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Amelia Island, FL

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Amelia Island, FL

Bridge on Amelia Island

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Amelia Island Harbor

Amelia Island Harbor

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Amelia Island, FL

Beach on Amelia Island

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At the northeasternmost reach of Florida, Amelia Island has beautiful beaches with enormous sand dunes along its eastern flank, a state park with a Civil War fort, sophisticated restaurants, interesting shops, and accommodations that range from bed-and-breakfasts to luxury resorts. The town of Fernandina Beach is on the island's northern end; a century ago casinos and brothels thrived here, but those are gone. Today there's little reminder of the town's wild days, though one event comes close: the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, held during the first weekend of May.

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Step Back in Time at Fort Clinch State Park
Step Back in Time at Fort Clinch State Park

Learn about life during the Civil War from the interpreters who now man the fort. Spot dolphins and manatees from the nearby fishing pier.

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Fernandina Beach: A Charming Seaport Town
Fernandina Beach: A Charming Seaport Town

Have a pirate’s punch at the Palace Saloon and eat in the courtyard at the 1857 Florida House Inn. Then take in the town on a horse-drawn carriage ride.

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Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Fill up at this family-friendly May festival featuring fresh local shrimp prepared every way imaginable. Browse more than 300 arts and crafts booths.

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Short on Quality Time With Your Grownup Kids?

Want more quality time with your adult child? Check out these tips to plan a fulfilling trip that you both will enjoy and remember for years to come.

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Kelly Seahorse Ranch: Fun for All Ages
Kelly Seahorse Ranch: Fun for All Ages

This family-owned ranch offers horseback tours in Amelia Island State Park. Ride through maritime forests and in the surf on pristine white beaches.

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Common Mistakes When Packing for a Trip

When packing for your trip, don't overpack. Light travel is much more enjoyable. These travel tips help eliminate items you don't need to keep your luggage in check.

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Splurge at the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton
Splurge at the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton

This resort offers fine dining, a state-of-the-art spa and a championship golf course. Take a mini cooking class while the kids hunt for shark teeth.

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