If you ask anyone to name some of the top things to do on Fernandina Beach, most people will mention going to the beautiful white sand beaches nearby. However, you’ll find plenty of other thrilling outdoor attractions and destinations in the area to visit, such as nearby Fort Clinch State Park, numerous hiking trails, fishing piers, scenic and exciting golf courses, and a whole lot more.
You’ll find just about every outdoor interest near Fernandina Beach such as hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, stand up paddle boarding, surfing and golfing. After you’ve enjoyed the picturesque outdoors of Amelia Island all day, you can choose from a wide range of manmade attractions in the area such as craft distilleries, several lively bars and clubs, an impressive array of restaurants, unique art galleries, or even viewing some of the historic and unique architectural designs of the local real estate.
Fort Clinch State Park is a must visit
If you’re a true outdoor enthusiast, you will definitely want to make the short trip to Fort Clinch State Park. This sprawling and beautiful park is located on the northern tip of Amelia Island, very close to Fernandina Beach, and it offers a huge plethora of activities to try out such as wildlife viewing, fishing, shell hunting, swimming, camping, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, birding, surfing, picnicking and more.
Fort Clinch State Park is very family friendly and some of the more popular things to do for families include shell and shark tooth hunting around St. Mary’s Inlet and the pier, hiking, swimming and bike riding. There is also a large group camping facility and 69 campsites located throughout the park for those with RVs. Historic Fort Clinch is also definitely a must see when you’re there, as the fort has an extensive history that dates back to 1736 and only costs a few dollars per person to see.
Try a fishing charter to get out on the open sea
Booking a fishing charter is one of the best ways to get a chance to catch some of the fish that populate the waters around Amelia Island and see the ocean and its wildlife up close. Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island are home to a number of fishing charter companies that offer you an excellent opportunity to get out on the open sea and fish with experts. You don’t need a fishing license to participate, and the prices are quite reasonable. It’s also a great way to learn more about the interesting ecology of the island, as most boat captains will provide you with plenty of interesting facts and information.
Horseback riding tours are exciting and memorable
Be sure to try horseback riding when you’re visiting Amelia Island! There are a few options available to you for this opportunity, one of them is Kelly Seahorse Ranch at Amelia Island State Park on the southern tip of the island, and the other is Happy Trails Walking Horses which is located at Peters Point Beachfront Park on the east side of the island. There’s nothing quite like riding a horse at sunset and watching the ocean waves slowly rolling in, and it’s a unique experience that you’re sure to remember for years to come.
Several options for wildlife viewing
Amelia Island is home to a diverse range of different species of barrier island flora and fauna, and because of this it is one of the best islands in Florida for wildlife viewing. You can book a number of different wildlife tours to explore Amelia Island on boat, kayak, canoe, jet ski, or by hiking. These tours will take you through some of the most scenic areas of the island where you’ll be able to catch glimpses of dolphins, sea turtles, deer, snakes and many different bird species.
Although you can catch many glimpses of bird species throughout the island, Amelia Island State Park on the southern tip of the island is one of the best places for birding. Here you might see piping plovers, black skimmers, pelicans, and sometimes even a bald eagle. Just be sure to obey the signs that protect nesting areas when you are there with your family. It’s well worth the trip from Fernandina Beach, and you’ll also get the chance to enjoy horseback riding and much more there.
Plenty more to do near Fernandina Beach
Of course, these are just a few of the most exciting things to do near Fernandina Beach; if you enjoy outdoor recreation you’ll have an almost endless number of activities, attractions and destinations to choose from. So, don’t just spend your days at the beach when there’s so much more to do! Give us a call today at (800)-741-4011 if you have any questions at all about outdoor fun on Amelia Island or anything related to real estate on the island.