view of an amelia island beach

Plan for Your First Time Visiting Amelia Island

When you find yourself longing to spend some time indulging in sunny surroundings where sand and surf are always within reach, there’s no place on the map quite like Amelia Island. Your first time visiting Amelia Island is sure to thrill thanks to the long list of activities, attractions, and landmarks to add to your itinerary. No matter what your travel interests entail, you’ll find reasons to be inspired here. 

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, get our free Amelia Island Vacation Guide. This planning tool contains more innkeeper-selected recommendations on the best things to do in Fernandina Beach!  

1. Beaches to Explore 

Amelia Island is packed with stunning shorelines to explore when you’re ready to spend a day on the sand. Head over to Main Beach for a family-friendly beach day where there are plenty of great waves for swimming and a nearby mini golf and skate park to round out the fun. Seaside Park is another great beach to explore when you want your shoreline time to keep you near savory restaurants too. The beaches of Amelia Island State Park are prime for horseback riding on the sand while Fernandina Beach is a beautiful place to settle in and relax at your own pace. 

2. Activities to Add to the Itinerary 

A trip this way is brimming over with land-based fun but there’s just as much to do on the water. While you’re here, be sure to take time to book a chartered fishing experience and reel in something exciting alongside a local guide. Golf enthusiasts will find Amelia Island is a haven for gorgeous greens with places like Oak Marsh at Omni Amelia Island Resort topping the list of destinations to book a tee time. Nature lovers won’t want to miss a day of photographing wildlife at Egans Creek Greenway while history buffs will love every second spent at the Amelia Island Museum of History. Fort Clinch State Park is another must-add to your itinerary when you’re looking to learn more about the area’s past while enjoying incredible views. 

3. The Best Time of Year to Visit 

Amelia Island is truly a picture-perfect destination to enjoy year-round. However, if you’re looking to avoid the crowds and maximize the best weather, you’ll want to plan a trip this way in the spring or fall. Summer sees plenty of vacationers coming to make the most of the sun and sand while June through September is typically when you’re likely to encounter the most rainfall.  

4. Shopping Stops to Browse 

When a little retail therapy would go a long way toward the fun of your first visit to Amelia Island, you’ll find this destination has inspired opportunities waiting to enjoy. Head to the Historic District and you’ll find a wide variety of specialty shops to browse including bake shops, upscale consignment stores, flower shops, art studios, jewelry stores, galleries, and handcrafted home goods alike.  

5. Restaurants to Enjoy 

Amelia Island is a vacation destination where flavorful moments are always within reach with numerous restaurant options. When you’re visiting for the first time and find yourself parched from the adventure, time at First Love Brewing is bound to inspire! Here you can pair craft beer with your favorite slice of pizza and spend time enjoying the views in good company. The Boat House is a must-try for those who are looking for a family-friendly eatery where you can sit outdoors, enjoy yard games, and make the most of a mouthwatering menu of options.  

Book Your Stay Today 

Take time to unwind, relax, and relish your Amelia Island stay in style when you book your accommodations at The Addison on Amelia. Reach out today to learn more and to start planning your next trip this way.