There are many reasons why visitors make a point to stop and see the Amelia Island Lighthouse while on vacation in Fernandina Beach. You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate the significance of Florida’s oldest standing lighthouse. Maybe you’d like to get closer to the structure and learn more about the history from knowledgeable guides. Perhaps you’d prefer to admire it from afar. Read on for some of our favorite ways to experience this beautiful beacon. Then, be sure to check out our free Vacation Guide for more great suggestions to include in your itinerary!
3 Ways to Experience the Amelia Island Lighthouse
1. Take a Tour
To take a tour of the lighthouse, you need to plan ahead. They take place every first and third Wednesday of the month. You must register ahead of time. While the tour does allow visitors inside, the tour does not allow patrons to climb the stairs inside the lighthouse. Face coverings and social distancing is required. If you’re unavailable to make one of these Wednesday dates, you can view the exterior of the lighthouse on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To Schedule the Tour:
Call 904-310-3350 or visit the Atlantic Recreation Center at 2500 Atlantic Avenue
$5 for adults
$3 for children
On the Day of the Tour:
The bus leaves the Atlantic Recreation Center at 10:00 a.m.
2. Admire from a Boat
Amelia Island boat tours offer travelers a memorable way to experience the region and all of its natural beauty. While exploring the local waterways, be on the lookout for the Amelia Island Lighthouse which sits between Egan’s Creek and the Fernandina Harbor Marina on Amelia River. This magnificent beacon adds to the historic charm of this old Florida town.
3. Explore Fort Clinch State Park and Snap a Photo from Afar
Fort Clinch State Park is one of the top attractions on Amelia Island for a reason. This beautifully preserved nature reserve offers so much to do from hiking and fishing to birdwatching and sightseeing. Chances are, while you’re exploring this beautiful park, you’ll be able to spot the lighthouse as well! Egan’s Creek Overlook provides panoramic views of the marsh habitat and all of its inhabitants, as well as the perfect perspective for admiring the beloved beacon!
Uncover the Facts
- Constructed in 1838, the Amelia Island Lighthouse is the oldest in the state
- In fact, Florida was not even a state when this tower shone its first beam
- The light that shines from this structure serves to usher seafarers into the channel from the harbor
- There are a total of ‘sixty-nine granite steps’ in the Amelia Island Lighthouse.
More Historic Attractions in Fernandina Beach, FL
If you consider yourself a history buff, you’re in the right city. Amelia Island is home to some of the most fascinating historic attractions in the state. In addition to visiting the lighthouse, be sure to check out some of the following museums and historic sites:
- Amelia Island Museum of History
- The Maritime Museum of Amelia Island
- The Bosque Bello Cemetery
- The Downtown Fernandina Beach Historic District
- The Palace Saloon
Stay at Fairbanks House
Stay in the heart of downtown, near all the best restaurants and shopping, at Fairbanks House. After a long day sightseeing and visiting popular attractions such as the Amelia Island Lighthouse, return to your cozy cottage, spacious suite, or guest room to rest before your next adventure! The Schoolhouse Cottage is a romantic, one-bedroom option that is perfect for couples looking for a little extra privacy. Wake up to a delicious, gourmet breakfast each morning, then stop and ask us for some of our favorite suggestions on what to do around town. We’re more than happy to help!
What are you waiting for? Start planning the trip of your dreams!