The little fake steamboat in the picture is the Ryan K. It does a relaxing cruise along the beautiful Amelia River and St. Mary's River.
The boat on the right edge of the picture is the "Cumberland Princess" which does three hour dinner cruises from the Fernandina Beach Marina north on the Amelia River to Cumberland Island. The cruise includes old Fernandina Beach, Fort San Carlos, Fort Clinch, and Kings Bay Submarine Base.
Since we have our own boat, we have not been at all tempted to take one of these cruises, so I cannot tell whether they are recommendable.
If you are anywhere in the South just before Easter, look at the new growth of our Southern Pines. You will see what looks like crosses, symbolizing Christ's death on the cross and resurrection on Easter. Look closely at the new growth of this pine tree and you can see the cross. Each year this happens and is a reminder of God and his gift of Christ to us.
Each time we go from Georgia to Florida, we see this Fort. In the beginning I was calling it Fort Clink (like Col. Clink in Hogan's Hero's). Actually it was named for General Duncan Lamont Clinch, an important figure in Florida's Seminole War of the 1830s.
We haven't been from the boat because it is a bit too far to walk from the city as it is 16 miles from 8th Street in Fernandina Beach (Driving Directions: Stay on A1A for 16 miles until you come to the intersection of 8th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Turn right on Atlantic Avenue and go about two miles, Fort Clinch State Park will be on the left.). I thought we might get there in my sister's car when she came to meet us this past November, but my BIL got sick and she was delayed a day so we didn't get there. But I have more pictures and information on the Fort Clinch page
The state park website says: "Fort Clinch State Park, one of the oldest parks in the Florida park system, was acquired in September 1935. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for some of the initial development of the park. A steep ramp leads to the second story of the Fort and Living History reenactors talk about life as a soldier stationed at Fort Clinch."
We finally visited the fort in 2007
Open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.
Admission Fee - $5.00 per vehicle (limit 8 people per vehicle).
Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicles with a holder of an Annual Individual Entrance permit, members of organized groups – Admission Fee $1.00
Single Car Occupant - $3.00
Motorcycle Fee (one or two persons) - $3.00
Admission fee allows visitors admittance to the beaches, trails, pier, and picnic area.
Fort Admission Fee - $2.00 per person. Fee paid at the gift shop.
Candlelight Viewing and Candlelight Tour Fee - $3.00 per person.
Camping Fee - The Amelia River and Atlantic Beach campgrounds are $22.00 plus tax per night.
Primitive group camping is $4.00/person per night.
Amelia Island is primarily a beach location. But there's lots of water around beaches that can be used for fishing, boating and sailing and Amelia Island is no exception.
"Sailing trips can sail out through the St. Mary's Inlet and capture the beauty of both Amelia and Cumberland Islands. For those sailors that wish to stay in the more protected waters of the Amelia River and bay areas, sailing here provides a look at Ft. Clinch, the wild horses of Cumberland Island, Kings Bay Submarine Base, and a multitude of marsh life."
The boat in the picture is Voyager. In addition to the little fake steamboat and the dinner cruise boat, this boat takes people out for a sail, and you can also charter sailboats from the same people.
The 2-hour sails on Voyager cost $35 per person. Sailing schedule and rates are subject to change.
For sailing lessons, try Windward Sailing School which offers sailboat rentals and basic to advanced sailing instruction. Located at 1 Front Street at the Fernandina Harbor Marina, call Windward Sailing at (904)261-9125.
Another sailing yacht available by charter, is the Ketch Amnesia, a 70-foot sailing yacht available for both day sailing, overnight, and weekend sailing adventures. Maximum passenger limit of six. Call (904)206-0537 for further information.