Five Nature Adventures to add to your Amelia Island Vacation
Updated: Mar 13
Big Talbot Island State Park
Just a 10 minute drive south from Omni Amelia Island Resort is one of North Florida's most spectacular natural preserves, Big Talbot Island State Park. Perfect for nature lovers and little explorers, you can spend the day on a variety of hiking and biking trails with stops at the shoreline, the marsh or the maritime forest. Pack a picnic and overlook The Bluffs or take a quick stroll down the trail to Boneyard Beach. This incredible beach is famous for the salt-washed skeletons of live oak and cedar trees that once grew near the shore.
Adventure Tours at the Nature Center
With 1,350 acres to discover, Omni Amelia Island reconnects you with nature on a variety of tours suited for every explorer in your family.
Join a naturalist on a leisurely guided paddle through the salt marsh or explore our maritime forests and marsh boardwalks on Segway™. Grab your camera to discover Amelia Island's unique variety of bird species or cast your line for an amazing afternoon of fishing by land or by kayak. It's all available at the Nature Center. Whether it's a class with the rescue critters or Shark Tooth Discovery, all ages are welcome to learn about Amelia Island's diverse ecology.
Amelia River Cruises
While your enjoying your day in downtown, book a tour of Amelia Island's scenic waterways. Amelia River Cruises & Charters hosts a variety of historic, wildlife and sunset tours with views of dolphins, manatees, sea otters and the wild horses of Cumberland Island National Seashore. Tours are offered throughout the day; as well as educational shrimping eco-tours led by a naturalist in the summer.
Nature and history are perfectly matched at Amelia Island's Fort Clinch State Park. Arching live oaks lead you through 1,400 acres of maritime forests. Start your day hiking or biking on the park’s many trails, where you may encounter gopher tortoises, deer, painted buntings and much more wildlife.
Then step back in time at the beautifully maintained Fort Clinch where you can engage with Civil War period reenactors depicting garrison life as you explore the fort's many rooms and grounds. Enjoy daily shows and see unmatched views of the beach and Atlantic Ocean from the look outs atop Fort Clinch's walls. The park is also popular for camping, swimming, fishing and hunting for shells and shark teeth.
Kelly Seahorse Ranch
Just two miles south of Omni Amelia Island is one of only a handful of beach-riding opportunities in the nation. Experience Amelia Island's white sand beaches and the beauty of the ocean by horseback with Kelly Seahorse Ranch. A short trail ride from the ranch takes you directly to ride miles of beach along the park's pristine Atlantic shore. Start your day in the saddle and you will still have plenty of time to explore the other areas Amelia Island throughout your day.
Those looking for some extra adrenaline during their stay on the island can visit Skydive Amelia Island to experience some added adventure while enjoying views of the region from a whole different perspective.