Tour #14: Day at Amelia Island & Fernandina Beach Town
|Tuesday, June 23, 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM||Tour Price: $80|
Just North of Jacksonville is a piece of Florida Paradise known as Amelia Island. The Island is stunningly beautiful with many old-growth oak trees, beachfront vistas, and peaceful salt marshes. On the Island is the quaint fishing village of Fernandina Beach, famous as a center for commercial shrimp boats and historical as a hide-out for Pirate ships.
On the way to visit Amelia Island, you will stop at Kingsley Plantation National Park. This historical sight is significant in that it is much more typical of most Southern Plantations, big family farms, vs. the much less in number giant plantations (e.g. Tara from Gone with the Wind). Because the slave quarters at Kingsley were constructed of Coquina (a cement made from sea-shells) this is the only extant slave village known to still be in existence. It is quite powerful and sobering to walk in the footsteps of the slaves and the plantation owners.
Upon arrival in downtown Fernandina Beach, you will enjoy the shops, historic churches, the Pirates Saloon (with its famous Pirates Punch), fresh seafood restaurants (we recommend Timoti’s Seafood Shak, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro and The Salty Pelican), and local artists’ works at the Art Co-op.
Your tour price includes a ticket on the historical boat tour, a 1½ hour ride around the harbor; see the shrimp boats, waterfront homes, and hear about Florida history.
We will end the day at the Ritz Carlton Hotel to enjoy an afternoon tea or a cocktail from the veranda, overlooking the white sand and the ocean breakers. Your ticket includes a drink here.
Amelia Island Dolphins
Downtown at Night
Kingsley Plantation House
Plantation Slave Houses
One-way Driving time: 1 Hour
Tour includes: Round-trip motorcoach transportation, harbor boat tour, water and snacks. Lunch is on your own
Special Wear: None