Fernandina Beach is known for its beautiful beaches, laid-back atmosphere, and fascinating history. Discover some of the best historic attractions on Amelia Island the next time you plan a visit. With tales of Spanish explorers, daring pirates, and a thriving Victorian era, there’s no shortage of excitement on the island. Read on to learn more about some of the state’s oldest architectural features, old forts, and even a delightfully charming bed and breakfast. For more information on the best of Amelia, request a free copy of our Vacation Guide!
10 of the Best Historic Attractions & Museums on Amelia Island
Step back in time and learn more about Amelia Island’s history.
1. Downtown Fernandina Beach
Downtown Fernandina Beach is a 50-block area full of rich history. It’s even on the National Register of Historic Places. Stroll the streets in search of Victorian-era architecture, nineteenth-century statues, and more.
2. Fort Clinch State Park
Fort Clinch State Park attracts history buffs as well as nature enthusiasts. Visit the museum to browse intriguing artifacts or get lost on nature trails.
3. Florida’s Oldest Existing Lighthouse
Did you know that the Amelia Island Lighthouse is the oldest in the entire state of Florida? Visit the grounds and take a tour with the city rec department of to learn more about this impressive structure.
4. Florida’s Oldest Operating Drinking Establishment
If you’re looking to wind down after a busy day, grab a drink at the Palace Saloon! Established in 1903, it’s the oldest drinking establishment in Florida.
5. Amelia Island Museum of History
This small town history museum is packed full of engaging exhibits and thrilling tales that will impress anyone with a knack for knowledge.
6. Fernandina Beach Shrimp Museum
Maybe you’re interested in net-making. Perhaps you’d like to learn more about shipbuilding. The Fernandina Beach Shrimp Museum highlights our island’s shrimping legacy.
7. Maritime Museum of Amelia Island
Shipwrecks, pirates, and treasure… oh, my! The Maritime Museum of Amelia Island is a fun stop for seafarers of all kinds.
8. Bosque Bello Cemetery
If you’re not afraid of ghosts, wander the Bosque Bello Cemetery amidst ancient oaks draped in swaying Spanish moss.
9. Fernandina Beach Victorian Courthouse
This beautiful red brick courthouse stands out on Centre Street as a token from the Golden Era. Snap a photo of the Fernandina Beach Victorian Courthouse to show your friends.
10. Fairbanks House
Last but certainly not least, we include our charming bed and breakfast on our list of historic attractions on Amelia Island. Fairbanks House has its own rich history, which makes it a popular place to stay! This 1885 Italianate villa is located in the historic district of Fernandina Beach near all the best restaurants, shopping, and things to do. Stay in a beautiful room, suite, or cottage that features historic features original to the home. While the property is historic, the amenities are modern and set the scene for a relaxing getaway. Check our availability and book your dream vacation today.