Suspension Bridges & Hiking Down Ravines at Ravine Gardens State Park, Florida

Ravine Gardens State Park is a hidden gem in northeast Florida, and one of my new favorite hiking spots. It’s not home to crystal clear springs, but it does have beautiful greenery and, even more exciting, suspension bridges! It’s a popular spot for prom or wedding photos because there are beautiful maintained gardens with fountains…

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A Peaceful Day at the Jacksonville Arboretum, Florida

The Jacksonville Arboretum is a hidden gem of Jacksonville, for sure. It’s beautiful and peaceful – a nice little haven in nature. The arboretum is located in east Jacksonville, in between downtown and the beaches. It’s free to visit but donations are greatly appreciated, as is volunteering to maintain the gardens and trails. There are…

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Oops, We Tipped the Boat… Canoeing at Kings Landings, Florida

If you’ve ever searched “fun outdoor things to do in Florida,” I’m pretty sure that this next adventure is one of the top experiences. A few months after moving to Florida, I found photos of a beautiful river filled with crystal clear water and people canoeing/kayaking on it. I immediately knew that it was something…

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Completing a Lifelong Dream: Snorkeling with Manatees! in Crystal River, Florida

A few weeks ago, I got to complete an activity that has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember: Swimming with manatees! I’ve always said that manatees are my spirit animal. The giant sea cows. Floating sea potatoes. Whatever endearing name you call them. They’re gentle creatures who officially have…

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Going Back in Time in the Oldest Castle in the United States: Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots here in Florida. There’s history, culture, good food, interesting architecture, and the people are so friendly. I’ve always thought that it was like New Orleans but classier and cleaner. If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’ll know that I adore New Orleans so…

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Places That I Really Wanted to Visited in Houston, Texas, But Never Did

I recently moved to Jacksonville, Florida, after living in Houston, Texas, for just over a year. In that year, the COVID-19 pandemic started and I moved out of the state, so I never got the chance to visit a few places on my bucket list. So, what are those places? In no particular order, here…

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Black Rock?! Exploring Black Rock Beach at Big Talbot Island State Park, in Jacksonville, Florida

There are not many black rock beaches in the continental United States, but Jacksonville has a hidden black rock beach! However… looks can be deceiving! You may notice that parts of this post are similar to my “Boneyard Beach” post. Black Rock Beach and Boneyard Beach are very close to each other so it’s very…

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Getting Lost in Fort George Island Cultural State Park, in Jacksonville, Florida

When my family visited me here in Jax (short for Jacksonville) this winter, I knew that I wanted to take them up exploring in the nature areas of northeast Jax. At the time, I hadn’t been in that area yet and was excited at the possibility of exploring somewhere new with my family, and not…

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