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This little seaport town located on Amelia Island has had an extremely lively history from the Timacuan Indians to the Spanish Explorers, Pirates to Flagler's Railroad, which caused the whole town to up and move its location from the old original Spanish village to its present location, at the end of the railroad tracks. The active surf of the Atlantic ocean is less than 3 miles down the street of the river front Historic District which is filled with the original old storefronts, now quaint shops and restaurants, ice cream parlors, and coffee shops. By far the best souvenir would be to take advantage of the dozens of opportunities to view and purchase original art from the dozens of local artists whose studios and galleries are sprinkled throughout the historic area. Original Victorian homes nestle next door to homes built 100 years later. The historic Bed and Breakfast Inns are a great attraction. One can see the history on every street by, biking, taking a horse drawn carriage tour, a trolley tour or a guided walking tour or just meandering with a guide book. There are boat tours every day up the river to catch site of the wildlife, boats to take you where they fish are biting, and kayak tours for the more adventurous. Dive shops, surf shops and bike rentals are available. And of course there are plenty of opportunities for golf, tennis and horse back riding. The First Friday Evening of every month, the Historic District artists offer a Gallery Walk, an Open House in each Gallery with plentiful refreshments to entice the art patrons to view the most recent works.