Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Riverboat Cruise at Amelia Island was Cool in Fernandina Beach, Florida

River cruise in Amelia Island Florida
Riverboat Cruise
While my sister and I were visiting Amelia Island, we signed up for an Amelia River Cruise.  I selected the Cumberland Island tour.  Why? Do you ask?  Well read on and find out!

our outdoor travel stories traveling on the amelia island river cruise

There are around five different cruises to choose from.  The Cumberland Island Tour lasts for 2.5 hours and runs seven days a week at 10 a.m.  I had made reservations on-line before our trip, because I did not want to miss it.

learn the history of amelia island florida

When we visited, it was around late July and it was extremely hot that weekend.  They do have some shade on the boat, but make sure you have water.  They also provide water for sale too.

Fort Clinch Beach seen from the ocean

Once everyone had arrived for the tour, our Captain and Crew talked with us.  They were very friendly and knowledgeable about the area.  They also had a great sense of humor.  This is a narrated tour.

As we headed out to the ocean, we passed some historic homes, boats and Fort Clinch.

Amelia Island Boat Cruise Fort Clinch Florida
View of Fort Clinch from the Ocean
We got to see a couple of Dolphin jumping out of the water, but I had a hard time trying to get a picture of them.

Here is the best I could do.

Dolphin jumping near Amelia Island
A Dolphin
Here, we are getting closer to Cumberland Island, which is located in Georgia.

Wild horses at Cumberland Island Georgia

Do you see the horse?  He is right in the middle (the brown object).  This is why I selected this tour.  My sister and I have never seen wild horses before.

Here are some more.

A Wild white horse on Cumberland Island, Georgia

And here is a Mom with her kid.

a little horse family on Cumberland Island Georgia

And here are some more near the trees.

Viewing the wild horses on cumberland island while traveling on the amelia river cruise

Cumberland Island looked so pretty.  I would like to visit there one day, but they warned us that there are a lot of ticks there.  Be careful.  Remember the horses are wild, so do not try to touch them.  They can really hurt you!

To get to the island, you would take a Ferry Boat.  Here is a link to the National Park's website for more information.

Enjoying the Amelia River Cruise

It was time to head back.  The boat ride was so relaxing.

On the way back we passed by a Shrimp Boat.

A Shrimp Boat at Amelia Island

And this used to be an old orphanage.

learning the history of Amelia Island while on the Amelia River Cruise

Amelia River Cruises and Charters was located right across the street from the Hampton Inn that we stayed at.  Arrive a little early to pick your seat.

We really enjoyed our cruise.  I saw a lot of new things and learned a lot about the history of the area.  My sister and I would definitely take another River Cruise next time we visit.

Remember to bring your camera, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. 

Then you can sit back and enjoy!
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