Whether you’re visiting Amelia Island for a few hours or a few days, you’ll find many things to see and do in historic downtown Fernandina Beach. The downtown area, which is named as a Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places, is essentially the 50 square block area between the Harbor Marina and Eighth Street and three blocks north and south of Centre Street.
You can step back in history by just strolling around. Look at the shrimp boats moored at their docks, visit quaint little shops, view stately Victorian homes, study the architecture which spans more than a century and enjoy dining in your choice of first rate restaurants.
The Nassau County Public Library-Fernandina Branch (277-7365) is at 4th and Alachua St. The hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10:00a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Closed Sunday.
The Post Office (261-4848) is at 1997 Sadler Road and is a full “retail post office.”
Amelia Island has a theater group offering live performances. Shows have included a wide range of theatrical offerings such as Broadway musicals, heavy contemporary dramas, Neil Simon comedies and Shakespeare. The season runs from September to June with an occasional summer performance in July. Call for information and reservations. The Amelia Community Theatre (261-6749)
The City Hall and Police Station are located at the corner of 2nd St. and Ash St.
City Hall: 277-7305
Police: Emergency 911 – Non-emergency 277-7342
City Fire/Rescue Non-emergency: 277-7331
For history enthusiasts, the Amelia Island Museum of History (261-7378) offers two walk-in tours daily, Monday through Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Reservations are not required. A docent describes the island’s fascinating history.The museum has undergone a complete renovation and has many exciting new exhibits. The Museum also contains many tools and artifacts of local land and marine archaeology plus a reference library and a research room. Regular Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Museum docents also conduct outdoor tours which include walking/driving tours of the North and South Fernandina Beach Historic District. These are for four or more guests and require an appointment
with 24 hours notice.
Another daily outdoor tour is the Centre Street Stroll with a guide to explain the architectural treasures in the heart of downtown Fernandina Beach. The stroll is for one or more walkers who meet at 3:00 p.m. at the old depot (Chamber of Commerce building) on Thursdays and Fridays. (This tour is suspended June through August except by appointment.) There are nominal charges associated with all the Museum’s tours. Call for information.