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Treasured Trees of Amelia Island

A big part of what makes Amelia Island so beautiful – and what literally helps preserve it – are the lush trees that comprise the maritime forest canopy, with its uniquely windswept profile and the presence of trees that have been present for decades and sometimes centuries.  The canopy creates …

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10 Sweet Shrimp Festival To-Dos

There’s so much to see and do at this weekend’s Shrimp Festival – how can you make the most of it?  Here are ten ideas inspired by the picks of our friends at Fantastic Fudge, a legendary downtown destination where they make fudge from an 1887 recipe and scoop up ice …

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Unique Amelia Island Ideas for Every Mom

Think outside the bouquet this year and give the Mom in your life an experience she’ll treasure (and talk about) for years to come. You’ll find something for every style on this inviting island – plus a great selection of places to stay while you enjoy exploring it. Adventure Mama:  Take …

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Top Chef Opens Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen

He’s cooked for Oprah, became a Chef de Cuisine at only 23, appeared on Top Chef, and devised his own spice line.  Now Chef Kenny Gilbert has returned to the First Coast where he has family roots to launch his first solo venture on Amelia Island. Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen (UK for short) …

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1857 survey map of Fernandina Harbor and St. Marys River
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5 Strange (But True) Historical Facts

There’s no place like Amelia Island – here’s proof. Impress the locals on your next visit by knowing these five facts about the history of the island that has been known as “Mocama,” “Isle de Mai,” “Santa Maria,” and was once predicted to become “The New York of the South.” It …

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One of Timoti's Seafood Shak's famous wild-caught shrimp baskets.
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Creative Shrimp Recipes

Every year in April, Amelia Islander Magazine brings out a special recipe issue in celebration of the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, held on Amelia Island on the first weekend in May and commemorating its role as the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry.  Get a taste with these creative twists …

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17 Free and Budget-Friendly Activities

If you follow Amelia Island on Facebook, you’ve seen some of the great ideas that came up recently when travelers planning special spring trips asked for recommendations for activities that were both amazing and affordable.  Here are some of our fans’ picks including unique tours, the best views, restaurant recommendations, …

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Concours Week Souvenir Album

Amelia Island is still basking in the afterglow of an amazing Concours weekend: sales at the three collector car auctions smashed records with a total of $101 million, attendance hit an all-time high, and the weather just got better and better, building up to a perfect sunny Sunday. These are …

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Segway Tours (and Special Guests)

Over the years, Kayak Amelia has shown countless visitors the wild side of Amelia Island, both on the water and, since last April, with Segway tours. Whether traveling to Fort George beneath sprawling oaks and giant magnolias, or to Kingsley Plantation, famous for its sea island cotton, the balance of fun …

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Slide Into Spring Music and Craft Beer Festival

Rock, Reggae, Funk, Soul, Bluegrass – and the taste of unique craft beers –  come together to get Spring started on Amelia Island when the Goin’ Coastal Music Series returns the weekend of March 27th.  Headliners include Matisyahu, Railroad Earth, and the Wailers. (Yes, the remaining members of Bob Marley & The …

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