As the spring season approaches and your winter blues begin to melt away, it’s time to take advantage of one of the many things we love about Florida, the weather. After a winter of hibernation including, sweatpants, netflix and pizza delivery, it’s time to discover the hidden treasures in your own backyard. Weather it be sand, surf, hiking or just hanging out, there won’t be a dull moment this outdoor season.
Little Talbot Island
Little Talbot Island is one of those places that many of us have heard of, but most don’t take the time to actually go check out the impeccable spot. This island is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in Northeast Florida and encompasses more than five miles of open beaches. Take advantage of this beautiful weather to go explore the seldom land and fish, surf, hike or even take a date.
White Oak Conservation Center
White Oak is located on over 6,000 acres in Yulee, Florida. This is the ideal place to submerge yourself in all the natural gifts Floridian life has to offer. White Oak Conservation Center, Inc. conserves threatened species through the support of training, research, education, community outreach and protection.White Oak offers in-depth tours that bring you face-to-face with the animals and people of White Oak’s conservation programs. This hidden gem is also endowed with a nine-hole golf course that offers scenic, secluded rounds of golf that are open to the public.
Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens
With 120 acres of secluded land, a variety of different skill-leveled hiking trails, and a large assortment of eye-catching scenery, Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens captures all elements of the perfect outdoor setting this spring. Between the overwhelming amount of lakes, marshes, oak trees and gardens, you’re sure to land your next Instagram photo on a sunny day.
Take in the amazing view of the intracoastal, as the St. Johns River meets the Atlantic ocean. Huguenot Beach is the only beach in Jacksonville that allows you to drive your car on the beach, so drive up, drop your tailgate, turn on your car stereo, and enjoy the beach from the comfort of your car.
Saint Augustine Amphitheater
Now more than ever is the perfect time to take advantage of the concerts coming through to the amphitheatre. With musicians such as Jack Johnson, Darius Rucker, and The Steve Miller Band to name a few, coming through in the next few months, and the perfect spring weather approaching, what better way to spend to spend your evenings than in the sun listening to awesome music?
Flamingo Lake RV Resort
Flamingo Lake RV resort is the perfect family getaway within the city. This resort-style park is equipped with a beautiful swimming pool, a 17-acre, state-certified lake with an aqua park for refreshing fun on those warm spring days. Whether you stay for a week or just an afternoon, a trip to Flamingo Lake will be just the vacation you needed.
Fort Clinch State Park
Located just on the outskirts of Fernandina Beach, Fort Clinch is a perfect spot for doing touristy activities without having to go far from home. Whether it’s hiking the trails, soaking up rays on the beach, or even watching the slightly cheesy civil war reenactments, this park won’t leave you disappointed.
Black Rock Trail
What at a first glance looks to be a dark, slightly creepy scene, is actually the eroded shoreline of Black Rock beach, which is unlike any other shore in Northeast Florida. Located on the coast of Big Talbot Island, the Black Rock Trail is the scenic 10-minute route that leads to a practically secluded beach, surrounded by organic soil “black rock” formations. This rocky terrain is the perfect place for a weekend adventure.
Marineland Dolphin Adventure
Escape from boring with the Marineland Dolphin Adventure. Marineland offers you the once-in-a-lifetime experience to swim with bottlenose dolphins. Do something different this weekend.
UNF Recreational Trails
Breathe in the fresh air of the calm and serene UNF nature trails and exhale the stresses of your day-to-day life. Exuberate your senses in the illustrious beauty in your own backyard, equipped with a recreational obstacle course, picnic tables, canoes and more than five miles of nature trails. Give yourself the chance to actually enjoy your time on campus.