Having the rainy day blues? People associate the beach with sunshine and blue skies, sometimes a rainy day will creep up. Fortunately, Amelia Island boasts many places and activities to make even the stormiest day enjoyable. Covered porches at the Inn and the library are perfect places to curl up with a book and a glass of tea on a rainy day but if you want to venture out, here are some options.
Shady Ladies Art Studios
You have to make sure to visit the Shady Ladies Art Studio on your Amelia Island visit. Located at 432 B South 8th Street, Fernandina, The Shady Ladies is composed of artists Linda Green, Amy Baker, Mary Libby, Lisa Inglis, and Susan Ryan. Upcoming show themes will include: “I Love This Place” for August, “As Time Goes By” for September, “All Our Best” for October, “Instruments and Musicians” for November, and “Holiday Market” for December. Currently, the Studio is showing “Some Like It Hot” for the month of July. “I Love This Place” is slated to open August 3. For more information about the Shady Ladies, visit shadyladiesart.com
The Amelia Island Museum of History
On your Amelia Island visit, carve out an afternoon to see the Amelia Island Museum of History. This museum boasts tours and an interactive children's center. The current showcase exhibit is “It Came from the Attic: Fossils” which displays and teaches about many fossils of animals and creatures that once inhabited the area. The museum is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. For more information about upcoming exhibits, visit www.ameliamuseum.org.
Fernandina Beach Pinball Museum
For an eclectic, hands-on museum experience, visit the Pinball Museum. For a full experience, patrons get to play vintage and modern pinball games. The Pinball Museum is open Wednesday-Friday 3-8 p.m., Saturday noon-9 p.m., and Sunday noon-6 p.m. For more information visit www.fbpinball.com.
The Cinnamon Bear Country Store
Find the perfect Amelia Island souvenir at the Cinnamon Bear. Find whimsical gifts, old-fashioned candies, and other great gifts to bring back to family members, or just stop in for some delectable ice cream. The store is open 9:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and is a family owned establishment. The store is located at 107 Centre Street, Fernandina. For more information, visit www.cinnamonbearstores.com.
Eight Flags Antique Market
Browse the many booths that line the large antique market for treasures of all kinds. From collectable cards to handmade furniture, this little shop has something for everyone. The store is located at 602 Centre Street, Fernandina.
The Book Loft Bookstore
This old fashioned bookstore is two stories filled with new releases, local authors, and old favorites. Relax in the store to read or buy a book and head back to the Inn to enjoy! The store is located at 214 North Centre, Fernandina. www.thebookloftamelia.com