Father’s Day is the one day a year that dads get to do exactly what they want, no questions asked. So, hey, if your dad wants to spend his day planted in his favorite recliner, who are we to intervene? But if you’re looking to get a little more adventurous, Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island offer plenty of ways to get in touch with nature. Treat your dad to some of the best outdoor activities in Fernandina Beach, FL this Father’s Day.
Take a Hike
The glistening waters of Fernandina Beach are an obvious attraction, and we’ll get to those in a bit. But first: how about a stroll along some of Northeast Florida’s prettiest trails? There’s Big Pine Trail, the southernmost trail on Big Talbot Island, which takes you on a 0.8-mile journey through a slash pine forest. Or there’s Fort Clinch State Park, where you can bike on the trails along a slender peninsula. The titular Fort Clinch and its astonishing brick facades make for a must-see attraction for architecture buffs, as well.
These are just a couple of the trails available in the greater Fernandina Beach area, but rest assured they’re all just as exciting as these two.
Somehow, dads and cowboy fantasies just go well together, don’t they? Help your dad fulfill at least a part of that fantasy with a horseback ride in Fernandina Beach (six-shooter and cowboy hat not included)! Companies like Amelia Island Horseback Riding and Kelly Seahorse Ranch offer you the chance to mount up on a noble steed and ride out into the sunset. While these rides are all beachside, they still provide a deep connection between man and animal that’s hard to beat for a fun Father’s Day activity.
Hit the Water
The waters of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island are perfect destinations for a Father’s Day escape, and there are lots of ways to enjoy them. You can rent a kayak from spots like Amelia Island Kayak Excursions and Kayak Amelia and explore on your own or take part in one of their guided tours to get a true lay of the land. Or how about a stand-up paddleboarding lesson from Amelia Island Paddle Surf Company?
If your dad prefers a little more aquatic horsepower, you can rent jet skis from First Coast Jets Watersports; 150-horsepower boats from Amelia Island Boat Club; or take a tour on your own two-person catamaran throughout popular locations with Backwater Cat Adventure.
Amelia River Cruises offers popular river cruise tours around Amelia Island and Cumberland Island. Or if dad is feeling adventurous, sign up for sailing lessons with the experts at Windward Sailing.
Doesn’t fishing feel like a very dad activity? If your dad’s idea of a perfect day is hitting the water with little more than a rod and some bait, Fernandina Beach has plenty of fishing charters to help him achieve nirvana. Amelia Island Charters and Semper Fi Charters specialize in inshore excursions, while charters like Ye Ole Pirate and Fish Amelia Island offer adrenaline-pumping offshore fishing adventures. You can even take dad on a great backwater fishing trip with Angler’s Mark.