AMELIA IS­LAND, FL

PLAY AT THE BEACH!

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WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

Just 30 min­utes from Jacksonvil­le, this bar­rier is­land’s At­lantic beaches beckon fam­i­lies for walk­ing, fish­ing, swim­ming, Boo­gieboard­ing, and beach­comb­ing for shells and sharks’ teeth. Head to Amelia Is­land Mu­seum of His­tory to hear tales of the is­land’s tur­bu­lent past (in­vaded and traded re­peat­edly over 300 years, it earned the nick­name “Is­land of Eight Flags”). Blocks from the beach, wan­der the Fer­nan­d­ina Beach His­toric Dis­trict to find hand­made fudge and the Villa Villekula Neigh­bor­hood Toy Store (named for the 1988 Pippi Long­stock­ing movie set there).

DON’T MISS

On the first Satur­day of the month, Fort Clinch State Park hosts the “First Week­end Union Gar­ri­son,” when this Civil War–era fort is peo­pled by cos­tumed in­ter­preters play­ing mu­sic, wood­work­ing, black­smithing, guard­ing jail cells, and oc­ca­sion­ally fir­ing can­nons.

EAT & SLEEP

Find a pic­nic ta­ble at Ti­moti’s Seafood Shak, where kids can play pi­rate on a wooden ship while par­ents dig into a bas­ket of lo­cal wild-caught shrimp. For a true es­cape, try the fullser­vice Omni Amelia Is­land Plan­ta­tion Re­sort; rooms start at $269 a night.

GET MORE INFO

ameli­ais­land.com

There are 13 miles of beaches to ex­plore here.

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