amelia Island Lighthouse located?
Amelia Island Lighthouse is located on the northern end of the island and marks the entrance to St. Mary’s Entrance, which is the inlet leading to the St. Mary’s River. It sits on a high bluff to the west of Egans Creek, directly north of Atlantic Ave. It is easily accessible when you are in Fernandina Beach or anywhere near the north end of the island, and the best way to see it is during one of the monthly tours.
Booking a Tour of the Amelia Island Lighthouse
It is quite easy to book a tour of Amelia Island Lighthouse; tours are offered twice per month on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday. You can call (904)-310-3350 to book your tour or visit the Atlantic Recreation Center at 2500 Atlantic Avenue to register. The fees are just $5 per adult and $3 per child, and the tours are held throughout the year except on any Wednesdays that fall on a city holiday. The tour bus departs from the Atlantic Recreation Center at 10:00 A.M. with a requirement to be at the center at least 10 minutes ahead of time, and tickets should be purchased at least 24 hours in advance.
Enjoy downtown Fernandina beach nearby
You also have the benefit of being able to visit nearby downtown Fernandina Beach and its large historic district after your trip to Amelia Island Lighthouse. This historic district is one of the largest in the United States and includes several buildings, beautiful beaches, a vibrant arts community, frequent craft fairs and farmers’ markets, a wide range of small boutiques and shops, a lively music scene and many other attractions and events.
You’ll find just about every cuisine in this area along with welcoming and friendly locals who can guide you along your adventure, and it is another excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the local culture and history of Amelia Island.
Amelia Island Lighthouse is just one of the many incredible historic attractions that you will find in Fernandina Beach. While visiting Amelia Island, you may also want to consider browsing some of the homes for sale in the area for a vacation home or second home.
Amelia Island is a popular location for vacation homes because of its gorgeous scenery, relatively low home prices compared to many other popular tourist cities in Florida, and the large number of Amelia Island things to do including golfing, hiking, swimming, biking and other outdoor activities, boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
ERA Fernandina Beach Realty can help you find a choice of ideal homes for sale in Fernandina Beach close to all of the incredible attractions in the area including Amelia Island Lighthouse. For more information, call ERA Fernandina Beach today at (800) 741-4011.