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Day Trips

Bird Island

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By Water 30.501897, -81.439889

In the summer you will see many boats beached along the shoreline with kids playing at the waters edge, grills smoking and personal water craft, or “jet-skis” playing in the deep part of the channel.  With the cooler nights the bugs stay put and try to stay warm leaving you and your guests bug free for the evening. Bird Island also offers spectacular fishing throughout the year. Drum, Trout and Red Bass are the species anglers often target with great results. Drums are plentiful here early in the spring and are fished for by using dead crabs right on the bottom. Trout are in full swing most of the winter months and artificial baits seem to do the best job. For guys who like natural bait try floating a live shrimp near oyster bars and the rocks on the Little Talbot side. Red Bass should be fished for during the summer months. Much like catching bait near Cumberland Sound cast net finger mullet and fish them right on the bottom.

To get to Bird Island go to the south end of Amelia Island. There is a boat ramp located on the Duval County side for those who have trailer able boats. Once you go under the A1A bridge stay in the deepest part of the channel just off the beach of Little Talbot Island. The land to your left (North) is Bird Island. The best beaches are more to the East closer to the Atlantic ocean. Use caution in this area as the shoals and sandbars do move around. Pick yourself out a plot of beach and have some fun. By: Jamie Deonas http://www.searchamelia.com/


Fort George Island & Sandbar

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SJImage-1.aspxBy Water 30.433455, -81.416734

Very popular spot for boaters in the area. Nice place to bring a picnic and spend the day. Be careful of shifting sandbars, low tide and current.

Kingsley Plantation (NPS)

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Screen_shot_2011-03-20_at_6.16.21_PM11676 Palmetto Avenue

Jacksonville, Florida 32226

By Water: 30.441306, -81.439241 (Very Nice Boat Dock)

Website Kingsley Plantation

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, many people came to Florida. Some, like Zephaniah Kingsley, sought to make their fortunes by obtaining land and establishing plantations. Others were forced to come to Florida to work on those plantations, their labor providing wealth to the people who owned them. Some of the enslaved would later become free landowners, struggling to keep their footing in a dangerous time of shifting alliances and politics. All of these people played a part in the history of Kingsley Plantation.


Riverside Arts Market

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RAMbandBy Water  30.316980, -81.674141

Since its grand opening on Saturday, April 4th, 2009, the Riverside Arts Market (RAM) has introduced an amazing new arts and entertainment venue to Northeast Florida. Unprecedented in size and scope, RAM provides a dependable marketplace for artists to sell their creations weekly, as well as providing a marvelous family entertainment destination each weekend on the St. Johns River.

The arts market is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday under the Fuller Warren Bridge off Riverside Avenue, with artists, music, street performers and fresh produce and food vendors. For information about RAM and upcoming events, visit riversideartsmarket.com.

New 200-foot boat dock. Depth at dock 12'. Only open on weekends.


Fort Caroline National Memorial

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jacksonville_fort_caroline12713 Fort Caroline Rd

Jacksonville, FL 32225-1299

(904) 641-7155


By Water: 30.387221, -81.499249 (Very Nice Boat Dock)

Fort Caroline memorializes the short-lived French presence in sixteenth century Florida. Here you will find stories of exploration, survival, religious disputes, territorial battles, and first contact between American Indians and Europeans

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