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In contemporary usage, a picnic can be defined simply as a pleasure excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors (al fresco or en plein air), ideally taking place in a beautiful landscape such as a park, beside a lake or with an interesting view and possibly at a public event such as before an open air theatre performance, and usually in summer. Picnics are often family-oriented but can also be an intimate occasion between two people, or a large get-together such as company picnics and church picnics.

With so many places, opportunities, time of day and year choices for picnics, you may never take advantage of all of the ways and times to picnic on Amelia Island. Our beautiful beaches, state parks, downtown parks, pocket parks, riverfront vistas, Egans Creek Greenway, Peters Point beach picnic area – the list is virtually endless.

With the great outdoors so accessible every single month of the year, you can make your plans to hit the beach for one picnic, the Greenway the next, downtown the next and so on. You can even take a ferry to Cumberland Island to have lunch, explore, and catch it back that afternoon. Each of the state parks has a variety of picnic sites — shaded, on the beach, overlooking the various rivers and marshes – and plenty of other places to enjoy a leisurely picnic.

Downtown Fernandina Beach’s pocket parks – small parks tucked between buildings — offer picnic tables and a place to relax. Egans Creek Park and Central Park, between the beach and downtown, offer picnic tables and playgrounds, softball and baseball diamonds, ample parking and room to run and play. Central Park offers public restrooms.

Main Beach, Seaside Park and Peters Point offer extensive covered picnic areas, with freedom to use grills or other cooking devices. Main Beach and Peters Point have public restrooms and ample parking. Seaside Park has limited on-site parking. Main Beach offers additional family venues – playground, skate park, putt putt and restaurants.

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Drive Time:

  • Jacksonville 45 min
  • St Augustine 1 hr 30 min
  • Savannah 2 hrs
  • Orlando 3 hrs
  • Tampa 4 hrs
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