Fernandina Beach is home to pleasant residents, including those not of humankind. You will encounter an impressive array of flora and fauna on beaches, in maritime forests, and at some of the best Amelia Island State Parks! Breathe in the salty air. Feel a gentle breeze greet your face. And take in inspiring scenes of rare species of birds in flight, local fisherman reeling in a catch, and overgrown greenery reaching for the sky. Read on to learn more about the island’s parks. Then, request a free copy of our Vacation Guide for even more local insight on the best things to do in the area.
You Will Love These Four Amelia Island State Parks
1. Fort Clinch State Park
Whether you consider yourself a history buff or a nature enthusiast, you have to make time to visit Fort Clinch State Park! The Civil War-era fort makes its home on 1,400 acres of unspoiled, natural beauty, primed to explore. You can see the park’s museum, go fishing, encounter various bird species, and so much more.
Travel Tip: Read our blog about Fort Clinch State Park for our top ten favorite things to do!
2. Amelia Island State Park
Wander through 200 acres of breathtaking wilderness at Amelia Island State Park. Did you know that this park is the only Florida State park to allow horseback riding on its beaches? You won’t want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity to explore the park on horseback! Additionally, some of our favorite things to do at this park include:
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3. George Grady Fishing Pier State Park
The George Grady Fishing Pier State Park is a unique island attraction. If you love to fish, then this is a must-see destination for you! This mile-long pedestrian bridge reaches across prime Florida fishing grounds. Technically located in Jacksonville, this fishing bridge spans the Nassau Sound, which happens to be one of the best destinations for fishing in the Northeastern part of the state.
4. Fernandina Plaza State Park
The Fernandina Plaza State Park is modest in size (it is the smallest state park in Florida) but full of fun surprises! You will find this park atop a bluff along the Amelia River. It is the historic site of an 1800s-era Spanish fort, Fort San Carlos. You’ll find several historic markers and signs that outline the historical significance. It’s also a wonderful place to bring a picnic lunch!
Make Fairbanks House Your Home Away From Home
Now that you know more about Amelia Island’s state parks, it’s time to plan the rest of your visit. Make the most of your vacation when you stay at Fairbanks House, located in downtown Fernandina Beach! Surrounded by towering oaks, magnolias, and fragrant flowers, our B&B paints a charming scene for your dream getaway. Each of our beautiful accommodations is uniquely styled with antique furnishings, elegant decor, and cozy bedding. What more could you ask for? Check our availability and start planning the trip of a lifetime!