Amelia Island is a quaint little town perfect for a getaway with the hubs or with the kids.
Filled with fun restaurants, cute shops and beautiful beaches.
The Island holds one pleasant surprise we didn’t know about! Shark teeth line the shores of Amelia Island.
Yes! You can find Macro sharks, Hammer sharks and even Great White shark teeth on their shores, along with some history and pirate stories.
Spend the day hunting for teeth and matching them to the sharks they belong. It’s a really great way to learn about our oceans and the various shark species, how their anatomy all differs and how their teeth work differently.
We came home with a great collection. Here are some tips we learned from the locals:
- Look for black sharp objects when the water comes up the shore.
- Dig holes near the water’s edge and let the water wash the sand from the shells. The shark teeth and larger shells stay behind and you can just pick them up.
- Bring a little container to store them, you don’t want them slipping out of your bucket as you walk the shores.
Amelia Island light house is also a great stop with an amazing view of the islands salt marshes. Check the times for openings and make sure to schedule accordingly when the light house grounds are open.
The seafood on Amelia Island is fresh and locally caught. Timoties Seafood Shack was our families go to during our weekend getaway. You can enjoy a meal with freshly caught fish, coconut rice and veggies while the kids play on a ship playground, complete with rock climbing, slides and more!
For dessert visit the Fudgery. Ask when they will be making pralines and homemade fudge. Always a fun process to watch how it’s made and then buy some to take to the beach.
They have big long tables in a room that’s all glass so little ones can watch the process of making fudge. But their fudge isn’t the only good treasure in this little place, that’s always full! Try the Ice Cream! My favorite was a praline ice cream (yes, it has pralines inside, yum!).
It’s also right across the street from the Florida Inn. Step inside, it’s a time capsule where notable generals and writers have stayed. A quick read of their history and your kids will come out with some knowledge of Amelia Islands past (you know us always looking for that learning opportunity!).
A wonderful small town filled with American history, stories of pirates, and where you can hunt all day for shark teeth along the beach!
If you visit with your family please let us know your favorite places in the comments below. If you are looking for a fun and relaxing getaway with the kids this year, look no further, and learn a little something along the way…
Happy Travels! Happy Learning!