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Leisurely Fun

No reservations needed for these leisurely activities on Amelia Island! Get in touch with nature, let your young family members have fun at one of the many shady playgrounds, or comb the beach for seashells, sharks teeth, and hidden treasures. 

Fishing

Fishing on Amelia Island is an excellent way to really slow down and take in the area’s natural beauty. Practice mindfulness in the great outdoors while you relax and unwind. Cast your line under the warm Florida sun and await your moment of glory when you finally make the catch. Some of the best ways to go fishing on Amelia Island is at the state parks or on a charter. Fishers can reel in their catch in the surf at Fort Clinch State Park using mud minnows, shrimp, squid, finger mullet, or lures as bait. Secondly, the George Crady Fishing Pier State Park right off the southern tip of the island offers a one-mile-long pedestrian-only bridge. It’s the perfect place to take in panoramic views and see what everyone else might be reeling in! Thirdly, offshore fishing charters are popular and give participants the opportunity to deep-sea fish. Many families make a day of it out on the Atlantic Ocean with professional guides. Depending on the time of year, fishers can reel in anything, including redfish, sheepshead, croaker, whiting, spotted seatrout, black drum, bluefish, tarpon, cobia and sharks. 

Historic Markers

Just about wherever you go on island you can learn more about our island’s rich history. In part, this is thanks to the many historical markers proclaiming sites’ cultural significance. Strolling around the historic downtown of Fernandina Beach these markers can be seen all over — at multiple churches, at the Classical Revival-style Lesesne House built in 1860, the 1891 Nassau County Courthouse, the 1885 Peck High School, and the 1912 Italian Renaissance Revival building, the U.S. Post Office/Customs House.

Shark Tooth Hunting

Head to your nearest beach access and walk down to the shoreline. Here is where shark tooth hunters come alive! The right lighting and tide conditions can make the “hunt” that much better. Especially on the beaches on the northern end of Amelia Island, a shark tooth hunter can find that dream-come-true Megalodon tooth! Up there in Fort Clinch State Park and across the Cumberland Sound at Cumberland Island National Seashore, the active shipping channel often pushes more shell debris to shore. Try to go out at low tide and concentrate on the damp to wet sand area near the water’s edge.

Shelling

Amelia Island seashells include lightning whelks, great heart cockles, olives and baby’s ear moon snails. The best season for finding shells is winter, when they’re generally more bountiful. Especially after a storm, there’s no telling what the ocean will wash up!

City Parks and Playgrounds

It’s said that you can truly get to know a city by it’s public recreation spaces - and the city of Fernandina Beach has some amazing parks with shaded playgrounds for kids!
- At Main Beach Park on the north end, there’s a fantastic playground right beside beach access. A commercial shade is pulled over the new playground and provides protection during the hot, sunny months. Lots of families like playing here before or after dinner at Salt Life or Sandbar. Mini golf is offered right in that area too.
- Central Park is the biggest park with multiple playground sets, benches and picnicking areas set beside tennis courts and sports fields. This is perfect for wiggly children who need to run off some energy before heading out to eat with their family in the historic downtown. Tall trees offer shade and coverage in many areas.
- Egan’s Creek Park off Atlantic Avenue is another fantastic spot and it overlooks the river and marsh. For it’s relatively small size, it boasts a lot of features: a giant playground structure, picnic areas, a floating dock, and adult workout stations along the park's meandering path. Many locals like to launch their kayaks and/or canoes here. Fishing is even permitted from a portion of the dock.
- A parent and child favorite is Pirate Playground, which is always shaded by an established tree canopy. Located behind the Atlantic Recreation Center, this handicapped-accessible playground was specially designed by nonprofit 8 Flags Playscapes. It has swings, a sand pit with water features, creative musical instruments, climbing elements, and themed boat items — all seeking to ignite your child’s imagination! On a hot summer day, parents can take their children to the Pirate Playground before then walking to the Recreation Center to cool off in the Atlantic Kiddie Pool!
- For those who like to take the path less travelled, these three playgrounds are all worthy destinations too: Sunrise Park, Atlantic Park and MLK, Jr. Park.

Fernandina Beach Skate Park

Skateboarders, inline skaters, scooter riders and roller skaters will enjoy various ramps and other obstacles. Adjacent to Main Beach Park, the Fernandina Beach Skate Park requires the use of helmets and does not allow bicycles.
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