An enchanting barrier island located just off Florida’s northeast coast, Amelia Island may be one of the United States’ best-kept secrets. With pristine beaches and a lush maritime forest canopy, natural beauty abounds here.
Named for a British Princess and a beloved stomping ground for pirates, Amelia Island has a truly colourful past that comes to life in the 50-block National Historic District of downtown Fernandina Beach steeped in Victorian charm and at Fort Clinch, the best-preserved Civil War Era fort in the country, set in a 1,100 acre State Park.
Whether combing the beach for sharks’ teeth, riding horses on the beach, or enjoying ice cream from the local fudge shop while watching the sun set over the harbour, families find the island is ideal for reconnecting and making long-lasting holiday memories. There’s something for every age to enjoy here.
Enter our competition worth £6,000 and you could be flown over the Atlantic with Wow Air and staying five nights in luxury accommodation with attraction tickets to enjoy various highlights across the island such as The Nature Centre located on Omni Amelia Island Plantation where kids can stop by for a Critter Talk and meet Buddy the Parrot.
Or how about a family-friendly Amelia River Cruise where children can understand how that delicious local shrimp is caught whilst learning about local ecology on the Intracoastal Waterway? There’s also a good chance of seeing friendly dolphin.
A great option for older teens is Amelia Island Escape Rooms, an exciting puzzle room that will have their brains buzzing in no time. Or how about an off-road biking trail at Fort Clinch that’s not for the faint-hearted?
Surf lessons are offered by a variety of companies around the island, whilst aspiring treasure hunters can learn from the pros at The Amelia Island Maritime Museum which brings the maritime history of the island to life with stories, artefacts and photographs.
No matter your age and different generations in your group, the possibilities for bonding on Amelia Island are endless. With countless outdoor activities to choose from, you’ll be hard pushed to experience them all. The great outdoors and unique character of this Floridian gem await your all.