River Cruise & St. Mary's, GA* - From the Ritz-Carlton, board the trolley to meet the awaiting river boat at the Fernandina Harbor Marina. Cruise down the St. Mary's river and learn about the local wildlife and history from your expert tour guide. Cumberland Island's wild horses, dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, alligators, sea otters, egrets, herons, spoonbills, and osprey may be spotted along the way. You will arrive at the enchanting town of St. Mary's, Georgia in about one hour. Once the river boat has docked, take your boxed lunch to picnic in the beautiful Waterfront Park. Spend two hours exploring historic St. Marys' quaint shops, wonderful nature trails, interesting town tours and captivating museums. Once it is time to leave St. Mary's, your river boat and crew will be waiting at the dock to take you back to Fernandina Harbor Marina where you can ride the trolley back to the Ritz-Carlton.
Fort Clinch State Park - A part of the park system since 1935, Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Although no battles were fought here, it was garrisoned during both the Civil and Spanish-American wars. During the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps began preserving and rebuilding many of the structures of the abandoned fort. Daily tours with period re-enactors depicting garrison life bring the fort to life for visitors. Sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing are popular activities at the beach. Anglers can fish from the pier or take advantage of excellent surf fishing. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy a six-mile trail through the park. Self-guided nature trails provide opportunities to learn about and observe native plants and wildlife.
Cumberland Island National Seashore - Nearby Cumberland Island is Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island. Pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes whisper the stories of both man and nature. Come walk in the footsteps of early natives, explorers, and wealthy industrialists. Cumberland Island is also home to over 9,800 acres of congressionally designated Wilderness.
Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island - Visit this quaint town for shopping, touring and sightseeing.
Amelia Island Museum of History - It is the first spoken history museum in the state of Florida. The museum continues story-telling tradition with a variety of tours that cater to many interests and age levels. Walking tours are scheduled regularly.