Amelia Island and St. Augustine: Coastal Treasures in Florida
Discover what makes Amelia Island and St. Augustine such cultural and historic gems, learning about Native American history, Civil War strategy, grand architecture and renowned cuisine.
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Program No. 21268RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Immerse yourself in St. Augustine and Amelia Island and gain insights into the many centuries and cultures that have made them what they are today. Journey by trolley through Amelia Island’s downtown historic district and hear fascinating true stories of Native Americans, Spanish and French explorers and lawless pirates. Visit Fort Clinch State Park, built in the 1840s, where a uniformed re-enactor takes you back to the Civil War period. Learn about Amelia Island shrimping and ecology on a narrated study cruise. On field trips in St. Augustine, explore some of the best examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture in the U.S. with beautifully preserved Gilded Age details like Tiffany stained-glass windows.
Activity Level
Moderate walking, some uneven terrain; standing for some field trip lectures, boarding pontoon cruise boat.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Boat into the backwaters of Amelia Island to learn about shrimping industry and watch for rare birds and manatees.
  • In St. Augustine, view historic landmarks in the Old City by open-air train with narration by an expert.
  • Explore the Castillo de San Marcos, built in 1672.
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Kevin McCarthy
Kevin grew up in Gloucester, Mass. and settled in Fernandina Beach in 1968. He spent 41 years sailing the waters of northeast Fla. and southeast Georgia. He holds a 100 ton master’s license and developed his knowledge of the wildlife and history exploring the waters that surround Amelia Island, Cumberland Island and St. Mary's, Ga. Generations of Kevin’s family have been shrimpers, and he shares with participants his knowledge of shrimp farming and the future of the shrimp industry in the U.S.
Patrick Leary
Kevin McCarthy
Ron Kurtz
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