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Situated on the upper northeast corner of Florida on Amelia Island, Franklintown is the perfect coastal getaway for your next summer vacation. Visitors flock to Amelia Island State State Park and Recreational Area, but others love to lounge on Fernandina Beach. Rated as one of America’s quietest neighborhoods by NeighborhoodScout, Franklintown is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a little peace and relaxation. Grab your beach towel and pack your bags, Franklintown, Florida calls!
Things to do in Franklintown
Head down to the Franklintown Farmer’s Market and explore handmade gifts, fresh produce, and live entertainment by some local bands. The market takes place every Saturday from 9am-1pm. Many local businesses in Franklintown offer tours of the Amelia River. The scenery is reason alone to hop aboard, but some even offer BYOB sunset cruises so you’re in for a fun trip either way. Fernandina Beach is the place to go if you want to relax and spend some time in the sun. Small waves and wide sandy beaches will create the perfect atmosphere for an afternoon of tranquility. Amelia Island State Park and its nearby recreational area provide visitors with many activities. It is one of the few places on the east coast that offers horseback riding on the beach and riding tours along the shoreline. In addition, the park is great for birdwatchers, as it’s one of the premier sites along the eastern section of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Spot piping plovers, willets, and osprey. Don’t forget your binoculars! Amelia State Park also offers water activities throughout its recreation area. Rent a paddleboard, canoe, or kayak at Kayak Amelia, the service provider for Amelia Island State Park. Fishing is best in Nassau Sound, and redfish, whiting, and flounder can be caught in the park’s waters. Bikers will love the paved Timucuan Trail bike path that connects the northern six-mile segment to Peters Point Park with the George Crady Fishing Bridge. Take a ride south or north and explore the park! Dining in Franklintown can be a treat in and of itself. Falcon’s Nest, a family-friendly pub is inside the Omni resort, is the place to go for oysters, a burger, or an ice cold beer. The restaurant can get a little crowded, so call ahead before venturing over. Sunrise Café is, arguably, the best brunch in all of Amelia Island. Their buffet offers fresh fruit, made-to-order omelets, waffles, and egg white frittatas, among other things. With an ocean view, this place really can’t be beat! If you really want to treat yourself, stop in at Marche Burette for lunch. This French inspired market and deli offers delectable foods like a shrimp salad sandwich, tuna melt, or a goat cheese, red pepper, and artichoke salad. Enjoy the warm breeze on their outdoor patio as you cow down on some delicious food.
Day Trips from Franklintown
At just a 45-minute drive, Jacksonville is just the place to go on a day trip. The Jacksonville Museum of History and Science is a must-visit; they’re Anne Frank exhibit celebrates the life of the young girl and provides historical context and artifacts as resources. The Planetarium in the museum is one of the largest single-lens planetariums in the country and live presentations about deep space exploration and the planet take place daily. The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens offers a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Explore the nearly 5,000 works of art spanning from 2100 B.C. through the 21st Century. Head outside and see the riverfront gardens which overlook the St. John’s River. Stroll around the English, Italian, Olmsted, and Sculpture Gardens and you’ll be captured by their tranquil, beautifully manicured grounds. Finally, check out the Kingsley Plantation. A former estate with a deep history, the plantation is part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve. Make sure to get a taste of history while in Jacksonville and visit the Kingsley Plantation.
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Transportation in Franklintown
Getting to Franklintown is best done by flying into Jacksonville International Airport and driving the 35 miles to the ocean side town or by getting a connecting flight into Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport. From there, the drive to Franklintown is just a 6-mile drive south. While on vacation, you might want a rental car to explore outside of Franklintown, but while in town, you’ll be able to walk most places.