Jim Abbott on Florida Travel
Postcards from Florida
July 24, 2010
There's still time to make a summer swing to Amelia Island, the historic spot on Florida's northeast Atlantic Coast known for its pirate lore, ghosts and quiet beaches.
The folks at the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau have been kind enough to send along a list of activities and summer deals in the hopes of sweetening the appeal of an island getaway. It's a convenient hop from Orlando, so plan your journey around one of these events:
Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off: This inaugural event will feature free entertainment and barbecue samples from some of the top grill masters in the country at the island's Main Beach on Aug. 27 and 28. The cook-off showcases more than 30 professional and 10 backyard amateur teams.
In addition to regional music acts, there will be an appearance by mascot Jaxson de Ville of the Jacksonville Jaguars, along with Jaguar cheerleaders at the event, a benefit for the Gator Bowl Association.
Visit gstailgatecookoff.com for registration details and entertainment schedule.
Corporate discounts on cruises: Amelia River Cruises is offering corporate discounts for charters of an hour or more on the Cumberland Sound Ferry through year's end. Corporate groups get 15 percent off the regular hourly charter rates.
Get in the swing with golf programs. Amelia Island Plantation is offering a discounted rate for Twilight Golf daily after 2 p.m. on Oak Marsh and Ocean Links and a Family Tee Program to play together on the front nine at Oak Marsh until Sept. 5 for only $35 per adult.
There's also free golf for juniors and Junior Golf Camps for kids ages 6 to 18. Four-day camps cost $220 per week or $60 per day. Visit aipfl.com for more information.
Speaking of kids. Kayak Amelia is offering Kids Kayak Nature exploration through July. The trip is geared toward families, with no long-distance paddling. There's one more trip scheduled for July 29. Visit kayakamelia.com for details.
Don't forget the beaches. Visit ameliabeaches.com to find live webcam videos, a surf report and event updates.