Florida is rich with plenty of summer things to do. Both Walt Disney World Resorts and the Universal Orlando resorts have already made the state one of the most happening places in the United States on holidays. However, Florida has a lot of other places all just waiting to be explored.
If you wish to veer away from the big and popular attractions and want to keep your vacation as low-profile as possible, then the Amelia Island is just right for you. Amelia Island may be just thirteen miles long and two miles wide, but it is overwhelmingly full of fascinating things for you to do on your summer vacation.
Spending some time on the beach is almost always in every traveler's things to do list during his or her summer vacation. On Amelia Island, whether you are traveling alone, with your friends, with your family or with your pet, there is a perfect beach spot for you to relax and unwind. Time is on your side. Do all your regular beach activities – swimming, diving, sunbathing, shelling, kayaking and more. The beaches of Amelia Island offer a rare activity for beach goers: fossilized shark teeth collecting! Now, that shark tooth something you would want to have as a souvenir for yourself and to bring home to your friends and family.
Note: If you are traveling with children, the Ritz Carlton has kiddie programs that they can join, plus an indoor swimming pool and access to a lovely beach with shallow lagoons.
A visit to the Amelia Island Museum of History not only gives you a glimpse on the island's colorful past from the time of rogue pirates and Victorian ladies, it also holds the Amelia Island Museum of History Ghost Tour which is a walking tour down the historic streets of Fernandina Beach. Ghost tours are particularly popular in Amelia Island because the place is believed to have supernatural inhabitants. If you wish to dare yourself, spend the night at the Florida House Inn, the state's oldest surviving hotel, for some quality time with the ghosts!
While at the Fernandina Beach, take the Amelia Island Carriages tour which takes you around the Victorian-like village of the area's historic district. The tour allows you to take a look at the neighborhoods and their various landmarks, and listen to chilling ghost stories and other things about the island's history and culture. The tours are available all year round, but it is best to make reservations during the summer season. From the horse-drawn carriage, go horseback riding next. Navigate your way inland or ride the horse on the beach. Kelly Seahorse Ranch allows you to go horseback riding along the surf, perfect for couples on their romantic summer holiday.
You will be surprised at how a small island like Amelia can surprise you. With all the amazing summer things to do in this Florida gem, Amelia Island definitely proves that great things come in small packages.