There are many choices when it comes to tours of Amelia Island. We have put together this list of recommendations. Each of these providers of Amelia Island tours offer a unique view of life in our area.
Amelia River Cruises
Hop aboard for memorable Amelia Island tours as you a cruise along salt marshes, wilderness beaches and historic riverbanks. Dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, egrets, herons, spoonbills and osprey meld with shrimp boats, luxury yachts, submarines and a Civil War era fort during your narrated tour. Cruises include:
- Eco-Shrimping Tours. 10:00am, two hours (seasonal, visit their website for schedule)
- Cumberland Island Tour. 10:30am, two hours
- Beach Creek Tour. 2:30pm, one and a half hours
- Family Friendly Sunset Cruise. Departs one hour before sunset for a one hour tour (seasonal, visit their website for schedule)
- Twilight Cruise. 7pm, two hours. Adult oriented cruise with live music, BYOB. (seasonal, visit their website for schedule)
The Amelia River Cruises schedule changes with the seasons so be sure to call for their current schedule and to reserve at 904-261-9972. Full information can be found at www.AmeliaRiverCruises.com. Check out their marina web cam!
Historic District Tours
There are tours of the Historic District that are suitable for everyone. Walking tours are self-guided or led by docents from the Amelia Island Museum of History (904-261-7378).
Amelia Island Historic Tours offer air conditioned van tours of the downtown historic district as well as other historic sites on Amelia Island. The Eight Flags tour (90 minutes) will take you on a journey from the time the Timucua Indians inhabited Amelia Island into the modern day shrimping industry. Vans pick up and drop off at 204 Ash Street (5 blocks from the inn). Visit their website for tour schedules http://www.ameliaislandhistorictours.com
Downtown Tasting Tours
Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tours is owned and operated by locals ready to have some fun! Are you a visitor wanting to have a local’s experience? Do you want an exciting and unique way to sample the restaurants and bars that our island offers? Well then, let Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tours create a one of a kind experience for you! Join them for a tour and meet the wonderful owners, chefs and bartenders who make Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach a terrific place filled with delicious eats, delightful cocktails, character and charm. Advance reservations are required. 904-330-5746
Eco-tours of the Marsh and Rivers
Explore the creeks and rivers of Amelia and Cumberland Islands with Captain Carol from On The Water Adventures (904-206-1762) or Amelia Adventures http://www.ameliaadventues.com (904-500-TOUR). Experience the wild horses of Cumberland Island grazing on marsh grasses and closely observe dolphins, alligators, egrets, herons and other local fauna in their natural element.
Kayak, Paddleboard, and Private Boat Tours
Five different kayak tours to choose from providing unique landscape and wildlife experiences. Tours are coordinated with the local tides to ensure paddling with the current. Always wanted to try paddleboarding but were not quite sure? Opt for a lesson on the waterways of Amelia Island and then take off on a tour to see dolphins and sea turtles. Private boat tours include the unspoiled wilderness of Cumberland Island, home to wild horses, pristine beaches, and moss draped live oak trees. Catch a glimpse of the ruins of a southern plantation and watch manatees and dolphins frolic in the waterways. The Addison on Amelia Island partners with Amelia Adventures http://www.ameliaadventures.com, On the Water Adventures http://www.onthewateradventures.com, and Kayak Amelia http://www.kayakamelia.com to create a memorable experience on our beautiful waterways. Contact the inn to arrange a tour tailored to your schedule.
Backwater Cat Adventure – Amelia Island
Drive your own 2 man catamaran, while a guide (on his boat) leads you to Fort Clinch, Cumberland Island, Ga and throughout the backwater of Amelia Island seeking wildlife, sea life and a superior boating experience Adventure Awaits you! This 2.5 hour tour has it all; beautiful scenery, wildlife, sea life on some very unique and fast boats. After a brief on how to operate your own boat, this adventure takes you on a river run through some of the most beautiful backwater and marshlands that Amelia has to offer looking for dolphin, sea birds and other sea life along the way. After some really cool boating in the backwater, you will visit Cumberland Island, Ga to view the wild horses on this beautiful island. Then it’s off to historic Fort Clinch on the tip of Amelia Island to take pictures and hear about the history and events of years past. https://backwatercatadventure.com/amelia-island/
Kayak Amelia (904-251-0016) offers two unique Segway tours of varying length and terrain. On each tour, you’ll be riding smack through Nature on your way out to destinations of incomparable beauty and intriguing history. Each excursion offers stunning scenery and fabulous wildlife opportunities. So you don’t miss anything your guide points out, you’ll be comfortably equipped with wireless listening device. Our parks are ideal places to learn to ride a Segway. Their gorgeous setting and wide-open spaces make the pretour “feets-on training” relaxing and fun for new and experienced riders alike.
Powered Hang Gliding Tour
Powered hang gliding is an experience in freedom and excitement that is unmatched. Starting from an exciting takeoff you will see aerial views of the Atlantic Ocean, the salt marshes, Fort Clinch, Cumberland Island, the Historic District and so much more. This is the most spectacular way to see Amelia Island. www.AirAmelia.com 877-WeDoFly for reservations.
Ghost tours are a popular way of learning some of the history of our island and hear about what goes bump in the night. Amelia Island Trolleys (reservations: 904-753-4486) offers a ride in an old fashioned trolley while hearing tales of local ghosts and spirits. Amelia Island Ghost Tours (reservations: 904-548-0996) tell you local legends and ghost stories as you are guided through the streets of the Historic District.