Fodor's Expert Review Fort Clinch State Park

Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach Park (National/State/Provincial) Fodor's Choice

One of the country's best-preserved and most complete 19th-century brick forts, Fort Clinch was built to discourage further British intrusion after the War of 1812 and was occupied in 1863 by the Confederacy; a year later it was retaken by the Union. During the Spanish-American War it was reactivated for a brief time, but no battles were ever fought on its grounds (which explains why it's so well preserved). Wander through restored buildings, including furnished barracks, a kitchen, and a repair shop. Living-history reenactments of Civil War garrison life are scheduled throughout the year. The 1,400-acre park surrounding the fort has full-facility camping, nature trails, a swimming beach, and surf and pier fishing. Fort Clinch is also the only state park in northeast Florida designated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a viewing destination for the eastern brown pelican, green sea turtle, and loggerhead sea turtle.

Park (National/State/Provincial) Fodor's Choice Family Beach Military Sight

Quick Facts

2601 Atlantic Ave.
Fernandina Beach, Florida  32034, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $6 per vehicle, up to 8 people; $4 single-occupant vehicle; $3 per person entry to fort

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