Whether you are celebrating your honeymoon or just looking to escape on a date night with your partner on Amelia Island, here are a few romantic things to do that will kindle the right sparks with your loved one! Get ready for a charming atmosphere, delicious meals, sunset walks, and a lot more!
Classic Sunset Beach Walk:
If you are looking for a special, classic Sunset Beach Walk, you are in luck! Amelia Island offers beautiful and serene beaches, where you can spend time with your partner. Take a step back and enjoy the gorgeous sunset colors, peaceful atmosphere, and your loved one. (Extra tip: If you and your loved one are enjoying a full romantic getaway and not just a date night, don’t miss the opportunity to see the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean too! Sleeping in is nice, but watching a new day dawn together is an unforgettable experience with your toes in the sand!)
Visit the Fernandina Beach Historic District:
Be sure to put the Fernandina Beach Historic District on your list when planning a date night. It has a wide variety of shops and restaurants, and it is a great place to spend an afternoon or even two. The sunset views from the marina are hard to beat. History buffs will enjoy strolling the side streets and finding all the historic markers that summarize the days long past. Art aficionados should plan to visit for the second Saturday of each month, when participating galleries host free art events and open houses during the Artrageous Artwalk. Then everyone can appreciate the district’s architectural gems. Did you know the National Register of Historic Places recognizes and protects 50 blocks and 400 structures in downtown Fernandina Beach? Clearly Amelia Island’s historic downtown has much to showcase for those who love to explore and experience new places! This is why Coastal Living‘s readers voted Fernandina Beach as the Best Historic Downtown and #4 Happiest Seaside Town. Perfect for a date night!
Book an Amelia Island Trolley Tour:
One fantastic way to see the historic district, learn some interesting facts about the island, and enjoy some leisurely time with your special loved one is to hop onboard with Anchor Trolley and Transport, formerly Amelia Island Trolleys. Their experienced driver will take passengers around the city, plus up to Olde Town and parts of Fernandina Beach’s north end. Book your trolley ride today! For those adventure seekers wanting a faster, more thrilling way to explore, Amelia Island Board Rentals offers electric skateboard tours on the seashore with guides, at American Beach, or around the historic district. Or couples can rent a 2-passenger, fully-electric FUV (fun utility vehicle) to go sightseeing through them. Check it out here!
Amelia Island Horseback Riding:
Horseback riding on the beach is a wonderful experience and very different from riding on a mountain trail. You will enjoy the sea breeze in your hair and dramatic views of the ocean from atop your steed. This is a truly unique opportunity through family-owned and operated Kelly Seahorse Ranch, who enjoys a long partnership with Amelia Island State Park. Learn more about this opportunity today! For those closer to the north end of Amelia Island, Amelia Island Horseback Riding also offers sunset rides from Peters Point Beachfront Park!
Dinner Date on Amelia Island:
If sunset walks, trolley tours, and horseback riding are not your kind of romance, Amelia Island offers a dizzying range of fantastic restaurants, where you can take your date and enjoy an exquisite atmosphere and delicious food. For the really special occasions, Salt (one of the restaurants at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island) is one of only two AAA 5 diamond restaurants in the entire state of Florida — there are only 49 AAA 5 diamond restaurants in the entire U.S. for 2022!
If you love and crave fresh fish and shrimp, be sure to explore all the fantastic Amelia Island Seafood Restaurants during your visit! You will not only enjoy delicious meals, but also fun and relaxing atmospheres! Take a look at some of our recommendations below and get ready to Indulge Your Seafood Craving on Amelia Island!
On The Beach:
Enjoy this absolutely awesome, oceanfront tiki bar and restaurant. You will find a fantastic view, delicious food, and fun entertainment. Food Menu in the link.
Don’t miss the Happy Hour seven days a week! Every day between 3 and 6 pm, The Sandbar & Kitchen offers great deals on wine, beer, and drinks! Check out the outstanding Food Menu!
Welcome to Salt Life Food Shack (pictured above)! You will find a laidback atmosphere, delicious meals, passionate staff, and a lot more! Check out the Menu.
Absolutely tasty food combined with live entertainment and an enviable location right on the beach. Click for Menu information.
Fernandina Beach Historic District:
Think about a rich variety of delicious food combined with a top location in the Historic District and you got The Salty Pelican Bar & Grill! You will discover flavorful food and breathtaking sunsets! Menu in the link and picture of oysters below.
Get ready for this newly-renovated seafood mainstay, which serves peel-and-eat shellfish and fried fare. Come enjoy its bustling, wharf-like atmosphere and 1876 building. Check out this fantastic Menu!
Kitchen 251 specializes in down-home comfort food. You will not only enjoy delicious eats, but you will also have fantastic views of the marina while dining. Check out the Menu!
Experience Timoti’s Seafood Shack! You will find a combination of fresh, local seafood and a fun, casual atmosphere. Picture fish tacos, lobster rolls and other fin fare served on an outdoor patio with a kids play area. Be sure to check out the Menu!
Located right on the Fernandina Harbor and Marina on the Amelia River, this restaurant brings awesome vibes and fantastic eats. It’s one of the best places to watch the sunset!
You can’t go wrong with the Down Under Restaurant if you are looking for a fishing camp vibe. This relaxed option is tucked under the main bridge coming onto the island and serves customers on a dock with indoor-outdoor seating! Take a peek at the Menu.
Did you say fresh oysters? This upbeat eatery has with beautiful marshside views and is family friendly with a kids playground. The Menu is stacked!
Just because summer ends, doesn’t mean the fun needs to end too! As the season shifts to fall, several events start to fill the calendar on Amelia Island! Take a look at our island’s annual fall events below and get ready to FALL in Love with Amelia Island!
Bring your friends and a lawn chair and get ready for an awesome outdoor experience. You will enjoy a free concert and a relaxing atmosphere in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach. This event takes place on the first Friday of the month beginning in April and continues through the fall (October is the last concert each year). Get ready for some classic rock, blues, and oldies!
If you are visiting Amelia Island in the fall, be sure to check out the Amelia Island Dance Festival! This newish festival allows attendees to experience dance in a variety of venues and ways, with a group of recreational dancers and professional artists coming together to promote dance in the Amelia Island community.
If you’re embarking on an Amelia Island getaway in October, don’t miss out on the Annual Fish to Fork culinary event at the Omni Amelia Island Resort! You will enjoy a stunning atmosphere with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, dock-to-dish specialties, different chefs from around the country, and delicious meals! There will be a chef showdown on Saturday night with a live vote!
Here’s your chance to celebrate all things beer all weekend long. Welcome to the Island Hop Craft Beer Festival on Amelia Island. Grab your family and friends and get ready for a fun and tasty weekend. You will come across live music, food trucks, family-friendly activities, and of course, delicious beer!
Get ready for cool sounds, a serene atmosphere, and awesome jazz! The Amelia Island Jazz Festival features top jazz musicians as well as up-and-coming young talent. Performances are often staged in several venues around Amelia Island, previously including Fernandina Beach Golf Club, The Sandbar & Kitchen, and Tortuga Jacks at Sliders Seaside Grill. The Amelia Island Jazz Festival funds a scholarship program for aspiring jazz musicians.
The Northeast Florida Fair is the perfect event for both children and grownups. You will find thrill rides, great food from local vendors, a variety of sweet treats, live music, farm animals, and more just a 30-minute drive away in Callahan, FL.
Book your Fall gateway with us today and be sure to check our Fall recommendations! Destination Amelia offers a variety of vacation homes in the area, perfect for a short trip or even an extended stay.
Looking for rainy day activities on Amelia Island? We’ve put together a list of our favorite top 4 rainy day activities on Amelia Island to help you make the most of spending time indoors.
Visit the Amelia Island Museum of History
Amelia Island is home to numerous museums and historic sites where you can learn about the island’s history. One of our favorites is the Amelia Island Museum of History which showcases the region’s history. The museum places an emphasis on spoken history and also offers daily tours at the museum.
The Amelia Island Museum makes for a great stop for an hour or two and you are sure to leave with a better understanding of the many major events that unfolded on the island over the past couple hundred years. As an added bonus, the museum building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009 and was used as the Nassau County jail starting in the 1930s.
Catch a Play at the Amelia Community Theatre
When the forecast is looking rainy for the day, we highly recommend checking out the Amelia Community Theatre and enjoying one of their many performances. The theatre hosts six new plays every year and features different types of shows that cater to a variety of audiences including both families and adults.
You can view a detailed listing of current productions and buy tickets on the Amelia Island Community Theatre website. The theatre is located in downtown Fernandina Beach within walking distance of many restaurants and bars. Make plans to stop by after the show!
Relax at the Spa
One of the top vacation experiences is taking a day to slow down and relax at one of the many Amelia Island spas. Sometimes it can be hard to choose a spa day when the weather is pristine, but a rainy day is perfect to spend an extended amount of time letting yourself be pampered.
Enjoy massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and more. There is a wide range of spas on the island, and we recommend reviewing our spa and wellness guide to find the perfect match for your visit.
Spend a Day at Your Vacation Rental
Sometimes one of the best things to do on vacation is to spend time with family friends at your Amelia Island vacation rental. Our spacious and luxurious accommodations are perfect for a low-key day indoors surrounded by your loved ones. Some of our favorite activities include board games, puzzles, and cooking a family meal in your kitchen.
Tucked away in the northeastern corner of Florida, Amelia Island is the perfect winter getaway. We have fewer crowds, warm temperatures, and ample opportunities to enjoy nature. While Amelia Island makes a great destination during any season, we’ve chosen three of the top reasons to book an Amelia Island vacation rental during the winter.
1) Amelia Island Winter Weather
The number one reason many travelers choose to visit Florida during the winter is to get as far south as possible. During the search, they often overlook the northern part of the state which is less crowded than busy southern Florida destinations. On Amelia Island, this translates into a more peaceful and relaxing time of year.
Our winter weather is mild with the coolest months of the year averaging lows in the mid-forties and highs in the sixties. This means you can enjoy the crisp night weather with a sweater, all while enjoying the warm, mild weather during the day. Spend more time outside this winter and enjoy some of our Island’s activities. We recommend birdwatching, biking, and strolling along our pristine and beautiful beaches.
2) Amelia Island Birdwatching
Often called a birder’s paradise, Amelia Island is well known for being one of the top birdwatching destinations in the southeast. Winter offers a special opportunity to see birds that are migrating south due to the colder temperatures. November through March is generally the best time to see the most birds. This includes those staying for the winter and others that are passing through during their migration.
Most of the island’s 470 species of birds can be seen year-round, but there are some that only visit seasonally. These include harder to spot species such as Cedar Waxwings and Snowy Owls. Two of the best places to spot birds are Ft. Clinch State Park on the north end of the island and Egans Creek Greenway that runs along the wooded and marshy center of the island.
3) Amelia Island Restaurant Week
There are many different winter events on Amelia Island throughout the holidays, however, the one you don’t want to miss is Restaurant Week! Held annually during the last week of January, Restaurant week is a 10-day culinary showcase. The island’s most popular dining hotspots are featured and each offers pre-fixed menus at set prices to match your budget. Participating restaurants will offer lunch for $12 and serve three tiers for dinner priced at $21, $31, and $41.
The 13th annual Amelia Island Restaurant Week will be held from January 22 through January 31, 2021. In addition to the variety of entrees and meals, there will also be various dining and cocktail activities including a kick-off dinner and a finale event. Find out more about the event and participating restaurants on the Amelia Island website.
Winter Vacation Rentals
Looking to escape the chill of cold weather and breathe some of the salty fresh air? Then our Amelia Island vacation rentals will make for the perfect winter getaway. We offer a wide variety of properties including oceanfront vacation rentals that offer a stunning view of the Atlantic. We look forward to welcoming you to our island and enjoying the fabulous winter weather!