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Take a Historic Bicycle Tour

Ready to Ride offers guided bike tours in Jacksonville’s Riverside/Avondale, San Marco, Olde Mandarin, Springfield neighborhoods and more!   Everything is provided, including Trek bikes, helmets, water and snacks.  I chose the San Marco tour – an 11-mile ride that included parts of the Southbank Riverwalk, historic San Marco Square, and tree-lined streets along the St. Johns River.

Here’s our group at Treaty Oak

My bike’s name was “Glad”, and I was glad I was given that bike to ride, because it was so comfortable!  The 3 hours  passed  quickly.  Leigh, our leader, was a wealth of information, as we stopped at at points of interest along the way.  I was amazed at how much I learned about the community.  A wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning!

For more information visit the Ready to Ride website (e2ride.com) or call  904-945-1571.

Historic Springfield Home & Garden Tour

The 35th annual Spring Home and Garden Tour, organized by the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council will take place this weekend, June 1-2.  Springfield was established in 1869 and is one of three federally designated historic districts in Jacksonville.  This year’s tour features five turn-of-the-century homes, three gardens,  a historic home now a family business, and St. Mary’s Chapel, built in 1912.

Hours are from 1-5 and tickets may be purchased at the door for $15.  Check in at City Kidz Cafe, 1303 N. Main Street.  For more information or to purchase advance tickets visit www.sparcouncil.org or call (904) 353-7727.

Foto Friday

This barn was built from re-used lumber in 1876 for Col. William Webb.  Photo taken at Mandarin Historic Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

Holiday Events in Mandarin

Two special events in Mandarin this Saturday, December 1st, are guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit!

Walter Jones Historic Park

The 13th Annual Winter Celebration will take place from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Walter Jones Historic Park on Mandarin Road.  Come enjoy hayrides, music, historic re-enactments, train rides, food, tours of the William Webb Farmhouse, children’s activities and more!


Sailboats on Julington Creek

There’s nothing more festive than a parade – unless it’s the Julington Creek Boat Parade.  At 6:30 pm an estimated 40 decorated boats will gather on the West side of the Julington Creek Bridge connecting Mandarin and Saint Johns.  There will be prizes for the best decorated boats.

Both events are free, and fun for all.  So, come out and enjoy the day with friends, family and neighbors!  And if you don’t already live in the area, perhaps you’d like to check out some of our great homes for sale.  Follow the links to search homes by price in Mandarin and  Saint Johns.

Look for pictures on next week’s Foto Friday.

Foto Friday

           Ribault Column

French explorer Jean Ribault claimed this area for France when he erected a column along the bank of the St. Johns River in 1562.

Fort Caroline National Monument Jacksonville, Florida

Climb the Lighthouse Stairs in St. Augustine

The St. Augustine Lighthouse, located off A1A across the Bridge of Lions, is not only a lighthouse and museum, but a working archaeological site, full of history. 219 steps lead to the top of the lighthouse, where you are rewarded with a refreshing breeze and panoramic views of St. Augustine and the intercoastal waterway.

If you are training for an adventure involving hills or steps, this is your place to get into shape!  I brought my backpack and made multiple trips up and down while getting ready for a trek across the Grand Canyon.

If you go: Admission fee at this writing is $9.50 for adults and $7.5o for children and seniors, and includes a self-guided audio tour.  Allow at least an hour to climb the stairs and tour the museum.  Children must be at least 44 inches tall in order to climb.  More information is available at www.StAugustineLighthouse.com.