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Celebrating 50 years!

Amelia Island Plantation celebrating 50th anniversary in 2024

On a site once destined to be a strip mine, a visionary landscape architect and an innovative developer had a vision 50 years ago for a new kind of community. Ever since, Amelia Island Plantation has remained the standard for a community in harmony with nature.

AIPCA is planning a yearlong celebration in 2024 of all that is special about this place and the people — past and present — who have shaped its history. We are excited to celebrate our 50th anniversary and we’re planning a meaningful and lasting tribute to our community’s history as we look toward the future.

Get ready for a year filled with celebratory activities, events, and programs that will encompass the whole AIP community, including the Amelia Island Club, Omni Amelia Island Resort, Osprey Village, Amelia Plantation Chapel, and the Plantation Artists’ Guild & Gallery.

Click to see photos from our anniversary events

5 pm Tuesday June 18 | The Oaks

At this Thoughtful Tuesday, local beekeeper Pete Smith will tell us all about the honey bees, one of the most important pollinator species. Link to register in the calendar.

5:30-8:30 pm Friday June 21 | Walker’s Landing

“Let’s Get Wild” party featuring wildlife encounters, nature walk, Sean McCarthy Band, food trucks. Link to register for Falconry Flight to Hand experience in the calendar.

10 am Saturday June 22 | Multipurpose path at intersection of First Coast Highway and Racquet Park Drive

The Amelia Island Plantation Foundation celebrates the first phases of its multi-year Pollinator Pathway along the First Coast Highway. 10 am tours; 10:30 am ribbon cutting and butterfly release. Event is open to the public.

Saturday & Sunday June 22 & 23 | Nature Tours

AIPCA members may take advantage of a 20-percent discount to explore AIP’s incredible natural environment with the help of expert guides from the Omni Nature Center. Link to book tours and discount code is in the calendar.

Upcoming Anniversary Events

Check back for updates as we add more information (including on reservations / tickets) and as new events are scheduled.

June 11-26 | AIP History Display, The Book Loft

The Book Loft, 214 Centre St. in downtown Fernandina Beach, hosts the traveling history display for two weeks in June.

July 3-7 | AIP History Display, The Oaks

Our wonderful community center gets another turn at hosting this fascinating display of AIP’s history.

July 3-5 | A 50th 4th

July 4, 1974, marked the grand opening of Amelia Island Plantation. AIPCA will celebrate with three days of family fun. We also will launch sales of “The First 50 Years: Reflections on Amelia Island” coffee table book at all events.

July 3  4:30 pm New Neighbor Welcome at The Oaks. 5:30-8:30 pm Live at The Oaks with live music and food trucks

July 4  10 am Fourth of July Cart Parade from Racquet Park to The Oaks. 10 am to 12 noon Post Parade Party at The Oaks with sweet frozen treats and assorted games.

July 5  8 am Annual Beach Cleanup. 4-6 pm “Here’s to 50 Years!” at The Oaks featuring a classic car show, screenings of the 50th anniversary film, AIP history display, and beer/wine cash bar.

November 9 | AIP Golden Jubilee

We will wrap up AIP’s 50th anniversary celebrations with a day of events focused on enjoying this fabulous community.

We’ll start the day with a scavenger hunt around the property. Visit familiar landmarks and maybe discover a new favorite spot. Ticket information to come.

The final event will be on the grounds of the Little Sandy short course from 3-6:30 pm. This will be a BYOB community picnic with live music and a spectacular drone show over Red Maple Lake!