Amelia Island Activities

Amelia Island Activities
Amelia Island is located off the coast of northeast Florida. This island is home to a vast range of wildlife. Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the island through guided kayaking, biking, walking and horseback riding tours. Whether your interests center around the 13 miles of beaches or the historic landmarks of this location, there are plenty of exciting activities to keep you busy.

Horseback Riding

The Kelly Seahorse Ranch, located in Amelia Island State Park, offers scenic horseback rides along the beach. The ranch offers both guided beach rides and private riding lessons. As of 2009, these one-hour rides cost $60 per person and leave daily at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The gentle Appaloosas and American Quarter Horses at the ranch can accommodate visitors of every skill level.

Kelly Seahorse Ranch
7500 First Coast Highway
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
(904) 491-5166
http://www.kellyranchinc.com

Nature Programs

The Amelia Island Plantation offers a wide variety of nature programs designed to help visitors explore and enjoy the distinct wildlife on Amelia Island. Whether you're interested in combing the beach for seashells, catching fish and crabs, or birdwatching, there is a tour on the island to suit your tastes. Visitors interested in taking a more active approach can take the Bike Hike tour, which covers six miles of paved trails. As of 2009, most tours cost $10 per person. Reservations are required.

Amelia Island Plantation
6800 First Coast Highway
Amelia Island, FL 32034
(888) 261-6161
http://www.aipfl.com

Water Activities

The shores of Amelia Island State Park are a popular spot for fishing in the Nassau Sound. Here, fishers can catch redfish, flounder, whiting, jacks, speckled sea trout and tarpon. The nearby George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park is another ideal location. Canoeing and kayaking are other popular water activities off of Amelia Island. Rentals are available at Kayak Amelia. Kayak Amelia also offers guided tours, which include instruction and snacks. Tour locations vary with weather conditions. As of 2009, the Kayak Amelia Guided Kayak/Nature Tour costs $55 per person and includes all required gear as well as a snack.

Kayak Amelia
13030 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226
(904) 251-0016
http://www.kayakamelia.com

Historical Tours

The Amelia Island Museum of History offers a wide range of exhibits and tours to introduce visitors to the rich history of the island. A variety of walking tours explore everything from the historic south district to Amelia Island ghost legends. Adults might also enjoy the Ferdinandina Beach Pub Crawl, which visits four popular pubs with one drink included at each location. Tours range from $10 to $25, and reservations are required.

Amelia Island Museum of History
233 South Third St.
Ferdinandina Beach, FL 32034
(904) 261-7378
http://www.ameliamuseum.org

Article Written By Mandi Rogier

Mandi Rogier is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about a wide range of topics. As a previous employee of Walt Disney World, she enjoys writing travel articles that make use of her extensive knowledge of Orlando theme parks.

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