Why Families Love Fernandina Beach

Why Families Love Fernandina Beach

Amelia Island is a family-friendly escape for those looking for that perfect mix of outdoor and indoor activities for their next big vacation.

It’s the classic family getaway, with a vast line-up of things to do for all ages. From sandy beaches to history to the great outdoors, our Fernandina Beach homes for sale give you access to all there is to see and do on Amelia Island.

So, what makes Fernandina Beach a top family destination for 2018? Here are some of the main reasons people are heading to Amelia Island this year.

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Main Beach Park

Serene and spacious, Main Beach Park(32 N. Fletcher Ave.) at the tail end of Atlantic Avenue is one of the area’s most spectacular beaches. Kayak out to sea, or rent some beach chairs and games to get the most out of the day. Beach balls, chairs, large umbrellas, and a cooler, are among your beach day must-brings.

Visitors can also walk right along the beach to explore the many local Amelia Island restaurants. This includes The Sandbar & Kitchen (2910 Atlantic Ave.), a popular two-story beachfront seafood and pizza joint. It is only a block from the designated park area.

Pirate Playground

Pirate Playground (2500 Atlantic Ave.) offers hours of entertainment for the kids. Pirate culture has always been an integral part of Amelia Island, and the Pirate Playground celebrates it all with treasure hunts, a dig pit, and obstacle courses – all in this free public playground.

Built by the municipality and the Christopher Reeve Foundation, the playground was also built to accommodate children with special needs and has challenges and puzzles to keep them engaged.


Fernandina Beach seems to be designed with cycling in mind. A run along Atlantic Avenue will take you through the heart of the historic district. A number of beach trails and bike paths exist on the island, with the Central Park area offering wonderful views around the corner from the historic district.

Visit Beach Rentals and More (2021 S. Fletcher Ave.) for bike rentals and beach equipment, or, if you’re a seasoned cyclist, visit SuperCorsa Cycles (4925 1st Coast Hwy) for high-end gear.

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Fort Clinch State Park

Tens of thousands of visitors come every year to explore the 1,700 acres of protected land that makeup Amelia Island’s northern tip. Fort Clinch State Park (2601 Atlantic Ave), one of the most popular family-friendly activities in the area, is a stunning spectacle of foliage and dunes, with Spanish moss-draped live oaks coating the bike paths and shark tooth lined beaches that will never be developed.

Visitors can drive or bike through the park as they navigate pathways along inlets and beaches. Paths include Willow Pond Trail, which weaves through wildlife-filled waters, and Egan’s Creek, which starts near Atlantic Avenue on the parks southern end.

Visitors can bike or hike the length of the park for great exercise and amazing wildlife viewing, stopping to visit the historic attractions like Fort Clinch along the way. Reenactments and guided tours take you back to the Civil War era.

The Odd and Artsy Museums

Fernandina Beach’s historic district is home to some unique specialty museums, such as the Pinball Museum (2106 Sadler Sq.) and the Maritime Museum of Amelia Island (115 S. 2nd St. Suite B).

The Amelia Island Museum of History (233 S 3rd St.) is active throughout the year and sure to have something going on for the family to enjoy, whether it’s a local history tour or just a quick visit to see the fascinating attractions and learn about the extensive history of the island.

Many art galleries celebrate the local Amelia Island history, scenery and unique culture that has developed as a result of many decades of multi-national influence. The local art museums help round out an eclectic array of attractions that offer a necessary break from the sun.

Let us help you find your perfect real estate property

Fernandina Beach has classic Old Florida and vintage architecture paired with stunning vistas and great seafood. The area is a top family destination, and our realtors can help you find your new island home base. Contact us at 800-741-4011 for more on all our featured real estate properties to find the one that suits your family.