January is our “secret season” on Amelia Island as the crowds dwindle during the cooler months. While January’s warm days are too cool to swim in, they are perfect for birdwatching, eating out on the town, and exploring the beautiful state parks that define Amelia Island. Whatever you are in the mood for, Amelia Island in January has something to make your trip worthwhile.
If you’re looking for more thoughtful suggestions regarding the best things to do on Amelia Island, then request a free copy of our Vacation Guide! Inside, you’ll find information about the best restaurants, attractions, and more.
3 of the Best Things to Do on Amelia Island in January
Amelia Island Birdwatching
Birdwatching is a time-honored tradition on Amelia Island. Home to several state parks, Amelia Island features a wildly diverse ecosystem of marshes, beaches, forests, and open areas that are home to dozens of rare and threatened species of birds. Birds like the piping plover (threatened), indigo bunting, and cedar waxwing are some of the local favorites to see during January.
If you happen to catch and photograph one of these lovely creatures, please feel free to send us a picture on Facebook!
Amelia Island Restaurant Week
One of our biggest annual events of the year, Amelia Island Restaurant Week is a highly anticipated celebration of all things food. During restaurant week, participating restaurants offer a pre-fixed menu showcasing their best dishes along with specials on drinks and cocktails.
You can find a list of participating restaurants here – check out their menus and see what events they are participating in!
Visit Amelia Island State Park
Sitting on over 200 acres of protected wilderness, Amelia Island State Park has everything you can imagine doing in a state park. Did you know that this park is the only Florida State park to allow horseback riding on the beach? The park is home to numerous activities such as fishing, bike-riding, birdwatching, hiking, paddling, and horseback riding, but whatever you imagine you can do!
Enjoy taking nature photos, like walking through nature trails, or just want to have a picnic on the shore? You can do all that and more at Amelia Island State Park.
BONUS: Stay in a Historic Bed and Breakfast on Amelia Island
Make the most of your visit to Amelia Island in January when you stay with us at The Fairbanks House. Choose between charming B&B rooms, private suites, and cozy cottages. In the morning, wake up to freshly baked pastries, sizzling eggs and bacon, and delicious coffee. Our complimentary gourmet breakfast is one of our guest favorites! There’s no better destination to call your home away from home during your visit to Fernandina Beach.
Check our availability and book your stay today!