You’ve done it! You’ve flown through the clouds and have found yourself back on the ground. Besides figuring out the next time you could jump, what could possibly be on the agenda from here? It’s time to reward yourself and enjoy the best Amelia Island has to offer, of course! Everyone celebrates differently, but the area is host to a boatload of unique experiences.
Fun Things to Do in Jacksonville
With 13 miles of Atlantic Coast, Amelia Island is not short on beaches and we know you won’t be leaving the area without checking out at least one. Fernandina beach borders historic downtown and is the main beach for Amelia Island, making it the busiest. Little Talbot State Park will give you the white sand beaches that make for romantic and shareable snapshots. Burney Park is home to a famous sand dune, ‘Nana’, that is a popular tourist hot spot. There are beautiful and bountiful beaches galore, each offering unique experiences and beautiful backdrops for your memories.
After conquering the skies in the morning, you can ease into the evening with a sunset cruise. Through Amelia Adventures, you and 5 friends or family members can book one of these relaxing Sunset Cruises. This private nature cruise lasts around 2 hours and gives you a chance to wind down while checking out what Amelia Island can offer. You can expect a beautiful show from the twinkling downtown lights as the gulls settle for the evening and the island readies itself for another busy Florida night. Still warm but far removed from the heat of the midday sun, a sunset cruise is highly recommended for the animal lovers among us due to the increased chance of wild horse sightings!
If a sunset cruise is too laid back for your style, Amelia Adventures offers several options for sightseeing, including kayaking and paddling. Paddling is a popular past-time on the island that can be enjoyed nearly all day. The quiet saltwater marshes make for a family-friendly activity that lets you get a close look at the many herons and local fish that call these wetlands home. Kayaking can offer you a similarly stunning view but from the seated comfort of your kayak. Both sports do not require previous experience and offer varying levels of difficulty to suit the whole pack.
Best Restaurants in Amelia Island
After sightseeing and sunning yourself on sandy beaches all day, treat yourself to a quality meal. Amelia Island’s proximity to the Atlantic guarantees fresh offerings from endless local establishments. Shrimp, fish, mussels and crab are plentiful, but don’t let your taste buds be limited to only what the sea holds.
For a taste of the finer things, Salt at the Ritz-Carlton cannot be missed. Fresh fish does grace their menu, but aged meats and fine wine are the star complements to the restaurant’s candle-lit beach view. Salt can be enjoyed any day of the week for dinner (except Monday), as well as Saturdays and Sundays for brunch. Salt also offers a selection of expanded options to enhance the dining experience for the culinary-minded. The signature steak and eggs — served sizzling hot on a Himalayan salt rock — will please any meat-eating palette.
Looking for an experience focused more on local fine flavors without all of the stuff-and-fuss? For those seeking a farm to table experience, 29 South is a local favorite. Your food’s story is laid out before you with lists of local farms that the bistro works with, accompanying the onsite chef’s garden. From the fried chicken sandwich to lobster mac and cheese, each dish is handcrafted with care and sure to satisfy without breaking the bank.
Of course, if you’re looking to stuff as much fun into your day as possible, you’ll want something a little more beach friendly. For a quick cool down, DeNucci’s will be calling your name. DeNucci’s technicolor walls are home to soft serve, hard scoop, frozen custard, and even boba tea! If dairy isn’t on the menu for you, DeNucci’s features a pineapple dole whip that rivals the big mouse himself. No sweet tooth? No problem. You can also grab a hot dog or a wrap on your way back to the surf and sand.
Shopping in Jacksonville
If you’ve promised to bring back some mementos to loved ones, you don’t want to find yourself stopping into the nearest catch-all souvenir shop. Dad might not be able to tell you picked up the sun-bathing beauty keychain from the rack next to the off-brand Mickeys, but you’ll know. Make shopping part of your day and find something that will really knock their socks off.
Amelia Island features fabulous local shops throughout downtown and stretching into the side streets. For a little vintage southern charm, Hudson & Perry is a one-stop shop. Charming cow patterned china, vintage toile tea towels, and cookie and biscuit tins line the walls and tables of this quaint local shop. A slice of southern hospitality can be bought and bagged up for you to enjoy at home. If kitschy is more your thing, Trailer Park Collectibles allows customers to peruse flea market style booths with an ever rotating selection. Chicken yard art, real canary and mercury glass, and an entire room filled with vintage vinyl are only a sampling of the hidden treasures Trailer Park Collectibles could be holding for you.
In the pursuit of something more stimulating? Amelia Island also is home to The Book Loft. For 32 years, The Book Loft has provided its clientele with an old fashioned book store experience that all bibliophiles will appreciate. With two floors, customers will find many well known titles as well as a wide selection on the history of Amelia Island and the state of Florida. The Book Loft also houses over 1,500 rare books, including first editions and signed copies by many prolific authors.
Don’t let skydiving be the only stop on your trip to Jacksonville. To see more sights, check out our post on all the amazing sites you can see while skydiving. Don’t be afraid to tag us when you share the photos of your Amelia Island adventure! We love to see how people have celebrated after they leave our cab. Contact us today, our customer service professionals are here to help you get the ball rolling.