Summer Fun on Amelia Island

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Places to go for families, couples and outdoor adventurers

There’s something for everyone this summer on Amelia Island. Whatever your lifestyle, budget or interests, Amelia Island offers the perfect activity.

Plus, your vacation is a great value. You can extend your stay – or come back – with a Free Night promotion at many of the local resorts, hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts.

Families

Enjoy free family events all summer long on Amelia Island. Kids can have fun and learn something, too, at the annual Kids’ Fishing Clinic at Fort Clinch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12. Bait and angler tips are provided, plus every child receives a rod and reel to take home.

Celebrate America’s birthday on the Fourth of July with a parade on Centre Street in Fernandina Beach stepping off at 7 p.m. The evening’s festivities culminate with fireworks on the marina waterfront starting at 9:35 p.m.

Barbecue fans won’t want to miss sampling delicious ribs, chicken, desserts and more at the Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff on Aug. 27 and 28.

Couples

When you escape to Amelia Island for a romantic getaway this summer, don’t miss the Boardwalk Bash every Friday evening at Marche Burette, an old-fashioned gourmet food market. Relax on the back porch with a glass of wine and free popcorn, and listen to live music from 5 to 8 p.m.

For the true wine aficionado, Salt: The Grill at The Ritz-Carlton is hosting a Signature Wine Dinner at 6 p.m. July 15. Sample vintages from the winery Darioush with a four-course tasting menu for $145 per person.

Every Saturday you can peruse fresh fruits and vegetables on Centre Street at the Fernandina Farmers Market. Treat your sweetheart to homemade baked goods and beautiful plants.

Outdoor Adventurers

The island’s gorgeous beaches and parks provide many opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and more. Kayak Amelia offers guided excursions of kayaking, biking and hiking daily. Keep an eye out for dolphins, manatees, sea turtles or other wildlife. For the ultimate in Zen relaxation, Kayak Amelia couples a paddle with yoga, lunch and a tour of Kingsley Plantation for $80 per person. That event is July 17.

Back on land, explore on your own by taking the Amelia Island Geocaching Challenge. Geocaching is an activity that combines the Earth, hiding and technology in a scavenger hunt using GPS. Get a map at a participating lodging partner, look up the coordinates and search for the hidden treasures. It’s fun – and you can win prizes!

Art Enthusiasts

Since Fernandina is famous for its shrimp festivals, it’s no wonder it’s also the site of Shrimp Expression, a visual arts project on display all summer. More than 20 fiberglass shrimp sculptures, each whimsically decorated by a local artist, are scattered in prominent locations across the island.

On the second Saturday evening of every month, all the galleries in the historic downtown district of Fernandina Beach participate in Artrageous Artwalk. Enjoy a diverse selection of art as the galleries stay open until 8 p.m.

Music Lovers

Starting at 6 p.m. the first Friday of every month (March through October, excluding May), there’s a free concert on Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. The Sounds on Centre series features a variety of genres from Latin to classic rock ‘n’ roll.

If reggae music gets you jammin’, every first Saturday the Amelia Island SunSplash on the beach features free reggae concerts plus sandcastle contests, ping-pong, volleyball and more.

To plan your trip to Amelia Island visit http://www.ameliaisland.com/.

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