Summer Staycation Spots
Summer vacation looks a bit different this year so Cowford Realty is here to help you embrace the STAY-cation!
We're all trying to stay closer to home this year and while that might mean your typical summer vacation was canceled, it doesn't mean there's no way to enjoy the summer. So, we've compiled a list of staycation spots within driving distance of Jacksonville and activities to enjoy during your stay. To top it off, the activities listed below follow social distancing procedures and are completely safe in these uncertain times. Stay safe and enjoy!
1. St. Augustine Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour: Yup, it's still up and running! The Trolley is a fun, convenient and relaxing way to tour the oldest city in the Nation. Prices range from $ 17-27 and seats can be reserved online. They're taking safety seriously and have installed plexiglass partitions in between every row of seating. What's not to love?
2. Take a scenic 75 minute boat ride along the coast! At only $20 a ticket, having the Captain narrate the surroundings is an incomparable way to view St. Augustine's natural landmarks.
3. Visit the famous St. Augustine Lighthouse & MariTime Museum! It's a two and one and definitely not one to overlook. Not only do you get 360 degree sky high view of St. Augustine for only $13 a ticket, you can also enjoy the ShipYard Play Area, nature trails and view shipwreck artifacts! Make a day of it and eat on site at their WW ll themed eatery; Tin Pickle Local Gedunk!
1. Visit Amelia Island Museum of History for a multitude of programs for all ages! Bringing the kids? Enjoy the walking and cultural tours that touch on the Timucua Native American Tribe and the Spanish & French explorers! Just adults? Explore the ghost tours, hear about the spirit of the pirates and the Victorian-era residents. Did you know that the Museum is situated inside the old Nassau County Jail? Pretty spooky and tons of fun to be had at only $10-15 a ticket.
2. Talk about a dreamy day trip! Fort Clinch State Park is just that; a peak into another world and offers stunning views and a fort to get lost in. This 1,400 acre property will allow you to catch glimpses of gopher tortoises, massive arching live oaks and even reenactments of the battlefield performed by the park's rangers. If you attend the first weekend of every month you can see a soldier garrison fire cannons and demonstrate other battlefield skills. If you're a history buff or a nature lover, the $6 a car fee can't be beat.
3. Amelia Adventures has it ALL! It's your one stop shop for adventure. From kayak's to paddle boarding to private boat rides you would be remiss to skip out on this stop! Hop on their website and take your pick of adventures. Amelia Adventures takes pride on ensuring that no matter what age or skillset you are, you'll have a safe and fun experience.
1. Where: Cumberland Island; located in Camden County, Georgia but really the quickest out of state trip you can take! About an hour and a half north of Jacksonville and a beautiful drive at that. But car's aren't the only mode of transportation you'll be taking! That's right, it's time to hop on a scenic ferry ride to take you to the sandy, gorgeous Island.
2. What: Picture a Saturday at Cumberland Island, arriving by ferry, a long historic beautiful hike ending with a trip to the beach where all you see is miles of beach and horses. Did I just say "horses"? Yes! Wild horses are known to roam the beaches of Cumberland Island and so long as you don't get too close you're in for a complete treat and a little slice of history.
3. Why: Because when the rest of the world is a little bit crazy your vacation should be anything but. Cumberland Island is $10 for entry to the park and ranges from $20-30 for the ferry ride. Throw in camping for only $4 a night and you have yourself a beautiful, fun and inexpensive vacation spot!
Grab a cup of coffee and read on because there's many of Springs within a short distance of Jacksonville to choose from!
1. Ichetucknee Springs: About an hour and a half drive from Downtown Jacksonville and located right off of Highway 27. Ichetucknee is known for its warm weather tubing and awesome wildlife sightings. Bring your whole family, take a dip in pristine waters and maybe see a beaver on the way. This 6 mile river only costs $6 per vehicle and can definitely be made into an all day event.
2. Blue Springs State Park: Just 15 minutes shy of a 2 hour drive from Downtown, this Spring is a staple to Florida. Back in 1970 researchers found and tracked 14 manatees in the Spring. Because of conservation measures and manatee protection efforts there are now more than 485 manatee's adorning the Blue Springs! Visitors can enjoy the waters by canoe or kayak and they even have them on site to rent! At only $6 a vehicle this stay-cation can't be beat.
3. Ginnie Springs: Just an hour and a half drive from Downtown and a straight shot on I-10 makes for a quick and pretty drive for your stay-cation! Ginnie Springs boasts a plethora of outdoor water activities. Enjoy tubing, kayaking, paddle boarding or even look into what is fondly known as "The World's Favorite Fresh Water Dive"! While diving is $30 a person, entrance to the Springs is only $14 a person and just $3 per child.