AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (October 18, 2019) – On Saturday, Nov. 2, the University of Florida Gators and University of Georgia Bulldogs will clash once again at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, where the two rivals have faced off every year since 1933, with only two exceptions. Located just 45 minutes from downtown Jacksonville, Amelia Island is a favorite home base for Gator and Bulldog fans alike, with a collection of award-winning resorts, delicious dining experiences and family-friendly activities for the historic football weekend. More details about exclusive offers for football fans can be found at AmeliaIsland.com, but here is a small sampling of where fans can stay and play:
The Omni Amelia Island Plantation is offering Georgia and Florida residents a chance to enjoy a 30% savings off the best available rates, starting at $206. Valid state ID is required to show proof of residency. Guests can use promo code “Resident” when booking.
The Friday before the game (Nov. 1), fans can start tailgating early on Amelia Island. The AIMS Tailgate Big Game Bash at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island (6:30-9:30 p.m.) includes an open bar, tailgate-inspired food, games, live and silent auctions, fireworks, live music by the Bay Kings Band and more. Tickets can be purchased in advanced.
The 2nd Street Tailgate (6-9 p.m.) in downtown Fernandina Beach features discounts for tasting tours and shops such as Colie’s and the Kayak Amelia Gift Shop.
After sipping mimosas and shopping, tailgaters can head to The Palace Saloon for the Florida Georgia Backyard Kickoff Party (4-11:30 p.m.) for BBQ, live music, and cocktails.
Football fans and foodies can head downtown for the Booze and Bites Tasting Tour or the Cocktail Tour hosted by Amelia Island Downtown Tasting Tours on Nov. 1 and 2. Both tours invite people to sample the amazing flavors of the island on a guided-walking tour, filled with fun facts and mouthwatering treats.
Bring the whole team along for a Family-Friendly Sunset Cruise with Amelia River Cruises. The hour-long tour is a great way to see the whole island between tailgating and game activities.
Families can show their team spirit when they head to Fern and Dina’s for a Paint Your Favorite Team Glass event on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Take the Boating Adventure of a Lifetime with Backwater Cat Adventures and explore Amelia Island from the water on a 2.5 hour tour. Mention Georgia/Florida to get a $10 discount on tickets for the family.
What could be more romantic than a football weekend wedding? Since all the friends and family will be together, Bulldog brides or Gator grooms can take advantage of the 50% discount on any wedding ceremony package at Amelia Island Beach Weddings. Use promo code Georgia/Florida Weekend Special.
From clothes to local produce, stores across Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach and Centre Street are celebrating the Gators or the Dawgs with spectacular sales. Pick up essentials at the Fernandina Beach Market Place Farmer’s Market or try shops like Twisted Sister for gameday gear.
Visit AmeliaIsland.com to see all the football weekend offers and events and to help plan your gridiron getaway.