THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND

4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, Florida 32034 U.S.A.
Phone:  +1 (904) 277-1100   •  Map & Directions
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Explore a world of beautiful beaches, outdoor activities and compelling history. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is the perfect place to discover all that the southern Atlantic coast has to offer.


Attractions

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Amelia Island Lighthouse
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5 miles / 10 minutes
(904) 277-7350
The Lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003 and is included in the city’s historic district. Public tours of the Lighthouse sie are offered by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Reservations required.
Historic Tours of Kingsley Plantation
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15 miles / 20 minutes
(904) 251-3537 / Website
You can explore the grounds at Kingsley Plantation, which include the slave quarters, barn, waterfront, plantation house, kitchen house, and interpretive garden. The visitor contact station and bookstore are located in a 1920s building adjacent to the plantation buildings. The plantation house still stands on the grounds, but is closed to the public.
Marineland Dolphin Adventure
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91.5 miles / 1 hour 37 minutes
(904) 471-1111 / Website
Experience these amazing animals for yourself and create your own lasting memories. Choose from a variety of interactive programs which offer the opportunity to glide into the dolphins' aquatic world. General admission guests are able to view the dolphins as they swim, play, and interact with guests in programs, alongside the pristine Atlantic coastline.
Jacksonville Zoo
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34 miles / 42 minutes
(904) 757-4463

Experience the adventure! The only walking safari in Northeast Florida.
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, year-round.
March 5 – September 6 open until 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Hours of operation may change without notice.

Historic St. Augustine
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71 miles / 1 hour 16 minutes

The nation’s oldest city, the oldest schoolhouse, a Spanish fort, lots of museums, a curiosity show, and lots of history and fun. Don’t forget to visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse and the Alligator Farm (the oldest operating Alligator Farm of its kind in the country.)

Cultural

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Amelia Island Museum of History
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5 miles / 10 minutes
(904) 261-7378 / Website
Founded in 1986 and housed in the historic former Nassau County Jail, this museum is one of Northeast Florida’s most unique cultural institutions. It is a non-profit, volunteer-based museum that has intrigued visitors and residents alike through its personalized approach to 4,000 years of Florida history. Museum and walking tour guides, as well as costumed first-person interpreters, help visitors relive our colorful past.
Ghost Tours of Amelia Island
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5 miles / 10 minutes
(904) 548-0996
Tiptoe through dark streets and walk in the footsteps of a bygone era as the past comes alive through the skillful storytelling of your guide. Call for reservations.

Festivals

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Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival
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May 2 - 4, 2014

866-426-3524 or (904) 261-5841 / Website
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival
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Chamber Music WinterFest February 9- 23, 2014
Chamber Music Festival May 7-21, 2014

(904) 261-1779 / Website
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will once again showcase world-class artists performing classical music in intimate and historic settings on Amelia Island. The festival is dedicated to bringing a wide variety of chamber music at the highest level. The 2012 festival has more than forty internationally acclaimed artists performing sixteen concerts. For details and additional information, call (904) 261-1779 or visit website.
Wild Amelia Nature Festival
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May 16-18, 2014

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Amelia Island Film Festival
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February 27- March 2, 2014

(904) 335-1110 / Website
Amelia Island Book Festival
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February 22, 2014

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Concours D’ Elegance
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March 7-9, 2014
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island hosts the 19th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

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Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated nearly $1.7 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast. The 16th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for March 11-13, 2011. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call (904) 636-0027.

Parks

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Fort Clinch State Park
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5 miles / 10 minutes
(904) 277-7274 / Website
Fort Clinch State Park provides a unique experience for visitors by preserving, protecting and showcasing portions of Florida's natural and historic resources. Covering 1,121 acres on the north end of Amelia Island, it is separated from the state of Georgia by Cumberland Sound. The park has 8,400 feet of shoreline along the sound, and offers picnicking, camping, saltwater fishing, shelling, hiking, nature study and living history as well as other interpretive programs.
Egans Creek Greenway
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5 miles / 10 minutes
(904) 277-7350 / Website
Explore over 300 acres that run north to south along Egan’s Creek. Its grass-covered roads are suitable for walking and bicycling. The environment exhibits provide a variety of natural wildlife and vegetation.

Recreation

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Amelia Island Carriages
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5 miles/15 minutes
(904) 556-2662
Tour major landmarks in the historic district of Fernandina. Standard tours last 30-35 minutes. Private and group tours are available by reservation. Wedding and special events services are also available by appointment.
Ecomotion Segway Tours
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10 miles / 20 minutes
(904) 251-9477 / Website
Explore Florida’s beautiful parks the fun way – on a Segway. Fort George Island is one of Florida’s most historic and ecological parks. This undeveloped sea island is intimate in scale, authentic in character and brimming with charm. Riding a cross-terrain Segway is a fun and easy way to explore the island. In fact, Fort George Island is the only place in the country where you can tour a State and National Park on a Segway. Ecomotion also tours Little Talbot Island.  The Segway is a hi-tech battery-powered transporter that senses your body’s movements to speed up, slow down or stop. The two-hour trip requires no experience, as it’s easy to learn to ride a Segway. Helmet and carry case provided, flat sports footwear required.

Segway restrictions: Minimum age of 13 and maximum weight of 250 pounds.

Island Falls Adventure Golf
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5 miles / 10 minutes
(904) 261-7881 / Website
1550 Sadler Road
Play miniature golf, visit their game room or have ice cream in the Victorian cottage.
Open Monday – Friday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Kayak Amelia
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5 miles / 10 minutes
(904) 251-0016 / Website
Try this human powered adventure.  Everyone should try kayaking.  It is great for families to get together, provides historical and environmental education, exercise and fun at the same time.  Ray and Jodi are the experts who will give you instructions, guided tours and a sense of wonder about the natural world, while minimizing our impact on the daily lives of the non-human neighbors whose home we share. 
The Kelly Seahorse Ranch
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5 miles / 20 minutes
(904) 491-5166 / Website
Visit the island’s working ranch located on the 200 plus acre preserve of Amelia Island State Park, and ride miles of beach where you can witness dolphins, shorebirds and other sea island wildlife. Exclusively endorsed and contracted by the State of Florida and the Florida Park Service. Professional guides and staff. Open daily, year-round. Reservations required.  24-hour cancellation policy.

Horseback riding restrictions: Minimum age of 13, maximum weight of 230 lbs.

Amelia River Cruises & Charters
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5 miles / 15 minutes
(904) 261-9972 / Website
Amelia River Cruises and Charters provide fully narrated tours of our scenic waterway. Enjoy a relaxing excursion along the beautiful Amelia River. See the historic waterfront of Fernandina. Cruise Tiger Basin, an oasis of salt marshes, and Cumberland Sound where dolphins swim around the boat, sea turtles catch their breath and the endangered manatee spend the summer. Learn about Fernandina’s rich history, Old Town and Fort Clinch. Several tours available. Closed on Sundays, September through February.
Fishing Charters
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At your request we would be happy to arrange anything from fly fishing to deep sea, jetty fishing, light tackle and even flounder gigging. Contact our Concierges at (904) 321-5019.

Shopping

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Jacksonville
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St. John’s Town Center
60 minutes
4663 River City Dr
(904) 998-7156 / Website
St. Johns Town Center is Jacksonville’s newest and most talked about shopping destination with over 10 million visitors each year. Shop, dine, live and entertain in a beautifully designed lifestyle center that offers 1.1 million square feet of unique shopping and dining including many new stores you won’t find anywhere else in Jacksonville.
Amelia Island
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Palmetto Walk

2 miles / 5 minutes
(904) 432-2202
4924 First Coast Hwy

Shops at The Plantation
3 miles / 5 minutes
(904) 432-2202
6800 First Coast Hwy