Arts, Leisure, and Shopping on Amelia Island
Aug 15, 2014 02:00AM
If you’ve spent all day having fun the sun, perhaps it’s time to enjoy a little art, music, theatre, or dining. What a great way to end a busy day, strolling about the streets in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, stopping by a local watering hole or eatery. Many of the local pubs and restaurants have live music, featuring some of the best local bands around. And if you love live theater, Amelia Community Theatre (904-261-6749) and the Fernandina Little Theatre (904-277-2202) present local talent in new and familiar plays. Amelia Musical Playhouse (904-277-3455) is located at Island Walkway, the newest of Amelia’s theaters, and features the Sound of Music and 4000 miles this summer. While you’re downtown, visit many of Amelia Island’s beautiful galleries and antique shops. Check out the Amelia Islander’s Gallery page for a list of the area’s finest local paintings, sculpture, jewelry, textile designs, plus antiques, collectibles, and furniture. The Island Art Association (904-261-7020) also offers summer classes, open studio hours, children’s art programs, and more. And each second Saturday of the month, enjoy a special Artrageous Artwalk from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., taking visitors to many galleries in the downtown area. The Amelia Island Museum of History (904-261-7278) is located in the old jail and boasts its own colorful past, in addition to the pirates, bawdy women, and rich history presented by its interesting docents and exhibits. There are plenty of places to shop around the island. If you’re staying at one the local bed & breakfast inns, be sure to check out the myriad of specialty items at Fernandina Beach’s downtown shops. Other places to shop include Palmetto Walk, the Plantation Shops, and Sadler Road businesses. And be sure to visit the Amelia Island Farmers Market (904-491-4872) located at the Shops at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.