Amelia Island is steeped in history and culture. It’s the only region in the U.S. that has been under the control of eight different nations. As such, it’s a melting pot of traditions and activities, with plenty for senior citizens of all interests and ability levels to do. Here are our picks for the best Amelia Island activities for a rich and rewarding retirement.
Attend a Council on Aging Event
The Nassau County Council on Aging is committed to helping seniors lead positive, fulfilling retirements. It provides a wide range of free and low-cost activities, including an adult day care program that offers a different themed activity each day. The Fernandina Beach Life Center offers numerous special events, such as bingo, Ask a Lawyer, chair yoga, senior exercise classes, and much more. Caregivers may find compassionate support at the Nassau Council on Aging’s Caregivers Support Group.
Enjoy the Water
Amelia Island offers dozens of opportunities to enjoy the water, whether you’re wading in a tidal pool or heading out on a deep sea fishing expedition. Check out Amelia Fishing Adventures for a chance to catch your own delicious meal. Enjoy a guided kayak tour through shady marshes and diverse ecosystems. Or head to one of the island’s many public parks. Peters Point Beachfront Park features white sands, stunning dunes, and breathtaking evening sunsets.
Eat a Delicious Meal
If you love seafood, Amelia Island is a slice of heaven. Check out the Salty Pelican Bar & Grill. Even for those with pickier tastes, however, there’s plenty to love. Take a Booze & Bites Tour to sample some of the island’s best cuisine.
Virtually every square foot of Amelia Island is a historic site — for Civil War battles, early discoveries, and more. To learn about the area’s history, spend a day at the Amelia Island Museum of History. For a self-guided tour that features shopping and food, check out the Amelia Island Historic District. The Amelia Island Lighthouse, Florida’s oldest lighthouse, is still functioning more than 180 years after it was built. It has a haunted history, so consider attending a ghost story night. If you want something with a bit of kitsch, head to the Fernandina Beach Pinball Museum.
Head to Cumberland Island
It’s hard to ever tire of Amelia Island’s cool breezes and vibrant sunsets. But if you’re a beach aficionado who craves a change of pace, head to nearby Cumberland Island. This pristine, undeveloped island features a complex ecosystem that includes wild horses who run on the beach. Enjoy a night spent camping on the beach, or take a walking tour of the island’s many historical sites.
Check Out Senior Living
Seniors can enjoy a wide range of senior services on Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island. Even so, living at home can be isolating, and finding something to do each day can be expensive and time-consuming. Senior living offers tons of activities and a deep sense of community in one place, all for a single price. Spend your mornings doing aerobics or chair yoga, then head to the dining room for a gourmet lunch. Stroll the grounds in the afternoon, then enjoy live music, bingo, or a special celebration in the evening.
At Arbor, we believe that retirement should be dynamic and filled with joy — no matter who you are, and regardless of any health concerns you face. We have served seniors and their families for 30 years. The Lakeside at Amelia Island can maximize the many benefits of an Amelia Island retirement. To learn more, or to begin mapping your ideal retirement, give us a call!