Spring Break is here and for many beachgoers that means fun in the sun and cooling off in the water.
Jacksonville Beach Ocean Rescue would like to share a few tips with you on how to stay...
1944 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Phone: (904) 246-4386
Adventure Landing, along with Shipwreck Island Water Park, is the largest Family Entertainment Center in northeast Florida offering individual and family fun for all ages. Activities include a go-kart track, miniature golf, laser tag, video game arcade, and batting cages. Two snack bars offer refreshments. The park is open seven days a week. Prices vary depending on activity.
381 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Phone: (904) 241-5657
The history park features a restored 19th century house used by the Florida East Coast Railroad Section Foreman, a railroad depot which was moved from Mayport, and a 28-ton 1911 steam locomotive, and one of the oldest historical structures at the beaches - the Beaches Chapel - built in 1887. The museum offers exhibits and archives. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10AM- 4PM; Sunday 12PM-4PM; Closed Monday.
106 6th Street North
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Phone: (904) 249-0289
Jacksonville Beach offers a first-class community theater with wonderful productions from drama, comedy and musicals. Call for reservations.
Located next to the Mayport Naval Station, it served as a welcoming beacon from 1859 to 1929. The lighthouse is currently located on the Navy Base and is not open to the public, but may be viewed from the village of Mayport.
Phone: (904) 270-5401
The base is situated on the St. John's River and the Atlantic Ocean. Mayport is home a busy seaport as well as an air facility. Naval Station Mayport is also home to the Navy's 4th Fleet.
4610 Ocean Street
Atlantic Beach, Florida
Phone: (904) 241-9969
The crossing of the St. Johns River by AIA may be made aboard a car and passenger ferry run by the St. Johns River Ferry Service. Watch sea birds and an occasional group of porpoises as you cross the river. The fare is $6.00 for automobiles and $1.00 for pedestrians and bicycles. The Ferry operates every day, including holidays.
500 Wonderwood Drive
Phone: (904) 249-4700
Located on the sandy shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the park boasts 1.5 miles of beach, freshwater lakes and wooded campsites. Hanna Park's 60-acre freshwater lake is perfect for fishing, kayaking, paddle boats, and canoes. Lakeside picnic tables and grills are available. Scenic trails, great for biking and hiking, surround the lake and wind through the lush green forest. The lake area includes a quarteracre water playground with colorful fountains and playful water-squirting devices. Also, one of the premier surfing spots, the Poles, is located on site. Open daily from 8 AM - 8 PM, April - October and 8 AM - 6 PM, November - March.
10980 Heckscher Drive
Phone: (904) 251-3335
Waterfront campsites, a bird observation area, nature center, and gorgeous views of some of North Florida's remaining natural areas await visitors to Huguenot Memorial Park. In addition to the natural beauty of the area, the park also offers swimming, fishing, surfing, a boat launch area, picnic shelters, restrooms, and shower facilities to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Park-goers should call before visiting.
11676 Palmetto Avenue
Phone: (904) 251-3537
The oldest plantation still in existence in Florida is located off of A1A and Heckscher Drive, only a half mile north of the St. Johns River Ferry Landing. Now a National Park Service historic site, the agricultural estate includes the plantation house (closed during the week for construction), which offers a ranger guided tour and extensive grounds, including the ruins of the slave quarters. Kingsley Plantation is at the northern tip of Ft. George Island at the Ft. George inlet east of Jacksonville off Florida A1A. Kingsley Plantation is open daily 9 AM to 5 PM. The plantation house is open for limited tours on weekends 11 AM to 3 PM. Admission is free.
12157 Heckscher Drive
Phone: (904) 251-2320
Florida’s state highway A1A winds north along the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. You cross many bridges where fishing is good, and you can see both bodies of water. The State of Florida has several nature preserves along this road, there is camping, horseback riding (yes, on the beach), trails for hiking and beach access for walking and swimming. Florida state parks are open from 8 AM until sundown, 365 days a year.
204 Ash Street
Phone: (904) 277-7300
A quaint historic town on Amelia Island with a city dock on the St. Mary's River. An abundance of antique stores, restaurants and historic homes can be found. The drive up A1A from the ferry to Fernandina Beach takes about 45 minutes and is well worth it.
233 S. Third Street
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Phone: (904) 261-7378
Located in Fernandina Beach, the Amelia Island Museum of History is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday 1 PM to 4 PM. Museum tours are offered at 11 AM and 2 PM. Walking tours of historic Fernandina Beach can be scheduled by appointment.
2601 Atlantic Avenue
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Phone: (904) 277-7274
Located north of the city of Fernandina Beach, off A1A. Fort Clinch has been a part of the park system since 1935 and is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country. Daily tours with period re-enactors depicting garrison life brings the fort alive. Anglers can fish from the pier or take advantage of excellent surf fishing. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy a six-mile trail through the park. Self-guided nature trails provide opportunities to learn about and observe native plants and wildlife. A full-facility campground and a youth camping area provide overnight accommodations. Park is open from 8 AM until Sundown, 365 days a year.
505 Guana River Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Phone: (904) 823-4500
Located on Highway A1A just south of Ponte Vedra Beach. This scenic and versatile 2,200 acre reserve offers hiking, bicycling, salt water and fresh water fishing, bird watching, beach access and parking. The park is located on a barrier island that is bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by the Intra-Coastal Waterway. The park contains a variety of habitats that are home to a diversity of wildlife. Over 240 species of birds have been identified, including bald eagle and osprey. Entrance to the park is $3 per car. The park is open seven days a week.
Phone: (904) 825-1000
St. Augustine is the Nation's Oldest City. Just a short ride south on AIA from Jacksonville Beach, this historic city and is a great day trip. It is even close enough to drive down for dinner or a brunch. The city’s many historic buildings and locations, and wide variety of restaurants and shops appeal to many tastes.
Among the attractions in St. Augustine are the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, the Fountain of Youth, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, the Castillo de San Marcos, the Lightner Museum and the Oldest Wooden School House. The St. Augustine Sightseeing Train and horse-drawn carriage guides offer tours of the city while several boats offer sight-seeing trips around the harbor.
The Visitors Information Center has a film on the history of St. Augustine and brochures maps. Nearby is St. George Street, the restored area of St. Augustine, where streets are closed to traffic. To find the center, just stay on AIA South and you'll see it across from Ripley's Believe It of Not Museum .
St. Augustine, Florida
Phone: (904) 829-6506
The nation's oldest permanent settlement is a popular destination. While local folk sometimes stop to visit one of the many attractions there, the shopping, restaurants and cultural activities are also high on the lists of return visitors. The restored area contains a number of small stores and is a favorite browsing area for shoppers. During the year various skits, musical presentations and events are held in the restored area with a current listing, available at the Visitors Information Center. The restored Spanish Quarter is also located here.
11 Lighthouse Avenue
St. Augustine, Florida
Phone: (904) 829-0745
Climb the tower to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and explore the exhibits offered at the Lighthouse Museum. Spectacular 360 degree views of the ocean and St. Johns River. The facility is open seven days a week from 9 AM until 6 PM. The lighthouse is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
999 Anastasia Blvd
St Augustine, FL 32080
Phone: (904) 824-3337
Founded in 1893, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm is one of Florida’s oldest zoological attractions. For over a century, it has entertained millions of visitors, lured by the awesome presence of captive reptiles, long regarded in the popular imagination as at once mysterious, dangerous and frightening. A true piece of Florida, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm has inspired popularization of the alligator in the national consciousness and helped to fashion an image for the state. Open seven days a week from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
1340-A State Road A1A South
St Augustine, FL 32080
Phone: (904) 461-2033
Anastasia State Park offers just about everything to those who enjoy the ocean and the great outdoors. Of course, the main attraction here is the beach and all it offers -- sunbathing, surfing, swimming, fishing and boating. But there's another great attraction to the park also-- the natural beauty and wildlife. Open from 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.
8635 A1A South
St. Augustine, Florida
Phone: (904) 471-0116
Fort Matanzas, between St. Augustine and Marineland on AIA, was the scene of a bloody clash between the French and Spanish in 1565. The park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visitors can take a free boat ride to the restored fort on Rattlesnake Island.
9600 Oceanshore Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080
Phone: (904) 471-1111 or
(888) 279-9194 x 116
Further south of St. Augustine is Marineland, the world’s first oceanarium which hosts a 1.3 million gallon series of dolphin habitats. Here you can visit dolphins up-close in their aquatic world or even swim with the beautiful creatures. There are several types of programs to choose from. General admission is $11.95, and $6.95 for children 3-12, seniors $10.95 (age 60+). Open seven days a week from 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM.
12713 Fort Caroline Road
Phone: (904) 641-71515
The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is located in the city of Jacksonville. The park was established in 1988, and covers 46,000 acres. Critical wetland habitats are protected within the Preserve, which contains more than 300 privately held pieces of land. The Fort Caroline National Memorial is located in the Timucuan Preserve, as is the Kingsley Plantation. The Preserve is maintained through cooperation by the National Park Service, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the City of Jacksonville Department of Parks and Recreation, and is named for the Timucua Indians who once lived throughout northern Florida. No entry fee.
Phone: (904) 641-7155
Fort Caroline memorializes the short-lived French presence in sixteenth century Florida. You will find stories of exploration, survival, religious disputes, territorial battles, and first contact between American Indians and Europeans.
Fort Caroline was settled by the French Huguenots in 1564 and is the site of the first Protestant colony in the New World. The 130-acre memorial features a replica of the original fort, a museum with French and Indian artifacts and several nature trails which provide excellent hiking. The nearby Roosevelt Area has additional nature trails. There is no admission charge. Fort Caroline is open every day from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Part of the TimucanTimucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve .
Visit one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast. Discover 6,000 years of human history and experience the beauty of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks.
829 Riverside Ave
Phone: (904) 356-6857
The museum features changing exhibits from the works of the nation's and the world's top contemporary artists as well as a permanent collection of nearly 5,000 works of art. The museum is also famous for its fabulous gardens. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for military, senior citizens and children. Hours are Sunday, Noon to 4 PM, Tuesday 10 AM to 9:00 PM, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM.
111 Busch Drive
Phone: (904) 696-8373
Anheuser-Busch operates one of 12 breweries in its nationwide system in Jacksonville. The brewery has the capacity to produce 8.3 million barrels of beer annually and has undergone a number of plant modernizations and expansions in the past decade. More than 50,000 tourists visit the Jacksonville brewery tour center each year to see how Anheuser-Busch products are brewed and packaged. During the tours, guests who are 21 years of age or older are invited to enjoy a complimentary taste of Anheuser-Busch products in the Hospitality Room. Soft drinks and snacks also are served. A retail store also offers a selection of Anheuser-Busch merchandise.
Enjoy a visit to any one of Downtown's many unique destinations and attractions, including exquisite museums, stimulating theatre and an array of festivals, concerts, shows and exhibitions.
Phone: (904) 630-3110
Ride the JTA Skyway from multiple stations throughout downtown, the riverbank, and the Jaguars stadium. Hours: Monday - Friday, 6 AM - 9 PM; Saturday and Sunday, for Special Events only. The Skyway is free.
2 W. Independent Drive
Phone: (904) 353-1188
The Jacksonville Landing offers waterfront dining, entertainment and shopping. Located on the Northbank of the St. Johns River in the heart of downtown Jacksonville.
333 North Laura Street
Phone: (904) 366-6911
The Museum is housed in the renovated historic Western Union Telegraph Building, a six floor building, which houses exhibition galleries, permanent collection galleries, education studios, auditorium, Café Nola, Museum Shop and a light filled Atrium Gallery. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, military and students and free for children under 2. Wednesday evenings from 5 PM to 9 PM. Admission is free.
1025 Museum Cir
Phone: (904) 396-7062
The Museum of Science and History (MOSH) which includes the Bryan Gooding Planetarium, is a family-oriented facility . It features numerous exhibits of interest for all ages. Many are hands-on and change regularly. The planetarium presents a variety of education and entertainment shows daily. It is the largest single lens planetarium in the world. The museum is open Monday - Thursday, 10 AM to 5 PM ; Friday, 10 AM - 8 PM; Saturdays 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, 12 PM to 5 PM. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students, $6 for children.
370 Zoo Pkwy
Phone: (904) 757-MOSH
The Jacksonville Zoo has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. The zoo’s major exhibits include Range of the Jaguar, Giraffe Overlook, Savanna Blooms Garden, and Land of the Tiger. It offers a carousel, train ride through the zoo, and refreshments. Children under 2 are free. Open Monday - Friday 9 AM to 5 PM; Saturday - Sunday, 9 AM to 6 PM.