What comes to mind when you think of the best things to do on Amelia Island, FL? Perhaps visions of crashing waves greeting sandy shores rush into your brain. Maybe you imagine yourself strolling through the downtown historic district. Amelia Island is best known for its pristine beaches, natural wildlife, world-class hotels, spas, golf courses and restaurants. Revel in the salty air and brilliant beams of natural light. Take a girl's trip with your best buds and spend the weekend giggling, shopping, and pampering yourselves. You might even prefer a romantic getaway! Cherish quality time and savor moments of bliss with the love of your life. 

Whatever it is that draws you to Fernandina Beach, you’re in for the vacation of a lifetime! In order to help you plan your trip, we have listed some of our favorite things to do on Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach below. If you are searching for even more activities and attractions, download our free Vacation Guide

The Top Amelia Island Activities & Attractions

1. Culinary Excellence

Explore various flavors from around the world in the heart of Amelia Island’s historic district! Maybe you’re craving paella, pan-seared scallops tossed in truffle butter, or a light and refreshing salad. Regardless of what you're hungry for, you’ll encounter the best dining opportunities in Fernandina Beach. Additionally, visitors will stumble upon a selection of wine bars, breweries, and a distillery, all just a stone’s throw away from Fairbanks House! Have a taste:

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2. Arts & Culture

Get lost in your thoughts surrounded by rich history and a vibrant culture. Then, spend hours perusing the town’s unique art galleries and history museums. Perhaps you’d like to catch a show at the local playhouse. Maybe you’d rather check out a film festival. With everything from community theatres and crafting classes to trolley tours and annual music events, there’s never a dull moment on Amelia Island! Check out:

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3. Outdoor Adventures

Bask under revitalizing rays of the Florida sun and embark on an unforgettable adventure! Some prefer relaxing on the beach. Others enjoy trying out a new-to-them watersport! Another great activity includes hiking your way through winding nature trails along the coast. In other words, thrill seekers and beach bums alike experience an inner peace when they step foot on this island. Explore:

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4. Eclectic Shopping

There’s no better place to go for a “girls only,” shopping getaway! First, thumb through racks of clothing at an upscale resale consignment shop. Then, browse 18th-century furniture, gold-framed paintings, and other unique collectibles at an antique market. Lastly, hunt for a hot look to impress everyone at dinner that evening. You can also search for a sweet souvenir to bring home to remember your trip. Whatever you're shopping for, you’re in luck! Peruse niche products:

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5. Health & Wellness

Amelia Island features so many surprising ways for visitors to continue their health and wellness plans. For example, it's easy to maintain your exercise regimen while on vacation. Consider taking a yoga or cycling class. Another way to care for yourself is to treat yourself to an indulgent spa day. Opt for a luxurious massage or pampering facial. At Fairbanks House, we accommodate guests’ requests for spa days accordingly with our personalized packages! Consider:

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6. When to Visit Amelia Island

Amelia Island is a great place to visit all year round, but each season has a different event, festival, or activity to try. Whether you like hiking and biking trails in the spring, going to the beach in the summer, fishing in the fall, or celebrating Christmas in the Winter, there is always a great reason to visit Amelia Island. 

A Guide to Amelia Island Weather by Season

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Stay in the Best Accommodations at Fairbanks House

This charming region boasts romantic things to do, free attractions, and the best places to eat. You’re in for the trip of a lifetime when you choose to stay at the Fairbanks House on Amelia Island! Our gorgeous property sits tucked away surrounded by beautiful green foliage. Because of the unique architecture, our Inn stands out in the heart of downtown Fernandina Beach’s historic district! We take pride in our “green” philosophy, freshly prepared breakfasts, and comfortable accommodations! The Provincial Suite glows under beautiful natural lighting that beams throughout the room. Relax and unwind here after an exciting day exploring all the best things to do on Amelia Island!

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