Summer is finally here! The kids are out of school, and backyard barbecues are taking place all over the nation. After the year we had in 2020, and most people having chosen not to take a vacation, you can almost rest assured that families will be out in full force this year.
With this in mind, we thought we would offer a few great vacation ideas to help you plan, as well as some places that would be great for just a few days away. We all need time to recharge and some well-deserved play in the sunshine.
Here are some of the best places to check out this summer!
1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207
The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history. Jacksonville’s Museum of Science & History makes science, history, and innovation accessible for all! Whatever your age or interest, there’s always something to see and explore across three levels of exciting exhibits. From interactive, award-winning favorites like Currents of Time and Atlantic Tails to the Florida Naturalist’s Center, which houses animals that are native to Northeast Florida, there is something for all ages to discover. Indulge your imagination with a science or live animal show, or explore distant galaxies in one of our planetarium programs. When visiting Northeast Florida’s only science and history museum, there is no limit to what you can discover!
State Road A1A, Jacksonville, FL 32207
The park covers the entire 2,500-acre island. Big Talbot Island State Park lies to the immediate north. The park contains maritime forests, dunes, and salt marshes on the western side of the island. Wildlife includes river otters, marsh rabbits, bobcats, and a variety of native and migrating birds. Activities include camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, canoeing, nature watching, and surfing. Amenities include a full-facility campground, as well as a youth/group tent campground and beachside picnic pavilions. The park also has bathhouses, a small boat ramp, a nature trail, and a playground. Bicycles and canoes can be rented at the campground.
12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225
Fort Caroline was an attempted French colonial settlement in Florida, located on the banks of the St. Johns River in present-day Duval County. It was established under the leadership of René Goulaine de Laudonnière on June 22, 1564, as a new territorial claim in French Florida and a safe haven for Huguenots, who were being persecuted in France because they were Protestant rather than Catholic. The exact site of the former fort is unknown. However, in 1953 the National Park Service established the Fort Caroline National Memorial along the southern bank of the St. John’s River near the point that commemorates Laudonnière’s first landing.
500 Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32233
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park is a 1.5-mile public beach and city park in Jacksonville, Florida. It consists of 447 acres of a mature coastal hammock, which is increasingly rare along Florida’s heavily developed Atlantic coast.
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