Fort Clinch, Amelia Island
It's been a while since I've started to get the itch to start exploring again. While I still haven't really hit my stride as a mom of two as yet, I figured that I could somehow manage a road trip as I've been in desperate need of a change of scenery. My mom wanted to head to St. Augustine, but I'd been eyeing Amelia Island for a while and wanted to do something different. I didn't know exactly where it was, but I booked a hotel and then entered the directions in my GPS to see how far it was. Backwards I know, but it worked out.
On Saturday morning we headed over to Fort Clinch State Park which has everything from a beach to camping grounds. The first thing we did was head to the museum where we learned a little history about the park. It's a small but jampacked space full of information and even has a section where you can sit down and watch an informational film.
There were so many buildings with rooms set up to walk in and out of which gave a great sense of what life was like when the fort was active. You could even walk to the top and hang out by the cannons while overlooking the beautiful property.
This is a great activity for the family if you decide to visit Amelia Island. Thankfully the weather was comfortable in the low 70's, but if you visit in the warmer months, be sure to bring water. as the there's a lot of walking. The actual Fort will take about an hour to get through everything - there's so much to see! We worked up quite the appetite from exploring the grounds, and while there is a restaurant on site, we decided to skip it and check out another area of the island instead.
If you're into historical sites, I definitely suggest Fort Clinch! You can spend an entire day at the property doing everything from biking trails, to bird watching, camping, checking out the museum - it's endless.