Amelia Island -- in northeast Florida, a twenty minute drive from Jacksonville-- is a great spot for families, with two excellent major resorts and opportunities for interesting day-trips. Take a nature walk or boat tour; stroll through the beautifully restored Victorian town of Fernandina Beach; visit a historic fort.... Read more about Amelia Island
The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
covers 1350 acres of land, with beach on one side, and peaceful marshlands on the other.
Only part of this is guest accommodation: scattered among the huge oaks hung with Spanish moss are private condos and villas (some of which may be for rent.)
Visitors find miles of nature trails, including boardwalks that extend right into the marsh. Fortunately, the property has has many native trees that make the grounds shady and lush. Bike rentals are a good way to explore the trails.
The resort also has an on-site nature center which has nature tours and other activities. Typically several activities are scheduled daily, such as kayaking, fishing, Nature Segway, Critter Talk, Children's Discovery, marsh walk, and more.* (These programs are not complimentary.)
Guests can also enjoy multiple golf courses, tennis, six restaurants, an indoor pool at the fitness center, and outdoor pools including one with a play area for small kids.*
Kids and Teens
The resort offers year-round programs. Check for updates about a kids' camp and teen activities.
Fun at the Beach
Don't neglect the beach: at low tide, gentle lagoons form; at other times, waves are exciting fun. Also fun at the beach include shelling and looking for shark teeth fossils: incredible though it sounds, the beach is littered with black fossilized teeth from creatures that lived millions of years ago.
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