Several years ago, the was a huge beach refurbishment project to restore the St. Augustine beaches. Today, even after several Nor’easters and tropical storms, you can still enjoy walking on an expansive sandy beach. One of my favorite places is at the pier in St. Augustine.
There is amply parking (at least in the off-season), the pier (small fee for walking or fishing), a large covered pavilion, volleyball courts and more. Before you leave the area, walk across the street for lunch or dinner at Panama Hatties or visit the Lighthouse and Museum nearby.
Friendship Park Fountain
Friendship Park Fountain was all dressed in pink for the month of October.
Friendship Park, located on the Southbank Riverwalk, is a wonderful place to visit, and the fountain is a Jacksonville icon. Here are 3 pictures of our recently restored fountain:
An arboretum is a place where trees and other plants are grown and studied. The Jacksonville Arboretum, a 120 acre urban woodland located just off Monument Road, is a must-see.
Nearly 3 miles of trails wind through distinct ecological habitats. You will see Lake Ray, a high bluff, a deep ravine, tall pines, Jones Creek, wetlands, a tidal marsh, upland forests, and more on the 6 trails. Inviting benches and informational sign posts with QR codes add to the experience. Many of the native trees and plants throughout the park are labelled, even the poison ivy!
The Arboretum is open from 8:00 to 5:00 daily (7:00 during Daylight Savings). Admission is free. Here is a brief tour:
The Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail, extending 14.5 miles from Imeson Road in Jacksonville to the town of Baldwin, was created on an old CSX railroad bed. There is a 12 ft wide multi-use asphalt trail for biking, hiking, and skating; and adjacent trails for off road bikes and horses.
Much of the trail is tree-shaded, and it is amazingly serene for being located so close to major highways. You’ll see abundant wildlife as you pass through pine flatwoods and uplands, swamps and wetlands, farms and cornfields. Several rest areas with benches are provided along the way.
The 29 mile round trip makes a great workout. Afterwards, stop by Everybody’s Restaurant in Baldwin for some down home country cooking!
Here is a link to a map and more information about the rail trail.
Activities abound at Jacksonville Ice and Sportsflex. What a happening place! I arrived around 6:30 on a Saturday evening to a busy parking lot.
Inside, there was an indoor adult soccer game in progress, a ladies roller derby team warming up, a huge ice rink ready to open for teen night, and people of all ages everywhere!
The Sportsplex offers North Florida’s only indoor ice facility, roller skating, indoor turf for soccer, lacrosse and football, multipurpose class facilities, a pro shop, and concession stand. There’s youth and adult leagues, “learn to” classes, fencing, $5 family ice skating (Tuesdays), $7 matinee skating and more. Bring the family, choose an activity and “Just Do It”.
Jacksonville Ice & Sports Complex is located in the Metro Square Office Complex at 3605 Phillips Highway, near Emerson and 95. See a schedule of events at www.JaxIceandSportsflex.com.