Historic Harbor District | Amelia Island, Florida, part 2

Amelia Island is, apparently, a popular spot for out-of-state tourists! Amelia Island is about 45 minutes to 1 hour north of Jacksonville, Florida, so a nice stop if you’re traveling through the area and have a day to stop or if you’re interested in the fancier hotels and boutiques as part of your vacation During…

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Amelia Island Lighthouse, The Oldest Existing Lighthouse in Florida | Amelia Island, Florida, part 1

Built in 1838, the Amelia Island Lighthouse is the oldest existing and operational lighthouse in the state of Florida. “When the lantern first sent its beam out to sea, Florida was not yet a state. Through the years, the old sailing ships gave way to modern freighters and fishing boats. The beacon kept shining and…

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Exploring Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, in Jacksonville, Florida

One place in Jacksonville, Florida, that I wasn’t expecting to be as complex as it is is the Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. I’d heard of this park as one of the top places to visit in Jacksonville for outdoorsy people but it’s actually much more than a park. It’s located in east Jacksonville, along the…

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Night of Lights in St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida, during the winter holiday season is my favorite! During Christmastime, the entire downtown historic area is covered in lights with music, vendors and tours from Nov. 19, 2022, to Jan. 31, 2023. The Visit St. Augustine website claims that there is over 3 MILLION lights during this time! I went the weekend…

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“Deck the Chairs” Celebration at Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Looking for something fun to do in the Jacksonville Beach area at Christmastime? Head to Jax Beach for the “Deck the Chairs” celebration! A free event held in downtown Jax Beach from Nov. 23, 2022, to Jan. 1, 2023, this celebration features beach chairs that are decorated (or “decked”) in various themes by local organizations…

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Going “Wild” at Jacksonville Zoo, in Jacksonville, Florida

I was pleasantly surprised by the Jacksonville Zoo during a recent visit! I had never been before and for some reason I had low expectations, but it’s quite large and well-kept. There is so much to do and see, with more animals than I was expecting. Tickets range from $30-35 for adults with free parking,…

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