Top things to do

Top Choice Bar in Amelia Island

Palace Saloon

Push through the swinging doors at the oldest continuously operated bar in Florida (since 1878), and the first thing you'll notice is the 40ft gas-lamp-lit bar. Knock back the saloon's rum-laced Pirate's Punch in da…
Modern American in Amelia Island

Burlingame Restaurant

Amelia – a marsh and forest island in a brackish estuary that feeds into the Atlantic – has an incredible wealth of fish, game and produce, and this bounty is treated with love at Burlingame, which serves up seasona…
French in Amelia Island

Le Clos

Dine on classic French dishes with a light Florida twist – fish with citrus glazes, tender steak frites, shatteringly crisp crème brûlée – at this almost-too-cute-for-words but almost-too-busy-to-be-romantic patio b…
Southern US in Amelia Island

29 South

Lobster corn dogs, sweet-tea-brined pork chops, homemade doughnut-bread pudding and coffee ice cream – we're in business. Tucked into a pale-purple cottage, this neo-Southern bistro takes culinary risks and executes…
State Park in Amelia Island

Fort Clinch State Park

Although construction commenced in 1847, rapid technological advancements rendered Fort Clinch's masonry walls obsolete by as early as 1861, when the fort was taken easily by Confederate militia in the Civil War and…
Museum in Amelia Island

Amelia Island Museum of History

Housed in the former city jail (1879–1975), this oral-history museum has tiny but informative exhibits exploring Native American history, the Spanish Mission period, the Civil War and historic preservation. A variet…
Fusion in Amelia Island

Café Karibo & Karibrew

This funky side-street favorite serves a large and eclectic menu of sandwiches, soups, salads and healthy treats in a sprawling two-story space with a shady patio hung with twinkling Christmas lights. Have a crab-ca…
Modern American in Amelia Island

Gilbert's Underground Kitchen

Celebrity Top Chef Kenny Gilbert's Underground Kitchen has sleepy Amelia Island abuzz with culinary glee. Feast on inventive Southern-soul hybrid dishes such as alligator barbecue ribs, noodles with collard green pe…
Burgers in Amelia Island

T-Ray's Burger Station

Inside an Exxon gas station, this high-carb, high-fat, low-pretense diner and takeout joint is worth the cholesterol spike. Revered by locals, the big breakfasts are just that, and daily specials sell out fast. Juic…
Museum in Amelia Island

American Beach Museum

This small museum offers a vibrant overview of life in American Beach, one of the few seaside resort communities built for African Americans in the segregated South. Call ahead for potential tours by appointment.