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Amelia Island has a colorful past — it’s been part of France, Spain and Mexico, among other countries. There you’ll find the charming city of Fernandina Beach, which has a thriving port at its harbor and a 50-block restored Victorian historical district, among other sites. Here are the best things to see on Amelia Island:
1. Fernandia Beach: The quaint village of Fernandina Beach within Amelia Island has a long maritime history, which is evident nowadays in its waterfront restaurants and still-thriving shrimping boat business. The town boasts lovely Victorian-era architecture, and many of its buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
2. History museum: Amelia Island Museum of History features artifacts and exhibits that recount 400 years of settlement under eight flags. Among the items on display are materials from a 17th-century Spanish mission archaeological site, artifacts from 18th-century shipwrecks and 19th-century "Golden Age" decorative arts and photographs. Docent-guided tours are available.
3. State Park: Found at Florida’s most northeastern point, Fort Clinch State Park features an old fort with brick ramparts that offer a view of the Georgia shoreline and the Atlantic Ocean. A living history interpretation is provided by park rangers dressed as Union soldiers from the 1864 garrison. Visitors can partake in swimming; fishing from a 1,500-foot pier, the shore and jetties; nature trails, picnicking; and camping.