What to do and see in Amelia Island, Florida (FL): The Best Outdoor Activities

June 20, 2021 Tonie Szymanski

Amelia Island is the Florida beach with a Southern accent. A timeless destination known for pristine nature and uncrowded beaches, it offers world-class golf, spas and restaurants, plus a rich history. There's something for everyone—a family vacation, a romantic getaway, a beachside horseback ride or kayak excursion. Events include the Amelia Concours d'Elegance, Pétanque America Open and Isle of 8 Flags Shrimp Festival. It is 30 minutes from JAX International Airport and 90 from St. Augustine.
Restaurants in Amelia Island

1. Kayak Amelia

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Kayak Amelia

Explore the natural side of the Amelia Island / Jacksonville area with guided ecotours on kayaks and paddle boards. Or create your own adventure and rental kayaks from our location in Talbot Island State Park.

2. Amelia's Wheels

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Amelia's Wheels

Amelia's Wheels offers Island Hopper and Bike Rentals to guests of Omni Amelia Island Resort and The Villas of Amelia Island, and Segway tours to the public.

3. Ye Ole Pirate Fishing Charter

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Ye Ole Pirate Fishing Charter

The Ye Ole Pirate provides family friendly fishing adventures in a fun environment. The vessel is 36 feet long and has an upper and lower deck so lots of room to move around. See our website for full details. Captain Steve has been fishing our local waters for over 40 years and can accommodate the novice as well as experienced anglers.

4. Amelia River Cruises & Charters

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Amelia River Cruises & Charters

A visit to Amelia Island is incomplete without a tour of our scenic waterways. Amelia River Cruises & Charters provides many opportunities to do just that. Our daily tours are professionally narrator by local history and nature experts. Come on along and enjoy a relaxing excursion along the beautiful Amelia River. Some tours are seasonal, but we are open year round. We are pet-friendly, bathroom equipped, handicap-accessible and food and beverages are allowed onboard. Private charters can be arranged for your special occasion.

5. Angler's Mark Fishing Charter

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Angler's Mark Fishing Charter

The Anglers Mark is a back country light tackle fishing guide service that fishes the surrounding waters west of Amelia Island, Florida for Redfish, Seatrout and Flounder and a whole bunch of other fish! Professional, family friendly service. All bait, tackle, rods, reels, fishing licenses and a cooler of ice waters provided. Spin gear and Fly Fishing. Contact Capt. Lawrence Piper to set up your fishing trip today. Remember when...someone took YOU fishing?

6. Florida Adventure Sports

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Florida Adventure Sports

If you are looking for an amazing and fun aerial adventure then Florida Adventure Sports is the stop for you. Our powered hang gliding lessons will leave you speechless and yet talking about your experience for years to come. Certainly something you want to check off your bucket list!

7. George's Jet Ski Adventures

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George's Jet Ski Adventures

ENJOY AN ADVENTURE FILLED GUIDED JET SKI TOUR OF THE FLORIDA AND GEORGIA COASTLINE. Tours depart from Dee Dee Bartels Public Boat Ramp in the city of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. We are an easy drive from downtown Jacksonville and only 30 minutes from the Jacksonville Airport. Your adventure awaits! Come with us to see Cumberland Island National Seashore the way it was meant to be seen ... From the water. Explore the pristine creeks winding through marsh prairies and travel the Intracoastal Waterways and backwater bays around Amelia Island. Jump on one of George's Jet Ski Adventures' Yamaha Waverunners and take a cruise on a 1 or 2-hour guided jet ski tour. Look out for an array of Florida's wildlife as you speed your way through our local waters. Breathe in the excitement as you race from the rivers and creeks to the Atlantic and back again. You are likely to see porpoises, manatees, the wild horses of Cumberland, turtles and the many wild birds that frequent the area. We like to call our trips "eco tours at the speed of fun" We view Jet Ski tours a little differently than the rental shops. The Jet Ski isn't just for going fast and getting the rush. On our Guided Jet Ski Tours, your guide, will point out and identify the wildlife you encounter and will tell great stories about the area. You will pause several times along the way to see some of the historic highlights along the water and to see wildlife. On the two hour tour, we make a stop to visit one of the many beautiful white sand beaches on the islands in the Amelia and Cumberland Island waterways. Each of our tours begin with safety instructions from your friendly, expert guide, who will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to help you get the most out of your island jet ski experience.

8. Amelia Island Charters

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Amelia Island Charters

Inshore fishing charters and private wildlife/nature tours are aboard a 25 foot comfortable pontoon boat or a 21 foot catamaran flats boat. Capt. Scott specializes in redfish and spotted sea trout. You can also catch cobia, tarpon, shark, flounder, black drum and jack crevalle in the water surrounding the historical Fernandina Beach-Amelia Island area. On our private wildlife/nature tours, you have an opportunity to view and photograph birds and wildlife such as manatee, dolphins, otters, raccoons, ospreys, egrets, herons, ibis, spoonbills, oystercatchers, skimmers, white pelicans and the wild horses on Cumberland Island.We can accommodate up to 6 guests on nature tours, sunset tours and dinner cruises to St.Mary

9. Fish Amelia Island

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Fish Amelia Island

Capt Danny Flynn offers anglers the chance to catch some of the Atlantic oceans most exciting sea life. You can expect to see many different types of birds and dolphin while out on the scenic waters of Amelia Island. Capt. Danny operates a 22ft center console boat called the FIn FInder. There are year round opportunities for catching fish. Come fish with us and see what's out there for you!

10. SemperFi Charters

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SemperFi Charters

Whether you are a group of buddies just out for memorable trip, or a family with a love for fishing, we cater to you. We routinely charter experienced and beginners alike, business clients, corporations, celebrities, executives, professionals, groups, military personnel and families. You can expect privacy, confidentiality and quality customer care with us.

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