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There’s no public transportation on this 13-mile-long island, so you’ll need a car. An informative and entertaining way to tour the historic district is a 30-minute ride with Old Towne Carriage Company (tel. 904/277-1555; www.ameliacarriagetours.com), whose horse-drawn carriages leave from the waterfront on Centre Street between 6:30 and 9pm. Advance reservations are essential. Rides cost $15 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under; private 30-minute tours are the same but with a minimum of $60 per ride, 1-hour tours with a minimum of $120 per ride. Keep an eye out for $10 discount coupons at local B&Bs, hotels, restaurants, and the Visitor’s Center. Reservations are required when these coupons are used and they apply to tours for 2 or more people.The carriage company closes from November to April, when the horses get a much-deserved rest.

Another excellent way to see the town is on a walking tour sponsored by the Amelia Island Museum of History.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.