In and Around Jacksonville

    In or coming to Jacksonville? Take a look at this list of some attractions not to miss, and some places to dine.

    Attractions

    AMELIA ISLAND KAYAK EXCURSIONS - 
    The popular tours are local 2-hour paddles on inland waterways, salt marshes, and the Amelia River. Experience peaceful, relaxing tours in natural settings for aquatic vegetation, birds, and wildlife.

    Where: Amelia Island, FL
    Web: ameliaislandkayak.com/


    KELLY SEAHORSE RANCH -
     One of only a handful of beach-riding opportunities in the nation. Enjoy the scenery of Amelia's fantastic white sand beaches and the beauty of the ocean by horseback.

    Where: Amelia Island, FL
    Web: kellyranchinc.net
     

    Dad and Brandon take a rest and enjoy some 'kayak cookies' from Kayak Amelia's owner and guide, Ray Hetchka.

    Dad and Brandon take a rest and enjoy some 'kayak cookies' from Kayak Amelia's owner and guide, Ray Hetchka.

    - Jennifer Michaels, VISIT FLORIDA Family Travel Expert

    Enjoy the scenery of the ocean by horseback at Amelia Island's Kelly Seahorse Ranch.

    Enjoy the scenery of the ocean by horseback at Amelia Island's Kelly Seahorse Ranch.

    - Kelly Seahorse Ranch


    THE STADIUM COURSE AT TPC SAWGRASS - 
    The Stadium Course has been honored by multiple golf publications as a top golf destination. This is also the home of The Players Championship, with its par-3 17th island green, known as one of the world's most recognized and emulated holes.

    Where: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
    Web: tpc.com/sawgrass-the-players-stadium-course


    CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS –
     The oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S. originally was constructed by the Spanish between 1672 and 1695. Proclaimed a national monument in 1924, the Castillo is now a prominent tourist destination where people of all cultures step back in time and reflect on the forces and events that have shaped world history.

    Where: St. Augustine, FL
    Web: nps.gov/casa
     

    The 17th hole of the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course

    The 17th hole of the TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course

    - Daron Dean for VISIT FLORIDA

    Overhead view of the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine.

    Overhead view of the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine.

    - www.nps.gov


    ST. AUGUSTINE GHOSTS AND GRAVESTONES HAUNTED TOURS - 
    Explore the darker side of the Nation’s Oldest City and let our ghost be your guide. Revisit the site of the tragedy that killed the lighthouse keeper in 1873 at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and enter the town’s most haunted building, the “Old Jail,” for an up close and personal encounter. Don’t miss this frightfully fun ghost tour.

    Where:
     St. Augustine, FL
    Web: ghostsandgravestones.com/st-augustine/


    ST. AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM -
     Lush, tropical wildlife surrounds you. See every crocodilian species, the rare white alligator, exotic birds, reptiles and monkeys.

    Where: 
    St. Augustine, FL.
    Web: alligatorfarm.com
     

    Take advantage of St. Augustine’s spooky historic vibe.

    Take advantage of St. Augustine’s spooky historic vibe.

    - St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & the Beaches VCB

    Get ready for thrills on the Python Challenge

    Get ready for thrills on the Python Challenge

    - St. Augustine Alligator Farm


    CATTY SHACK RANCH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY - 
    Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary's mission is to provide a safe, loving, forever home for endangered big cats, and to educate the public about their plight in the wild and captivity. Enjoy a leisurely guided tour by one of the volunteers and learn more about these incredible species.

    Where: 
    Jacksonville, FL
    Web: cattyshack.org/


    ST. AUGUSTINE PREMIER OUTLET MALL -
     Find impressive savings at Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Converse, Gap Outlet, J. Crew, Movado, and more.

    Where:
     St. Augustine, FL
    Web: premiumoutlets.com/outlets

    A Siberian Tiger at the Catty Shack Wildlife Sanctuary

    A Siberian Tiger at the Catty Shack Wildlife Sanctuary

    - Daron Dean for VISIT FLORIDA

    St. Augustine Premium Outlets

    St. Augustine Premium Outlets

    - VISIT FLORIDA Editor


    Dining

    TAVERNA - 
    Taverna draws inspiration from the simplicity and warmth of Italian kitchens. Located in Jacksonville’s historic San Marco neighborhood, this rustic yet sophisticated dining destination has earned many accolades since opening in 2009.

    Where: Jacksonville, FL
    Web: taverna.restaurant/


    III FORKS -
     III Forks Steakhouse embodies the great American steakhouse. The finest USDA Prime steak, buttery lobster and ocean-fresh seafood are prepared to perfection, exactly to order.

    Where: Jacksonville, FL
    Web: 3forks.com/ 

    III Forks is Jacksonville's newest hot spot.

    III Forks is Jacksonville's newest hot spot.

    - III Forks

    The Metro Diner in Jacksonville

    The Metro Diner in Jacksonville

    - The Metro Diner


    METRO DINER -
     A "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" TV Alumnus, Metro Diner is the kind of place you’re proud to take out-of-towners. It’s the kind of place where last night is recalled over pancakes.

    Where: 
    Jacksonville, FL
    Web: metrodiner.com/


    SEASONS 52 -
     Seasons 52 is a celebration of what’s good now, using seasonally inspired ingredients at their peak of freshness. Rustic cooking techniques bring out natural flavors and an ever-changing selection of global wines is featured, all in a casually sophisticated setting.

    Where: Jacksonville, FL
    Web: seasons52.com/


    VERANDAH - 
    Throughout the years, Verandah has established itself as one of Amelia Island's finest restaurants. Enjoy fresh, traditional seafood along with an extensive yet approachable wine list in a relaxing setting.

    Where: Amelia Island, FL
    Web: omnihotels.com/amelia-island-plantation/dining/verandah
     

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