October is our “secret season” on Amelia Island as the crowds dwindle during the cooler months. While October’s warm days are too cool to swim, they are perfect for kayaking, horseback riding, and exploring the beautiful place we call home. Whatever you are in the mood for, Amelia Island in October 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 October
Experience Horseback Riding on the Beach
Horseback riding is a special sport that anyone can learn. So, why not do it while on vacation at the beach? Enjoy the low humidity and cool nights with an evening trot from one of several horseback outfitters on the island.
Kelly Seahorse Ranch
Kelly Seahorse Ranch is a professional outfitter that takes you out for a gentle ride on the beach. Rides last an hour, and the Ranch is exclusively endorsed by the Florida Park Service.
Amelia Island Horseback Riding
While you can’t ride on the beach during the day in October, Amelia Island Horseback Riding’s sunrise and sunset tours are worth it. Great for parties six and under, the guides at Amelia Island Horseback Riding are accommodating and helpful for all skill levels.
Spend a Day in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach
Amelia Island has a rich maritime history, from its famous lighthouse to the long tradition of shrimping. You can visit museums, historic buildings, or state parks to learn more about one of Florida’s best-hidden gems on the Atlantic.
Historic Fort Clinch State Park
The historic Fort Clinch State Park is a must-stop for history lovers and nature enthusiasts alike. The Civil War-era fort rests on 1,400 acres of preserved real estate and is the perfect place for an afternoon adventure. It only costs $2.50 to enter and has endless opportunities for biking, hiking, fishing, or birdwatching.
You can find the Fernandina Beach Marine Welcome Center & Shrimping Museum in the City Marina downtown. Free entry, you can learn all of the shrimpy history from net making to shipbuilding.
Attend a Live Event
Live events are better on Amelia Island in October. With the cool fall breezes and friendly crowds, from jazz to marathons, everything feels better.
Amelia Island Jazz Festival
The Amelia Island Jazz Festival takes place the first week of October. With a mix of free and paid concerts, wine tastings, and artwork galleries, there is a lot to enjoy.
ZOOMA Florida Half Marathon
The ZOOMA Florida Half Marathon has been voted as a top 20 Half Marathon for five years in a row, and the popular marathon has a lot for prospective runners. From sunrise yoga to a post-event party, enjoy the two-day affair without feeling like you just ran a marathon.
BONUS: Stay in a Historic Bed and Breakfast on Amelia Island
Make the most of your visit to Amelia Island in October 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.
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