St. Marys, the site of Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base—one of the world's two Trident submarine bases—was a
natural choice for a museum devoted to the Silent Service. Yet the curators and collectors went above and beyond. The finished dive into deep-sea history is the largest of its kind in the South and the fifth largest in the country, giving a comprehensive look at life under the water.
Size: 20,000 savaged artifacts, paintings, models, and photographs spread across 5,000 square feet
Eye Catcher: replicas of torpedoes and WWII deep-sea diving suits
Crown Jewel: the museum's modern, working periscope, which gives kids of all ages the chance to see if there's another museum sneaking up on them
Don't Miss: a display honoring the eight submariners who received the Medal of Honor
Hidden Gems: previously classified WWII Patrol Reports—the museum houses more than 99% of all such documents
Whether you're looking for exercise or pleasure, Crooked River State Park in St. Marys is a great park choice.
For a well-crafted dish, be sure to visit the restaurant at this park.
The perfect place to take the kids, this park won't cost you a sitter.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
For a park above the rest, you'll look no further than Crooked River State Park.
Looking for a place to take the kids this weekend? Look no further than the action-packed rides and boundless fun of The Jumping Place in Saint Marys.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The Amelia Island Museum of History is the fortuitous result of circumstance. In 1975, a committee from the Duncan Lamont Clinch Historical Society gathered to found a history museum for Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island. Meanwhile, local collector William Decker was studiously acquiring historical documents and artifacts from the area—a lot whose pieces numbered in the thousands. When Decker died, the collection passed on to his son, a noted altruist, and just like that the Amelia Island Museum had its bones.
Today, the museum's exhibits examine local culture of the Timucua Native American tribe, Spanish and French explorers, pirates, and Victorian-era residents.
Museum guides are not restricted to the grounds, and often helm tours of the island's haunted locales, historic Centre Street, and Fernandina Beach's north end—with a focus on history from the mid-18th to 19th centuries.
When it comes to traveling on horseback, riders would be hard pressed to find a gentler companion than a Tennessee Walking Horse. The breed is famous for its calm demeanor and steady, even gait—though many have lost these qualities due to years of breeding for horse shows. Luckily, the horses at Happy Trails Walking Horses still possess the smooth, easy gait of their ancestors, meaning those that hop into the saddle will be treated to what the stable owners refer to as the "Cadillac of Rides." The only thing that could make such a ride feel more idyllic would be a breathtaking view, which is exactly what riders can expect to find as they lead their horses down the romantic, scenic beaches of Amelia Island.